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Old 12-04-2007, 01:56 AM   #1
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Hi guy, I'm kinda new at this but I was told I was better off building a new computer over buying one. I've looked at guides and such and come up with these parts for the computer. It totals $1051 and I was told it looks pretty good but I wanted more opinons. Anybody have any advice or comments? Thanks for any help


Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P Rev 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Ultra Durable 2, Ultra Cooling Intel Motherboard - Retail Ultra Durable 2, ultra cooling
($155)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128067

CPU:
INTEL Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz FSB1333MHz 4M LGA775 Retail BX80557E6550 Processor Retail ($169)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10005520

Video Card:
XFX PVT88PYDE4 Geforce 8800 GT 640 Clock Speed Extreme Edition 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Video Card Retail ($280)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10007128

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($120)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148288

Memory:
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Mid Tower Case Retail ($50)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10006342

Power Supply:
COOLER MASTER RP-650-PCAR eXtreme Power 650W Power Supply Retail ($73)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=371926

DVD Drive:
SAMSUNG SH-S203B/BEBN 20X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive w/Software ($29)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10006485

Sound Card:
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Xtreme Gamer Sound Card Retail ($80)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=290247

Cooling Device:
COOLER MASTER Hyper TX - Universal RR-CCH-L9U1-GP CPU Cooler Retail ($22)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10005600

Wireless Card:
INTEL 3945ABG 54Mbps 802.11a/b/g PCI-Express Mini Network Adapter Retail ($23)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10006854
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Old 12-04-2007, 05:01 AM   #2
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if its going to be for gaming im presuming it is with the 8800 gt. i would change the CPU with a Quad Core or the 3.00 Ghz dual core
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:42 AM   #3
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Yeah I have the GT listed instead of the GTS.

Which of these would u prefer if I upgrades my CPU? They are both the same price and $50 more than the one I have listed now.

INTEL Core 2 Duo E6850 3GHz FSB1333MHz 4M LGA775 Retail BX80557E6850 Processor Retail ($280)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10005523

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core Processor 2.4GHz, 1066FSB, LGA775, 8MB cache Retail ($280)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...ductCode=80864

Thanks for your help
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:20 PM   #4
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definitly the Quad.... but the Sound card is useless.. the on board sound is great.. it even has an optical output.. that'll save u 80$$ to put toward ur quad..
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:32 PM   #5
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hmm so drop the sound card...interesting, that might work

I was also told that I should try avoid Seagate (not sure y) but when I tried to look for hard drive with 500gb and 32mb cache I only find Seagate. I can find a 750gb hd with 32mb cache but that is another $50. Is it worth spending the money to get one of these?

HITACHI 0A35154 750GB SATA 7200 RPM 32MB Hard Drive Bulk ($180)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...tCode=10005970

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($180)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152100

OR should I spend less for the 16mb cache?

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($105)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152052

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Onboard sound is okay, but it just isn't sufficent for what I use sound for, and they also tend to use more resources since the CPU has to decode sound rather than a dedicated sound card.

I would personally go for the Spinpoint T series 500GB model, but maybe you need the extra 250GB's? I don't know, thats up to you.
I wouldn't bother with getting one with a higher cache though if it costs a lot more. 16mb should be plenty.
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Yea I would get rid if the sound card also, other than that looks good. I would think about choosing another case, did you check the ones on newegg?
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This ones slightly cheaper:

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=290246

I would recommend the Xtreme Music, but its not listed on the site, nor Newegg.
Have they discontinued it?

The reason I'm trying to get you to buy a dedicated card, is because it may become useful, and drivers are a lot better now. I'm just not a fan of Realtek when it comes to sound quality, and you seem to lose dedicated bass/treble controls too.
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Yeah I would like to get a sound card around that price, just because I am going to be doing high end gaming with good sound and some media aspects on the computer. That sound card seems good but that is one part of the computer that I have no idea the difference so I am not sure whats best for price

Yeah and I was thinking about the samsung 500gb...but I wasnt sure if I should get a higher cache but this one looks good then.

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($105)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152052


shadygirl is there a certain type of case you would recommend for this system? The one I have is only $50, I'm willing to go a lil higher but not too much.

Thanks for all your help
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Get a sound card if you have high quality speakers. If not, then it's sort of a waste.

That PSU isn't so good, get this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371002
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