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Old 09-19-2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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Ok, I am building a high end game computer.

I am an adult, and this build will happen within 2 weeks.

My budget is $2500. Give or take a little.


Here is what I had in mind, please feel free to critique.

I may do 2 of the video cards in sli config. And still looking for a great monitor.
Case I chose is the 1200

MOUSE
R99-1044 :: Razer Copperhead 2000 DPI High Precision Laser Mouse


KEYBOARD
L23-7310 :: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard

RAM
Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)

DVD DRIVE

HP DVD1040i Lightscribe Super-Multi Retail DVD Burner - 20x DVD±R Burn, 16x DVD±R Read, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 48x32x CD-R/RW, Internal (1.3 lbs)





COOLING
Thermal Take Big Water 760i Liquid Cooling System Kit (8.4 lbs)

Videocard(s)
XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card - 1GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDMI (4.2 lbs)

Hard Drives (2 of them in raid 0)
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive - 10K, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM (2 lbs)





Motherboard
EVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA, RAID (4.85 lbs)



CPU
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor BX80562Q6600 - 2.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Kentsfield, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan (1.4 lbs)
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Help with build please. NOOB.

Where is the 5 1/2 inch floppy drive? How are you going to play Oregon Trail?

that looks like a sweet machine to me. Let us know when you get it together.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:29 PM   #3
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Everything sound like they are compatible choices?

May be switching to Patriot ram.

Still up in the air on the monitor.

Ill document the build with pictures and such as well.

The we overclock.

Is the q6600 still my best bet for price/overclockability? Can I get something better within range?
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:43 PM   #4
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The Q6600 has great reviews when it comes to OC'ing. Some has reported to haev it as high as 3.6 ghz.
I think the water cooling is a little to much. You could save some money by going with a good heat sink and fans.
Also the DDR3 probably isnt worth it yet.
Needless to say it All looks great!

The ASUS monitors get good reviews, you might look at those.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:45 PM   #5
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The Motherboard I chose works with ddr3...just figured Id get the 2k ones and be doen for a bit.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:48 PM   #6
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Get rid of the liquid cooling kit, Thermaltake sucks for liquid cooling. If you want to go liquid cooling, you're better off piecing your own kit together to suit your needs.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:12 PM   #7
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Say I skip te liquid cooling....what fan should I do then? Or is there a better liquid cooling kit?
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well if you want it to look kick ass get water cooling with lights.
or get a hdt heat sink
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Thermaltake liquid cooling kits suck. End of story.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:50 AM   #10
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I don't know anything about watercooling, but get it. Just find the right brand. Don't bother buying 1600MHz RAM because you're only going to use 667MHz with a stock Q6600 and 800Mhz with an OC'ed FSB of 400Mhz. For the price of 2 9800GX2, I would get an HD4870 and then have room to add another for CF when the card is cheaper. With that said, get an Intel chipset that supports CF. Do not waste your money on 10k's yet. Like mentioned by Worshipme in many threads, go with the Samsung Spinpoint F1 which is supposedly the fastest 7.2k RPM.
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