New computer - Have the components picked out I think...

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01-02-2008 16:59:42

$139 Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid tower Computer Case - Retail

$259 DFI LP LT X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$249 XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card -

$119 PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40C Power Supply - Retail

$277 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

$93 G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

$6 Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier - OEM

$33 ZALMAN VF900 CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler - Retail
$60 ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail
$7 ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail


This is my first build. Do you think these are good selections, anything to remove or add? I already have many HD's so no need. As far as I know, all these components should fit together well.

Please let me know. Thanks.


01-02-2008 17:41:32

I have owned DFI motherboards before and they are not that good. I would suggest getting an EVGA 680i motherboard. It will save you some $$ and it is FAST. I would also skip on the VGA cooler. If this is your first build, the last thing you want to be doing is changing out the stock cooling on a graphics card. Not an easy thing to do. The stock cooling is more than sufficient on those cards anyway (I own an 8800gtx)


01-02-2008 19:20:23

I'm a huge fan of EVGA but not the latest nVidia mobo chipsets, which have been disappointing compared to Intel's. Only if you want to run SLI would I buy nVidia right now, and even then I'd go with a 780i over a 680i board. But Intel's X38 chipset is a much better choice IMO. I just built a new gaming rig about three weeks ago
[list3c582b5fb7][li3c582b5fb7]Intel Q6600 (overclocked to 3.5Ghz)
[li3c582b5fb7]Asus Maximus Formula X38 motherboard
[li3c582b5fb7]4GB (2x2GB) OCZ ReaperX PC8000 DDR2 RAM
[li3c582b5fb7]eVGA 8800GTS (G92) 512MB vidcard (faster and oc's better than the 8800GT)
[li3c582b5fb7]750GB 32MB cache Hitachi HDD
[li3c582b5fb7]750GB WD MyBook Home (eSATA/Firewire/USB)
[li3c582b5fb7]Creative X-Fi Platinum (from my last rig)
[li3c582b5fb7]Samsung SH-203N DVD burner
[li3c582b5fb7]PC Power & Cooling Quad 750 PSU
[li3c582b5fb7]CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 case[/listu3c582b5fb7]
Running Crysis at 1920x1200 with all detail on High is a beautiful experience. )

Your component list looks pretty good, but personally I'd swap the DFI board for an Asus. I'm not a big DFI fan either, nor Gigabyte. Asus has treated me very well over the last 6-8 motherboards I've bought.


01-02-2008 19:59:42

I think you could cut costs and go with a dual core instead of a quad core....


01-02-2008 20:07:04

Thanks for the advice on the motherboards. Only issue I see with ASUS right now, alot of people are saying they are very unstable with the current set of Bios out.

As far as quad vs dual - I hope this will last me awhile, 3-4 years. Figured I mine as well spend the money now. Intriguing though, I seriously am considering getting the 45nm dual cores or the Q6600 quads. Kind of a toss up, as far as usability in the future, the quads win I think.


01-02-2008 20:34:05

No, definitely go Quad.

And there is nothing unstable about Asus BIOSes. I'm running 0907 on the Maximus Formula which is the latest, and it's ROCK stable. Sure, all mobo companies release some wonky BIOSes once in awhile, but at no time are "all" ASUS BIOSes unstable. If you hit one with problems, you backflash to an older version. Simple.


01-02-2008 21:07:29

Ok thanks for the input )
I will be waiting till March to get this. 8800GS should come way down in price by then. I am trying to get my research done now so I can just get a decent system then. Not too much should change in 1-1.5 months. I want to see the Nvidia 9 series out, so the vid cards drop some.