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post #1 of 33
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First off, this is my first post at Overclock.net, I'm coming here because I have read around the site for a few months now, and you guys seem to really know what you're talking about when it comes to computers.

This is my first build, and I'm on a budget of about a little under 1,000 dollars(monitor aside) though this will become more as I am getting a job soon, and I'm looking to build a machine that will last me the longest and will be able to run future apps without breaking the bank now, or costing too much to upgrade in the future.

Currently, I have a few pieces chosen out, but the rest I'm not too sure on which is why I'm coming to you guys here @ Overclock.net

Current Build Specs are:

Motherboard - Took my a long time. But wth some help, finally decided on this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136047

CPU - Q6600 for sure. Best Price/Benefit ratio of any proc out there to my knowledge.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115018

Case - Decided on the Antec 900
http://www.techonweb.com/products/pr...=D03493&src=PG


Hard Drive - Pretty much anything around the 500gb range. Whatever has the best price/performance ratio. Perhaps you can help me out on this one?

RAM - 2x2g. EDIT: Found a really nice deal for these while skimming through some other threads.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227298

Power Source - Once again, not so sure. 750w seems to be the best for the price. I would prefer modular because it will keep me from having to upgrade in the future.

CPU Heatsink/Fan - I have no idea whatsoever on this one. As with everything else in this thread, I would like the item most efficient for the price, I would also like to overclock.


Thanks for any feedback guys, I really appreciate it!
Edited by Hippyguy7 - 6/26/08 at 12:07pm
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post #2 of 33
Power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182069

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136185

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220280
    
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post #3 of 33
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Thanks but no thanks. There may be something I'm missing but with all 3 of those things you posted I can find nearly identical products for cheaper. For example, the PSU is 750 for $100 and it's not even modular. Would you mind explaining why you liked that stuff? Thanks.

Still open to suggestions.
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post #4 of 33
You seriously want a 2600xt? I hope this isn't a gaming rig. I hope you're also not going to try and overclock the CPU, because Intel mobo's are a PITA to OC CPU's with.

For what you are currently buying/wanting, you definitely do not need a 750w, that's a little overkill.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218
Edited by ImmortalKenny - 6/22/08 at 11:50am
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post #5 of 33
You're on the right track. I'm an nVidia guy, so I really can't offer an comment about your ATI stuff, as I know nothing about it. But what I can offer is this:

Silverstone Decathlon DA750 will be a great PSU for the money and will last you very long. Although, I think the DA650, which I have, will also not let you down, and you could save a few bucks and spring for one of theose, then when you need to upgrade to more, go with a DA850-1000ish.

Seagate 7200.11 500GB HDD with 32MB cache WILL NOT let you down, and they're going for $79.99 at a few places right now, including TigerDirect and ZipZoomfly. I just bought two for a RAID setup. Now I have to try and figure out what to do with my Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB HDD with 16MB cache. But that's a different story.

Cooling: In the price range you're trying to stay in, you will probably want to stick with air. In the air category, the TRUE is hands down the best. For $60 you can get one. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, people speak very highly of a Xigmatek on here, but I can't comment on it as I have no experience with it. I should also note that to get the most performance out of a TRUE, you will have to lap it. That's the way to get the most for your investment.

Hope that helps!
post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input guys. It all looks good but I am just a little concerned with this :
Quote:
Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny View Post
You seriously want a 2600xt? I hope this isn't a gaming rig. I hope you're also not going to try and overclock the CPU, because Intel mobo's are a PITA to OC CPU's with.
What's the problem with the mobo? Like I said, I'm a noob so I don't know much about the effect of a mobo on overclockability, but yes, I would like to, and yes, this will be for gaming. How badly can the board limit my overclockability? Also does the board limit overclockability of other things such as ram or my GPU?

Also, those PSU's you guys linked seem just teeeeny bit cheaper than the ones I was looking at, and yeah, I probably wont need anything about what you recommended, but why not go for the best price/benefit ratio?

Thanks for bearing with me.
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post #7 of 33
I'll give you some links to my suggestions:

Seagate 500GB 7200.11 32MB Cache Hard Drive
PSU's, both 100% modular, IMO best bang for the buck. EXCELLENT price/performance!
Silverstone Decathlon DA650
Silverstone Decathlon DA700 (actually $10 cheaper after MIR than the DA650)
T.R.U.E. (Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme)

Side note, try and find used, if you can. I got my DA650 used from grunion on here for $105 shipped, and that was a great deal. I also got my new replacement/upgrade board, an eVGA 780i board for $175 shipped. That's a total savings of about $100 just on those two components alone. I found great deals on my new hard drives, and I was able to get two 500GB 7200.11's and one 1TB 7200.11 for a total of $310 shipped. If you're patient and you know where to look, and you time things just right, you can get a much better system for a great price.
post #8 of 33
Well if you're going to be gaming, I'd recommend a DFI DK-P35 motherboard with an 8800GT/GTS or an ATI HD4850/4870 (depending on your budget).
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Samsung F3 1TB Crucial C300 128GB Corsair Force GT 60GB Noctua NH-U12P 
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Windows 8.1 Professional x64 Apple OS X Mavericks HP ZR24w LG IPS226V 
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post #9 of 33
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Thanks ImmortalKenny and hiiyah777, +Rep to you both! You've been of great help.
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Intel Q6600 Biostar p43 Sapphire HD4850 2x2gb G. Skill 1000mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital 500gb Lite On w/ everthing but BluRay Ubuntu/ XP Pro Fatty POS 
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post #10 of 33
Are you planning on SLi or crossfire? Do you care which one? pm sent.
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