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Hello everyone! This is going to be my second build and I think I need a little help and a few suggestions since its been a while since I have done my own build. I do plan on playing with overclocking it although I never have so far. I was looking to spend between 1500-2000. I mostly do gaming, photo editing and some video editing so I figured I might as well go with a quad core and overclocking for the editing stuff I do. Im also never just doing one thing at a time anyway so a quad core might be best at this time and for longevity of the build. Im really having a hard time picking a motherboard so if someone can help me with that it would be most appreciated. Also if there are better components than the ones I picked out I will take any suggestions. Thank you!

So far the build is 1645 without the motherboard figured in.

Case
Antec 900 119.99 + 40 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=antec%2b900

Motherboard
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 169.99 + 30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127030

ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131045


ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131196

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131232

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e%2b750i%2bSLI

CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GH 279.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115027

CPC cooler
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835887011 49.99 + 10 MIR

RAM
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail 122 + 30 MIR

HD
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
89.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073


CD/DVD
Samsung with lightscribe 33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151154

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply– Retail 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005


Monitor

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1 – Retail 289 +20 MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001268

GPU

EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card – Retail $254.99 + $30 MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130337

Keyboard
Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 34 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard – Retail 73.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126179

Mouse
Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi Mouse – Retail 41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104076

Speakers
Creative Inspire T10 10 W 2.0 Speaker System – Retail 48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...bInspire%2bT10

Windows XP Pro 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116400
post #2 of 8
Stick with P35 if you don't do SLI. In your list, Abit Pro or Asus P5K-E is fine. If you go SLI, get the Evga 780i A1. The Corsair 650tx is good. Get it from buy.com $78 if don't mind MIR.
post #3 of 8
EVGA 750i FTW as a solid SLI mobo.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
does everything else look ok if i get the p35?
post #5 of 8
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Do you think i should get the Q9300 or its not worth it? What about the rest of the components?
post #6 of 8
The Q9300 is a good cpu, actually clock for clock faster than the Q6600. That said the Q6600 is 219 on newegg and possibly cheaper if you hunt around. As far as chipsets, as good as the P35 is I would maybe consider investing in something a little more future proof (like there is such a thing in the pc world). P45 is around the corner and there are X38 boards close to your budget, DFI and Gigabyte models http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...name=Intel+X38 all X38/X48 are pcie 2.0. If you go open box alot more options open up, and while some are missing accessories theres a good chance(especially with the X38/X48 boards) that someone just couldn't figure out how to make it work and sent it back with everything. Also they have full manufacturer warranties so if you can always RMA it if it doesn't work. Some are duds I'm sure, but its not really a gamble with the warranty. Thermaltake has refurbished and discontinued items for sale at over 50%mark offs their PSUs are especially good deals come in retail boxes with all accessories http://www.thermaltakeshop.com/index.html . I got a case that I can't tell was refurbished. Your gpu is a good pick but P35 boards are not pcie 2.0, not a big deal mind you but something you might consider. All your picks are good just throwing out some ideas. Good luck on your build.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GO@3ghz P5E3 Deluxe X38 Sapphire HD2900XT Gskill 2x1gb, 1gb single channel DDR3/1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb cache Pioneer DVD±R Burner XP pro 32bit/Vista Premium sp1 64bit/Ubuntu 8.04 Sceptre 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
some Kingwin USB model Hiper 580w Black Modular Thermaltake Bach VX w/window 92mm fan Logitech G3 
Mouse Pad
$2.99 Big Lots special 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 GO@3ghz P5E3 Deluxe X38 Sapphire HD2900XT Gskill 2x1gb, 1gb single channel DDR3/1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb cache Pioneer DVD±R Burner XP pro 32bit/Vista Premium sp1 64bit/Ubuntu 8.04 Sceptre 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
some Kingwin USB model Hiper 580w Black Modular Thermaltake Bach VX w/window 92mm fan Logitech G3 
Mouse Pad
$2.99 Big Lots special 
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post #7 of 8
I would go for the evga 750i and q9300.. 750i is pretty good at overclocking quad cores and it has sli if you ever to step on the bandwagon later. The 780i if you want tri-sli, which is pointless and not worth the money...

Also as far as your cooler goes... I would get something better like a TRUE(ThermalRight Ultra Extreme)

This site gives you the option to have them lap it for you(which means smoothing the surface for better contact to reduce temperature a bit more) and also add on various fans. I would recommend the Panaflo fan!

http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultr...eme-50983.html
Edited by aod2002 - 5/24/08 at 12:04am
My Evolution
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 4.2ghz 1.35v ABIT IP-35E EVGA 9800GTX+ Superclocked(800/2000/1200)SOLD 4GB GEIL DDR2 933mhz @ 5-5-5-16 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 1TB 32MB cache + WD 320GB 16MB cache Pioneer 18x SATA dvd-writer Vista HP SP1 64bit + XP Pro 32bit 17" CRT 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec Basiq 500W :-\ Cooler Master 330 Logitech mx518 
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E8400 @ 4.2ghz 1.35v ABIT IP-35E EVGA 9800GTX+ Superclocked(800/2000/1200)SOLD 4GB GEIL DDR2 933mhz @ 5-5-5-16 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 1TB 32MB cache + WD 320GB 16MB cache Pioneer 18x SATA dvd-writer Vista HP SP1 64bit + XP Pro 32bit 17" CRT 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec Basiq 500W :-\ Cooler Master 330 Logitech mx518 
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post #8 of 8
Hey Redeye I'm in the sam boat and have chosen components roughly compared to yours...
MOBO...Asus P5K-E WiFi
CPU....Intel Wolfdale E8400 C2D 3.0ghz
GPU....EVGA 512mb GeForce 8800GT or PNY XLR8 8800GT
RAM...2Gb (2 x 1Gb) OCZ Reaper HPC240 pin DDR2 1066 (8500) Dual Channel
Hard Drive.... (in addition to my current 2 x Maxtor 100Gb Sata/150) 1 Seagate ---Baracuda 500Gb SATA/3.0

I've been researching and comparing for what seems like a decade and still am not sure what to use. but I can offer a few suggestions though I am by no means an expert.

1st off if your running anything less than 64 bit Vista...4 gigs of memory is to much. Only Vista 64 will recognize 4 gigs or more. 2 gigs (2 x 1gb so dual channel is available) is the better choice and cheaper!
Also..you should take a look at the E8400, it's a perfect match for the p35 chipset and is of the new 45nm series (takes less power and is very overclock friendly)

I've looked at review after review after review, but I am still not an expert so take these suggestions and givem a looksy. Good luck
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