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Building a PC

setrajonassetrajonas Registered User regular
edited June 2007 in Games and Technology
So this is basically my first time doing something this. If anyone has some advice, feel free to step forward. Here're the components I'm looking at:

Processor: Core 2 Duo E6600
Video Card: Geforce 8800GTS 640MB
Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x1 gig 800mhz
Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7
Case: Antec Sonata II

I'm waiting on the price drop for the 6600, and I will be overclocking. I'm mainly unsure about motherboards, so advice in that area would be particularly useful. Also, do I need a sound card? I'll be going with Vista and I hear there have been driver problems in that regard.

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    KismetKismet Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    setrajonas wrote: »
    So this is basically my first time doing something this. If anyone has some advice, feel free to step forward. Here're the components I'm looking at:

    Processor: Core 2 Duo E6600
    Video Card: Geforce 8800GTS 640MB
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x1 gig 800mhz

    I'm waiting on the price drop for the 6600, and I will be overclocking. I'm mainly unsure about motherboards, so advice in that area would be particularly useful. Also, do I need a sound card? I'll be going with Vista and I hear there have been driver problems in that regard.

    As far as overclocking goes, I wouldn't bother until you find out if you actually need to or not. I picked up the E6800 when it first came out and overclocked it, but I didn't really need the extra power for anything, so I thought I would save myself the power and heat cost and just run it standard, and there is no appreciable difference (not because the power isn't there, but because it's not necessary due to other bottlenecks).

    That being said, the Core 2 Duos make great overclockers if you ever do need it.

    The best advice I can throw in is don't skimp on the power supply, it's the backbone of the computer. Also, a modular one can go a long way towards promoting good air-flow by minimizing the number of cables.

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    Aqua DarkAqua Dark Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I recently built me a new computer with these parts:

    A socket AM2 3.0 GHz proc
    620 Watt power supply, modular from corsair-Very stable railings and very effeicent!
    2x1gig DDR2 corsair ram 800mhz
    ASUS 590a SLI ready mobo- most modern mobo's come with decent onboard sound or like mine an actual sound card.
    EVGA 8800 GTS 320mb, i should be getting a second one soon so i can dual em.
    then the case and 19"monitor and a G5 mouse and a decent logitech keyboard, ect..........
    all for less than $1400 on Newegg.com, look for sales they have decent parts at rediculasly low rates some times. With an editionall 8800 it would still be an awsome computer under 2k!

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    PanickdPanickd Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Kismet wrote: »

    The best advice I can throw in is don't skimp on the power supply, it's the backbone of the computer. Also, a modular one can go a long way towards promoting good air-flow by minimizing the number of cables.

    Agreed. Too many folks build great rigs and throw in some cheap no name power supply and then wonder why they're having random lock ups and stability problems. Go with something big, beefy and a good reputation behind it and you can just put it in and forget about it.

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    taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    my computers been running the stock Sonata II PSU for 11 months now..every day it doesn't blow up i consider myself lucky..its kinda like owning an xbox 360 =p

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    setrajonassetrajonas Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Yea, I've heard about the problems with PSU from multiple sources, heh. I'm looking at the Corsair brand ones currently, and they seem to be good.

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