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Old March 26, 2008, 05:52 PM
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I actually just finished my build about a month ago but I've sold it and am doing it again. I had the Asus P5K-E Wifi but I'm seriously considering going with something else. Mostly because I was having weird issues with connecting my external 2.5" sata drive to my case (Silverstone Kublai) where it wasn't getting enough power. The front ports wouldn't work at all and the rear ports would only work occasionally. So I'm not entirely sure if it's the mobo, the case or a bit of both. Oddly enough my Girlfriend doesn't have this problem and she has a Coolermaster Centurion ($70) and an Asus P5K-V. So now I'm looking for suggestions for a solid mobo that has a minimum of 2 pci (pref 3), 6-8 internal sata ports and must have firewire (pref with TI chipset). I don't think I have too many options overall but I'm now leaning towards a Gigabyte board (hopefully around the same price of $170 or so). The rest of the system will have....

Q6600
8800GT
Corsair 520HX
4 Gigs of ram
1 Raptor and a couple sata drives etc.

And although I loved the look of the Silverstone case it was rather dissapointing. The firewire and HDAudio cables were too short and didn't reach the MoBo so they were useless and I found their HD cage a bit of a pain. I may take a look at the NZXT Hush as I liked the looks of that. So any suggestions on a good case would help too.

Thanks much.
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Old March 26, 2008, 06:02 PM
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Seems strange that your MB should be giving you those problems. I have plugged in an external HD before and had not issues with any sata ports on the backplate. The P5K-E is supposed to be one of the most reliable out there and is a hell of a good oc'r with recent chips. The CM690 looks like a great deal at the moment anyway.
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Old March 27, 2008, 11:29 AM
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Yeah, I'm not entirely sure where the problem lies. So that's why I'm just going to change both.

I'm thinking of going with this mobo as it seems to have everything I'm looking for.

Gigabyte EP35-DS4

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte


What do you guys think?
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Old March 27, 2008, 11:49 AM
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Are you an overclocker?
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Old March 27, 2008, 01:42 PM
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If yes...press F10...if not....we'll make you an overclocker!
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Old March 27, 2008, 02:22 PM
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I haven't overclocked anything in a long time but I plan to do some this time.

This is what my new build is looking like...


XFX GeForce 8800GT XT 512MB 640MHZ 1.9GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out In Stock 26958 $209.99 $209.99 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 In Stock 22211 $247.98 $247.98
Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan In Stock 26414 $109.99 $109.99
OCZ Reaper OCZ2RPR800C44GK 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-15 Memory Kit In Stock 26564 $109.99 $109.99
Gigabyte EP35-DS4 ATX LGA775 P35 1600OCFSB DDR2 1200OC 2PCI-E SATA RAID Sound GLAN 1394 Mo *IR-$7* In Stock 27871 $197.22 $197.22
Scythe Katana 2 CPU Cooler Heatpipe Heatsink LGA775 AM2 S478 S754 S939 S940 W/ 100MM 1500RPM Fan In Stock 23713 $21.99 $21.99
LG G-H20L-S10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 Lightscribe INT SATA DVD Writer OEM In Stock 27702 $33.99 $33.99
LG GSA-H55N Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 INT IDE 2MB OEM DVD Writer W/ SW In Stock 24468 $26.99 $26.99
Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA 10KRPM 16MB NCQ 5YR MFR Warranty Hard Drive In Stock 17451 $182.99 $182.99
HT Omega Striker 7.1 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT DTS Dolby Digital Live S/PDIF IN/OUT Coaxial In Stock 22973 $79.99 $79.99

I still haven't picked out a case but there isn't much of a rush for that yet. Do you guys see any glaring errors? I'm also not entirely decided upon the Raptor. Is there really that much difference in the seek times that would make it worthwhile. Especially since the Seagate 750gig is such a good price.

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Did you price match that Quad core? I don't see it as $209.

I'm also wondering about that 8800GT "XT" card..... In older models of Nvidia cards, the "GT" designated a higher clocked card (as in 6600GT) while "XT" designated some form of degraded performance over the standard model (Used to drive me nuts `cause ATI's "XT" was a bump up from stock).

I've looked at the specs on that card and can't find anything that looks funky about it... but if so, then why use the "XT" that was at one time a lower end card?
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Old March 27, 2008, 02:40 PM
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It's not $209 unfortunately, that's just the formatting that I tried to fix. Also, that vid card is actually a factory overclocked card and almost $100 off. I figured it would be a good buy.
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Did you price match that Quad core? I don't see it as $209.

I'm also wondering about that 8800GT "XT" card..... In older models of Nvidia cards, the "GT" designated a higher clocked card (as in 6600GT) while "XT" designated some form of degraded performance over the standard model (Used to drive me nuts `cause ATI's "XT" was a bump up from stock).

I've looked at the specs on that card and can't find anything that looks funky about it... but if so, then why use the "XT" that was at one time a lower end card?
Boy did I get that wrong!!!!!!!!

It was the other way around.... I was thinking of ATI's 1950 GT series.....

That's a killer price for that card!!!!!!
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