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silverstone op750...i saw one for like 148 at a website recently, forget which one. it has like 70a on a single rail, 750w. will handle any current system.
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Here ya go:
http://www.case-mod.com/silverstone-...31.html?src=fr
    
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All That And G-skill Ram ?????? Oh Noooooooooooooo
    
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Any reason to get the ASUS P5N32-E SLI, and not the "Plus" edition?

As for the CPU, only $35 more gets you 2.4 with a better cache. Doesn't seem like the place to cut corners. Also I wanted to get RAM that ran at 1066. $80 a stick seemed okay compared to what else I found.

Is the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB good enough compared to the 8600 that I should just spit out an extra $70 for it?

Thanks heheh got alittle off topic there.

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W Power Supply? - $110 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

Help me out, I have trouble comparing these.
This one is 18a on the 12v's, is that the important spec I should draw from that?
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All That And G-skill Ram ?????? Oh Noooooooooooooo
That G.Skill HZ kit is among the best DDR2 kits on the market, and unbeatable for the price! What else to get? Crazily overpriced Dominators? Those G.Skills have Micron D9 chips and overclock very well.

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Any reason to get the ASUS P5N32-E SLI, and not the "Plus" edition?

As for the CPU, only $35 more gets you 2.4 with a better cache. Doesn't seem like the place to cut corners. Also I wanted to get RAM that ran at 1066. $80 a stick seemed okay compared to what else I found.

Is the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB good enough compared to the 8600 that I should just spit out an extra $70 for it?

Thanks heheh got alittle off topic there.

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W Power Supply? - $110 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

Help me out, I have trouble comparing these.
This one is 18a on the 12v's, is that the important spec I should draw from that?
The naming convention of ASUS is very weird in this case. The Asus P5N32-E SLI is actually the better board, based on the high-end nVidia nForce 680i chipset. The Asus P5N32-E SLI PLUS is a nice board also, but based on the mid-range nVidia nForce 650i chipset. The Asus P5N32-E SLI is the better pick.

The E6420 also has 4MB cache, so that's not an issue. Otherwise, it's only the clock speed difference that matters. Up to you, but I'd save money here and upgrade the GPU.

The 8800GTS kills the 8600 series. The 8600GT and 8600GTS are a bit slower and a bit faster than an ATI X1950PRO. The 8800GTS is in a class on it's own, beating any DX9 card on the market, and rivalling all but the highest end SLI set ups with 79xx cards and Crossfire set ups with X19xx cards.

The OCZ GameXStream is a decent PSU. However, it suffers from a ripple on the 12V rails at high loads, and it's a multi-rail design. In total, it delivers 50A across the 12V rails. It's a much better idea to get a quality single 12V rail PSU. Note that the Corsair, given its design, can be regarded as a single rail PSU. Top recommendations with SLI-ed 8800GTS possibly in the future are the Corsair 620W and the Silverstone OP/DA series. THIS is the part to really not cut any corners on. I'd rather cut a few hundred MHz from the stock CPU speed than to have a not so good PSU.

And regarding RAM, why 1066MHz?? And those G.Skills likely can handle that (not guaranteed of course). I would not spend that much on the RAM either. Get the DDR2 800, run them 4:5 and you have plenty headroom.
    
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In regard to the RAM, I thought I'd need to use 1066 to run the system at highest FSB possible..?

Also that Silverstone OP750 750Watt got butchered on NewEgg reviews.
Something about buzzing noise and lots of RMA?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256016

And no one complains about the OP650?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256012

I'm sure 650 would be fine, but could it handle 8600 or 8800 SLI?
Also is there something around this price that is modular?

p.s. Each 12v rail is separate right? No branching?

Anyway thanks for all your help guys, especially with the off-topic stuff ;p
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In regard to the RAM, I thought I'd need to use 1066 to run the system at highest FSB possible..?

Also that Silverstone OP750 750Watt got butchered on NewEgg reviews.
Something about buzzing noise and lots of RMA?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256016

And no one complains about the OP650?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256012

I'm sure 650 would be fine, but could it handle 8600 or 8800 SLI?
Also is there something around this price that is modular?

p.s. Each 12v rail is separate right? No branching?

Anyway thanks for all your help guys, especially with the off-topic stuff ;p
The Silverstones have single 12V rails... so obviously separate. Most multi-rail PSUs don't have separate rails, and they all originate from the same transformer.

The best picks in the 600-700W range are the Corsair 620W and the Silverstone OP650.

I believe there is a second revision of the OP750 out for a while now which solved a lot of the issues with the first batch.

Why you need 1066? With an E6xxx series CPU, RAM runs at 1:1 when it's at DDR2 533 speeds.

That means that DDR2 800 RAM runs at stock at an FSB of 400MHz. For an E6600, that results in a CPU clock of 3.6GHz, while an E6420 runs at 3.2GHz at that speed.

The G.Skill RAM can be nicely overclocked, and you probably can run it 4:5 even with an FSB of 400MHz, or you can run a higher FSB (The RAM should easily hit DDR2 1000 speeds).
    
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Also that Silverstone OP750 750Watt got butchered on NewEgg reviews.
Something about buzzing noise and lots of RMA?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256016

And no one complains about the OP650?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256012
I can offer you a little experience on the buzzing noise here (but mine is on the OP650). It's more like a whine actually, one that I can only hear if I'm running ATITool scanning for artifacts or in rare situations in certain games (on load screens in Oblivion for one). I know that it's the PSU because I can put my hand over the exhaust for the PSU and it will muffle it out. However, I'd still highly recommend the PSU, the whine is only audible if you have no music or sound on of any sorts and even then it's only noticeable if you are listening for it.

Also, squeeze in the 8800gts if you can, really, it'd be worth the $70 for the performance boost from the 8600.

The e6420 recommendation is also right on, as Chozart pointed out you can run 1:1 with the G.Skills at 400 FSB and be at 3.2GHz, which is great, but the memory should go far beyond that pretty easily. You'll have to worry about cooling before your ram limits you.
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