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Old 11-02-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Hey all.

I'm trying to decide whether to get a laptop or a desktop. I'm swaying a little more towards the desktop side only because I would really enjoy building my own computer, as well as the fact that the games will play much better (obviously).

I figured I'd post my specs and see what you all thought.

Notice I included an EVGA 8800GT. Specs say it uses PCIe 2.0. I'm not too familiar with that, is it compatible with motherboards that use regular PCIe? I noticed on tomshardware.com they were using a setup that did in thier benchmarks, but it didn't make sense to me.

Anyways, here goes.

HARDWARE
WEBSITE
DESCRIPTION
PRICE/SHIPPING/WARRANTY

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
$194.99/free/3 years

CPU COOLER
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134
$19.99/$5.84

MOTHERBOARD
EVGA 122-CK-NF63-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188019
$154.99/$6.61/lifetime

GPU
EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130303
$289.99/$6.33

MEMORY
G.SKILL 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231136
$134.99/$4.99/lifetime

HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701
$69.99/free/3 years

CASE
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021
$124.99/free

PSU
Rosewill Stallion Series SLI-ready PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182087
$79.99/$8.22

TOTAL
$1103

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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I too would like to know what PCI E 2.0 is. And for your computer, I would say try to stretch yourself and get the quad core Q6600.
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First go with a desktop. There are gaming laptops out there but theyre expensive to say the least. Also, having a desktop enables you to upgrade the various parts as better ones become available.

As to the PCI-E 2.0, yes it will work with a 'normal' PCI-E 1.0 slot so long as the card doesn't use more power than the PCI-E slot can provide, although this shouldn't be a problem since most power supplies have additional PCI-E leads/connectors.

As to the choice of hardware others can help better with that
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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This is pretty much my limit on cash ATM. If anyone could make any suggestions that stay within $1150 price range I would consider them.

Quad core isn't really an improvement thats worth the money for gaming over a dual core. Besides that would drop the FSB from 1333 to 1066.

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get a different PSU, i have a rosewill, and in 3 months ive already burned up 3 650 watters with my 8800GTS
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
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Damn thanks for letting me know ill definetly make another choice.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:28 PM   #7
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btw, a lower fsb is a better thing as it gives more potential for OCing.
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get the core 2 quad
and wait 2 week for the nvidia 780i to come out
has pcix 2.0
higher fsb
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:53 PM   #9
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desktop way better for gaming than laptops
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:19 PM   #10
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I'm not interested in overclocking my system.

Core2Quad dosen't provide a significant increase in gaming potential.

I will wait for the 780i to come out, hopefully it will be promising.
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