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Let me begin by saying I HATE saving money. That said, I would like to begin building a new system. My plan is this : to buy $300 worth of components every two weeks, or every pay check, until it is completed. So, my task for overclock.net is to build me a system that not even one single component can be over the $300 limit! So a $600 8800 GTX would be out of the question, but say 2 x 8800 GTS 320MB in SLI at $300 a piece would be ok. for example. But as an overall limit, don't really have one, but don't get ridicoulous, if it takes to long to complete it'll be dated by the hardware on its way. Also, I realize that by the time my rig nears comletion, newer and better hardware will have adjusted the pricing, so you can "predict" what you think prices will be, but of course, round up. Let's see what you got...

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Here's what we've come up with so far, if you see something you think needs changed, let me know!


Week 0 - OP650 + Antec 900 + S-ATA DVD Burner
Wekk 2 - 2x250GB Seagate 7200.10 Drives + Bluegears b-Enspirer Sound Card
Week 4 - Asus P5N32-E + 2GB G-Skill HZ DDR2-800 w/Black Heatspreaders
Week 6 - 8800 GTS 320MB
Week 8 - Core 2 Quad Q6600
Week 10 - 8800 GTS 320MB
Week 12 - SilverStone FM-121B's + Tuniq Tower 120
Week 14 - Windows Vista Ultimate

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post #2 of 47
It'll take a minute to set up the components in 300 dollar increments but I will do so after I eat my Pizza Hut.
post #3 of 47
get the CPU last and get a q66 after price drops
    
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is the q6600 really that much better than the e6700?? i have read that it runs much hotter, thus requiring water cooling to OC.
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Don't listen to everything you hear. There are a few people on these-here boards clocked on air.

I'm one of them: 55C load @ 3.0Ghz on Air.

And, G0 Stepping is looking more-than-promising for Quads.
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You really should save your money and buy it all at once. You will be sitting with unusable parts and second guessing your decision. Another thing that will happen is you'll buy a part and by the time your system can be completed, the part will be cheaper, have an updated version, or outdated possibly.
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Few questions...
1) What is stepping? And what is this new "G0" stepping as oppose to the old "B2" stepping?
2) Is there a large performance boost from the c2d and quads? (Will a Q6600 @ 3.0GHz yield higher performance than an E6600 @ 3.0GHz or 3.5GHz. I'm under the assumption there isn't software that utilizes the quad processors)

Thanks guys.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
Few questions...
1) What is stepping? And what is this new "G0" stepping as oppose to the old "B2" stepping?
2) Is there a large performance boost from the c2d and quads? (Will a Q6600 @ 3.0GHz yield higher performance than an E6600 @ 3.0GHz or 3.5GHz. I'm under the assumption there isn't software that utilizes the quad processors)

Thanks guys.
1) CPU revisions as far as I've understood. Couldn't get me to tell you exactly, though, and would better be answered by someone that's not so newb. G0, from the early tests, seems to run a lot cooler and require less voltage to power.

2) I'd wager not, actually. An E6600 at 3.4ghz should perform as well as a Q6600 at 3.4Ghz, if not better. The difference between number of cores is applicable in applications that can take advantage of multiple CPU cores. Folding is an example, Video Encoding/compressing, digital content creation. The benefit lies with the user's needs.
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post #9 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
Few questions...
1) What is stepping? And what is this new "G0" stepping as oppose to the old "B2" stepping?
2) Is there a large performance boost from the c2d and quads? (Will a Q6600 @ 3.0GHz yield higher performance than an E6600 @ 3.0GHz or 3.5GHz. I'm under the assumption there isn't software that utilizes the quad processors)

Thanks guys.
There are plenty of multi-threaded apps out there. There aren't many multi-threaded games though.

If you want a system today and all your do is game then a dual core is good to go. If you do a lot of encoding and what not then the quad could be a better performer for you.
post #10 of 47
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I would obviously be buying cpu+vid card last, and things like a case, maybe some SATA optical drives, I don't know much 'bout HDD's... Set it up like this -
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Week 2 -
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Week 12?
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