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I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct section, so if I'm not, please forgive me.

I started off earlier this week looking to buy a "gaming PC." It was suggested to me though that I build my own, as it would probably be cheaper, so that is what I'm currently trying to do. I searched around the net using Google, and found a couple of sites which offered building tips and/or actual logs of builds, and from that I set off to give it a shot. I'm not sure if all of the components are compatible, so I'm posting to get some feedback and much needed suggestions in relation to changes I should make. All comments are welcomed. Thank You all up front.

Case : Antec P180B

Video Card : X1950XT

Power Supply : OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS

Memory : G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2

Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775

Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

I think that just about finalizes my system.
Again, I'd like to thank everyone for their much needed help, I really do appreciate it.
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post #2 of 33
Those parts all work together.
BUT
7900 GT is NOT the best card on the market.
Oh no it ain't.
But for 1k, that may be a good choice.
BUT Don't get open box, like that one is.
The best card on the market...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127288
    
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post #3 of 33
go with an 8600GT or GTS over that 7900GT they preform similar to begin with
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post #4 of 33
Since you are going with the C2D, I would repost this in the Intel section. There are already numerous build suggestions over there, so you might find the components already picked out for ya. From what I see, that looks to be a great build.
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post #5 of 33
Go e6420 and then 8600GTS and maybe throw another one in in a few months
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post #6 of 33
That RAM you picked, is by far the most godliest RAM I know of. It can hit 1100~1200 MHz.

I would spend a lot more on a PSU. Rosewell, Antec, RAIDMAX PSU(s) just doesn't have a popularity among us. They die and may take out some of your components. There is only 1 Antec PSU that is good, but I forgot the name of it.
The PSU is the most important piece of a build.

The motherboard you chose. Are there any specific reason you chose it? Are you going SLI or using that Wi-Fi? If not, get the Gigabyte 965P DS3 I still consider it as the top board for overclockers. If you get the DS3, you'll save $110 and can get a better PSU.

Get the E6420 over the E6300. The E6420 have 4MB of cache over the E6300. Also have +1 higher multiplier, and this will help getting high overclocks easier.
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post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thank You all for your replies.

Quote:
Originally Posted by shellofinsanity View Post
go with an 8600GT or GTS over that 7900GT they preform similar to begin with
Would you also recommend the 8600 over the x1950 XT?

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Originally Posted by TaiDinh View Post
That RAM you picked, is by far the most godliest RAM I know of. It can hit 1100~1200 MHz.

I would spend a lot more on a PSU. Rosewell, Antec, RAIDMAX PSU(s) just doesn't have a popularity among us. They die and may take out some of your components. There is only 1 Antec PSU that is good, but I forgot the name of it.
The PSU is the most important piece of a build.

The motherboard you chose. Are there any specific reason you chose it? Are you going SLI or using that Wi-Fi? If not, get the Gigabyte 965P DS3 I still consider it as the top board for overclockers. If you get the DS3, you'll save $110 and can get a better PSU.

Get the E6420 over the E6300. The E6420 have 4MB of cache over the E6300. Also have +1 higher multiplier, and this will help getting high overclocks easier.
lol, I chose that motherboard because it was one I'd seen in another build. I've also seen the one you're suggesting, and I'll be sure to go with that one. As far as PSUs go, aside from that Antec PSU, what brand PSU would you recommend? Also, in what price range would I find a quality PSU?
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post #8 of 33
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shellofinsanity View Post
go with an 8600GT or GTS over that 7900GT they preform similar to begin with
I forgot to mention that I'm looking for a Dx9 card, as I'm not yet ready to make the switch to Vista, so is the 7900GT the best Dx9 card out?
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post #9 of 33
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It was suggested that I repost my "question" in this section because I've chosen an Intel C2D processor.

I started off earlier this week looking to buy a "gaming PC." It was suggested to me though that I build my own, as it would probably be cheaper, so that is what I'm currently trying to do. I searched around the net using Google, and found a couple of sites which offered building tips and/or actual logs of builds, and from that I set off to give it a shot. I'm not sure if all of the components are compatible, so I'm posting to get some feedback and much needed suggestions in relation to changes I should make and/or components i should add. All comments are welcomed. Thank You all up front.

Case : Antec P180B

Video Card : GeForce 7900GT (Read somewhere that this card is one of the best Dx9 cards on the market) or X1950XT (Card suggested by another OCN member)

Power Supply : OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS

Memory : G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2

Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775

Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Floppy Drive : Floppy Drive

I'd like to keep the price under $1000, without shipping, and I'm only looking for a Dx9 card at the moment. I now know its probably wise for me to pick a different PSU, so all suggestions on that front are more than welcomed.
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post #10 of 33
For 1000 dollars you can get a dx 10 card
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