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I'm still working on and perfecting my build which is currently in the form of a NewEgg Wish List.

I probably can't make any purchases until April, so rebates and sale prices really don't apply. I'm trying to stay under $800 after shipping.

I would love to know what you guys think of this, and if I might have any compatibility issues. I'm just looking for your input on each part in that if there's a better part I can choose for the same cost of the part in question (or a couple dollars more, but preferably less), then I'll probably go with it. I kinda want to get the best oc possible as well to increase the value as much as possible.

Also, gaming is not the #1 priority. The most demanding game I currently own is Tron 2.0. After that, it's Unreal 1 (Unreal Gold). For the most part, I'll be watching dvd movies, copying dvd's and cd's, checking e-mail in Outlook 2002 (OfficeXP), and using the internet a lot to watch high-quality high-bandwidth-required drum videos. Other than that, I'll probably also buy some relatively modern games that this system can handle and provide very high performance at the game's highest settings. I just have this feeling that once I start using it, I'm going to want to challenge it.

Not only that, but I want to build a system that's going to last a long time, and be able to handle Vista Home Premium or Ultimate.

I'm also taking into consideration that in 6 months or so, I'll probably upgrade this thing with things like the 8800GT, 4GB of memory, and maybe an E8400, if the prices are right.

My NewEgg Public Wish List.
  • Cooler Master 690
  • Silverstone ST50EF-Plus 500w
  • GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
  • E2180
  • Tuniq Tower
  • mushkin HP series 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 4-5-4-11
  • 250GB SATA Barracuda OEM
  • EVGA 8600GT SSC 256MB 128-bit GDDR3
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
  • Samsung SATA 20x DVD±R OEM
  • ASUS 16X SATA DVD-ROM (48X CD-ROM) OEM
  • One 18" Round Okgear IDE
  • One round SATA II right-angle
I have 2 opticals on purpose: I don't have any need for 2 actual burners. I like to have the convenience of one for the source, and one for the destination. I'm addicted to it. As for the extra cables: I want the IDE for better air-flow, and a cleaner look. I am actually sick of the ribbons. I also want to have a right-angle SATA cable for the sideways-facing internal HDD bay for the 690 (and the 534 if I go with it instead).

So, please rate it, and give me tips on how to improve it while not raising the price too much.

The total cost is currently $785.24 after shipping and rebates. I'm guessing it'll be a bit cheaper with this current configuration come late March, early April!
post #2 of 25
You don't want an 8600GT if you want to handle relatively modern games. You need an 8800GT at least. I would purchase the sound card later and put the better video card in first. Other than that it looks like a good value build.
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You don't want an 8600GT if you want to handle relatively modern games. You need an 8800GT at least. I would purchase the sound card later and put the better video card in first. Other than that it looks like a good value build.
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Why not grab a 9600GT? It is a considerably better card than the 8600GT. I know you are talking about saving money now, but it is a definite mistake to go cheap on the video card now and then have to pay up later, and then have your old card be completely worthless (look at the retail value of the 7600 series nowadays).

Wait, you have three SATA drives, so why do you need an IDE cable?
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You probably don't need to buy SATA or IDE cables, AFAIK motherboards come with them...
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post #6 of 25
I have a 8600 GT in a tweak machine I have, just to play around with and overclock.

I would definitley get a 9600GT or something like that, the 8600 GT is rather dated technology and offers poor performance for playing modern games.

I would definitley ditch the sound card until later on and just use on board for now. Get a better video card with that extra money.
    
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Why not grab a 9600GT? It is a considerably better card than the 8600GT. I know you are talking about saving money now, but it is a definite mistake to go cheap on the video card now and then have to pay up later, and then have your old card be completely worthless (look at the retail value of the 7600 series nowadays).

Wait, you have three SATA drives, so why do you need an IDE cable?

DOH, I forgot to add that I'm also using my existing two 40GB Barracudas, which are IDE.
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You probably don't need to buy SATA or IDE cables, AFAIK motherboards come with them...
I know. I saw all the specs and pictures (and studied them) for each part.

This is why I'm specifying that I want a right-angled cable, which the mobo doesn't come with.
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I know. I saw all the specs and pictures (and studied them) for each part.

This is why I'm specifying that I want a right-angled cable, which the mobo doesn't come with.
Roger that. It is a good idea - Anandtech fully endorsed the idea after breaking off a SATA connector on an expensive SATA drive.
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Ditch that graphics card!
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