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https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/P...shListTitle=PC

That's the rig I've built. Comes out to 1480$ with tax+shipping.
This is for a friend, he will be:

Gaming, Heavily.
Watching movies/surfing the web.
I'll be overclocking his rig.


That's about it. Now, the reason I haven't added the GPU is because the new nvidia 280's should be coming out, costing 400$-500$. After that, I'll pick out a CPU heatsink for him. Is there anything I should change? Note: He won't budge on the monitor. Thanks!
Edited by phospholipid - 6/5/08 at 8:28am
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Hmm looks good to me.
 
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Go with a Q6700 instead of the Q6600, otherwise nice build (I also prefer the 226bw from samsung but they are pretty close)
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Go with a Q6700 instead of the Q6600, otherwise nice build (I also prefer the 226bw from samsung but they are pretty close)
I like the 226BW as well, but the contrast ratio/crisp image/ color slapping you in the face in amazing, I have the 225 my friend has a 226BW and my other has the one I listed, and man, the one I listed is sexy for stills/editing.

Why a Q6700? Aren't Q6600 significantly cheaper?

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Hmm
Edit, I see your post, thanks!
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That's a solid build. There's definitely some parts that could be replaced by other parts that are much cheaper but perform only slightly less, such as the motherboard, memory, and even the HDD. But if he's willing to pay the premium for the best performance at the moment then those are good choices.

You'll need a CPU cooler to overclock that Q6600. I think the OCZ Vendetta 2 is your best bet, but the Xigmatek S1283 is almost as good and will save $13.

The Corsair 620HX is $25 cheaper at buy.com. In fact, all Corsair PSU are always cheaper at buy.com.

And if you're dumping 2 grand on a computer, I'd be sure to use Artic Silver 5 paste and lap the CPU and HSF.

Given that you have a Crossfire board, might want to consider getting a pair of the new AMD/ATI 4xxx series cards. I don't follow the release dates, but I think they were supposed to be released in May, so they should be here soon? Someone here will know.

Oh, and get more fans for that CM690. It has plenty of spots to place extra fans. I like the Scythe Slip Stream fans. Depending on how much noise your friend is willing to tolerate, choose between the 1200, 1600, and 1900rpm fans. I'd recommend 3 fans, two for the top, one for the bottom.
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Excellent advice
All things you suggested are excellent. I think we might go with the vendetta, or a true. its up to him. as for the HDD, i know for the price I could get him more space, but he wants lots of space, and speed, you know? 100GB is a pretty large scarifice to me as well. As for the PSU, thanks on the buy.com tip!

The ram, i wanted something native 1066, but for 40$ cheaper we might go for the DDR2-1000mhz. but im going to be overclocking his CPU to hell, so hrmm. The fans, no doubt, I'll get him some slipstreams or even the kaze's

thx again! reps+
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Also take a look at the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 it is alot cheaper than both of those HSF's.

I have one of these and it really is a nice cooler and according to several reviews it is right on par with the TRUE.
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you could squeeze in a 24" lcd

you also need a video card
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you could squeeze in a 24" lcd

you also need a video card
haha, nah he has a 65 flat screen TV in which we're gonna hook it up to watch movies. he's loaded, trust me.

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Now, the reason I haven't added the GPU is because the new nvidia 280's should be coming out, costing 400$-500$. Thanks!
Yeah, I didn't forget the video card ;]
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get a really high contrast LCD (is the T220 20000 or 1000?... my 8000:1 isnt doing it for me =p * if its 20000:1 then that a really god monitor...wish i got it...)
get something 10000+:1 if you can.

get light scribe only if you know for sure your going to use it.

for gaming i really think you should get 2 harddrives in raid 0 for faster response. take advantage of the new stuff. 2x 320g would probably be cheaper.

4gig of memory? so your getting 64bit right? if not your only going to use 3g on 32bit.

im happy with mine but it was $10 cheaper the same day i bought it...i was pretty mad..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145
its been shown that it can clock to 1140mhz.

dont make the same mistake as me...get the biggest coolest quietest case you can get...not really a full tower but bigger is better...a lot of blood was spilled getting my stuff on there...

get the Q6700 if you really want that extra muli...
other then that you should at least look at the Q9450. 45nm rocks!!
cant w8 for the Atom and 32nm. =/

also if hes playing games on the 65" screen then SLI would really help
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