Phase 1 Complete for new build

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  1. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Got some parts for my new computer in. So far here's what I got

    Case
    COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1

    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V

    Primary Drive
    Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB

    Media Drives
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB and 300GB

    DVD Burner
    NEC 7170A-0B

    Floopy
    NEC

    Monitor
    Dell 2007FPW
     
  2. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Critique Phase 2

    Video Card
    eVGA 512-P2-N635-AR Geforce 7950GT KO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130061

    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012

    CPU
    Intel E6600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003

    Memory
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145590

    Mouse and Keyboard
    Logitech G7 and G11

    Speakers
    Logitech Z-2300 2.1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836121122
     
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  3. rsxm5

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    Gigabyte motherboards aren't all that great. Nice features, but their reliability and support is pretty bad. I would consider either ASUS or Intel.
     
  4. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The new Gigabyte boards are getting great praise for the Core 2 Duo chips.

    Better than that Asus. (That Asus isn't bad though, Gigabyte is just better)

    Asus is hit and miss. They've got a super high end board that's getting knocked around in the reviews.
    Their P5N32 boards are great.

    The eVga nVidia 680 chipset board is pretty hot.
    Handles Quad SLI and just about everything else.
     
  7. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    What would you recommend uinder 220? I would like Dual PCI express, eSATA and Firewire would be nice.
     
  8. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    What about the Asus P5B-E non-deluxe edition instead of the DS3?
     
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  9. Create

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    Asus P5W DH Deluxe/WIFI-AP Socket T Intel 975X ATX

    It does everything under the sun, including SLI, Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Extreme/Quad Core. 2 PATA Channels, 6 SATA Channels, and an extra external SATA channel for a mobile backup.

    Newegg:
    $227.99 Retail
    $166.99 Open Box (15 day refund warranty)
     
  10. wiseoldmofo

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    Get a MB that supports raid and add another Raptor to it in a raid config...love those drives...then as Emmet says... :wackit:
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I like Asus boards a lot. The P5W is an excellent board.
    I built a P5N32 SLI build for my son a few months ago with a pair of
    7900GT superclocked cards. It runs damn near perfect.

    I like the Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 better though.
    It's the newer 965 chipset, and it has multiple everything on it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128323

    Check out this link from Gigabyte on that board.
    It's a really well designed board.
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products...w.aspx?ProductID=2295&ProductName=GA-965P-DQ6
     
  12. rsxm5

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    Gigabyte better than ASUS? Maybe in terms of features, DEFINITELY not in reliability. I can't tell you how many Gigabyte boards I've sent back through my company (and then waited 4-5 weeks for replacement) compared to ASUS boards.
     
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    Sweet boards :wiggle:
     
  14. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You're the first person I have EVER heard suggest that Gigabyte is not reliable.

    And that Gigabyte board in particular beats the Asus P5W in reviews in 8 or 9 out of 10 benchmarks.

    Like I said, I like Asus a lot. But I recall JollyOgre having issues with Asus and Intel cpu's. And there's also a slight risk of getting one of the P5W boards that don't have a new enough bios for Core 2 Duo.
    That would probably not be a problem from Newegg, since they move their stock so fast. But it's still a risk.
    The Gigabyte is locked on right out of the box. Plus it will overclock better than the Asus will.
     
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    Benchmarks, yes.... again, I'm standing by my statement on reliability though. I've RMAed more Gigabyte 845 and 875 motherboards than all of the ASUS boards I've used combined over the past 5 years (and I've sold quite a bit more of the ASUS boards). I really haven't tried anything since the 875 chipset, but after the experiences I had previously, I'm not sure that I would even bother. Along with that, if I can get an ASUS replacement in a week vs. 4-5 weeks for a Gigabyte, it's a no-brainer.

    If you get it from NewEgg, you will definitely not have any issues with it not working with a Core2Duo. I sold a number of the P5W DH motherboards when they first came out, and they worked perfectly with Core2Duo CPUs.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Those Gigabyte boards were probably effected by the counterfit capacitors that a lot of those companies got nailed with.

    Gigabyte has gone to the solid capacitor now, and I would venture to say that there will be a noticable improvement in reliability.


    And anyway at the end of the day if it was me, I would get the new
    motherboard from eVga with the nForce 680i chipset.

    And nobody beats eVga's customer service.
     
  17. rsxm5

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    I will agree with you there. eVGA is awesome, and easy to work with.
     
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    Def is. I bought an open box today. Dunno why, but I couldn't pass it up.
     

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