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  1. Unitas

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    Im looking for some advice on building a new computer. I'm not an expert in any way, but I'd much rather build my own than buying from a mass producer. My last 2 PC's have been HP and Dell respectively, and I loathe both of them. The customer service of each company has turned me away for good.

    This is what i've put together so far. Keep in mind that I have a Seagate 500gb sata already for my main storage drive, the 80gb is only for the operating system/programs. I also have another 2 gigs of the same OCZ ram, for a total of 4gb. I also have a Dell 2001fp which I plan on upgrading in the next few months. I also have Vista Ultimate.

    Here is what I've come up with.

    **Please not that I'm taking all suggestions. In no way is this final. I'm curious to see what could be improved. My budget is $1200.


    Case:
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811119068
    $44.95

    Motherboard:
    ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131025
    $179.99

    Graphics:
    EVGA 512-P3-N806-A1 GeForce 8800GT SSC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130302
    $309.99

    Power Supply:
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817341002
    $89.99
    After MIR

    Processor:
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115017
    $279.99

    Memory:
    OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820227139
    $44.99 After MIR

    OS Harddrive:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148231
    $43.99

    Heatsink:
    ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118223
    $48.99

    Total with Arctic Silver and Sound card comes to 1,183.99 before rebates.

    Please, if you have any suggestion, criticisms, etc. post them.
     
  2. Kelex

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    Get a P35 board instead of the 975X.
    Get a PSU with the new 6 + 2 pin PCI-E connector.
     
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    Any links?
     
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    I agree with P35. Everything else looks good. You don't really need that big of a PSU. I have a very, very similar build (same CPU, 8800GTS320MB) and I'm doing fine with the 520W by Corsair
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I thought i'd need in the 600 range, but I went with 700 because the rebate seemed a good bargain.
     
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    Haha, i missed that review.
     
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    I currently have an XPS 410, with an e6700, Nvidia 8600GTS, 160gig harddrive and 1 gig memory. How much do you think I could resell it for on craigslist? If I were to purchase this system I would no longer need the Dell. Maybe I can recoup some of the cost this way.
     
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    Put it up on Craigslist for $800. It's a little higher than I was going to, but I see computers with much less in terms of hardware going for higher. If it doesn't sell within a couple weeks, ill drop it back to $600'ish.
     
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    That drive comes up a lot here in discussion. I think he was just generalizing about the benchmarks.
    The point is, that for the price of a single 150GB Raptor, you can get 3 of the WD1600AAJS 160GB drives, and they are fairly close in performance.

    Toms hardware has a better benchmark set for that.

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&model1=675&model2=280&chart=33
     
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    Transfer rates are misleading to determine drive performance.
    It is actually quite insignificant.

    Access times or seek times shows true HDD speed.
    check the diff between the two on that link
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&model1=675&model2=280&chart=32

    That's 8ms vs 13 ms. Not even close.

    Capacity and cost, that's a different story.
     

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