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I'm keeping my speakers, mouse, keyboard, & monitor -- but building wholly new box.

My budget is around $2.2k, and it's all going towards parts that go inside a box.

I've been building systems since 2001, but I've never seriously overclocked; this will be my first OC attempt.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600
    [link]

    I'm settled on this one. Best price/performance as far as I can tell.

  • Tuniq Tower 120
    [link]

    This is the only part that I've already purchsed, I know this baby is good

  • Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    link]

    Anandtech has a

    great review that shows this drive to be an amazing performer, and other benchmarks have shown the relative uselessness of RAIDing these drives, so I'm set on this part.
  • EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    [link]

    This is the thing I'm most unsure of. Many people hare having

    issues with SATA drives on this motherboard, causing BSOD and system crashes/instability; and worse, the problem could be the actual hardware and thus un-fixable with a BIOS update. I'm considering an Asus P5B so I can avoid these problems. What do you guys think?
  • OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply
    [link]

    At $115 this seems to be a good deal, and since I don't plan on doing a 8800gtx SLI this should be sufficient; but I'm not too sure of this PSU (or how to shop for a good PSU in general), I'd love your advice in this area.

  • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ
    [link]

    This RAM has good reviews; I'm looking for a the cheapest 2GB kit of Micron D9 that can get me to 1066 MHz at 5-5-5-x. I was also considering the Corsair Dominator 8500C5, which

    costs about $80 more than this set, but seems to perform about the same. This is where I'm a total noob - what RAM would you guys recommend for an OC'er on a budget?
  • eVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP
    [link]

    I have a feeling it'll be old news in 3 or 4 months, but, might as well, eh?

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card
    [link]

    I want an X-Fi to go with my logitech z-5500 5.1 speakers. I'm not interested in paying an extra $100 so I can have the 5.25" bay insert, and the Fatal1ty edition is the exact same as the XtremeMusic, only it has the useless X-RAM included, so the XtremeMusic X-Fi seems like the best deal for me.

  • Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan
    [link]

    I saw this at Microcenter and was convinced by its form and functionality. The sidefan should help since this is an entirely air-cooled setup. I just love this case.


I'd love help from the professionals before I pony up to the egg.

Thanks a lot guys.
post #2 of 16
I am all with you.... good rig!

Few comments:
Hard drives:
I'd not get the Raptor. Good performance, but at a price. I'd get two of these in RAID0. 4 times as much storage space, better performace in terms of data throughput (bandwidth), but a little worse access times. It's the better solution imo
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache $94.99

Motherboard:
Since you state you don't plan to go SLI, definately get the Asus P5B Deluxe. It's the better overclocker and a proven board. The eVGA 680i board has more issues than just SATA. There are also reports it kills RAM. Not good.

RAM:
Definately the G.Skill HZ. Great RAM. You won't see any better performance with the Dominators imo.

PSU:
GameXStream is a good one. Build by FSP. Can't go wrong
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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post #3 of 16
You could also consider an E6300/6400 and a P5B Deluxe mobo. It will save you some cash, and will OC like a monster.
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Core 2 Quad Q6600 Asus P5K Deluxe eVGA 7800GT 4Gb OCZ DDR2 
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Seagate 500Gb 7200.10 SATAII Windows Vista Ultimate Dual 20" Dell LCD's 600w OCZ 
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Seagate 500Gb 7200.10 SATAII Windows Vista Ultimate Dual 20" Dell LCD's 600w OCZ 
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post #4 of 16
Yeah, and with some savings, you could get another 8800GTX for SLI!
post #5 of 16
Yeah, as the tankguys stated: Save some dough and get the E6300 or E6400. One of those in conjuction with the Asus P5B-D will OC like a madman.

But never the less, that new system of yours is really nice!
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post #6 of 16
Tankguys is right. E6300/E6400 with the Asus P5B Deluxe is really good also... overclocks like mad

However, don't get SLI 8800's in that case, since the P5B does not run SLI by default (it can with modded drivers I believe, but I would not recommend it given the limited bandwidth of x4 on the second PCI-E slot.)

What would bo a good investment for money saved is a nice 20" or larger monitor
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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post #7 of 16
I believe EVGA offer an upgrade service too - if they release a new model within 90 days you just pay the difference and they'll upgrade the graphics card
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Western Digital 500GB Pioneer DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Viewsonic VA2213w 
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Western Digital 500GB Pioneer DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Viewsonic VA2213w 
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Yes they do..
    
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by LyokoHaCk View Post
Yeah, and with some savings, you could get another 8800GTX for SLI!
I thought about that, but the advantage SLI gives in most high-performance scenarios is like 50 FPS to the GTX's 150 FPS -- so do I want to pay $1200 for extra FPS I'll hardly notice?

I think it'll be obsolete so soon that that much money would, IMO, be wasted. (However if I had an unlimited budget I would get SLI 8800GTXs this along with a 30" LCD, believe me.) The eVGA vidcard upgrade policy is awesome, I hadn't heard of that (does that apply to mobos too ???).

I'm actually switching to the P5B; I just don't want the risk of a dud 680i, and I don't think eVGA/intel have addressed the problem professionally enough.

Also, I do intend on getting a new monitor, but I just can't bring myself to LCD. I'm a pretty serious gamer (I still play competitive leagues for a half-life mod called natural-selection), and while LCDs are gorgeous, I can't get myself to trust them over my trusty 6 year old Dell trinitron. If anything I'm gonna try and get a nice 22-24" CRT to go with my new PC.

And thanks for commenting tankguys, I think I may order some TeamGroup RAM from you guys based on the awesome reviews it's gotten
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Originally Posted by uberwurst
And thanks for commenting tankguys, I think I may order some TeamGroup RAM from you guys based on the awesome reviews it's gotten
That Team RAM is great indeed. It starts to advertise itself I see hehehehe

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Originally Posted by uberwurst
I'm actually switching to the P5B; I just don't want the risk of a dud 680i, and I don't think eVGA/intel have addressed the problem professionally enough.
Intel has nothing to do with it... It's an nVidia chipset

The P5B Deluxe is a good board

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Originally Posted by uberwurst
Also, I do intend on getting a new monitor, but I just can't bring myself to LCD. I'm a pretty serious gamer (I still play competitive leagues for a half-life mod called natural-selection), and while LCDs are gorgeous, I can't get myself to trust them over my trusty 6 year old Dell trinitron. If anything I'm gonna try and get a nice 22-24" CRT to go with my new PC.
The time that LCDs weren't as good as CRTs is over now. Check out the newest ones... like the 24" Samsungs or Dells (ok, they're like $700). No ghosting, excellent colors, etc. You'd be surprised. However, I do recommend you check one out for yourself extensively before you make the jump if you're hesitant. Do note that in stores they're generally not well calibrated (often wayyy to bright)
    
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