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So my shuttle in my sig is out of commission, so I've been using my laptop for the last couple weeks. I've been relentless in researching (and re-researching) all the components I want to make my new system. The whole thing is in the $1700 range so I don't have all the money yet, but it should be by mid june.

Well first, by that time I could wait another month and pick up a Q6600 for almost the price of an E6600 when it drops. Waiting another month would nearly kill me, but it might be worth it, thoughts? (also, the prices on the other stuff I want would come down, equalling better stuff )

Here's what I finally came up with. Right now its a little overbudget, I'd like to take it down by $100-200. And I wouldn't be getting all these at the Egg, I realize there are cheaper places out there for some of this stuff, but this is the easiest way to link the stuff. You are welcome to make comments on anything, I'd gladly take any feedback.

Here we go:

For the case I'm going either Xclio A380 (maybe the new plus one that came out, I dunno) or the Antec 900. The 900 is much more battle proven, but I always like being different. I really can take lots of opinions in this area, but obviously staying under $150 or so. Here are the links:

XClio A380
Antec 900

Next comes the Mobo. Again a tough choice between the eVGA 680i or the ASUS P5N32-E. I initially thought eVGA because its cheaper, but for stability's sake I may end up going ASUS. Think its worth it?
eVGA T1 680i
ASUS P5N32-E

Next on the docket is the GPU. Obvious 8800 GTX, I'm planning on eVGA, though the OC'ed BFG isn't a bad deal either. I like the step up though from eVGA, which would allow me an 8900 if they come out in the next few months.
eVGA 8800GTX

Onward, we come to RAM. Looks like the best deal out there is this sexy set of G.Skill HZ's, seen here:
G.Skill 2GB HZ

For storage I don't need anything to flashy, I'll first be installing XP, then later a dual boot for vista on a second drive. Here's what I am looking at currently:
Seagate Barracuda 250GB

For PSU, I was originally looking at the GameXStream 750W (which would save me about $50), but it sounds like I could go with something a little more safe. This is what I'm currently looking at:
Silverstone 750W

Just your basic CD/DVD burner:
LG 18x DVD+r

and lastly, the current brains behind the whole operation:
Intel E6600 (remember this could go to Quad if I wait till July).

Lastly I'll probably pick one of the top heatsink/fans, right now I have the TT120 selected, though I could go with any of the top dogs.

All of this will be pushing a 22" Acer widescreen that I already have (but was included in the $1700 budget) currently all this stuff sitting in my cart on the egg comes too $1553 after shipping and MIR. I'd really like to get that down to about the $1300-1400 range, so hopefully with a couple money saving suggestions and some good deal hunting I can accomplish this. And again, this build will not happen for at least 2-3 weeks (in which prices could come down), and if I can twiddle my thumbs long enough, maybe even to July 22. (btw, will the rest of this stuff work nicely with a Q6600? where would be my bottleneck with that replacing the CPU?) I plan on OCing, and with all the air cooling hoping for a 3.4+ on the E6600. So there it is, have at it, let me know where I'm being a moron


Edit: I should also mention I plan on using SLI in the future, hence the 680i's. I need something that will run and OC SLI well.
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I'd say:
- Antec Nine Hundred
- ASUS P5N32-E

Otherwise looking good. With one exception. You want a different Silverstone: the OP750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256016

$10 more, but better than the Strider you picked. Single 12V of 60A... nothing to argue with. That PSU is on par with the PC P&C Silencer!

And do spend a little more on a SATA DVD burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131047

Having no IDE cables in your case is NICE... and disabling the IDE controller boosts your post quite a bit!

THE place to save is the video card.
an 8800GTS will do just fine... after all you only got an 22" monitor. There is absolutely NO need for SLI 8800GT's when you have anything smaller than 24" (I would even say 30"). A single 8800GTS/GTX can run 1680x1050 without breaking a sweat.

Note that the advantage of SLI 8800GTX's is minimal, with the exceptions of benchies.

Pick up an 8800GTS 640MB, and yeah, maybe later another one.
    
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If you go with the Antec Nine Hundred I would suggest looking into a quality modular PSU. The case is great, I like mine, but it is a wire management nightmare without a modular PSU.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
I'd say:
- Antec Nine Hundred
- ASUS P5N32-E

Otherwise looking good. With one exception. You want a different Silverstone: the OP750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256016

$10 more, but better than the Strider you picked. Single 12V of 60A... nothing to argue with. That PSU is on par with the PC P&C Silencer!

And do spend a little more on a SATA DVD burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131047

Having no IDE cables in your case is NICE... and disabling the IDE controller boosts your post quite a bit!

THE place to save is the video card.
an 8800GTS will do just fine... after all you only got an 22" monitor. There is absolutely NO need for SLI 8800GT's when you have anything smaller than 24" (I would even say 30"). A single 8800GTS/GTX can run 1680x1050 without breaking a sweat.

Note that the advantage of SLI 8800GTX's is minimal, with the exceptions of benchies.

Pick up an 8800GTS 640MB, and yeah, maybe later another one.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ellipsis View Post
If you go with the Antec Nine Hundred I would suggest looking into a quality modular PSU. The case is great, I like mine, but it is a wire management nightmare without a modular PSU.
Great Modular PSU w/long cables, plenty of them, AND enough to power an 8800GTX is the Corsair 520W

Powering 8800GTX's SLI = Corsair 620W

CPU Mag had an article on the 620W and it ran 2-8800GTX in SLI absolutely no hiccups!
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I am still not convinced the Corsair will run SLI-ed 8800GTX-es in the LONG run. YEah, it runs without hiccups now, but that PSU only delivers 50A. I am pretty sure the SLI set up pushes it to the limit, shortening lifespan and whatnot.

Yeah, could be fine for a while ...but then? I'd spend the little more on the Silverstone (which is tier 2 on Jonnyguru, while the Corsair is tier 3)
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
I am still not convinced the Corsair will run SLI-ed 8800GTX-es in the LONG run. YEah, it runs without hiccups now, but that PSU only delivers 50A. I am pretty sure the SLI set up pushes it to the limit, shortening lifespan and whatnot.

Yeah, could be fine for a while ...but then? I'd spend the little more on the Silverstone (which is tier 2 on Jonnyguru, while the Corsair is tier 3)
Good call Chozart! Wasn't thinking "for the long haul"
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Great suggestions so far, thanks guys. I guess I'll look into going GTS right now... especially if I'm hoping to step up later. That'd save me like $200 right there... In which case I can get a better PSU. I'd still like to have one that'd SLI easily, as I eventually will be upgrading the GPU in the future.

I'll let you know how it turns out when I order!
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post #10 of 20
all I would do different is get a thermaltake armor for my case, other than that, wait for the quad core, these days things get outdated in a flash, the more ahead of the curve you can be the better.
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