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Old September 9, 2007, 01:27 PM
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This is a first build for me, I've been researching for a few weeks and come up with this. Any sugestions/compatability problems. Heading for college soon so want a good system.

NZXT LEXA Blackline ATX Case Black 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Temp Display Window Front USB & Audio


ASUS WL-138G-V2 Wireless G Network Adapter PCI Card 802.11G 54MBPS


EVGA Nforce 680I SLI LGA775 Conroe ATX DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard


Kingston ValueRAM PC2-4200 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-533 CL4 240PIN DIMM Memory Kit 2x


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box


EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800 Ultra 612MHZ 768MB 2.16GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card


Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio 24BIT Sound Card 7.1 PCI OEM


OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black


Pioneer DVR-212D Black DVD-RW 18X6X18 DVD+RW 18X8X18 DL 10X SATA 2MB OEM DVD Burner No Software


Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard & Laser Mouse Set


Western Digital RE2 RAID Edition 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB NCQ 8.7MS Hard Drive 5 Year MFR Warranty 2x

BenQ FP202W 20IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 5MS 1680X1050 1000:1 300CDM VGA DVI-D

Logitech Z5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers 500W RMS SILVER-BLACK Analog Coax Optical




Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II Liquid Cooling Kit LGA775 AM2 W/ CPU Block Pump & 120MM Radiator




Any suggestions greatfully appreciated
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Old September 9, 2007, 01:56 PM
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Welcome to Hardwarecanucks!!! Always nice to see a new face in here.

I'd question 3 of your choices.....

1/ Memory..... Not sure if you clicked on the wrong link, but out of everything, it's the one that sticks out as "one of these things just doesn't belong here".....

You should be looking for at least a set of PC2 6400 and hopefully not some value ram.

If you read through the other post (where you posted) you'll see that memory prices / brands are fairly cyclic, so the best bet would be to have a look the week you are planning on purchasing.

2/ X-Fi extreme audio.... you'd be just a well off with your on-board. :)

3/ I'd avoid that particular WC kit, I'm not seeing anything listed at DC but NCIX has a couple of decent kits for $150 - $200.

One last point.... I'm not a huge gamer myself, but I noticed that you had chosen the "ultra" version of vid card.... The "ultra" does indeed put out super impressive points, but generally the extra boost of an ultra isn't a very good "bang for your buck" choice. (Nothing wrong with choosing it, but you might get a better return for your money if you downgraded it one point, and dropped the coin on something else like memory.... :) ).
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Old September 9, 2007, 02:00 PM
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You might also want to consider the speakers we reviewed here... http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/hardw...er-review.html

Nothing wrong with the speakers you chose, but it's always good to have options.... :)
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Old September 9, 2007, 02:03 PM
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Glad to see youve found time to pop by.

Well im no expert but if I were in your very wealthy shoes i would not buy the ultra and would funnel the dollars into the RAM and case.

BFG8800GTX OC/OC2 are at a really good price point right now and clocked up to 626mhz.

The extra 200-250 dollars could be spread out to some faster high quality RAM and a larger case for improved airflow and cable/WC management.

Those Lian cases are a work of art by the way!

Also have you considered 2900XT in crossfire? Same price as an ultra pretty much and packs a hell of a punch. Although that psu would need to be improved.

have fun...........
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Old September 9, 2007, 02:04 PM
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oh SSwilson posted simultaneously at least there was some convergence of opinion
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Old September 9, 2007, 03:17 PM
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Drop the 8800 Ultra and get the 8800GTX. The ultra is merely an overclocked GTX.

Don't buy such crappy RAM either, get at least PC6400 or higher. The Mushkin HP2 is pretty nice RAM IMO, but it's overpriced on DirectCanada. At Canada Comptuers it's only like $120.

The X-Fi XtremeAudio is a waste of money really, it's not a true X-Fi card. Missing a lot of features. Either get a higher model or don't get one at all.

I would seriously pass on the MX5000 set. Look at the Logitech forums, it's plagued with issues. Get like a G15 and mouse of your choice. I have the MX5000 myself and it just randomly lags out at times. Really not good. Also sometimes a key will get "stuck" (not physically).

Those RAID edition hard drives are a waste of money to me, but thats up to you.

That watercooling kit is a waste of money IMO, a good heatsink would probably perform better. If you want watercooling, look into the Swiftech or NCIX kits. Something with a dual-120mm rad at least for that quad-core alone.

Thats just my thoughts. I know it's all negative, but stuff to consider.
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Old September 9, 2007, 09:32 PM
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Thanks guys

I've changed memory, cooling and video, scrapped the sound card.
With the money I've saved I got the case i really wanted, Mountain Mods U2-UFO, hehehehehe.
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Thanks guys

I've changed memory, cooling and video, scrapped the sound card.
With the money I've saved I got the case i really wanted, Mountain Mods U2-UFO, hehehehehe.
when I did my build... I scraped my soundcard aswell...... figured I have the Headphones on 99% of the time so who needs a sound card LOL.... good luck with the build!!!
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Thanks guys

I've changed memory, cooling and video, scrapped the sound card.
With the money I've saved I got the case i really wanted, Mountain Mods U2-UFO, hehehehehe.
So what have you decided on then?
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