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Ok, I understand your reasoning for the Q9300. Good choice then (maybe a cheaper deal somewhere else? Newegg usually isn't that cheap with CPUs)

Indeed, no problems whatsoever with SATA DVD drives. Get it. No worries.

DDR2 1000, CAS5 is indeed better for an Intel system than DDR2 800, CAS4. Intel CPUs love bandwidth, and don't really care much about timings (opposite is true for AMD). DDR2 1066 would indeed be better, but that would drive the price up. DDR2 1000 owns the sweet spot in terms of price/performance. And heck, that G.Skill will overclock also
    
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Ok, I understand your reasoning for the Q9300. Good choice then (maybe a cheaper deal somewhere else? Newegg usually isn't that cheap with CPUs)
I definitely plan on looking at other sites for the best deal. Newegg is still my preferred site to order from though. I've got a ton of other part sites bookmarked and I am keeping a lookout for good sales.

I am still considering the Q9450 I just don't think the difference will be noticeable to me. I'm not going to go for the highest OC possible, if I get 3GHz I will be happy and maybe will try for 3.2 or a little higher.

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Indeed, no problems whatsoever with SATA DVD drives. Get it. No worries.
Well that's good news. When I get it which SATA slot should I put it in - the last one? Does it matter?

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DDR2 1000, CAS5 is indeed better for an Intel system than DDR2 800, CAS4. Intel CPUs love bandwidth, and don't really care much about timings (opposite is true for AMD). DDR2 1066 would indeed be better, but that would drive the price up. DDR2 1000 owns the sweet spot in terms of price/performance. And heck, that G.Skill will overclock also
Oh okay, that makes sense now then. I'm really a total n00b on all things Intel and compared to most of you guys on everything Hardware. If I was to go with 1066 ram would this be a good choice -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227289

Another random question -> would the CM690's 3 fan's it comes with be good for the cooling or should i go ahead and buy 4 more 120mm ones to fill up all the fan slots on it?
post #13 of 23
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I've updated my wishlist based on everyone's suggestions. I'm still kind of stuck between the 9600GT and 8800GT. I don't play Crysis or anything like it. The games I play semi-regularly are Call of Duty 4, Team Fortress 2, some Counter-Strike: Source, Battlefield 2 and Battlefront 2. I'm sure either card could handle all of these games on High Settings without a problem. If the 8800GT goes down to $150 or less shipped I'll definitely go for it though.

Oh and one more crazy question -- I've heard that Intel CPU's have some unique serial number on the processor that AMD doesn't. This won't affect me in any way will it?

edit: I saw this COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-750-ACAA-A1 750W Power Supply in the Deals Section at ZipZoomFly so I went ahead and ordered that. it's ~$69 after MIR for a high quality 750watt power supply so I'd say that was worth it. I've taken the Power supply off my wishlist as a result.
post #14 of 23
i still think the Q6600 will be worth it over the Q9300 - that cuts a lot into your budget, and apparently there is a special on at fry's for an '6600 for $200... if it's still going, that extra $80 could be put to EXCELLENT use somewhere else.

i say go with chozart's build and swap in the CPU

what serial number do you mean? like SLACR, SLA8Z, etc?
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i still think the Q6600 will be worth it over the Q9300 - that cuts a lot into your budget, and apparently there is a special on at fry's for an '6600 for $200... if it's still going, that extra $80 could be put to EXCELLENT use somewhere else.

i say go with chozart's build and swap in the CPU

what serial number do you mean? like SLACR, SLA8Z, etc?
I read that Intel has some kind of unique serial number that identifies each seperate processor. Meaning that every single processor has it's own serial number.
post #16 of 23
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I was browsing on Newegg some today and looking at P35 mobos and came across this one (also by Gigabyte):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128086

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...e=GA-EP35-DS3R

It seems to come with default suport for the new 45nm Quads according to the manufacturer website vs the GA-P35-DS3L which supposedly will need a bio's update which would require another Intel CPU which I don't have. Also it has a ton of SATA ports and USB ports and isn't too much more expensive.

What do you guy's think of it? Any better mobo's around this price range?
post #17 of 23
Without upgrading within a year or two is practically impossible. Good systems go out of date even within 6 months or less.
post #18 of 23
Here are some specs done on the 2 CPUz you are looking at. I to went with the Q9300 and I'm VERY happy I got it. I too do some video and GFx rendering and she is lovin it! Mind you this test was done with both running at there OEM state and not OCed at all. As for your PSU...this about yout PSU as the blood of your system, it you have a cheap shady PSU you system will suffer in every way it can. Clean power leads to a clean running system all together. I know your on a college budget and I have been there, but 2 thing I never sell short on is the PSU and Motherboard. Everything else can be upgraded in time. I also paied a little extra for my PSU because going modular is like bread and butter. :-P IF you want more Benchmarks on my system just let me know. But I did get a 27200 and raked 355 out of 5million computers tested. http://service.futuremark.com/ That is on the VirtualMark.

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i don't know about each processor, but each processor family has a specific number, ie SLA8Z for mine, that can be used to find the specifics for the chip...
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I've been reading and thinking about my motherboard and I'm kind of leaning towards the DFI Blood Iron now. It has 6 rear USB, 6 sata, raid options, etc for only $120.

The only downside is it only supports DDR2 800 ram. With this in mind which ram would you guys recommend for the Blood Iron? Would the drop from DDR2 1000 to 800 be a noticable drop in performance?
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