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post #1 of 11
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Hello everyone,

I am building a computer for my brother and I was just wondering everyone's thoughts on the build as far as value/performance. Suggestions are very much welcome! Oh yeah... my brother wont be doing any overclocking, so this is the purpose of this thread mostly. I was wondering if the idea that my brother will not be overclocking should effect the choices of the computer components. Thanks in advance everyone.

I'll just keep it simple by naming the product and the price, if you guys would like a link, I'm more than happy to provide one.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 $300
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R $130
Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 $90
Video Card: EVGA Nvidia 8800 GTS 320MB $280 $20 MIR
Power Supply Unit: Corsair 520 HX $90 $20 MIR
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW $50 $10 MIR

Total Cost = $940 - $50 = $890

Yeah, just a reminder, there will be no overclocking, so what do you guys think? Should I change a certain computer component to save money? As far as the CPU and VIDEO CARD, I think those are musts.

The Patriot Memory and Crucial Ballistics were two of which that I have been deciding upon lately. However I chose the Patriot Memory because Fry's has a great deal on them without any shipping cost and no rebates for a straight up $90.

How do you guys feel about the motherboard? Should I spend this much for a motherboard considering that I will not be overclocking?

How do you guys like the power supply? I have heard great things about this Corsair 520HX. Is it enough to fuel the other components? Is $90 too expensive to spend? It seems like a great price to me.

I have had a hard time looking for a CASE lately - something under $50. What do you guys think is a good performance case and nice looking as well? Thanks in advance!!

By the way, if anyone was curious about why I did not include a Harddrive, it is because my brother has about 6 hard drives already, so I will not be purchasing one. The optical drive, monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, and operating system have already been taken care of. Thanks again!

Brian
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post #2 of 11
Super Bargain Build
good job
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post #3 of 11
Looks VERY good for a $900 build, if i could get that for same price in UK i would be laughin.

Unfrotuantley its more like £750 which is roughly $1500
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post #4 of 11
Well id just go for generic RAM, brand name RAM is basically just faster or better suited for OCing and since he wont be OCing it is a bit of a waste.
My brother got a close to same spec rig as that (basically same except he got a GTX) and he has a Cooler Master extreme 600w and that seems to be doing very very nicely.
The motherboard is a nice choice, although for not overclocking id just go for one that supports the hardware and has minimal OCing features just to save a few dollars.
These are nice mobo's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128057
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188017

The gigabyte supports 1066MHz RAM and its the same price as the 650i so id probably go with that, plus i am very happy with my gigabyte board at the moment and my brother likes his new one.

And the case is basically up to you, i dont know what you prefer, what i like may be absolutely ugly to you so its your pick

Hope this helped.
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post #5 of 11
Naw, just keep the ram. It is best not to cheap out on that.

Do, however, get the S3 instead of the DS3. The only difference between the two is some higher quality caps on the DS3, but it really isn't necessary and will save you $40-50.

Your brother will be very satisfied with the rig.
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post #6 of 11
if 100% certain never any OC then:

Downgrade to 667 mhz or 533 mhz ram (saves cash and 533mhz is stock speed with a 266 fsb)

Get a much cheaper motherboard, around $50 that supports quads (whats the point in paing $80 more to have a enthusiasts board if it'll never be used)

And at stock settings that rig won't need that much power, and a xclio 500 watt $50 psu has received good reviews here (and I have it and its a good psu)

So you can make it around $750 if you are 100% never overclocking. If there is the slightest chance in the future then keep your current build as those are quality components
post #7 of 11
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Thanks Everyone! I appreciate all your comments. I will definately re-think about getting a cheaper motherboard since my brother will not be overclocking.

I was wondering. I have been debating between the New Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L which you guys have found for me at $90 versus the Old Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3. What do you guys think between these two motherboards? Which one should I get between the two? The problem with the new Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L is that it supports only DDR2-1066 correct? The ram that I have in my build is the Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2-800, so I'm afraid that may be a problem.

Here are two links:

Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L $90 $6.50 Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128057

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 $110 No Shipping Cost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012

I am having a hard time choosing between these two. For the P35, it is newer, but it has the memory capability issue that I am having. I'd love to save a couple bucks off of this $900 build..and I think the first step is to change the motherboard... hmm, Well thanks guys in advance, let me know what you guys think!

Brian
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate 7200.11 500GB 32MB Cache Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista 64 Dell 24'' LCD Corsair 620HX 
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Antec 900 Logitech MX518 Super Mat 
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Intel Q6600 2.4GHz (G0) ABit IP35 Pro BFG OC NVidia 8800 GTS 512MB Crucial Ballistix Tracers DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate 7200.11 500GB 32MB Cache Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista 64 Dell 24'' LCD Corsair 620HX 
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Antec 900 Logitech MX518 Super Mat 
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post #8 of 11
The DDR2 800 RAM you chose will work fine in the P35 board, which I suggest you go for - it will last you longer, should you upgrade in the future!
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post #9 of 11
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TheGimpMan - Hmm, wait a second, I am slightly confused. On the new egg website it says that the Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L's Memory Standard is DDR2-1066

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128057

Wouldn't that mean that the minimum requirement of the memory you purchase needs to be DDR2-1066 in order to be compatible with this motherboard?

Brian
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 2.4GHz (G0) ABit IP35 Pro BFG OC NVidia 8800 GTS 512MB Crucial Ballistix Tracers DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate 7200.11 500GB 32MB Cache Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista 64 Dell 24'' LCD Corsair 620HX 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec 900 Logitech MX518 Super Mat 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6600 2.4GHz (G0) ABit IP35 Pro BFG OC NVidia 8800 GTS 512MB Crucial Ballistix Tracers DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate 7200.11 500GB 32MB Cache Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista 64 Dell 24'' LCD Corsair 620HX 
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Antec 900 Logitech MX518 Super Mat 
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post #10 of 11
thats saying it supports 1066 memory, it'll scale to slower ram and will default to 533 mhz like all mb's (i think)
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