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Ground up gaming box for 8800gt.

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edit: I've now received everything, hooked it up, and am lovin it so far. (page 6, post #59)

This thread will log my purchases, my building, and overclocking. Am re-using some components.
(Canadian prices (is on par with USD) note: as JamsD pointed out, newegg does not deliver to Canada, I've been checking NCIX.com mostly)

New Comp Goals:
-Gaming Under $1000
-OC chip and vid card! (never OCed before)
-some futerproofing - quad cpu (when more useful), 8800gt SLI (when really cheap), RAM space, 45nm chip


Thinking of: Decided on: Ordered!
cpu e3110 (or e8400) $209 $249
mobo EVGA Nforce 750I SLI Ftw $194 Gigabyte EP35-DS3R$137 $103 was DS3L, DFI BI, and about 12 others..
ram Buffalo Firestix 2X1GB $78 PC2-8500Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2x1G $79
gpu EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT $169 $195
psu Corsair TX650W $90 Corsair TX750W 750W 60A $85 went out of stock. $90 $140 was a modular 600W Corsair, post#5,9
fan Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 $25 going to buy a fan later on


Sub total: $737 (MIR subtracted out of price *fingers crossed*)
shipping/insurance and taxes +$135
Total: $871




Next steps.
-should find out how much my old HD is going to slow me down

-put the order through!!!
-pick some friggin RAM, again!
there was no availibility on the one that I had picked
-pick some friggin ram
-pick another board
the p35 wasn't giving me future options
-check compatibility again
-find out min watts needed for this rig
needs 260 basic or 420 OC and added on to
-look for a cheaper/better PSU




notes on the choices,

The CPU. Intel Xeon E3110 Dual Core
I want the e3110, or e8400, as they are apparently the same chip. Will go quad some day, when they run better than these core 2 duos for gaming.

The Mobo. EVGA Nforce 750I SLI Ftw
Was going to go with a P35 chipset, but decided on 750i chipset so I could SLI with true 2x PCIe16s. This board also supports 1066MHz RAM natively, has 45nm chips ability, and great OC ability. It's a pretty new board, and I am spending about 90 bucks more than I planned on here... but it's now the heart of this computer, even more so than the 8800gt.

The Memory. 2G of 8500 chipset d9gmh
I will get teh Vista that allows for 4G, but for now I am just going to go with 2G for money reasons. This is a lesser known item, like the 750i FTW and e3110, notice a trend?

The GPU. 8800gt
This is where it all began, an urge to OC an 8800gt got me thinking about buying a new computer. (NCIX is out of the vanilla 500MHz, so I had to pick a factory OCed one, whatever)

The PSU. Corsair TX750W out of stock swapped in a Corsair TX650W
I was going to buy a smaller wattage one, but NCIX put this big 750 on sale, it has ample apmerage on it's single 12v rail too. Great reviews.

The Fan.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7.
Will do this later. Might get a case fan, and passive GPU cooling too, who knows how hard I will OC this stuff.


I haven't gone over to the the "Hi my name is!" section, so here is a context relevant 15s bio. First comp: commodore 64 (I adored it). Favorite PC game style: first person shooters with a story in it. Previous overclocking experience: nothing! What does Drollum mean: I don't know. I live on the West Coast Canada. I drive an old Jetta way too fast all the time - and got pulled over the other night, but no ticket! Hi!
    
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e3110 @ 3.6G 750i FTW @ ~400-425FSB eVGA 8800gt 512 600MHz 2x1G BuffaloFirestix linked/synced auto 800MHz 
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XP pro Corsair VX650W 
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Is it rude to reserve a couple of posts for things like pictures?
    
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Is it rude to reserve a couple of posts for things like pictures?
NOt really. I mean you could just add pics to origonal post Like most people do.. If you have room.

Looks to be a good build!
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For the PSU try the Earthwatts. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371007

I have one, and it's still going strong. It's like 90 bucks too!
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Intel Q6600 G0 Stepping Abit IP35-PRO EVGA 8800GT Crucial Ballistix 2X1 DRR2800 
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Seagate 7200:11 500GB Liteon DVD-R Lightscribe Windows Vista x64 Antec Earthwatts 500W 
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Seagate 7200:11 500GB Liteon DVD-R Lightscribe Windows Vista x64 Antec Earthwatts 500W 
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I'm going to refrain from posting Newegg links since you're in Canada.

Honestly though you made some good choices in terms of price to performance.

I personally would go with a more modest Corsair PSU though, such as

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25472

or

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19832
if you need modular.

Corsair is solid across their whole line and even the 450 watt would power that system with ease.
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For the PSU try the Earthwatts. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371007

I have one, and it's still going strong. It's like 90 bucks too!
I took a look at what was offered in this line in Canada, and the prices are the same, cool.

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I personally would go with a more modest Corsair PSU though, such as

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=25472

or

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=19832
if you need modular.

Corsair is solid across their whole line and even the 450 watt would power that system with ease.
450w would be enough? Very cool.

That Corsair (the non-modular one, why did I think I needed modular?) looks like the winner at $67.



This is absolutely great, already this site has saved me serious money.


Well..
My current psu is the Enermax Whisper eg365-ve. (link included for the specs listed at that page) It is 350W and offers 17A @ 12V. I wonder if it could handle this setup. A wattage calc placed this system at only 260W..

But after sticking in some more ram, SLI-ing the vid card, and overclocking the CPU the recommended wattage went up to 420W. Looks like the Corsair CMPSU-450VX $67 would be powerful enough but the Corsair VX550W 550W $90 would give a bit more headroom, but it is more expensive.
    
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e3110 @ 3.6G 750i FTW @ ~400-425FSB eVGA 8800gt 512 600MHz 2x1G BuffaloFirestix linked/synced auto 800MHz 
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Hey, what about these!

Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN $75

Corsair XMS2 DHX 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 $58


These are cheaper than what I expected to pay for a decent bit of ram. Am I missing something? Are these suck? Should they be PC2-8000 or something? I am still learning what these numbers mean.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e3110 @ 3.6G 750i FTW @ ~400-425FSB eVGA 8800gt 512 600MHz 2x1G BuffaloFirestix linked/synced auto 800MHz 
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RAM is cheap these days. Lotta ballistix fans around here, I'm sure someone will recommend those.

Meanwhile you could get 2 2gb sticks for 99 haha. (just stick w/ 2gb)

Surprised a 450 PSU would be a recommendation for any modern system, but I'm told various things about PSU's and wouldn't want to weigh in.
    
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I think I will play it safe and get the larger psu, 550W. It might be 200 more watts than I need right now, but one day I might need the bigger wattage, especially when considering a possible SLI down the road.

Speaking of SLI, the DS3L only has one PCIe x16 slot, so, uhm, that means no SLI, doesn't it...

Gotta toss the board I picked out, or decide not to ever SLI this thing. Time to find a board with: 2 PCI-e x16 slots, p35, able to handle OCing, close to $100.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e3110 @ 3.6G 750i FTW @ ~400-425FSB eVGA 8800gt 512 600MHz 2x1G BuffaloFirestix linked/synced auto 800MHz 
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have you thought about getting windoes vista home premium ? with the 64 bits edition you can get 4gb of ram or more. This is a really nice setup fo the price. I was looking at the same kind of setup in my recent thread
     
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