Rate this mid-budget build.

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  1. Tan_Man

    Tan_Man New Member

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    Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower
    http://canadacomputers.com/main.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=011391&cid=CS.664

    Antec 650 W
    http://canadacomputers.com/main.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=011025&cid=PS.808

    OCZ 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010870&cid=RAM.835

    nVidia 8600 GT XXX
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3048552&Sku=P450-8650

    500GB WD SATA II
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/main.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010671&cid=HD.443.877

    Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad *
    Intel DG33TL mobo *
    Windows Vista x32 *

    *I get these three things as a package for $219 from intel

    expected total price for tower = approx $750 CAD (before taxes)

    If anyone has any suggestions for better parts at around the same price range it would be very helpful.
     
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    shitty psu
    get an 8800 series card
    get the Seagate 7200.11 500GB, it's 32MB cache
    buy stuff at ncix.com
     
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    oh forgot to mention I won't be doing any OC at all, and gaming will be done on this. I don't give a shit about graphics, I just want the games to run smoothly with some apps running in the background.
     
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    im only using these sites because they are local stores and i'm just gonna drive over to them
     
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    that Intel DG33TL mobo is a giveaway that you won't oc

    the 8600 is really pathetic in gaming
    it's like a scam,... a poor man's entry to DX10
    you'd be better off with a 7900 GS which will perform better
     
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    well I have been lookin at the 8800 series, probably would get this one:

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=27516&vpn=PVT88PUDF4&manufacture=XFX

    I saw the 512MB galaxy card, but I've never heard of them before, and XFX has the lifetime warranty.

    If you could suggest some good mobos, with a PSU that would be extremely helpful
     
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    If you can get the quad, mobo, vista package from Intel @ $219,... get it. That's a good price.

    Just note that the DG33TL is an mATX, G33 chipset, and has onboard video.
    IMO, it would be fine for the casual user, but bland and boring for some people like me.

    If you want to look at other mobos, check out Gigabyte's P35 boards.
    Find one that suits your needs and budget.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=107&subminorcatid=114#Gigabyte

    For PSU, check out the Corsair units. These Corsair units and that Antec you chose was both made by Seasonic. The difference is that Corsair, trying to make a name in the PSU market, used quality parts. Antec on the other hand, cheap out.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=1066#CORSAIR

    BTW,... by getting a gigabyte board, you'll have the option of overclocking.
    Why not try it? It's like free performance. You just have to change a few settings in the bios.
    A bunch of oters here use those gigabyte boards and got their chips at 3GHz or so without breaking a sweat.
     
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    And about the vid card,..

    Galaxy Tech has been around but most of their market is in Asia, Australia, UK, etc.

    That galaxy card is 512MB (better for higher res), has a better cooler, 1 yr warranty, and cheaper.
    The XFX card has lifetime warranty.

    I'd get the Galaxy card, but that's me. :dunno:
     
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    ah tru, hmm this gives me a lot to think about.

    is that RAM going to be ok for running games with MSN and like winamp in the background. Or am I going to have to look at having 4GB?
     
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    it'll be fine.
    you can't use the full 4GB anyway unless you have a 64bit OS
     
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    depends on the apps you use.

    if you will use CPU extensive apps, like video editing/encoding,... the E6550 will handle the job faster because of the bigger 4MB L2 cache.

    Most apps and games,.... you won't notice the difference.

    The E4500 overclocks very well, but the E6550 will overclock higher.
     

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