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Old 09-14-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hey guys.
I am having troubles with my build. I can't seem to lower the price of the parts, and about everything is at the specs i want. I want my price to around 800-900$ (CAD), but i have no idea on how to get it there. Also, i need to chose a good PSU, but i have no idea what will be sufficient. Please help me if it is possible.


CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - 199.88 - Link
Mobo - EVGA - Nforce 750i SLI FTW - 186.65 - Link
RAM - Corsair - XMS2 TWIN2X 4GB (2x2GB) - 95.55 - Link
GPU - PNY - XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT - 129.99 - Link
OS HDD - Seagate - Brracuda 160GB 8MB Buffer - 46.72 - Link
HDD - Seagate - Barracuda 250GB 8MB Buffer - 60.99 - Link
Case - Apevia - X-Plorer ATX Mid Tower - 73.99 - Link
PSU - CoolerMaster - Xtreme Power 600w - 61.56 - Link
Optical - LG - GH2 2LS30 - 30.78 - Link
OS - Microsoft - Windows Vista Home Premium OEM - 125.68 - Link


Sub Total - 1011.79
Total - 1153.44*


* 14% Tax

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Old 09-14-2008, 02:45 PM   #2
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Try this RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...893&CatId=3412

The current one you have says Corsair but it's linked to an OCZ.

I'm not too sure, but I think this PSU would fit your needs at decent quality: http://www.directcanada.com/products...specifications
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:11 PM   #3
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I think you're paying too much for the motherboard, you can get a decent P35 board for under $100: http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=GIGABYTE
You won't get SLi support but you'll save just under $100.

I also really think it would be worth going with the 512MB 8800GT: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...056&CatId=3670
There's a reason the 256MB version never sold that well and it's because it's performance was often sub HD 3850 level. If you don't want to spend anymore on the video card, you can get the HD 3850 for under $100: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...527&CatId=3670

I would recommend going with a single bigger HDD to save money too.

Another possibility is cutting the Q6600 and going with something like the 6000+ X2: http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=AMD and a 780G board: http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=GIGABYTE
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:56 PM   #4
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I completely forgot about the motherboard and I would take Worship's advice.

Do you really need 800GB of space? I have 80GB and I can barely fill half of it. Of course I've been busy and not downloading what I usually do, but that's beside the point. Frankly, a 500GB HDD would be fine. You can partition it into a 100GB Primary and a 400GB Secondary. If you need more space then you buy another HDD.

Lastly, what will you be doing with this machine? If it's anything along the lines of media editing then stick with the Q6600, otherwise downgrade to a 6000+ X2 (which is a great processor).
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:11 PM   #5
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I'm not too sure, but I think this PSU would fit your needs at decent quality: http://www.directcanada.com/products...specifications
Will that PSU be able to support 2 8800 GT's (power wise)?

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I think you're paying too much for the motherboard, you can get a decent P35 board for under $100: http://www.directcanada.com/products...cture=GIGABYTE
You won't get SLi support but you'll save just under $100.
Well, i want SLI, because i will eventually upgrade to having 2 8800GT's in SLI mode.
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:27 PM   #6
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SLI is not the way to go. You're better off selling the current card and upgrading.

edit: It should support 2 8800GT's
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SLI is not the way to go. You're better off selling the current card and upgrading.
Will i get better performance from a new card than 2 8800's in SLI?
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SLI uses around 40% of the second card. Depending on the upgrade you might get better performance out of the 2 8800GT.

If you didn't see my post above (the edit): The PSU should be able to support 2 8800GT's
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:39 PM   #9
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Alright, but i think im going to go for 2 8800GT's because at 14, there is not much for you to get money from (in my opinion), so buying 2 8800GT's will save me some money, than buying a high priced card.

Also, thanks for the advice on the PSU. /added to list
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No problem man. Any other questions just post/PM. Not to burst your bubble but friends list aren't very useful lol. I've never used it at least.
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