About to build a new system
Hey everyone :]
I posted a thread regarding a gaming system I was going to put together a while ago but due to some set backs I had to put off on getting the parts and building the PC. Everything is all good now and I'm ready to get this started again, yay.
I made some revisions to my original list which I think are much more affordable and will be a system powerful enough for what it will be used for and more (mainly gaming). Again I'm totally open to suggestions and comments.
Case - Thermaltake Armour Black Full-Tower W/ 25cm side fan
CPU - Intel q6600
Hard Drive - Western Digital 500GB (5000 AAKS)
PSU - CM eXtream 650w
The only thing that I'm still unsure of is the motherboard... The memory I'm looking at is the Corsair XMS2 2GB PC6400 DDR2-800MH and for video a GeForce 8800gts 320mb, so basically I need a board that can support the Intel CPU, memory between 800 - 1066mhz and the video card. SLI would be nice too :]
Also not sure which company to get the card from. BFG has lifetime warranty and eVGA has some nice perks as well. I was thinking eVGA, seems like the best IMO.
I am in the same boat I only can buy a couple of pieces ( not allot of money coming in)at a time the first thing I bought was OCZ ATI Crossfire PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard ( supposed to be a cheap board that is good for OC
I am thinking that the last thing I am going to buy is the Q6600 with G0 stepping. and the GeForce 8800gts in hopes that the prices will drop within the next couple of months whicjh I am thinking wioll be happening because of the time of year.Everything else from the power supply to the water cooling I am getting as fast as possible.
If you DO tho you'll only have a choice of 3 boards that does it as they are all 680i and the best out there and they are: P5N32-E SLI, evga 680i, and Striker Extreme.
I like the P5N32 but others like different.
Giga p35-ds3l works well oc'ing my quads as a dedicated folding rig and <$100.
If you want raid, p35-ds3R oc's as well or maybe slightly better than the ds3l, and has a little better cooling.
Intel chipset mobo's are prolly gonna oc the best, and certainly the easiest.
I used to use mostly asus but they fell off my preferred list when they introduced their p35 mobos due to dropping the ps/2 kb port and higher power consumption. Prices are also higher. They have a nicer bios and i miss the power on idiot light on the mobo since i run mine caseless. Other feature differences don't matter to me since i run them as minimally config'ed dedicated folding rigs.
you might save a few $ going with 965 chipset mobos but i would rather have p35's. X38's don't seem to offer much if any performance advantage other than dual 16x pci-e which will only matter to a very few.
** Edit ** The board suggested uses Southbridge: Intel® ICH9R so its good.
But again RAID really serves no purpose in a desktop environment so rethink that idea too.
The DS3L wil do you good - it's cheap, and oc'es well. Check out my sig.
enaberif I was looking at your sig and noticed that you are using the aurora case are you also water cool8ing? I am asking because I am thinking of getting the same case and even though I am a nube at building and water cooling I want to make a custom water cooling unit but all inside that case so if you are water cooling I am currious on your water cooling set up
And to say raid serves no purpose on a desktop mobo is very untrue ... try to recover your data when your only hard drive has failed!
My main work at home rig uses raid 5+0 and my backup main rig runs raid 1.
My son runs raid 5+0 and my daughter runs raid 1.
At least twice one of us has been very happy to just need to plug in a new drive to restore full raid protection with no loss of use of the puter while waiting for a replacement drive and 0 loss of data.
If you only game and surf on a rig, raid isn't as valuable to protect data, but it still protects against loss of use of the rig and all the re-install time to get it running again after a hdd fails. Of course raid 0 is NO protecton and also doubles the probability of rig down due to single hdd failure.
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