Suggestions On New Build
I'm going to be building a new PC and here is what I am getting thus far.
Intel C2D E4300
Silverstone Strider 560W PSU
NZXT Apollo Case
The questions I have are
What mobo should I get?
Should I not go the SLI route and get a Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 for it's OC capability?
or should I get the Asus P5N-E SLI and go the SLI route?
Next question is regarding RAM. I was looking at either getting
OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 2GB (4-4-4-15) for $277.20
or should I spend an extra and get G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ PC2-6400 2GB (4-4-4-12) for $389.85?
And last but certainly not least Graphics card. I'm looking at 3 options:
If I wasn't planning on using Vista/dx10 anytime soon, I would rush right out and buy the forum special at NCIX-- you can get a 8800gts 320 MB for $329. Apparently these don't quite support vista at this time and the lower memory might be an issue when playing the upcoming games like Supreme Commander which is a pig.
If you're going for budget options, that ocz platinum 6400 is on for $255 right now at NCIX. hear lots of good about the phu2 also, though
I don't think you can go wrong with that mobo eother-- and you won't be missing out on much until sli gets its **** together, and you're rich enough to buy two cards- I think dual graphic cards setups are prime for some evolution.
I just posted a review of the Gigabyte 965P-DQ6 Rev 3.3 -- it's supposed to be great oc'er
I don't plan on running Vista anytime soon. The prices is right on the XFX 8800 GTS at NCIX http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=XFX
You'd be looking an an incredible performance/dollar with that setup-- it's be neat to see some benches from such a system.
Oh-- and I should add-- look at the psu combo-deals that you can get with that card-
silverstone strider 750 for 163
ocz gamexstream 700 for 119
might be a good idea to invest in that extra juice.
Looks like a decent build.
That graphics card and two gig will go a long way towards future proofing your rig.
The only thing I'd question (and it's certainly a matter of preference) is the choice of the e4300 over a 6300.
I haven't taken the leap into intel yet (still holding out some hope that AMD has an ace up it's sleeve.... :whistle: ), but the reviews I've read on the 4300 suggest that the extra $20 or so in savings aren't really worth the possible slight performance hit.
I was looking at that gigabyte board last night, and it certainly looked interesting. I'm never going to end up going SLI or crossfire so my personal choice would be for a single card board.
From what I have read on different forums the E4300 is better for ocing due to the lower FSB. I forget what review it was on but they were able to get the processor up to 3.0GHz stable.
Sounds good to me.
The reviews I read were early release, so they didn't have long term data on best stable OC's.
After much comparison shopping and review reading I think I have decided on the setup.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 - $229.84
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 -$142.04
XFX GeForce 8800 GTS - $343.08
OCZ Platinum XTX PC2-6400 2GB DDR2-800 - $229.99
Silverstone Strider ST75F 750W - $166.37
Sweeeeet! Very nice price on the ram! I can't understand why the gold tends to be more expensive- I wonder if it's not just the same stuff, because my gold runs at 4-4-4-12
It just might be. I always thought the platinum was the higher quality.
So now it's just a matter of saving the money to buy the parts.
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