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I am going to go ahead and build a new comp and have basically decided how I want it to perform. I play only WOW so I don't need the best parts in the world, however I would like to have some freedom with it and be able to play SC2 decently. This is what I have so far and would like to know if you guys would do anything different. I don't want the price any higher unless it's a substantial increase in performance. I'm going to post little notes under my parts just to give you a little insight on what my thoughts are. Thanks in advance for any help or pointers guys!

MB:GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
-This seems to be the MB of choice from what I've read. $100 is very affordable.

CPU:E2200
-Is it worth it to get the 2200 or with the 2160 be just as well off? I will OC, but nothing too heavy..maybe $30 more for a cooler but not sure which to get. Help here plz.

RAM:G-Skill 4gb(2x2) ddr2 800
-I want 4gigs which I probably don't' need, but it's cheap atm, so o well.

HD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (500gb)
-I need space and this is cheaper per gig than the older 320gb's.

GPU:8800gt OC (512)
-Do I need the OC'd one? I don't' oc video cards normally and it's only $20 more than the regular one. Also I've been hearing that the 8750s are almost as good at a cheaper price. Thoughts?

PS:Thermaltake 500w
-I've had a few of these before with no problems, so figured I'd get another. Any better choices for the same price..or a cheap, yet good modular?

SCREEN:Acer 22"
-Big screen ftw.

CASE: I love the 900's and have build three systems for friends using them, but I want to cut corners anywhere I can. I even saw an ugly Xion that glowed green for $30 shipped. That's where I'm leaning, but I'm open here.
post #2 of 9
Seems pretty good so far. However, I'd go with an E2160 or E2180 to save money. It seems the E2200 tops out about the same speeds anyways. If you've got a bit more money to play with, check out the E8400. However, I have no complaints about my E2xxx CPU's. Both have ran everything I can throw at them just fine.

As you can see, you'll be running nearly an identical system to mine. Same mobo, CPU, PSU and nearly same HD (just larger). This was one of the easiest, most stable systems I've ever built. You won't be disappointed.

For the video card, don't worry about getting the OC'd one. Just buy one with reference clocks and then if you ever want you can just OC it beyond that "pre-OC" one anyways. And save yourself some cash.

For a cooler, if you're going with mild overclocking the Arctic Freezer Pro 7 can't be beat on a budget. For higher overclocking I'd recommend a Tuniq Tower, Thermaltake Big Typhoon or best of all the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme.

Once you get all the parts, come on back if you have any questions. Lots of good info and great users here on OCN to help you out.
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try a cooler master cm690. the people who get them are loving them. they have excellent airlfow too. But if you want some more speed, just step down your hdd and get 2 to put in a raid 0.


PS, the cm690 is usually $70 but you can find it with MIRs and sometimes cheap to free shipping. But most people say it is well worth the money.
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Yessir, I have the CM690 and it's a WONDERFUL case. Probably the best I've ever owned. Runs cool and looks slick. Love it and highly recommend it.

Also:
If you get the E2xxx cpu, then this link is GREAT for information: Stable E2xxx/E1xxx Thread
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Western Digital SATA 500GB Western Digital SATA 320GB None (damn IDE crap) OEM Box Cooler 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vtec View Post
I am going to go ahead and build a new comp and have basically decided how I want it to perform. I play only WOW so I don't need the best parts in the world, however I would like to have some freedom with it and be able to play SC2 decently. This is what I have so far and would like to know if you guys would do anything different. I don't want the price any higher unless it's a substantial increase in performance. I'm going to post little notes under my parts just to give you a little insight on what my thoughts are. Thanks in advance for any help or pointers guys!

MB:GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
-This seems to be the MB of choice from what I've read. $100 is very affordable.

CPU:E2200
-Is it worth it to get the 2200 or with the 2160 be just as well off? I will OC, but nothing too heavy..maybe $30 more for a cooler but not sure which to get. Help here plz.

RAM:G-Skill 4gb(2x2) ddr2 800
-I want 4gigs which I probably don't' need, but it's cheap atm, so o well.

HD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (500gb)
-I need space and this is cheaper per gig than the older 320gb's.

GPU:8800gt OC (512)
-Do I need the OC'd one? I don't' oc video cards normally and it's only $20 more than the regular one. Also I've been hearing that the 8750s are almost as good at a cheaper price. Thoughts?

PS:Thermaltake 500w
-I've had a few of these before with no problems, so figured I'd get another. Any better choices for the same price..or a cheap, yet good modular?

SCREEN:Acer 22"
-Big screen ftw.

CASE: I love the 900's and have build three systems for friends using them, but I want to cut corners anywhere I can. I even saw an ugly Xion that glowed green for $30 shipped. That's where I'm leaning, but I'm open here.
hmmi have a few recommendations for you...

1. go for an E2180, it will overcloc better than a E2160 in case you ever want to get more performance out of it ($89 on the egg)
2. get the standard 8800GT, the OC version is a waste of your money if you dont expect to get the absolute highest clocks possible
3. Get a DFI blood iron from tankguys.biz (they support OCN) for $100 - it overclocks better and is probaly more reliable than the gigabyte

Goodluck with your build!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by r34p3rex View Post
3. Get a DFI blood iron from tankguys.biz (they support OCN) for $100 - it overclocks better and is probaly more reliable than the gigabyte

Goodluck with your build!
I agree with everything you said except the above.

The P35-DS3L is one of the most stable P35 boards ever. It won't have any stability issues, I can guarantee you that. In all honesty, the Abit IP35 line is most likely the best P35 overclocking boards. And they are cheaper (60 something on Newegg after rebate). Check those out for sure.

The Blood Iron is a good board from what I hear, just showing the OP that his choice is fine, and that he has others he can check out (IP35 ftw!!).
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Western Digital SATA 500GB Western Digital SATA 320GB None (damn IDE crap) OEM Box Cooler 
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Windows 7 64bit + Windows XP SP3 Acer 22" LCD Logitech G15 (blue version) Visontek 650w 
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post #8 of 9
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I'm monitoring this very closely guys and I really appreciate the input. I plan on buying tomorrow so I wanna be clear on what I'm getting by then. This is really just a starting point for what I want so I will change this accordingly as you guys give me opinions. It seems like I really don't need the 2200 from what you guys are saying, but it is only $5 more than the 2180? Also, if I can save the $20 and not get the oc'd video card, I'll definitely do that. Do you guys have any thoughts on sc2 and what it's really gonna take to run it well? Will this box do it?

I just looked at The Blood Iron and the reviews really seem mixed as compared to gigabyte. I really wanna stay with the stuff people are proving works over and over again. I won't be running raid so that's not an issue either.
post #9 of 9
Since SC2 is still no where near production/release no one can really be sure on that. Once more news comes out I'm sure we'll be able to see what kind of system will be needed to run it. Until then, it's any ones guess.

For the motherboard, check this out. It seems to be the best OCing P35 board. And it's cheap to boot:

IP35-E


It's out of stock on newegg right now, but you can find them elsewhere for around the same price. If you don't need RAID or xfire it's most definitely the way to go.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x6 1055t Gigabyte 970A-UD3 HIS Radeon HD6870 1GB G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 (4GBx2) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital SATA 500GB Western Digital SATA 320GB None (damn IDE crap) OEM Box Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit + Windows XP SP3 Acer 22" LCD Logitech G15 (blue version) Visontek 650w 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x6 1055t Gigabyte 970A-UD3 HIS Radeon HD6870 1GB G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 (4GBx2) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital SATA 500GB Western Digital SATA 320GB None (damn IDE crap) OEM Box Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit + Windows XP SP3 Acer 22" LCD Logitech G15 (blue version) Visontek 650w 
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