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post #1 of 27
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EDIT: Thanks for your help everyone! I feel great about this new rig now, here is the final components that I'm gonna buy today:

Case: NZXT Zero
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe
CPU: E6600
Memory: 2GB of Crucial DDR2 1000
Video card: XFX Geforce 7900gs 256MB GDDR2
Hard drive: Western digital caviar SE16 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Power supply: OCZ GameXStream 700 W
DVD burner: SONY 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
CPU cooler: Tuniq Tower 120
Operating system: WinXP MCE 2005 SP2b w/ Vista upgrade coupon

-EJ
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
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post #2 of 27
Hi EvilJoe, and Welcome to Overclock.net!

Well, lots of those parts are great but "we" personally and highly recommend you buy the parts and put together your own system. It's easy, nothing a rocket scientist couldn't to.

Things I would change:
Motherboard: Get the P5B Deluxe or wait for the new GIGABYTE DS3P.
Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120, best air-cooling device for a C2D CPU and less expensive than liquid, perhaps.
Memory: Corsair is good but not as good as the G.Skill DDR2 8000 2GBHZ or Team Group Xtreem DDR2 800 or Crucial DDR2 800 and 1000. But definitely no Corsair.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks very much Nasgul! Well, making your own rig does seem like the best option since you can pick and choose components. Unfortunately that isn't an option for me (various reasons), so I'm limited to buying a pre-assembled PC. IBuyPower.com seems to have better selection of components than ABS, and it's cheaper than Falcon-NW, so for now I'm going with them.

Anyway, from what I've heard, the Bad Axe 2 motherboard should be pretty good for overclocking, but why do you say definitely no Corsair? My goal is basically to overclock my CPU to 3.0ghz, so is there some design flaw with Corsair memory that would prevent me from doing so?
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
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post #4 of 27
For overclocking, the BadAXE is tricky, so don't go with that one.

The E6600 at 3.0ghz is easy to overclock to so I guess the Corsair will do. Personally I don't like Corsair this time around, they have some great RAM but that one in particular is not my cup of tea but will definitely do the trick for up to 3.0ghz on a 1:1 and 4:5 ratio.

The only reason why I don't like that one particular model of the Corsair RAM is because it can't break the 1000mhz barrier, but other than that? I guess is good RAM, except I still wouldn't go for it.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
Sweet, thanks a lot for the info... I will look more into the motherboard then. It would be nice if I can get the ECS P965 because that would save a lot of money, but I have heard some bad things about ECS so I don't know, maybe the Asus 650i would be a better choice.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
  hide details  
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
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post #6 of 27
Well, you'd be going from bad to worse.

So, I'd say stick to the original plan and go with the ABIT board. They're still good and most definitely an ABIT will clock that E6600 all the way up to 3.0ghz easy.
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
Oh ok cool, thanks so much again, I really appreciate your advice! I'll probably take a quick peek around at other sites to see if any are selling PCs configured with the memory/mobo/cooling that you recommended, otherwise I'll just stick with this rig since it sounds like getting 3.0ghz out of it should be doable.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
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post #8 of 27
hi evil joe i just wanted to see if you had dealings with those folks at ibuypower berfore. i have had some previouse dealings with them in the past as well as several of my friends, we werent to happy. this may not be the best place to flame them, so i would just say; consider looking at other sites before you set your heart on a certain company.

lawyers and computers.... you get what you pay for sir..
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks a TON Aristocracy- phew, I'm glad I didn't buy from those guys... After looking a bit on google I found a lot of negative reviews.

Hmm, oh well, maybe I'll just build my own rig after all. *Updates the first post in this thread with my plan B*
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
OK, I'm getting there I THINK I know what components to get now, so here is my "final" list:

Case: NZXT Zero
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe
CPU: E6600
Memory: 2GB of Crucial DDR2 1000
Video card: XFX Geforce 7900gs 256MB GDDR2
Hard drive: Western digital caviar SE16 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Power supply: OCZ GameXStream 700 W
DVD burner: SONY 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
CPU cooler: Tuniq Tower 120
Operating system: WinXP MCE 2005 SP2b w/ Vista upgrade coupon

I have a few questions:

1) Does anyone know if I will be able to install Windows properly with the P5B Deluxe motherboard? I saw some guy made a comment on Newegg.com that Windows XP *SP2* is incompatible with that mobo.

2) Does anyone know if Linux works properly with the P5B deluxe mobo? I saw another comment from someone on Newegg.com saying he had trouble with Linux.

3) Do I need to buy any cables separately, or do these components come with everything I need? (I am buying the Retail versions of all the components)

Thanks very much!

-EJ
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Asus P5B deluxe 7900GS XT Edition Crucial DDR2-1000 Ballistix 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
320GB WD SE16 7200RPM Sony 16x DVD writer Windows XP MCE OCZ GameXStream 700W 
Case
NZXT Zero 
  hide details  
Reply
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