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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Apparently my sig was too long (It had my build specs in it). So I am making this thread for my Spring/Summer build. Please don't flame me for posting it so long before I build it, you're just bumping it if you do that. All suggestions are welcome.





From Newegg:
DVD/CD Drive:DVD-Burner $25.99 Shipped
CPU: Q6600 - OEM $199.99 Shipped
RAM: 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000 2x $179.98 Shipped
MB: DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R $191.99 Shipped
PSU: CORSAIR 550W Power Supply (Single Rail) $74.99 Shipped Google check out discount saves $10
HDD:Already owned 2 X 750GB Spinpoint F1 Samsung
Case: Cooler Master 690 - $90.98 Shipped
Fan Controller - $33.17 Shipped
Fans: 4 x Scythe S-Flex 1600RPM $59.36 Shipped


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Lapping Kit
Lapping Kit Refill
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ARCTIC COOLING ACCELERO S1 REV 2
Artic Cooling MX-2
$123.36 Shipped


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Edited by A Legend of Sorts - 6/1/08 at 5:08pm
$400 HTPC
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E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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post #2 of 11
I'll try to recommend a mobo - its not really my area of expertise. The GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L is a great budget board and is only $90. also the DFI LANPARTY DK, is good and is $150.

However, for the water cooling loop I would recommend:

cpu block: d-tek fuzion, $60
radiator: black ice 360, $55 (quads put out a ton of heat)
pump: Laing D5 / Swiftech MCP-655 (variable version), $70
tubing: 1/2" tygon or 7/16" Masterkleer, $2 or $.50 per foot
reservoir: swiftech Micro res, $17
coolant: distilled water, pt nuke, pentosin
fans: 3x 86cfm Panaflo, $30 for all three
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Q6600 G0 @ 3.4ghz, 1.39v DFI LP UT P35-T2R XFX 6970 4gb G.Skill PC8000, 2gb G.Skill PC8500 
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OCZ Vertex 2 60gb, WD Black 1tb, Samsung F1 1tb Windows 7 x64 Samsung 206bw Razer Tarantula 
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post #3 of 11
You can scrape off 20-30 bucks by getting a D-tek DB-1 pump from cyberdruidpc.com

It's a really great pump.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Do I really need a 360? Can I get load temps <55C @ 3.6-3.8ghz on Q6600 with just a 240?

Do you think GPUs will need PCIe 2.0 in 3 years? I am wondering if I am going to need to get a X38 MB...
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E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Dell Mechanical Keyboard Seasonic 300w full size ATX LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX 
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post #5 of 11
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I decided not to do water cooling, anyone know where to get a lapped TRUE cheap? Also does anyone know if the X38 will have any price cuts soon?
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E3200 2.4ghz wolfdale celeron ZOTAC GF9300-G-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI NVIDIA GeForce 9300M 2GB Crucial DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80gb Hitachi + external 750GB + 1.5TB HDD Lite-on DVD-ROM Crunchbang 22" Samsung 1680x1050 
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post #6 of 11
I wouldn't bet on significant X38 price cuts until the fall, as people start scaling back PC purchases in anticipation of Nehalem and the new Intel socket. Of course, if you were going to wait that long you ought to wait for Nehalem anyway. Intel with integrated memory control is going to be absurdly fast in applications.

I don't think that PCIE 2.0 is going to be a necessary commodity anytime soon. Some cards can use 2.0, but they don't need the faster speeds yet. And if they did, a socket 775 processor would bottleneck the bejesus out of them anyway.

I like my DS3L, and I've heard good things about ABIT's IP35-E ($60) and the Gigabyte X38 DS4 ($200).

Main piece of advice: If you're waiting until summer, get a 45nm Quad, probably a Q9450 in the $300-ish range. Save money by replacing that pricey TRUE with an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro for less than thirty bones, and enjoy your 10% faster clock for clock processor.
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Seagate 7200.10 250gb Samsung IDE XP Home SP2B Hanns G 17' 
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Seagate 7200.10 250gb Samsung IDE XP Home SP2B Hanns G 17' 
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post #7 of 11
SOUND CARD: ROFL?

Have you heard the difference from onboard sound to a nice sound card? You, my friend, are insane! I suggest investing in some aftermarket card.
    
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320gb Seagate Barracuda + 160gb LG DVDRW Windows Vista Ultimate x64 MAG 19" Widescreen 
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post #8 of 11
Looks good but if you are getting a Q6600 thats more likely to support SLI and Xfire then a 9600GT. If you dont like 8800s then my get a Q6600. Get a cheapers CPU.
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SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
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4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
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eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
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4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
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eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
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Sony XB950BT 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
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OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by l V l View Post
SOUND CARD: ROFL?

Have you heard the difference from onboard sound to a nice sound card? You, my friend, are insane! I suggest investing in some aftermarket card.
agreed. my sound card is really old and I can still tell the difference between it and my family's onboard sound. But go ahead and leave it out if you like buzzing.
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post #10 of 11
It is FAR too early for you to be GPU shopping. Surely there will be a 8800 price drop soon.

For the money you're spending... How could you be content with that 9600GT?
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