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post #1 of 16
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Could you guys critique this build? Tell me what is good/bad about my choices, please. Also, can you suggest a good 22"-32" widescreen monitor? Thanks.

Intel Q6600 -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017
BFG 8800 GTX -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143080
(2) 400 GB HD -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136076
1000 TT PSU -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153053
4 GB 1066MHz ram -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166
mobo -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131235
Cosmos case -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119138
DVD Burner -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129018
Zalman 9500 -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003
Vista Home Premium -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116202
post #2 of 16
WHY DO YOU WANT A GTX?!?!?
Get an 8800gt/gts 512 or a 9600gt.

I've heard the 9600gt performs around the 8800gt and gts, and the GTS can outperform the gtx once overclocked.

GTS for $240 with MIR
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post #3 of 16
If you're going to be overclocking, step up to the Zalman 9700 or the Thermalright 120 coolers.

Also, for the video card. If you're going with a 22" monitor, go for an 8800GTS 512MB. It is cheaper and will perform better. If you get the bigger monitor, stick with the card you chose, but get the EVGA version. They allow you to step up to a newer video card within 3 months if you chose.
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post #4 of 16
Looks good. Change the GXT to G92 GTS unless you do 1920x1024 or 24"+ LCD. GTS is around $250 now. Get a $40 Tuniq Tower for cooler. Board can change to Asus Maximum Formula. The 1K PSU is overkill. A good 600W+ PSU such as Silverstone DA750 should be fine.
post #5 of 16
Lots of money spent in all the wrong places.

Processor is a good choice, although I'd probably pick up a cheap E2k chip and then upgrade to a Q9450 later this month.

Graphics card was already covered, although the 9600GT doesn't exactly perform around the 8800GT - it's definitely below it, but I believe the price-performance ratio is actually better than the 8800GT. Even so, considering how much you want to spend on a graphics card, I'd get 9600GT cards in SLI.

And of course, that leads me to the motherboard - that board is hugely overpriced unless you've got a water-cooling setup and some extreme overclocking planned. Given that SLI seems to be within your price range and isn't as expensive as it used to be, I'd pick up a 780i board instead. I'd probably go for the EVGA 780i board for $100 less than the Maximus Extreme - that's just better money spent, and on options you can actually use.

The power supply is hugely overkill for your setup. Get something like the Antec Truepower Quattro 850w, and even that is going to be overkill by a large margin given your setup.

DDR2 1066MHz RAM is way over the top as well - cut back to DDR2 800MHz - I doubt you'll be able to get a Q6600 stable beyond 450MHz, and most good DDR2 800 modules can handle that without too much of a sweat. I personally like the look of the Geil Evo One sticks, but the choice is up to you.

The Cosmos is a nice case, but if you're going to be running SLI (or Tri-SLI), things are going to heat up rather quickly. I'd opt for the Cosmos-S (RC1100) over the Cosmos (RC1000), just for the extra cooling ability. Or maybe pick out a nice Silverstone Temjin TJ07/TJ09 or a Lian-Li.

For the DVD burner, pick up a SATA model. IDE is dead, there's no need to have ribbon cables floating around your case.

And that CPU cooler was dethroned years ago. Pick up a Tuniq Tower 120 or Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme instead.
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post #6 of 16
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Thanks for the input guys, I should mention this build is for my friend who wants, in his words, a "future proof" computer. I know that's not completely possible, but I thought by picking that mobo that later I could easily throw in DDR3 ram when it becomes standard, and then I'd also have a PSU that can handle most future hardware. He told me that he's willing to spend $2000 and he wants a really nice computer. So, that's why I picked an 8800 GTX and overkill on the ram, PSU, and other stuff.

Also, do anyone know if it's true that soundcards are no longer needed because Vista mixes all sound through software powered by one of your extra cores? Read something to that effect in PC Gamer, but I don't remember the exact details. Is an X-Fi soundcard worth it?
post #7 of 16
DDR3 is still in its infancy. By the time we see true gains from DDR3 as well as it becoming more of a standard, the speeds currently supported on motherboards will be laughable, and it'll probably be close to time for a new rig anyway.

Regarding the sound card, that might be true, but an extra core on your processor is not capable of EAX decoding, which is the main reason people buy X-Fi sound cards (it's certainly not for the sound quality, my old E-MU 0404 sound card has better sound quality for musical purposes).
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post #8 of 16
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Here's the build I'm considering now after everyone's advice. What do you think? Thanks, everyone.

Waiting for Q9450
EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel
SAMSUNG Black 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (X2)
Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler
EVGA GeForce 8800GTX 768-P2-N831-AR Video Card
Antec TPQ-850 ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply
SAMSUNG 2220WM-HAS Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
post #9 of 16
looks good.....have fun with the build
    
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post #10 of 16
I would still go with a 8800GTS 512MB, or why not 2x 8800GT 512MB SLI? That would add some punch and dwarf the GTX for not much more money.
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