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Ok, so, I decided that its probably getting close to the time to upgrade my PC. Games that I want to play are starting to trample on my PC a bit...and well, here I am.

Mobo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - 209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131073

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - 224.90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003

Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820231065

Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum - 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154

HD: Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM - 209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136011

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

I don't need a graphics card or monitor as I will just use what I have now. The thing is, I am not to sure that I really want to keep my current PC (well, I don't...since I wont really use it much), so I could drop the HD and PSU from this build to save some money and just sell the rest of my PC in peices.

It would be much cheaper just to buy the first four components, then use my 8800GTS, PSU, X-Fi, and my old hard drives....along with the DvD Drive.

Any thoughts, and as always THANKS SO MUCH for the help.


-Note- I also forgot to add that I know there is an intel price drop on like July 22nd was it. Would it be worth it just to wait so I could get the CPU a little cheaper. I can't remember how much the price on the lower price was, but I think I would save like 40$...and as a college student...every $ counts ha-ha.

EDIT: I was also unsure if my current PSU would handle the C2D build...I think it would as I don't really plan to go SLI anytime soon...so, think 600W will do me just fine. I am going to be doing some OCing but not too much and it has served me well for a long while now.

EDIT Some more:
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Cupcake: what's DDR 400 RAM doing in your picks

My suggestions:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $139.99
ASUS P5N32-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX $209.99
EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card $349.99
SILVERSTONE DA750 ATX12V / EPS12V 750W Power Supply $189.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 $224.90
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ $114.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $69.99
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler $64.99
Total: $1,364.83

Need to run now... most links are in my first post, and the rest should be easy to find on Newegg.

Possible savings: 320MB 8800GTS; E6420; 520W Corsair PSU (if you don't plan SLI)
This is some advice that Chozart posted in another thread...I think I will end up getting the ram he recomended and also picking up the Tuniq. The ram looks like its almost the same thing though, so I will really have to take a look into it.

I think at this point I am prety sure that I will just be re-building my PC instead of just buying another one. So, I will just be replacing: Case, Mobo, CPU, CPU cooler, and ram. I beleive my PSU will hold up well.

Soon as I get some more replies, I will make an updated list. Also, I will probably end up making a build log this time around. I'll post a link soon after I have a made my final decisions with everyone elses help . Finally you all will get to see pictures of the thing a lot of you helped to build....then watch it get ripped apart ha-ha.
    
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1. I like your idea of transfering some of your stuff, don't spend money were it is not needed

2. Wait for the price drop the Q6600 is going to be only $266 were as you are paying $225 for a E6600 either that or just get the E6600 for cheaper.

3. Don't worry about the PSU it will easily handle that rig.

But i don't know any game that would throw your PC about dude, you have a dual core and a mighty fine GPU. But we all love to upgrade
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1. I like your idea of transfering some of your stuff, don't spend money were it is not needed

2. Wait for the price drop the Q6600 is going to be only $266 were as you are paying $225 for a E6600 either that or just get the E6600 for cheaper.

3. Don't worry about the PSU it will easily handle that rig.

But i don't know any game that would throw your PC about dude, you have a dual core and a mighty fine GPU. But we all love to upgrade
Haha. Well, Oblivion gave my system a little trouble when I had a 7800GT in it (mind you it was heavily modded to make the game look fantastic)...but the 8800GTS didn't really give a huge performance boost since its being bottlenecked by my CPU. I also am most recently having un-optimal performance in EQ2 and don't get the framerates I want at all (I have read that it is a very CPU intensive game )

Also, although quad core would be nice, I don't really do any video editing and am not too much of a multi-tasker...so the extra cores would be just kinda a waste of my money, but I am going to have to think about waiting anyways.

EDIT: And yeah, as to the transfering...I don't need two PCs, although I have a couple friends that love to build a new comp and keep there old one...but I am not pro enough to play CS on this one while raiding on another comp...have tried it on my laptop...doesn't work out so hot . Also, I would keep the case, but I really want a TT Armor
    
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post #4 of 11
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Well, been well over the 24 hour -bump- timer, so I thought I'd say: BUMP.

I would really love some advice on this subject. I am not sure what I want to replace and what I don't. Thanks
    
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post #5 of 11
In all honesty, if you're tight on money, I'd just keep your current comp as-is, and wait until a major change in technology before upgrading.

If you do want a C2D, since you're not SLIing, I'd go for the Asus Deluxe, it's cheaper.

And don't get the 150 GB raptor, get 2 barracudas and RAID 0 them, you'll get better performance, pay less, and get more storage
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In all honesty, if you're tight on money, I'd just keep your current comp as-is, and wait until a major change in technology before upgrading.

If you do want a C2D, since you're not SLIing, I'd go for the Asus Deluxe, it's cheaper.

And don't get the 150 GB raptor, get 2 barracudas and RAID 0 them, you'll get better performance, pay less, and get more storage
Thanks! Hurray, another reply.

I'm not 'tight on money' but I just like to use it without just burning it...and getting a good deal. The thing with waiting for the next major change in tech is that tech is moving so fast that it's not worth waiting, because by that time, the next new thing will begin to get hyped up.

I don't think it's too expensive now, though, and I am sure it would run every game I have and will get within the next year without a hitch at all. Then when the new intel chip comes out (I think they are using the same socket), I can just switch out the CPU if I needed too, but the way the C2D's work...it seems it won't be necessary for a while.

Also, yeah, I probably should go Raid 0 hehe. + rep
    
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post #7 of 11
I'd wait till the quad cores drop to under $300, and get one of those then. Since an intel dual core is just too similiar to your current setup (AMD dual core right?). Plus the CPU isn't a bottleneck for most games.

I don't think you're getting a good deal by upgrading to a C2D now, since you're current machine plays everything that's out there just fine. Just wait till at least one game comes out that utilizes quad core, before spending your money on it.
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I'd wait till the quad cores drop to under $300, and get one of those then. Since an intel dual core is just too similiar to your current setup (AMD dual core right?). Plus the CPU isn't a bottleneck for most games.

I don't think you're getting a good deal by upgrading to a C2D now, since you're current machine plays everything that's out there just fine. Just wait till at least one game comes out that utilizes quad core, before spending your money on it.
The thing is: I won't by a quad core. Also, the reason I want to upgrade is because my current machine doesn't play everything just fine...Hmmmm
    
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post #9 of 11
Ah, ok, I figured that your AMD dual core was more then sufficient for everything.

Why wouldn't you buy a quad core though?
post #10 of 11
raid 0 raptors are > raid 0 barracuda's

BUT price/performance/storage = barracuda
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