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  • #37
    GHILLIE-UR
    Keymaster

    Guys,

    Santa dropped off a “Free Computer Coupon” :kudo

    I am looking at building a new machine that will not only allow me to do my day to day computer stuff and also allow me to play a game or two.

    This is what I am thinking of buying the following hardware, what do you think?? (Not looking to overclock or liquid cool this computer)

    Computer case: Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply

    Motherboard: MSI 975X Platinum V.2 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

    Memory: Kingston HyperX 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory

    Memory: Kingston HyperX 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory

    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard DriveM

    Video card: BFG Tech BFGR79256GSOCE GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

    Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 SB0610 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

    CD-ROM/DVD: SONY Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM IDE DVD Burner

    CD-ROM/DVD: SONY Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM IDE DVD Burner

    Keyboard: Logitech G11 Silver & Black 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard

    Floppy drive

    Mouse: Logitech G7 931375-0403 Black 6 Buttons 1x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse

    Monitor: ViewSonic Q19WB-2 Black 19″ 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built in Speakers

    Headset: eDimensional Audio FX 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Force Feedback Gaming Headset

    Ghillie

    #313
    Fubar-UR
    Keymaster

    Sounds good! :kudo

    I will post up my new PC specs once I get everything installed

    sneak peek

    Computer case: Thermaltake Armor
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    LINK

    Power Supply: Thermaltake 500W

    Motherboard: ABIT a9b Pro

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

    #314
    Anonymous

    So far it looks great, though I am an AMD guy myself.

    The only thing I noticed hat I would give my input on is the need for a sound card when the board has a 7.1 setup already. I have really yet to see anyone fully utilize a 7.1 or even 6.1 on a computer. I have a 5.1 on mine and it's perfect. I think trying to put speakers behind you and above you is crazy when dealing with computers.

    In any case, I see it as save the $50-$70 for the sound card and invest that money into an even better graphics card. With the extra cash and maybe a hundred or so more you could up yourself to any of these cards.

    (Base card est. $200.00 +/-)
    BFG 7900 GT OC 256mb ($240.00)
    BFG 7900 GT OC 512mb ($275.00)
    BFG 7900 GTX OC 512mb ($475.00) <-- Not sure why so high?
    BFG 7950 GT OC 512mb ($325.00)
    BFG 7950 GX2 OC 1 GB ($480.00 )
    BFG 8800 GTS OC 640mb ($470.00)
    BFG 8800 GTX OC 768mb ($600.00)

    Let's face it, sound cards either intigrated or seperate are all just about the same unless you have some $1,000 speakers to go with them. Add to it if your using headphones it's not gonna really make a difference. Graphics on the other hand is a huge difference. I see it that if your gonna spend $200 on a card why not add a little more to that and get a card that's gonna handle everything and last for a long long time. And if you have a credit card with special interest promotions it makes it easier to afford. Example, credit card #1 has a special promotion for 3% for 12 months on balance transfers. The card you want is $600 and you were going to spend $200 already. Sacrifice the audio and add $$70 to your $200. You now have $270. The difference for the best card is $330. Your credit card charges $30 for the balance transfer. So you would be financing $360. Over 12 months you would pay $30.50 each month. I even claculated a 9% card, it would still only be $32 a month. Pretty sweet idea if you ask me (thats what I will be doing when I get my 7950 GX2 or 8800 GTX). Now, do you think your going to need a new card after 12 months??? I doubt it. Plus, BFG cards have a lifetime warranty so you don't need to sweat it crapping out on you. And if you have a Fry's store near you and buy it there, you can simply return it and they will handle the warranty without having to deal with the manufacturer and waiting for your replacment.

    Heck, if you need help financing that thing Ghillie give me a call.
    ;)

    I'll help you build a monster for pennies or not hit to your pocket book!

    Just my 2 cents!

    #315
    GHILLIE-UR
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I was sitting on the fence about the sound card. I could remove it and bump the video card to something like the BFG 7950GT 512MB and still stay way below my budget.

    I get to spend the full coupon, so what doesn't go into the new computer goes into the lab boxes. Need to beef up them puppies as well. :p

    Ghillie

    #316
    GARGOYLE-UR
    Keymaster

    Noticed you have 4 hard drives. Are you going to do a RAID 10?

    My only suggestion would be to push your CPU to an E6600 or higher. The E6400 only has 2MB of cache or 1 MB for each CPU thread. The E6600 and higher have 4MB cache, giving you 2MB for each CPU thread.

    The other thing is the chassis. It doesn't look like it will cool very well. It only has one chassis fan in the back and some sort of CPU tunnel that will get in the way of air flow. Personnally, I always look for a chassis that will have at least 3 chassis fans and one of them being a side fan to blow directly onto the CPU.

    Just my 2 cents.

    #317
    LONEEAGLE-UR
    Keymaster
    GARGOYLE-UR @ Dec 29 2006, 01:52 PM wrote:
    Noticed you have 4 hard drives. Are you going to do a RAID 10?

    I say one big RAID 0. What do you got to lose Ghillie, come on real men don't need redundancy.

    You should get some type of video capture card/tuner so you can dump shows straight from cable.

    Do I get to watch you put it together and flip the switch? It's alive

    Lone

    #318
    Anonymous

    Gargoyle, he doesn't need fans. With the extra $70 he is saving on the sound card he is going to build the computer into a keg-o-rator and pour beer while gaming. Cold beer, cold computer!

    :p

    #319
    Anonymous

    I did some more poking around on the net and found a BFG 7950 GT OC 512mb for $249.99 with a $20 rebate. So figure $250.00 for the card with shipping, etc. Not a bad deal for a kick @ss card!

    Here is the link for it below.

    BFG 7950 GT OC 512mb

    #320
    GHILLIE-UR
    Keymaster

    The four drives are for creating virtual machines. That way I can create a number of different AD configurations for testing and such.

    Remember, no over-clocking, so stock cooling should be okay.

    Believe me, when I power it up if it goes wrong you will be able to hear my in California.

    Ghillie

    #321
    Fubar-UR
    Keymaster

    Ok I have added my setup

    LINK

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