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Alright guys I dont, I repeat I 'dont' have a budget. I am planning on building a top rig gaming computer. My old one was top of the line but now I need another since I got my girl moving in with me, and well instead of buying her one, ill give her my old one. Ok on to the point... I need to build the top of the line deal. I am an Intel fan... So I will be using the new Core 2 Duo processor. Im also an Nvidia fan. This is what im thinking...<br><br>
Memory - 2GB Dual DDR2 Corsair<br><br>
Video Card - BFG Tech Geforce 7950GT BFGR7950512GTOCE Video Card - Retail<br><br>
CPU - Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz LGA 775 - Retail<br><br>
Motherboard - ?? I have no idea...help me out?<br><br>
Harddrives - 2 x 150GB Raptors 10000rpm (Theres no discussion)<br><br>
DvD Burner / Optical drive - Ideas?<br><br>
Power Supply - 500v Think itll be enough right?<br><br>
Case - I need something good looking yet efficient. Something eye stunning, This was my last case <a href="http://www.pcdesign.ru/images/photo/case/samurai/1.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.pcdesign.ru/images/photo/case/samurai/1.jpg</a><br><br>
Cooling - Give me some leads guys?<br><br>
Mouse - Razor Copperhead Red or Green..<br><br>
Keyboard - Need a gamers board... But dont know.. lay some on me?<br><br><br><br>
Im looking for as much suggestions and possibilites possible, throw them at me guys please and thanks. Also list some of the reasons your choices are good and if theres any cons. Thanks again!
 

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What about a 7950GX2 for the graphics card instead of the 7950GT, or add a second 7950GT. The PSU should be one of the most looked-at choices in building a new rig. 500 Watts from a crap PSU will not power that rig at all.
 

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Get a U2-UFO Case , very eye catching and your girlfriend should be scared from it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Get SLI 8800GTXs. Get rid of that X6800 and put in an E6700. Get the 1Kw PC P&C.<br><br>
Btw, although the 8800GTXs are a good idea IMO, if you don't have a decent monitor (ie. 1600x1200) to go with it its useless.<br><br>
For the motherboard, go for a Pw5 DH and mod drivers. Or wait until the Intel 6xx chipset is released wiht the G80.
 

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Whats phase change? And ill get the 2x 7950gx2's ... whats 1KW PC P&C?<br><br>
And I cant find that case anywhere =\\ Sorry for sounding dumb I never really checked much into these things your talking about before.<br><br>
Why not the x6800 and a downgrade to E6700
 

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It's very close to the same CPU for $500 less.
 

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I think the quad core comes out in november... you should wait for that
 

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If there is no limit, get a 7950gx2 or wait till novomber and get a g80 dx10 card so you wont have to upgrade you video card for another 5-6 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
For cooling get a phase change kit since there is no limit in budget (You can get that x6800 to >=4.4ghz<br><br>
For mobo <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127011" target="_blank">Abit AW9D-MAX</a> But this mobo has only one PCI slot, that's the only bad part...<br><br>
For PSU, 500W won't be enough for your system. Get a 750W or a 1000w PSU.<br><br>
Good luck...
 

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Well I guess near the same but 500 less sounds like a good idea. Ok phase change means a cooling kit.. got it. Easy enough.. any Ideas on a good moniter... I heard LCD is better for your eyes but CRT are better for quick no lag graphics... Also. Mabey I should wait for the DX10 cards? I got time im in no rush I guess.... End of this month im moving to england anyways. Hmm... So I think its better if I wait on a better mobo to release since ill need more then 1 PCI slot.<br><br>
Whats this quad core your talking about?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well I guess near the same but 500 less sounds like a good idea. Ok phase change means a cooling kit.. got it. Easy enough.. any Ideas on a good moniter... I heard LCD is better for your eyes but CRT are better for quick no lag graphics... Also. Mabey I should wait for the DX10 cards? I got time im in no rush I guess.... End of this month im moving to england anyways. Hmm... So I think its better if I wait on a better mobo to release since ill need more then 1 PCI slot.<br><br>
Whats this quad core your talking about?</div>
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As long as you pick up a good LCD, with low refresh rate, it will be better than a CRT montior.
 

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Found that case, jesus thats one huge puppy. That's perfect! Lots of room , less cluttering for wires.. lots of cooling... Hell less dust thanks for pointing to that direction. Its amazing.
 

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Think you can point me to some good LCD's? I have never bought a moniter, other then my old CRT one.. and well I didnt know anything back then.<br><br>
My ram is fine right?<br><br>
And do you guys suggest any other little things to add on or am I good?
 

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I think in your situation, waiting a bit is a good idea.<br><br>
Right now, regarding DX10, the expectation is that those cards will be power hungry like crazy. If you want a pair in SLI, do realize there is NO existing PSU powerful enough to power the pair (and yes, that includes the PC Power & Cooling 1000W unit, the Enermax Galaxy 1000W unit, etc). Current PSUs are simply not designed with this kind of power in mind, and the distribution of current along the several 12V rails is insufficient.<br><br>
There will be two new chipsets appearing on the market soon. DFI will come with a board with the ATI RD600 chipset, and it looks very promising. Also, Asus is coming with a board that boast the latest revision of the nVidia 590SLI Intel Version chipset, and this one promised to be a lot better than the older version of the 590 (you can actually overclock it according to some posts and reviews I have read).<br><br>
It would be a bit of a waste of money to spend on the X6800 (with Kentsfield around the corner - that's a Quad Core CPU for the same price as the X6800) and on high-end video (with DX10 near).<br><br>
Monitor wise... look for a large LCD Widescreen monitor with a high resolution. Modern LCD's are as good as CRT's and they just look better.<br><br>
Case wise, I actually like the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?SrchInDesc=mozarttx&Page=1&Category=9&Nty=1&Brand=1379&N=2010090007+50001379&Submit=ENE&Subcategory=7" target="_blank">ThermalTake Mozart XT</a> better than the UFO. The UFO does not strike me as a well-built case.
 

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I heard that this is a good montior, as well as the 30" model<br><br><a href="http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-4335" target="_blank">http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...9&sku=320-4335</a>
 

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If you can fork over $2000 for the monitor alone, the Apple 30" is the way to go:<br><a href="http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/0.RSLID?mco=9F8FBAD3&nclm=AppleDisplays" target="_blank">http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...=AppleDisplays</a><br><br>
Otherwise, that 24" Dell is an excellent choice also.<br><br>
And which RAM did you pick? Corsair makes a lot of different types <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
For a nothing-held-back rig, I'd recommend this RAM, for only $499:<br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231086" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)</a><br><br>
but again, do wait until all the newest developments are on the market (end of the year), and then look at the market again
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you can fork over $2000 for the monitor alone, the Apple 30" is the way to go:<br><a href="http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/0.RSLID?mco=9F8FBAD3&nclm=AppleDisplays" target="_blank">http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...=AppleDisplays</a><br><br>
Otherwise, that 24" Dell is an excellent choice also.<br><br>
And which RAM did you pick? Corsair makes a lot of different types <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
For a nothing-held-back rig, I'd recommend this RAM, for only $499:<br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231086" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)</a><br><br>
but again, do wait until all the newest developments are on the market (end of the year), and then look at the market again</div>
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Corsair Dominator PC-8888 will dispose of that.
 

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CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4 - Retail<br><br>
Is what I was looking at.<br><br><br>
I think a nice 24-26" will be good for a moniter. I dont feel like having to look side to side on a 30" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/eek.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
On the other hand, These... quad core CPU's.. what are they? New versions of core 2 duos or something?
 

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They are called Core 2 Quads and have 4 cores. That memory isn't amazing. Go for the XMS2 6400C3 for some serious overclocking. The dell ultrasharp 24" is good, but I agree with Chozart, those Apple one's take the cake.<br><br>
Mind you, the memory you mentioned above has got me to 400 mhz at 4-4-4-12.
 
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