Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > CPU's and Motherboards

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old February 20, 2008, 06:55 PM
tgraszat14's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hamilton Ontario
Posts: 114
Default My Build: Any helpful advice?

I just want to say this site has been a huge HUGE help in deciding parts and what not. This is my build so far any advice or help would be great!

Mobo: XFX 680i LT SLI (not going to use the SLI but liked the board)
Ram: Mushkin HP 2X1GB CL4-5-4-11 (heard good things about Mushkin)
PSU: 500W Silverstone Element (Again heard good things about their PSU's)
Processor: Still trying to decide on the Q6600 or the E6750
Vid card: EVGA 8800gt Superclocked (Thank you HWC review :) )
Optical: Asus 18x18
Case: Coolermaster Centurion 5
HD: Seagate Barrucuda 250gb
OS: XP Professional

Any help or advice would be great!

I realize I could've made a better choice for the board, but it grabbed my attention with some reviews I read and the price wasn't too shabby so :P

Thanks!
__________________
~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~
XFX 680i LT-E6750 @ 2.66~~~~ XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog
Mushkin HP2 (2x1gb) ~~~~~~~~ Silverstone Element PSU
~~~~~~~~~~Coolermaster Centurion 5~~~~~~~~~~~~

Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old February 20, 2008, 07:16 PM
3.0charlie's Avatar
3.0 "I kill SR2's" Charlie
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Laval, QC
Posts: 9,613

My System Specs

Default

But what do you wish to do exactly with this rig? You have a SLI board, but do not wish to use it. And the 680i is getting old. The Q6600 is a power house, but is almost the last generation of CPUs. I would make the following changes:

680i? Change for a P35 - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R, or the Asus P5K.
Q6600 / E6750? Change for an E8400.
8800GT? Go for the HD3870.

And please, pretty please buy an after maket cooler....
__________________
Hydro-Quebec is salivating...
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old February 20, 2008, 07:29 PM
tgraszat14's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hamilton Ontario
Posts: 114
Default

mostly gaming WoW and fps
__________________
~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~
XFX 680i LT-E6750 @ 2.66~~~~ XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog
Mushkin HP2 (2x1gb) ~~~~~~~~ Silverstone Element PSU
~~~~~~~~~~Coolermaster Centurion 5~~~~~~~~~~~~

Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old February 20, 2008, 07:46 PM
Cptn Vortex's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,726
Default

I agree now too. The gigabyte P35 is the way to go. 680i sorry, I gave it a try, and it failed.

For cases, get the Coolermaster CM690! It will give you much more room to grow in the future, cooling and modding wise.

I also second the HD 3850 or 3870. To me they are just a better all around card. The 8800GT is a little faster, but it's poor cooler and noise is just a little too much for me.
__________________
The Vortex H20

Coolermaster ATCS 840 w Window panel
MSI Z77A-GD65
Intel i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ 1.28v
Galaxy GTX 680 @ 1241MHZ
8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

Watercooling:
EK Supreme HF, EK FC GTX 680 Block, MCR320+Gelid Silent 12 Push/Pull, DD Pump, EK Multioption 100ml Res, EK Coolstream XT 220 RAD Gelid Wings Push/Pull.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old February 20, 2008, 07:52 PM
3.0charlie's Avatar
3.0 "I kill SR2's" Charlie
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Laval, QC
Posts: 9,613

My System Specs

Default

OP - Don't get me wrong, the 680i was a great board - but there are better and cheaper ones out there right now. And the E8400 is proving itself as a very potent CPU.

P35 definitely - DS3R if you need Raid, DS3L if you don't. The L is on special at NCIX for 88$....
__________________
Hydro-Quebec is salivating...
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 2, 2008, 10:23 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 6
Default

@Captn Vortex, what about that 3870 you mentioned, only in this case for heavy multitasking, lots of graphics, and a 22" LCD—but no gaming?

This with an AMD x64 5200+ or 5600+ but hoping for as cool as possible, and a nice small electric bill?

Or would that graphics card be overkill, too hot and too heavy, and is there a better (ATI preferably) one you'd suggest?
(The 3870 was at NCIX in your city and mine for $200 until Feb 29; expect it will be again in another week or 2)

Thanks. (With apologies to tgraszat14; I just thought I'd ask while this card was being mentioned.)
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 2, 2008, 10:42 PM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,577
Default

just look at my specs as it equals one mean machine :D
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 2, 2008, 10:50 PM
Cptn Vortex's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,726
Default

The 3870 is Very energy efficient. Yes, it uses more power at load, but when it is idle it is very efficient. I would say the 3850 would be your sweet spot. Maybe a new Nvidia 9600GT? It is also a great card for the low money it costs
__________________
The Vortex H20

Coolermaster ATCS 840 w Window panel
MSI Z77A-GD65
Intel i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ 1.28v
Galaxy GTX 680 @ 1241MHZ
8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

Watercooling:
EK Supreme HF, EK FC GTX 680 Block, MCR320+Gelid Silent 12 Push/Pull, DD Pump, EK Multioption 100ml Res, EK Coolstream XT 220 RAD Gelid Wings Push/Pull.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 3, 2008, 08:10 PM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks, Cap'n. My thread is
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...html#post43616
btw.

@tgraszat14 , thanks, & sorry for the interruption.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New Build - Could use some advice nophen CPU's and Motherboards 23 March 14, 2008 07:47 PM
New Build Advice Towndrunk CPU's and Motherboards 5 March 12, 2008 10:28 PM
Mobo advice for new build D1rtyB1rd CPU's and Motherboards 26 March 6, 2008 01:23 PM
New Build - Advice Welcome CasheKicker CPU's and Motherboards 47 March 5, 2008 07:07 PM
New Build- need advice, opinion Etc UberMoo Off Topic 1 December 17, 2007 09:20 AM