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BALISTX February 13, 2007 08:52 AM

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:

  1. Fork out the $$ and get an 8800 GTS 320?
  2. Buy a low end card for now to do me until I get some more cache?
  3. Or wait till spring when nVidia releases the 8600 Ultra?
Thoughts and opinions would be appreciated.

Babrbarossa February 13, 2007 09:34 AM

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.

http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.p...t=21&subpage=1

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

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...y&promoid=1006

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

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/showthread.php?t=334

BALISTX February 13, 2007 09:49 AM

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

Babrbarossa February 13, 2007 10:05 AM

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.

sswilson February 13, 2007 11:30 AM

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.

BALISTX February 13, 2007 11:35 AM

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.

sswilson February 13, 2007 11:38 AM

Sounds good to me.

The reviews I read were early release, so they didn't have long term data on best stable OC's.

BALISTX February 13, 2007 11:58 AM

After much comparison shopping and review reading I think I have decided on the setup.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 - $229.84
http://www.directcanada.com/products...ufacture=INTEL

Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 -$142.04
http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=GIGABYTE

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS - $343.08
http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=XFX

OCZ Platinum XTX PC2-6400 2GB DDR2-800 - $229.99
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...70&cid=RAM.475

Silverstone Strider ST75F 750W - $166.37
http://www.directcanada.com/products...e%20Technology

Babrbarossa February 13, 2007 12:01 PM

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

BALISTX February 13, 2007 12:21 PM

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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