Yet another core 2 duo build

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  1. jmechy

    jmechy Calmer then you are.

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    Just about ready to set this thing into motion. Waiting to see if I can score any newegg bucks for xmas, then I'll mark the rest up to credit card debt and financial aid. :)

    Case: Antec P180 (already bought that one for cheap)
    Mobo: EVGA 680i
    PSU: Corsair 520W (reviews say it fits the case, which is a concern)
    CPU: C2D E6600
    RAM: Corsair 2x512 800 MHz TWIN2X1024-6400C4
    Video: BFG 7900 GT 256 MB (Going semi-cheap here so I can just upgrade to DX 10 in a few months)

    That brings me up to just shy of $1k (without the case).
    Anyone have any crits? Suggestions? I'll be using a couple of SATA drives I have lying around, and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB as my primary drive. I also already have a DVD burner and a soundblaster audigy 2 lying around, though I think with onboard audio I wont need the sound card.

    I'm also looking for a decent monitor, hopefully 20+ inch widescreen.
    Any thoughts on this Samsung 204BW 20" widescreen 6ms LCD? Anyone know of anything bigger/better for a comparable price?

    edit: Also, I realize that the 680i and eVGA boards are having some problems ATM. However, from what I've read, the latest firmware has fixed most of them, and the next version should fix just about all. Anyhow, if it gives me trouble I won't be afraid to RMA it.
     
  2. rsxm5

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    Overall, looks like a good configuration. Corsair is new to power supplies, so I'm not too sure on their track record. You might consider a brand that has a bit more experience with power supplies (Antec, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic, Enermax). Also, as long as you doing a new build from the ground up, you should go with 2GB of RAM, instead of 1GB especially if you plan on moving to Vista anytime soon. Otherwise, everything else looks decent. The Samsung 204BW is a really nice monitor and is excellent quality for the price.
     
  3. DAN513

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    if you wait for a special, dell will have their 20, 22 and 24" widescreens on sale for boxing week.
     
  4. Create

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    Your price seems about $100 too expensive for the parts.

    Other than that, nice build.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    What rsxm5 said about the psu.
    First of all, that Corsair is borderline low on watts for your build.
    So you want to find something more powerful.

    I ran into a space consideration with my power supply when
    I decided to put a similar build as yours into a tiny micro atx case.
    They are not designed to hold a full sized atx power supply. :eek3:

    I literally spent days digging through the internet for measurements on
    different good quality power supplies.
    Turns out that the maker of your case has you covered.

    The Antec psu's are slightly shorter in length than most of them and
    will fit in that case.
    This bad boy puts out 650 watts and will positively fit in your case,
    and for less money after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817371001


    Go with that psu, and you'll have a rock solid build.
     
  6. jmechy

    jmechy Calmer then you are.

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    I was nervous about getting a corsair PSU too, however, the reviews have all been great. Its not as if they make their own PSU anyhow, someone else does the manufacturing and they brand it (though I can't for the life of me remember who actually makes them now. argh).

    As for Dell monitors, I have alot of those at work and actually like them quite a bit. I'll look into boxing day specials (do they have those for US customers though).

    And 2 GB of ram would be much prefered. However, I am poor. If I did upgrade, I would likely go up to the Corsair 2x512 800 MHz TWIN2X2048-6400C4, same sticks as above but 1 GB each instead of 512 MB. I like this RAM because its verified as working on 680i boards without needing a starter, low voltage stick to set RAM settings in BIOS.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You'll be fine with the 2 x 512mb for all but the most extreme computing.

    One stick in each of the blue slots for dual channel.

    At a later date when you want to add more, just get another 2 x 512mb kit and put them in the remaining slots.


    As far as the Dells go, somebody pm'd me this link recently for good deals on Dell stuff, as well as other manufacturers.

    http://slickdeals.net/
     

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