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Rate my build - from scratch gaming!

post #1 of 6
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Here's what i've got lined up for a build in the next couple of weeks, let me know what you think, and where i should improve:

Case: Thermaltake Armor full ATX
Mobo: EVGA 780i
Video card: EVGA 9800 GTX
Processor: Intel Q6600 (or q9450 if it because available)
RAM: 4gb (2x 2gb) DDR2 800 G.Skill
HD: Western Digital Caviar 750 gb 7200 rpm
Monitor: Samsung 2253BW 22''
OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
CPU cooler: Zalman 9500A 92mm
Optical: Pioneer 20x DVD-R
PSU: PC Power + Cooling Silencer 750 Quad

Comes out to about $1950 without shipping. I would say I'm willing to spend about $200 more, where would I put it? Perhaps two 8800 GTS in SLI instead of the 9800 GTX?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core2Quad Q6700 XFX 780i 2x MSI 8800 GTS OC SLI 4gb DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Caviar 750gb Windows Vista Home 64-bit Samsung 2253BW 22'' LCD OCZ 1010w 
Case
Thermaltake 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core2Quad Q6700 XFX 780i 2x MSI 8800 GTS OC SLI 4gb DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Caviar 750gb Windows Vista Home 64-bit Samsung 2253BW 22'' LCD OCZ 1010w 
Case
Thermaltake 
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post #2 of 6
The Zalman 9500 is inadequate to cool the Q6600. Not a bad cooler, but simply not up to the task. Get a Tuniq Tower, or a Thermalright Ultra (extreme) with some good 120mm fans.

Otherwise, it looks pretty darn good
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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post #3 of 6
I would replace the 9800 GTX for 8800 GTS (G92) or 8800 GT and the cpu fan for a zalman 9700NTS or arctic cooling freezer 7.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
Mouse Pad
QPAD CT Black Gaming Mouse Pad 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 4.1 GHz DFI Lanparty DK P35 T2RS 2 x eVGA 8800 GTS GDDR3 512 MB in Nvidia SLI 2 x 2 GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition DDR2 800 PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
4 x 150 GB Raptors (X) 10,000 RPM in Raid 0 + 1 Lite-On Black SATA Blu-Ray DVD ROM DH-4O1S-08 XP Professional 64-Bit/Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Acer Black 22" Widescreen LCD WSXGA (1680 x 1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Silverstone DA-1200-Watts Nvidia SLI Certified Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Black ATX Full Tower Razer Diamondback Blue Gaming Mouse 
Mouse Pad
QPAD CT Black Gaming Mouse Pad 
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post #4 of 6
I like it, the only thing is the cpu cooler.
Its not good for that q6600, if your to spend so much moeny already then you might as well get the T.R.U.E with some fans
post #5 of 6
Like Chozart said. Replace the cooler with Tuinq. You will like it. Also, I would say 2x GTS. If you go that way, you may $97 get a Corsair 650TX even a $70 550VX.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Fair enough, I was wondering if that cooling would be sufficient. I'll probably be going with the Tuniq Tower or Thermalight Ultra 120.

In terms of video cards, would this setup plus a 9800 GTX be good enough to run Crysis reasonably well? How about with two 8800 GTS in SLI?
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core2Quad Q6700 XFX 780i 2x MSI 8800 GTS OC SLI 4gb DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Caviar 750gb Windows Vista Home 64-bit Samsung 2253BW 22'' LCD OCZ 1010w 
Case
Thermaltake 
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core2Quad Q6700 XFX 780i 2x MSI 8800 GTS OC SLI 4gb DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD Caviar 750gb Windows Vista Home 64-bit Samsung 2253BW 22'' LCD OCZ 1010w 
Case
Thermaltake 
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