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post #1 of 26
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Howdy there guys (and maybe girls?) New to the forums but looking for some intelligent advice on my possible soon to come build.

The system i'm running now is sadly getting more and more outdated, i'm running a x2 3800+ on 939, stone age i know. After lots of debating i've decided to switch back to Intel since their core 2 duo has clearly outperformed amd's x2.

The processor I was looking to go for is the Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

For motherboard I was looking at the Gigabyte GA P35 DS3L:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813128059

Graphics I'm looking at the eVGA 8800GT 512mb:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130318

Ram I was Looking at G. SKill ddr2 800 (going by newegg ratings on this one don't know much about the company):
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820231098

Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835118223

Harddrive:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822136074

And Lastly, Case:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811156078

My concerns are primary with the future of this computer. I don't want to build it and have tons of new technology debut two months later and have my thing thrown back to the stone age like yesterdays news. I want something that will be relatively overclockable on air, don't want to go liquid. Advice on anything from mobo to processor is appreciated.

P.S. I'm taking the PSU from my current computer which is an FSP Group 500W Blue Storm II, i love it but will it be able to power all that? I think it will from what i've seen of other people's rigs.

Thanks again!
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post #2 of 26
For that price I would go with a tuniq tower as a cooler, but thats just me (check the sig). Other than that it looks good, you should get your quad OC'd and be well above your peers probably.
    
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post #3 of 26
Yea... for the price of that zalman cooler you could get a TRUE which is only a couple bucks more at some sites

Here's a site that I think a lot of the members like

http://www.petrastechshop.com/thulhecpucos.html

Here's another site that was recommended here but I haven't really used but you can add in a lap job if you don't know how to do it

http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultr...eme-50983.html

Also the q6600 should be able to OC to 3.6 with good air cooling and maybe even 3.8?
I'd wait until April 20th to buy the processor though cuz from what I've been seeing is thats gonna be a date for an official price drop...... right now you can probably get it for around $200 with sales so it should go down a little bit more though I'm not really sure
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post #4 of 26
I'm in the same boat as you R2D2. I have put together pretty much the same build as you, but I went with the 8800 GTs G92 and the DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS and with the reviews on my posts everyone says my rig will last a long time and be able to handle whatever i throw at it. if you're looking to get the Zalman 9500, take a look at the Zalman 9700 NT, its a slight bump in price but w/ the 9700 you have more fan control supposedly, at least thats what i was told
post #5 of 26
With how fast technology goes these days, I don't think any computer you get would be "future proof" for very long. You could build the very tip top of of the line computer today and have it outdated in a year.
    
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post #6 of 26
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Thanks for the responses thus far guys, and yes I am aware that future proof is an oxymoron in the computer industry, but what I mean by it is still being able to play new games that come out a year from now at relatively high settings, obviously not MAX but hopefully a mixture of some medium and high settings y'know?
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post #7 of 26
With the computer your building, I'm willing to bet that you will be able to play future games fairly easy. And yes, the components you are putting together will be slightly outdated in a year, however, that does not mean by any means that they will be obsolete.
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post #8 of 26
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I don't mind outdated, but obsolete in a year would be unacceptable! I figure with overclocking i can keep the baby going for pushing 2 years. And I'm hoping that i could pop in a faster processor if i feel the Q6600 starts to wain, i'm just worried about this Nehamel (sp?) business which means a new socket for intel. That's what killed me when i bought my 939, i thought it was the socket of the future for AMD but no they brought out the AM2 a couple months later. Of course i doubt i could afford any Nehamel stuff at launch, hate to see the pricetag on that stuff.
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post #9 of 26
Indeed get rid of the Zalman 9500... it's hopelessly inadequate for a Quad (and simply NOT designed for one either).

If you just love the design, the Zalman 9700 is adequate, provided you have EXCELLENT front-to-back airflow in your case... Otherwise, the Tuniq Tower or the Thermalright Ultra Extreme (TRUE) are your best choices.

Obsolete in a year? most likely not. Things move fast, but not *that* fast.

Just for your information... I bought my current hardware roughly a year ago (except the CPU, which is a bit newer... but I had an E6600 before, which I bought over a year ago). I think it still holds up fairly well, and it handles even the newest games decently (Crysis DX9 around 34FPS @ 1280x1024, with overclocked CPU and GPU). I can still manage quite well, and probably for at least some time to come. And honestly, I don't think it'll be the CPU that makes you feel outdated the soonest... it's gonna be the GPU
    
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post #10 of 26
If my Celeron 2.93 GHZ socket 478, 768 MB of DDR ram, geForce 6600 could make it 3 years, your computer that your building will be beastly for 2+ years and then will (possibly) start to be obsolete. But I don't see any reason you cant get 3 enjoyable years out of your computer.
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