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As stated above, my birthday is soon, and my mom has allowed me to go all out on any computer I want (im turning 21). Ill be building a core2duo rig ofcourse, using parts that can be found on the egg. Im looking for suggestions! <br />
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[E6700 or E6600 or QX6700]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131028</a> [P5B Deluxe/Wifi or wait for DFIR600]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145043" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145043</a> [Corsair Dominator 8500]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102188" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188</a> [Soundblaster X-FI Extreme Music]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136033" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136033</a> [WD Raptor (2) From current Rig]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835108076" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108076</a> [Swiftech H20-220 Ultra Apex]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824112176" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112176</a> [Scepter 20.1 inch Monitor or 24 inch]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817703006" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703006</a> [PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750]<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133143" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133143</a> [Thermaltake Shark Full Tower]<br />
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These are the only items I am absolutly sure that I want, Im looking for suggestions on Case, Power Supply (currently eyeing the FSP 700), and Video cards (do I wait for r600 or G80?). Ill have optical drives, but they wont be anything special.
 

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KILLER!!<br />
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That rig looks like an almighty powerhouse <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> Maybe you should invest in some phase for that baby <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick out tounge caps" class="inlineimg" /> Get some killer overclocks. 5GHz here we come!<br />
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I look forward to seeing a build log <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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If you are going all out, I would suggest a PC Power and Cooling PSU, hear they are THE best around.<br />
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I would definitely wait for the new Gfx cards to come out. Personal opinion I guess, and that 7900 will do you well for quite some time.<br />
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And on the case front, i would recommend any Lian Li case, but cases are very much personal choice.
 

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Well if shes willing to go all out...Don't get the extrememusic, Get the X-ram, go with the FPS! =D<br />
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Just dropped 70$ in price to... (20 days after i bought it...)<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102189" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102189</a><br />
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Wait for conroe x6900 and the 2x G80s. Honestly, they should be out in november. Go with a PC&C 1000W PSU also.<br />
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I'd go with the TT Armor Case... I'd also definitely go SLI so i'd get a motherboard that supports SLI.. Even though that has 2 PCI-E slots, I don't think it supports sli (?)
 

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definatly go all out ^^<br />
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pc power coolin 1kw quad gfx card psu.<br />
g80/r600<br />
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might as well toss another 2 gigs of ram in there for vista <br />
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mozart case and fill it full of silentx case fans <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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oh get that new sexy asus 22" monitor thats like 2ms <img src="/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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also might as well get a new mouse/keyboard/mousepad etc.<br />
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definalty go phase <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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i cant think of anything else <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick out tounge caps" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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also if u can wait a month or so.. get kensfield <img src="/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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I cant really see myself asking my mom to buy me a sound card that expensive. Im perfectly happy with my Audigy 2 ZS to be honest. Im not an audiophile or anything like that, so I think the extreme music is the best choice for me. While she has said I can get anything I want, I dont want to spend ALL her money. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> Ill look into those psu's Kama!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">also if u can wait a month or so.. get kensfield <img src="/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Ok, this is something that I have been mulling in my head for over a month. Kentsfield is supposed to be released on November 13 (?). Is that the street date (ie the date newegg will start selling them) or is that the oem build date (the date dell and all the others will get them). If its the street date I will definatly go quad core. As for phase and all that, lets just say I would like to keep the total cost (including 2 r600 or g80) <4000 USD.
 

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I wouldnt go quad core, The dual cores will most likely be better at gaming than a quad core (atleast for right now).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">I wouldnt go quad core, The dual cores will most likely be better at gaming than a quad core (atleast for right now).</div>

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</div>True, but having four cores for folding is SO tempting... <img src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Mad" class="inlineimg" />
 

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a bit excessive haha... but good. very good.<br />
you may want to add another drive for storage, like a 250gig or something thats more reliable if you're going to use RAID 0... maybe an external?
 

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Well, I am jealous
 

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I'd say ditch the X6800 for an E6700 and the money put it towards a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824009089" target="_blank">24" ACER LCD monitor</a>. <br />
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The performance gap between the X6800 and E6700 is not that much but the difference between a 20.1" LCD vs a 24"......it's a heck of a lot and you'll be seeing the difference. <br />
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At least, that's what I'd do if I had the money to buy what you're considering to spend and so far that's the only thing I'd say about your choices there, everything else is PERFECT (because it's just like what I have) and great choice in the Shark case, it's the best damn case ever. <br />
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Shark case: <br />
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<div align="left">Yeah, that case is looking awesome, the more pics of it the better it looks. As for getting a larger monitor, I might see if I can swindle my mom into getting a 24 inch for me, but I really want the X6800 <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />. A question though, does anyone know if the P5B Deluxe supports crossfire, as I think I will be going that direction when R600 comes out. And secondly, is Kentsfield going to be released on the 13'th to end users or just oem?<br />
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Ditch the X6800. Not worth it, unless you go phase with it. <br />
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Also, seriously think about dual PSUs. The DX10 cards supposedly draw around 250W a piece, which is more than even current 1KW units can handle. <br />
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I would get two PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencers. One for the two video cards, and one for everything else. (Maybe a 750W - for video, and a 610W - for all else will do).<br />
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Not sure about the release date issue.<br />
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Also, P5W does support Crossfire (maybe modded drivers are needed), but only at x16, x4 mode<br />
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Wait for the DFI RD600 board <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> Now sure when due, but I'd say soon.
 

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Since I really respect your opinion Chozart I will seriously reconsider the proc. Would you suggest the 6700 or the 6600? Or should I wait for the Core 2 Extreme QX6700... As for dual psu's... I suppose I could just take out the 550 neo he since it has modular cabling and use that to supply the two graphics cards with power, but man, where would I put it...
 

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E6700 would be nice.<br />
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And I would put the cash saved toward a 24" monitor. That's about a must for that rig (I would upgrade mine right now if I had the cash <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />)
 

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I have that monitor! 1 stuck pink pixel but other than that it's great.
 

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Sick build
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Ditch the X6800. Not worth it, unless you go phase with it. <br />
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Also, seriously think about dual PSUs. The DX10 cards supposedly draw around 250W a piece, which is more than even current 1KW units can handle. <br />
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I would get two PC Power & Cooling 750W Silencers. One for the two video cards, and one for everything else. (Maybe a 750W - for video, and a 610W - for all else will do).<br />
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Not sure about the release date issue.<br />
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Also, P5W does support Crossfire (maybe modded drivers are needed), but only at x16, x4 mode<br />
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Wait for the DFI RD600 board <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> Now sure when due, but I'd say soon.</div>

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</div>each card in SLI or CF doesnt draw the same amount. in fact a single 7900gtx draws around 200w i believe, and dual draws around 260watts...<br />
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and why in the world do they keep having to increase video card power consumption, yet cpu's continually get more performance per watt??!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">and why in the world do they keep having to increase video card power consumption, yet cpu's continually get more performance per watt??!</div>

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</div>Sure would be nice if someone had an answer to that. I was reading up on the R600 and saw a site that claimed that the next generation of ATI's cards are going to be external because of the massive power consumption and the heat.
 
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