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post #1 of 11
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Hey guys,
I am about to build myself a new rig. I've been out of the computer building/gaming "game" for awhile now (Damn you grad school!!!) and I'm now ready to get back in.

Anyway, I've spent the past couple of days putting together a list of the parts that I want/need and was just wondering if you guys could hit be up with some feedback......I'm a bit undecided as to what graphics card to go with as (due to my absence) I haven't really been keeping up with the ever ephemeral computer hardware industry. All of my past builds have been composed of nvidia graphics cards but, if it makes sense to go with ATI (for whatever reason(s)), I am definitely down to do that.

Also, I'm not exactly sure what motherboard to go with. I'm a big fan of DFI but, based on what I've read and heard so far, there isn't really a board out there which is both compatible with the processor that I intend to use and supports SLI. I want SLI for future upgrades but with the whole tri and quad-card setups available now, I'm not sure what makes sense. Here's what I have so far:

Hardware:
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Case: Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Price: $129.99

Processor: AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - Price: $235.00

Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Price: $134.99 ----Note: doesn't support SLI

Video Card: XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Price: $179.99
-------Note deal!!!: http://fxvideocards.com/ZOTAC-GeForc...d-p-16280.html

Sound Card: Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series - Retail - Price: $135.99

Speakers: Not really sure what to go with here. I want a nice pair of speakers but I definitely don't consider myself an audiophile. Something in the range of $100.00 - $150.00.

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - Price: $149.99
-------Note deal!!!: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=316510

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - Price: $132.99

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Price: $129.99

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - Price: $26.99

Processor fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Price: $26.99

Monitor: Thinking of a having a dual monitor setup....

Keyboard: I really like the Kinesis brand of boards but they are like $400.00...that's pretty ridiculous.

Mouse: Some kind of gaming mouse....not really a big deal though...

Software:
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Operating System: dual-booting Windows Vista and Ubuntu
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 DFI LP DARK 935-T2RS 775 RT EVGA Geforce 8800GTS OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 SAMSUNG Black Windows Vista Ultimate/ Ubuntu 8.04 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Natural 4000 Black 107 Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750 Antec Performance One P180 Silve Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
Logitech MX518 
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Intel Q6700 DFI LP DARK 935-T2RS 775 RT EVGA Geforce 8800GTS OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 SAMSUNG Black Windows Vista Ultimate/ Ubuntu 8.04 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Natural 4000 Black 107 Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750 Antec Performance One P180 Silve Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
Logitech MX518 
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post #2 of 11
Why AMD? For the $350 you plan to spend, you can get a faster Intel build after overclocking.


You're spending way too much on an X-Fi. Look for ANY X-Fi model (expect XtremeAudio) for under $80.

The Western Digital 640GB AAKS probably perform better than the 750GB and are a better value.
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i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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i7 920 [4.28GHz, HT] Asus P6T + Broadcom NetXtreme II VisionTek HD5850 [900/1200] + Galaxy GT240 2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaw X [1632 MHz] 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel X25-M 160GB + 3xRAID0 500GB 7200.12 Window 7 Pro 64 Acer H243H + Samsung 226BW XARMOR-U9BL  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lian PC-V2100 [10x120mm fans] Logitech G9 X-Trac Pro 
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post #3 of 11
I agree with the above post. As much as I like AMD, I'm going Intel soon, for the fact of better value and performance.

For an Intel build, the DFI Lanparty p35 for only 129.99, atm, is a very good option.

As for Intel Proc, 2.4GHz Q6600 OEM (Only CPU included), for 199.99

Or, the 2.66GHz Q6700 is also a good buy for 249.99

An amazing deal on RAM at the moment is on newegg,4GB of G.Skill 240-pin RAM 69.99!!!!!!!! BUY IT.

The GPU looks good. Keep looking and comparing items, though, some pop up all of the time. I just picked up am XFX 8800GT for 149.99 after MIR.

On a side note, I have seen quite a bit of buzzing about that 8800GTS (g92) and I think it is worth it. I skipped it just in case, but I'd go for it while it lasts.

Everything else is up to you really.

However, I recommend either a Razer mouse, or a Logitech MX518, which according to tests done a while ago, was one of the best gaming mice ever made. Source

For the keyboard, I recommend a Logitech G15 (newer model), or this, which is the highest rated keyboard on newegg, the Saitek Eclipse

I really recommend going Intel, though. I think you'd be much happier out of the performance gain.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 @ 3390MHz Asus P5Q XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition 767/1833 2x1g OCZ Reaper DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160G SATA Light-on Lightscribe Drive Ubuntu Syncmaster 730B 
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G15 Rosewill 550w SLI TT Tsunami MX518 
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Q6600 G0 @ 3390MHz Asus P5Q XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition 767/1833 2x1g OCZ Reaper DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160G SATA Light-on Lightscribe Drive Ubuntu Syncmaster 730B 
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G15 Rosewill 550w SLI TT Tsunami MX518 
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post #4 of 11
StillmaticX, the 9850BE and the 790FX chipset go together quite well. I'm sure enjoy overclocking that puppy
Is the version of Vista your running 64-bit? This would take full advantage of the 4GB of memory that you plan on going with.

Duckie is correct on the WD640AAKS. I read over a few reviews and it is slightly better then the 750KS and probably the better buy. If it's a "-00B3A0" then that also means it features the new higher density 320GB platters. From what I read those drives are also quieter.

Good luck with your purchase
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Athlon II X4 620 Asus M4A785-M Asus 5770 G.Skill 8GB DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD3200AAJS Windows 7 Pro Acer AL2216W, Samsung P2770 Corsair 550VX 
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Tagan Black Pearl 
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Athlon II X4 620 Asus M4A785-M Asus 5770 G.Skill 8GB DDR2-800 
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WD3200AAJS Windows 7 Pro Acer AL2216W, Samsung P2770 Corsair 550VX 
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post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Wow, thanks for the responses guys.

You guys are probably right about the Intel performance/value gain over AMD. Like nVidia, I've used only AMD processors in my past builds so I went right to them; however, I'm all about efficiency so Intel it is......

Also, I have the 32 bit version of Windows Vista Ultimate. I won it in a raffle at school so I figure I might as well just install it. Although, I could sell it and perhaps buy the 64 bit version if the 64 bit version will provide that much more of a gain in terms of my RAM utilization.

Anyway, here is an updated version of my list. I highlighted the things which I changed. I think I have pretty much everything covered except for a keyboard, speakers, and a monitor.........

Hardware:
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Case: Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Price: $129.99

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz 8MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Price: $249.99

Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Price: $129.99

Video Card: XFX PVT88GYDF4 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Price: $229.99

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Price: $84.99

Speakers: Open to all suggestions......

Power Supply: Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V TUV, FCC, UL, CE, RoHS - Price: $99.99


RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Price: $69.99

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Price: $99.99

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - Price: $26.99

Processor fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Price: $26.99

Monitor: Any suggestions......I'm thinking about having a dual monitor setup of like 22" each but I open to all suggestions....

Keyboard: I'm still really interested in the Kinesis contoured keyboards but I don't think I could sleep at night knowing that I spent close to $300 for a freakin keyboard.....any suggestions???

Mouse: Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical 1600 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse - Price: $39.99

Software:
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Operating System: Dual-boot Windows Vista Ultimate + Ubuntu
Edited by StillmaticX - 6/16/08 at 11:56am
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 DFI LP DARK 935-T2RS 775 RT EVGA Geforce 8800GTS OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 SAMSUNG Black Windows Vista Ultimate/ Ubuntu 8.04 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Natural 4000 Black 107 Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750 Antec Performance One P180 Silve Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
Logitech MX518 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 DFI LP DARK 935-T2RS 775 RT EVGA Geforce 8800GTS OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 SAMSUNG Black Windows Vista Ultimate/ Ubuntu 8.04 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Natural 4000 Black 107 Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750 Antec Performance One P180 Silve Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
Logitech MX518 
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post #6 of 11
there we go, thats gonna work out nice for you, but If you wont be doing alot of multi tasking go with an e8400 as 4 cores arent really utilised yet, then you can snatch up a 45 nm quad when nehalem gets around and they'll be cheap and will be more mainstream for gamng
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550 E0 Asus Rampage Formula Diamond 4870 X2 4x1GB Mushkin 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Raptor 150 GB, Hitachi 500 GB 2 SATA Lightscribe burners Vista Home Premium x64 Gateway 24" 
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Logitech G15 (old school version) Silverstone DA1200 Soldam ZR3000 Logitech G5 
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Q9550 E0 Asus Rampage Formula Diamond 4870 X2 4x1GB Mushkin 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Raptor 150 GB, Hitachi 500 GB 2 SATA Lightscribe burners Vista Home Premium x64 Gateway 24" 
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Logitech G15 (old school version) Silverstone DA1200 Soldam ZR3000 Logitech G5 
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post #7 of 11
One noob question does this ram G.SKILL work on this mobo EVGA 780i
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E8435 3.06GHz G60VX GTX 260M HE 2 x 2GB 
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post #8 of 11
Yes, it does.

Anyway. I'd drop that CPU Fan and get something a bit better. If you're really going to go for a quad core, don't get that acrtic freezer pro.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 @ 3390MHz Asus P5Q XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition 767/1833 2x1g OCZ Reaper DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160G SATA Light-on Lightscribe Drive Ubuntu Syncmaster 730B 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G15 Rosewill 550w SLI TT Tsunami MX518 
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Q6600 G0 @ 3390MHz Asus P5Q XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition 767/1833 2x1g OCZ Reaper DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 160G SATA Light-on Lightscribe Drive Ubuntu Syncmaster 730B 
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G15 Rosewill 550w SLI TT Tsunami MX518 
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None 
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pap3r View Post
Anyway. I'd drop that CPU Fan and get something a bit better. If you're really going to go for a quad core, don't get that acrtic freezer pro.
What's your basis for this Pap3r? The fan has received really good reviews on the newegg site ->http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2bCPU%2bCooler
I mean I have pretty much used the ThermalTake Big Typhoon for my other builds but that thing is huge and I figured that I would try something different......
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 DFI LP DARK 935-T2RS 775 RT EVGA Geforce 8800GTS OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 SAMSUNG Black Windows Vista Ultimate/ Ubuntu 8.04 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Natural 4000 Black 107 Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750 Antec Performance One P180 Silve Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
Logitech MX518 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 DFI LP DARK 935-T2RS 775 RT EVGA Geforce 8800GTS OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 SAMSUNG Black Windows Vista Ultimate/ Ubuntu 8.04 Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Natural 4000 Black 107 Rosewill RX750-S-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 750 Antec Performance One P180 Silve Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
Logitech MX518 
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post #10 of 11
Looks like my system. I couldn't be happier with mine. I could have gone with Intel, but I like going against the grain, and AMD did me right before. We will make our comeback !!
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