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Netskimmer

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I know that I said I would wait until November to build my new rig but the wait is killing me! There are so many new games out there that my comp just can't keep up with. It seems to me that most of the fast changing tech revolves around CPUs and GPUs. All the Intel 2 and 4 core processors I saw on NewEgg have a LGA 775 socket type and all the good vid cards are using PCIe so unless PCIe and socket LGA 775 are soon to be replaced I could easily build a great system and upgrade the CPU and GPU many months from now should should either become a bottleneck and from what I've heard DDR3 won't be nessicary for gaming for at least a year. What do you guys think?
 

colt1911

New Member
For now I would get a good socket 775 board and an Intel dual core cpu .Be sure to consider this when getting your board , you'll want to make sure that it will run the new Quad cores coming out later. Also from what I've read about DDR3 is that right now it's not worth it . The price to performance ratio over DDR2 is not worth the upgrade.
 

oscaryu1

VIP Member
I know that I said I would wait until November to build my new rig but the wait is killing me! There are so many new games out there that my comp just can't keep up with. It seems to me that most of the fast changing tech revolves around CPUs and GPUs. All the Intel 2 and 4 core processors I saw on NewEgg have a LGA 775 socket type and all the good vid cards are using PCIe so unless PCIe and socket LGA 775 are soon to be replaced I could easily build a great system and upgrade the CPU and GPU many months from now should should either become a bottleneck and from what I've heard DDR3 won't be nessicary for gaming for at least a year. What do you guys think?
Just get an LGA775 motherboard with an Nvidia chipset, and can support 45nm tech for future processors, and an 8800. Should be good. 2GB RAM is also good.
 

diduknowthat

formerly liuliuboy
Just get an LGA775 motherboard with an Nvidia chipset, and can support 45nm tech for future processors, and an 8800. Should be good. 2GB RAM is also good.
Is there a specific reason to get a nvidia chipset? Why not just pick up the new P35/38 motherboards? (unless he wants to go SLI later on, which really isn't worth it).
 

Netskimmer

New Member
So I should avoid SLI and Crossfire? I've heard that a really good single card will usually out perform two lesser cards but I wasn't sure if the performance of two good cards would be worth the cost.

Now that I have decided to build one I'd like some suggestions on hardware.

Not too sure about the GPU or monitor. Do you think I should get aftermarket cooling for the GPU, mem, or mobo?

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115031
$129.99
GPU: EVGA GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB 384-bit GDDR3
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A9602841
$624.75


Mobo: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188013
$229.99

Mem: OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227178
145.99

Sound: 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster
X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102005
$135.99

Cooling: Danger Den water cooling Power Kit
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=183&cat=2&page=1
$163.28

Arctic Silver CMQ-22G The high-density, ceramic-based thermal compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100012
$9.99

Power: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009
$179.99

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119138
$199.99

HHD: Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136011
$184.99

Mon: SAMSUNG 245BW Black High Glossy 24" 5ms DVI Widescreen
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001234
$489.99

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116140
$319.99

Misc: ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135143
$20.99

Generic Keyboard
$20

Logitech MX518
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104178
$39.99

Total:
$2,895.91
 
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UriA702

New Member
looks pretty solid, but if you plan on upgrading the processor once the 45nm chips come out why not just overclock something cheap if it's only for a few months. an e2190 will overclock to near 3 ghz and costs under $100.
I am waiting for the 45nm chips to build a system, not so much that i want a 45nm, ill have to see the improvements over the current 65nm. More that the prices of the better core 2 duos will drop so that would work out lovely.
 

Netskimmer

New Member
The cheapest one I could find on newegg is the E4400 for $135.

Will the mobo I picked out be compatible with the 45mn chips? It doesn't really say in the description or specs.

How difficult is it to overclock these?

Why is the E6700 Conroe one newegg more expensive than the E6850 Conroe? As far as I can tell the specs on the E6850 are superior in every way?:confused:
 

mep916

Administrator
Staff member
The cheapest one I could find on newegg is the E4400 for $135.

Will the mobo I picked out be compatible with the 45mn chips? It doesn't really say in the description or specs.

How difficult is it to overclock these?

Why is the E6700 Conroe one newegg more expensive than the E6850 Conroe? As far as I can tell the specs on the E6850 are superior in every way?:confused:
Yes, the 680i will support 45nm chips. Update the BIOS after the build. The E6850 is great, but I would recommend the Q6600 G0 stepping. It's cheaper, and it's a quad core. With the 680i, it'll be a breeze to OC. Good luck!

BTW, the Cosmos is an excellent choice. I'm gettin' it soon. :D
 

mep916

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Staff member
Is going quad core worth the slower front side bus and clockspeed?
That's a very good question. I'm not sure. The Q6600 (G0 stepping) is known to clock as high as 3.7 GHz on air with an aggressive voltage. I think you would see better performance with a quad core at lower speeds. I could be wrong, however. :)
 

Netskimmer

New Member
Your probably right. How can I tell if the Q6600 on newegg is G0? I've never been to glubit.com before, do they have a good rep? Do you think the vid card is too much? 768MB seems like a lot to me but I haven't bought a vid card in so long I'm not sure. I'm also not sure about the monitor.
 

mep916

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Staff member
Your probably right. How can I tell if the Q6600 on newegg is G0? I've never been to glubit.com before, do they have a good rep? Do you think the vid card is too much? 768MB seems like a lot to me but I haven't bought a vid card in so long I'm not sure. I'm also not sure about the monitor.
Click here for clubit.com at Reseller Ratings. They appear to have an excellent reputation. Newegg doesn't guarantee the Q6600 w/ the G0 stepping. I'd go with Clubit.com.

The GTX is awesome. You won't be dissapointed. The monitor looks great - maybe a little expensive. The price is probably due to the HDMI functionality. If you don't plan on using the HDMI, consider the Samsung.

I've heard from other members' of the forum that the Zalman 9500 is really loud. Consider purchasing the 9700.
 
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Netskimmer

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mep916

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Staff member
Ok so I'll go with the Samsung and the Zal 9700.

Do you think it would be worth the extra $50 to get this:

EVGA GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB 384-bit GDDR3
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA9602841
$624.75

Instead of what I have currently selected:

EVGA GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130079
$589.99

As far as I can tell the only difference is that the Ultra has a slower core clock speed but a faster mem clock speed.
Yeah. Some may disagree with me, but if you can afford it, why not? I've heard the Ultras overclock well. You can easily move the Ultra core clock above the GTX stock core clock

Since you're saving money on the monitor, get a Raptor. Install your OS and games on the Raptor, and use the Samsung HD for storing media and other files. Every high performance rig should have a Raptor, IMO. :D
 
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Netskimmer

New Member
Do You think I'll need an after market cooler for the GPU? This will be a pure gaming rig so I shouldn't need more that one HHD provided that it is big enough. If I do decide to go SLI later will my PS be big enough?
 
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mep916

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Staff member
Do You think I'll need an after market cooler for the GPU?
That depends. If you want to overclock the card significantly, an aftermarket cooler will help. For now, I wouldn't worry about it. See how far you get on stock cooling.

This will be a pure gaming rig so I shouldn't need more that one HHD provided that it is big enough.
Do what you want. Do some research on the Raptor. It's the fastest HD on the market. You'll notice faster performance in gaming (level loading, for example), OS startup and overall performance. Plus, you'll have serious bragging rights. That counts for something, doesn't it? :D


If I do decide to go SLI later will my PS be big enough?
I'd go with the PSU I recommended in a previous post. Click here.
 
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Netskimmer

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I was actually thinking that since the only things on this computer will be the OS, games and related software. I should dump the Samsung HD and just get the Raptor, I was just wondering if 150GB would be enough but I don't see why it wouldn't be, at least to start with. I could always get another HD later if I need it.
 

mep916

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Staff member
I was actually thinking that since the only things on this computer will be the OS, games and related software. I should dump the Samsung HD and just get the Raptor, I was just wondering if 150GB would be enough but I don't see why it wouldn't be, at least to start with. I could always get another HD later if I need it.
Yeah. That's what I would do. I have all the latest games and programs installed on Vista. I still have 79 GB of space available. ;)
 

Netskimmer

New Member
How about a physics card? Last I checked they were very expensive and there was not much call for them but that was quite a while ago and they seem to have gone down considerably in price. Do many current games benefit from them?

I also thought I'd ask about water cooling. It's been awhile since I looked at that too. At the time most people said it was more trouble than its worth. Do you know if that has changed?
 
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