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New rig. Looking for suggestions.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GauteHauk, 5 Jun 2007.

  1. GauteHauk

    GauteHauk What's a Dremel?

    4 Apr 2006
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    GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $169.99
    EVGA 256-P2-N740-LR GeForce 8500GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $97.99
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6420 - Retail $186.00
    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail $123.99 -$40.00 Instant $83.99
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99
    ASUS 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe and 14X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model DRW-1814BLT - Retail $37.99
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail $32.99
    Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker - Retail
    $86.99 -$10.00 Instant $76.99

    Subtotal: $765.93

    Also, this rig is meant to be transitional. I want to be able to use next gen upgrades(Penryn and DDR3 in particular, though I notice the DDR3 amount might be a bit anemic, only 2 DIMMS, but it does support dual channel). The motherboard is pretty cheap for the feature set/overclockability I've been seeing in reviews and benchmarks.

    So, I'm looking for suggestions on compatability and what PSU I should get to run all this. I'm pretty sure a 400w Ultra X-Connect modular(what I have lying around) won't work with this rig.

    I've got two cases I could put this in, so I'm not much interested in getting a case, unless it comes with a really good power supply(highly unlikely, unless if I remember correctly).

    Thanks, any and all.
  2. trig

    trig god's little mistake

    10 Aug 2006
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    well, i understand the desire to be prepared for ddr3, but you dont give me the impression from your build that you will pay the premium for it anytime soon, so really, save a little now, grab the ga p965-ds3, and upgrade the mobo for ddr3 capability when it becomes a viable purchase (at least a year away). the 8500 gt is crap really. sure its dx 10 and clocks well, but the drop in actual performance vs the 8800 series or even the 8600 gts is huge. drop to an e6320, grab a cheaper mobo, and snatch up the better vga. as ur rig sits now the 400 watt ultra would probably run it. but those arent the most efficient psu's out. if you have the dough, grab a corsair hx520...

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