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Just taking a quick glance at my comp specs, you can see that not only is my computer old as balls with 1 or 2 upgrades, but from the lack of information there, you can probably guess that when it was built 5 years or so ago, it wasn't by me, so I don't know what all the parts are.

That being said, I'm looking to build a new computer that will last me just as long as this one did. I'm looking to focus on gaming, but would like to overclock too. Heres what I have so far... any comments would be appreciated.


Case: Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower 169.99

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 139.99

Mobo: ASUS P5B-Plus LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard 139.99

Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor 223.90

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit 114.00

Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP 299.99

HD: HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLA360 (0A33435) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 74.99

DVD: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI 31.99

OS: Vista Home Premium 119.99

Total Price : $1314.83 (all on Newegg.com)

Also, if you can think of any possible cheap upgrades I can do to what I have now... while i save up for this... that'd be awesome too!
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post #2 of 29
Excellent setup, But I advice you to get SeaSonic PSU it's almost noiseless, & ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro.

Good Job
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post #3 of 29
If your gonna OC, get a pair of G. Skill HZ's.
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post #4 of 29
Looks great! Big upgrade there, your speeds are gonna soar =D

If you're trying to save a little money, the PSU you picked out is very powerful. Most PC's (the one you're buying, too) won't really need that much; and I could be wrong, but judging by how long it took you to upgrade from that P4, you won't be needing the extra power.

Not only that, it wastes electricity, which is money... And well, the whole environment and all.

Other then that, beautiful system my friend

Love the Processor and the Ram... good choices!

EDIT: Oh yeah. You're gonna NEED an after market heatsink, and for the money, the Big Typhoon is awesome. I'm just gonna suggest that right off the bat.
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post #5 of 29
Bad choice on the RAM. They won't oc high. Try the G.SKill HZ kit.
 
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E7200 3.6GHZ 9*400 1.25v Gigabyte P35-DS3R BFG 9800GTX OC 2*1GB Kingston HyperX D9GKX 1200MHZ C5, 2.0V 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB WD SATAII NEC 3550A DL DVD+/-RW Win XP Home HP W2007 
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post #6 of 29
Nice build heres a few cheaper recommendation hope it helps.

The G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800Mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065

E6420, well overclock close to the E6600 and the money you save you can buy a good heat skin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115016

Pretty much the same case but comes with a very nice $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133021

One of the best air coolers should easy handle and ocing of 3.4Ghz+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835109140

Every else seem to be great dude, really nice rig hope your happy with it Good luck.
    
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post #7 of 29
Replace the PSU with this:
PC Power & Cooling 610w-one of the best PSU's.
G. Skill PC2 6400-Can do 450FSB, enough to oc your e6420 to around 3.6ghz(if it can go that high)
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post #8 of 29
Another intel person. ;_;

For an intel build, it looks good. Get the GSKILLs.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by P3rsian View Post
Just taking a quick glance at my comp specs, you can see that not only is my computer old as balls with 1 or 2 upgrades, but from the lack of information there, you can probably guess that when it was built 5 years or so ago, it wasn't by me, so I don't know what all the parts are.

That being said, I'm looking to build a new computer that will last me just as long as this one did. I'm looking to focus on gaming, but would like to overclock too. Heres what I have so far... any comments would be appreciated.


Case: Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower 169.99

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 139.99

Mobo: ASUS P5B-Plus LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard 139.99

Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor 223.90

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit 114.00

Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP 299.99

HD: HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLA360 (0A33435) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 74.99

DVD: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI 31.99

OS: Vista Home Premium 119.99

Total Price : $1314.83 (all on Newegg.com)

Also, if you can think of any possible cheap upgrades I can do to what I have now... while i save up for this... that'd be awesome too!
I have quite a few adjustments and recommendations.

Considering going for the Silverstone OP650 or OP750. They are much better power supplies. I wouldn't get the OP750 off of Newegg as their batch seems to be horrible. EastLuna.com has the OP750 for a really good price (Good e-tailer). OP650 / OP750

I would not get the P5B-Plus, you can get the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R for a little bit cheaper from ewiz.com (good e-tailer as well). It is a much better motherboard and has the new P35 / ICH9R chipset.

As some have recommended, you really cannot beat the current deal at Newegg.com on the G.Skill HZ's. You should definitely get these.

You can save some money and spend it on other upgrades (640MB video card instead of 320MB) by simply going with the E6X20. These will yeild high overclocks for less money. The E6420 is only $185 shipped at ZZF ($2.99 for 2nd day air)

Looks like you have chosen an OEM Vista OS. This is really not a good idea as you cannot upgrade your system components in the future and still use the OS. The retail versions are a much better idea. You can get the upgrade versions for cheaper or get an academic copy.

I urge you not to only shop at Newegg.com. Many people exclusively shop there. I do not understand why. Their prices are not always best and their service isn't any better than most etailers.

Some great reputable e-tailers include: www.newegg.com, www.zipzoomfly.com, www.buy.com, www.ewiz.com, www.jab-tech.com, www.performance-pcs.com. Between those e-tailers you will amost always find the best price.

For example, www.performance-pcs has the Tuniq Tower (great heatsink) for $12 less than Newegg.com. The shipping is cheaper and these ship faster.
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post #10 of 29
Build looks great dude
I would also suggest the G.SKILL HZ if you plan to overclock, great ram and can bought for $100!
Also an aftermarket heatsink is a MUST if you plan to OC at all, especially on the C2D's.
Another suggestion would be to wait will the end of July and get the Q6600 for $266, or get the E6600 then for $186, save yourself some money; it sounded like your saving up anyway so just wait another month, it'll be worth it. Also, you said you plan on this mainly being a gaming rig, I would spend an extra $79 (plus it has a $30 MIR) and get the 640MB 8800GTS as apposed to the 320MB version.
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