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post #1 of 16
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So here I am using the same computer I built about 4 years ago and I think its about time I bought a whole new computer out right since most of the stuff in my current build won't transfer over.

This is the first time I have ever considered buying intel as I have always been a loyal AMD fan since back in the 486 days. But with the performance difference and overclockability of the newer intel chips I can't ignore them anymore.

So here we go. I'm looking to buy a completely new tower, that includes everything (case, PSU, mobo, cpu, ram, hdd, gfx card,dvd(maybe)) my budget is around the $1200 CAD mark, I would like to try to stay below that but if someone can convince me that a build costing more than that is actually worth it then I'll spend more. Basically I'm just looking to get the most bang for my buck.

I've already done some preliminary research and have an idea of what I want, just a few areas I need some help in. This is what I have so far:

CPU = E6600 or E6420
Cooling = Zalman CNPS-9500 or Thermalright Ultra 120
RAM = undecided (looking at OCZ or G.Skill with D9 chips)
MOBO = undecided (must be nvidia chipset either 650i or 680i)
Case = undecided (mid tower case with plenty of room would be nice)
PSU = undecided (I'm partial to enermax and antec)
GFX = nvidia 8800 GTX (can be flexible here but must be nvidia)
HDD = SATA II drive 300gig +

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Cheers,
Ravage
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
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Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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post #2 of 16
Ok cpu Id say go for the E6420, same 4mb l2 cache, just lower clock speeds, easily overclock to e6600 speeds and wayy more.
Thermalright Ultra 120/extreme
Go for te Gskills HZ kit
Why must it be Nvidia chipset?..Go for a P5B deluxe or Gigabyte DS3P
Antec 900 is an ok case, pretty cheap aswell
Enermax make good psus 600watt is plenty
Depending on what resolutions your gonna game at an 8800gts 640 would be more than enough and finally a 320gb Seagate perp drive, maybe add another for raid.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790K delidded @4.9ghz Asus Z97 Deluxe Wifi EVGA GTX 980 SC 2 x 8GB Corsair Vengence 2400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX200 250gb + 1tb Lg Bluray EK Supreme, TC PA120.3, D5 Vario, San Ace Windows 7 Ultimate  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" LG7000 1920x1080 Logitech S510 XFX 650Watt XXX Modular Edition Custom Modded 
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Logitech S510 Mission M74 Denon PMA 355 
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4790K delidded @4.9ghz Asus Z97 Deluxe Wifi EVGA GTX 980 SC 2 x 8GB Corsair Vengence 2400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX200 250gb + 1tb Lg Bluray EK Supreme, TC PA120.3, D5 Vario, San Ace Windows 7 Ultimate  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" LG7000 1920x1080 Logitech S510 XFX 650Watt XXX Modular Edition Custom Modded 
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Logitech S510 Mission M74 Denon PMA 355 
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post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by waqasr View Post
Why must it be Nvidia chipset?..Go for a P5B deluxe or Gigabyte DS3P
From my own personal experiences and from what I've read for pure OC performance the nvidia chipset are the way to go.

One thing that I left out of my original post was that I'm looking for a mobo that has a good onboard sound system too with SPDIF(optical) output. The optical output is something that I really really want as I hook my computer up to my home theatre system.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
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Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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post #4 of 16
Last time I checked the P965 chipset was the best for OCing not the 680i. The P5B deluxe has a terrible onboard sound system (crackles and such) but I havent heard anything bad about the DS3\\\\\\'s. As for e6600 or e6420... def the e6600 because of poor OC results on the 420s. An e6600 reaches 3.4ghz on air no problem.
    
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post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ravage81 View Post
From my own personal experiences and from what I've read for pure OC performance the nvidia chipset are the way to go.

One thing that I left out of my original post was that I'm looking for a mobo that has a good onboard sound system too with SPDIF(optical) output. The optical output is something that I really really want as I hook my computer up to my home theatre system.
The P965 is actually one of the best overclocking chipsets. I recommend a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Rev 2.0, because it's P965, has great overclocking capabilities, is relatively cheap, and has a decent onboard sound card, with optical output.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Intel Core i5 750 ASUS P7P55D EVO GTX280 RAID0 250GB Seagate Perp. 16MB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Sony DVD+/-RW/RAM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 20.1" Sceptre 1680x1050 Logitech Slim 
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Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Sony DVD+/-RW/RAM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 20.1" Sceptre 1680x1050 Logitech Slim 
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Corsair TX650W Antec P180B Logitech G500 Allsop High-tracking Metal pad 
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post #6 of 16
How about OS?
Once again...
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i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
How about OS?
He's probably going to use Linux. Or his "corporation's copy" of Windows.
Lynnfield Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Intel Core i5 750 ASUS P7P55D EVO GTX280 RAID0 250GB Seagate Perp. 16MB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Sony DVD+/-RW/RAM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 20.1" Sceptre 1680x1050 Logitech Slim 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX650W Antec P180B Logitech G500 Allsop High-tracking Metal pad 
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Lynnfield Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Intel Core i5 750 ASUS P7P55D EVO GTX280 RAID0 250GB Seagate Perp. 16MB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Sony DVD+/-RW/RAM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 20.1" Sceptre 1680x1050 Logitech Slim 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX650W Antec P180B Logitech G500 Allsop High-tracking Metal pad 
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post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
How about OS?
Still using Windows XP PRO SP2. And I don't plan on switching over to Vista for a while.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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Boots
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
bumped to get back to my original topic.......need help making some choices please
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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Boots
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
So anyone have any more suggestions on all the componenets I need to build my new PC? I could really use a few more opinions. Thanks.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
  hide details  
Reply
Boots
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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