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CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Conroe E6600 2.4GHz FSB 1066, 4MB CPU<br />
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Mother Board: Asus P5W DH-Deluxe<br />
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Memory: CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 <br />
(PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory<br />
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Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card<br />
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Video card: XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 520MHz Extreme 1G Dual DVI PCI E <br />
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Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA II<br />
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Power Supply: 550 Watt Thame Star Dual Fan Power Supply<br />
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this is what i have chosen so far, is there anything i should know about or change before i buy it?
 

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The fact that that is insane, maybe a better psu
 

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so everything works out fine? choosing the mobo must have been the toughest decision, i had to decide between ASUS P5B and P5W DH
 

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CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Conroe E6600 2.4GHz FSB 1066, 4MB CPU -<b> Good</b><br />
Mother Board: Asus P5W DH-Deluxe - <b>Good motherboard, see my general comments below.</b><br />
Memory: CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 <br />
(PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - <b>total overkill and a waste of money, esp. with an E6600. Would make more sense with an E6300/E6400, when a high FSB is more likely.</b><br />
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - <b>Good</b><br />
Video card: XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 520MHz Extreme 1G Dual DVI PCI E - <b>Best single card out there. see general comments</b>.<br />
Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA II - Good, but why not two in RAID0<br />
Power Supply: 550 Watt Thame Star Dual Fan Power Supply - <b>unknown brand, and not enough power.</b><br />
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I would not get the highest end video card right now, since the DX10 cards are not far away. Also, the RAM you picked is way too much. You really don't need DDR2 1066, esp,. with the E6600. Some really good DDR2 800 (like the G.Skill HZ) will save you money, and it will likely hit DDR2 1000 speeds anyways (or at least close). Do note that DDR2 533 speeds are 1:1 with the CPU.
 

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Nice Chozzy, Congrats on 800 rep
 

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Thanks Ben <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Getting back in a bit with my personal picks.
 

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Haha cool
 

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i have no idea what i should do at this point... i really want to wait for those directx 10 cards so i can play games like crysis, but is it worth the wait? for vista etc.
 

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Yes, Just get something like a 7950 GT and you will be fine for 6 months
 

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Here we go:<br />
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MoBo: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131047" target="_blank">ASUS P5W64 WS Professional Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX </a>$309.99 <br />
Video: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814121554" target="_blank">ASUS EAX1900XT Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 </a>$346.99 <br />
CPU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115003" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 </a>$317.99 <br />
RAM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231065" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) </a>$299.00 <br />
HDD: 2X <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148144" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s</a> $149.98<br />
Sound: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829102188" target="_blank">Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels </a>$121.99 <br />
PSU: <a href="http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S75EPS" target="_blank">ULTRA-QUIET PSU: SILENCER 750 EPS12V</a> $199.00<br />
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Total: $1,744.94 + shipping<br />
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I believe DX10 cards are coming fairly soon (likely before Vista... I've heard rumors of November, but that could just be a rumor). However, I put in a X1900XT in there, which is more than capable for now while waiting for DX10. Don't be too impressed with that PSU. It's likely the bare bone MINIMUM you'll need to power a DX10 card, let alone 2....<br />
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The motherboard is a toss up. If you plan dual graphics, this is the best pick, although expensive. The ABIT AW9D-MAX (only one PCI slot, which will be useless when using dual graphics), and the Asus P5W DH Deluxe are close followers. If you do not run dual grafics, then the Asus P5B Deluxe is your first pick.
 

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here is all i need to know, how many watts so my system runs ok, and the best ram possible for my cpu, and a little explaination how raid 0 works (im a noob)
 

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Oh yeah, I saw the article, 8800X2 I think and 8800GT, like 450 and 600 I think, Not super expensive
 

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Probably want 600+ if ya going SLI in the future
 

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See my previous post. The likely issues are video/motherboard decisions.<br />
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RAM: see the G.Skills in my previous post. If you choose for DDR2 1066, the G.Skills with CAS latency 4 should be your pick, and not the Dominators (ok, the G.Skills cost like $500.. LOL). I'd say the G.Skills DD2 800 will give the Dominators a run for their money. <br />
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I'd say more than that Ben. Those DX10 cards are going to be monsters, and investing in as much power as you can is a good idea. I'd say 700W with 50A minimum for a single DX10 card and 1KW with 75A for a Crossfire/SLI set up. Problem is, they don't make PSUs that powerful yet (most 1KW units don't push 75A... )<br />
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For RAID, check my FAQs and the links in them. It's not as hard to set up as it seems <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Really? So when I build my PC should I just spend 50 bucks more for 700 Watts?
 

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i am not going to Quad sli so i should switch to the cheaper P5B?? (hope fully my sound card will fit in there) and also is it a good ram overclocker?
 

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P5B Deluxe is the better overclocker of the bunch!<br />
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why so focused on RAM overclocking? It won't really help you a whole lot. I'd just get good RAM, and run up the CPU as high as possible with the RAM on a 4:5 divider (i.e. DDR2 667 speeds). In this case, the RAM still runs faster than the CPU. Running the RAM any faster compared to the CPU won't give you any advantage. Again, the 1:1 divider is with RAM at DDR2 533 speeds.<br />
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Howevr, the P5B is known to hit 500MHz on the FSB, a feat that the P5W DH is not very easily capable of, and the P5W64 can do easily.<br />
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You're determined on the 7950GX2, or similar when a DX10 version comes out? I'd personally go for dual cards in either Crossfire or SLI. Dual 7900GTX's beat a single 7950GX2, and often even Quad SLI.
 

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It's overkill, since faster RAM won't add speed. RAM can only handle instructions as fast the CPU can transfer to the RAM. Thus, with RAM at a much faster speed than he CPU, you won't have added speed.<br />
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I am not saying that the slower RAM is faster. I am saying that the faster RAM won't add speed. Also, I don't like the dominators too much, given the CAS5 latency, while the G.Skills have CAS4 latency. I don't see the Dominators hitting high overclocks (not that they need to... LOL), given that latency.<br />
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Also, the G.Skills will overclock nicely, getting close to the Dominators speed.<br />
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However, the decision is yours <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> It's only $90 extra, so the price difference would not be bad.<br />
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Now, if you want hot RAM.... <br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231086" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) </a>$499.99
 
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