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Hey, me again!

Okay, so I started off in the last thread at $1000. So I did a little reading, found out there's a sick crazy Intel price drop happening soon, and decided to wait. I waited, I read, I worked, and I fantasized. As my bank account got fatter, so did my budget.

So, I'll make it easier, build me the best computer (with the best possible prices) given what I want. This means, you dictate the price with the best prices out there (and if you must have a budget, absolutely no higher than $1600). I say this, because I want my options to be open.

Wants:
CPU: Q6600 G0
Comment:
  • Must be "G0" stepping, so is the first/second week of August safe?
  • I was debating on the E6750, but I'm going to be keeping this computer for a while.
RAM: 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2 1000, PC8000
Comments:
  • Already purchased, $110 (after $100 MIR)
MOBO: P35 chipset, good OC'er, SLI (optional, not needed)

SFX: Is this really needed?

GPU: 8800GTX
Comments:
  • For now, I only have CS:S, FEAR, and UT2004, so I was thinking about getting a X1950XT and wait until more DX10 cards/games are released.
  • I could just settle with a 8800GTX, what do you think?
HDD: 2x320GB Seagate Barracudas 7200.10
Comments: Already purchased @ the egg. $79.99
CASE: P180/P182
Comments:
  • I love this case.
  • The Gigabyte Aurora 3D was my second choice
  • The P180b = $100, P182b = $153
  • I attend college out of state and I will be moving it up a large set of stairs (2nd level) and down once and a while (to go home)
PSU: Whatever it takes to power this sucker efficiently
Comments:
  • MUST be modular
OPTICAL DRIVES: Combo drive: DVD/CD Burner (Must be reliable & quiet)
Comments:
  • I was thinking about going SATA with the burner, what do you think?
COOLING: I was thinking maybe the Tuniq Tower
Comments:
  • I want something $60 or under
  • Should I change out the fans inside the case?
  • Everything should be quiet, hence the P180/182
Your feedback/comments/suggestions are welcome. Feel free to change anything in my list. Thanks!



EDIT: A reason why I'm upgrading, pretty funny if you ask me!
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64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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For the PSU - Corsair 620WT. Great, great great PSU! Get that

For the Motherboard - Gigabyte GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R

It has DDR3 and DDR2 memory, its an amazing overclocker and its cheap too! Only trouble is no SLI but its seriously an incredible board!

For the fans get the Scythe S-Flex SSF21F or SSF21E (They differate as one (f) is more powerful but slightely louder... still quiet though and the other is quieter but less powerful. They are about $20 each though!

For the cooling your choice between Tuniq Tower and Thermalright 120 Ultra... The 120 is more powerful but you may need to lap it, which is easy but time consuming and boring.

As for the rest.. great choices
    
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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Sleeves rolled back


Wow picking build components is hard

Samsung Optical 38

Lian Li Case 209

250 Baracuda 62

8800 GTX 516

850w Silverstone PSU 179

2gb OCZ reaper with gangsta ass heatspreaders 130

Gigabyte P35 mobo 149

E6600 CPU 229

Tuniq tower 55


Subtotal $1,566.82

Total shipped $1,712.45



With all rebates 1622 SHIPPED Grand Total



If you don't like that pc there is definatly something wrong with you.


O yeah i have the antec case you where wondering about. Its an amazing case to build in. The stock fans are crap. I suggest you replace them if you want it. I didn't get to yet. But If i had the extra cash i would definatly have bought the lian li. Because Lian Li = 1337
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Thread Starter 
butt lian-li doesn't feel as solid as the p182!! how about i buy it off you and you get the lian li?
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64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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post #5 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
butt lian-li doesn't feel as solid as the p182!! how about i buy it off you and you get the lian li?
wait what Trust me Lian Li's are one of the worlds best cases they are extremly sturdy. comment on what i suggested you. Look at my build log if you want more info on the P180.

If you still want an P180 then get it. It's a great case but.... if i had the money i would have gotten the lian li but it is your money
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post #6 of 13
The p182b case looks sweet as hell. Most likely the case for my next build.
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AMD Phenom II X4 955  Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Sapphire HD 6950 Sapphire HD 6950 
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G-Skill Mushkin Callisto Deluxe WD Black LG Supermulti 
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Rasa Black CPU water block. Rasa X20 pump/res c... Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Deck Legend Fire mechanical with Cherry Black s... Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W modular PSU. 
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G-Skill Mushkin Callisto Deluxe WD Black LG Supermulti 
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Rasa Black CPU water block. Rasa X20 pump/res c... Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Deck Legend Fire mechanical with Cherry Black s... Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W modular PSU. 
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post #7 of 13
CPU: A-, I prefer Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
RAM: A
MOBO: P35 chipset has only CrossFire capability. ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP supports natively DDR2 1066 standard
SFX: Optional, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
GPU: Get ATi Instead, Radeon X1950XT running with Accelero X2. Man this is tempting
HDD:Cool set RAID 0
CASE: P180/P182
Comments: All cases are kind of heavy, Personally I like Antec Performance One P180B
PSU: Get SeaSonic M12 SS-700HM (new, modular) or PCP&C 750 Silencer (old, not modular)
OPTICAL DRIVES: LG 18X DVD±R Lightscribe DVD Burner is the best
COOLING:Tuniq Tower with AS5. Other thought you can always consult ppl from the WaterCooling fourm.



Best of Luck
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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Why do you say go with ATI? (x1950xt)
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64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
Why do you say go with ATI? (x1950xt)
Go for it! I have done the same..

Wait a year or so for better DX10 cards to come out and get that at now low, low prices.
    
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Windows Vista Home Premium Corsair 620WT SLI Certified Modular ATX Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000BWS (Black) 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PeaceMaker View Post
Why do you say go with ATI? (x1950xt)
Yeah why would you go with an 1950xt. Why not go for an 2900xt

Also I bet you have heard about the new X38 chipset that's coming out in september. There is a rumor going around that Nvidea might give intel the blessing to do SLI
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