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Review my potential gaming rig

post #1 of 11
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Ok so I'm limiting myself to $1300 for all the parts except speakers, sound card, monitor, disk drives, and aftermarket cooling.

Here's what I've picked out:


Antec P182 - $140
E6750 - $190
Asus P5E - $227
Seagate 250GB HDD - $70
G.Skill 4GB RAM DD2-1000 - $115
Rosewill 600W SLI-ready - $65
Vista Home Premium 64-Bit - $110
EVGA 8800GT OC'd to 650/1900 - $290
Total - $1207+tax/ship



I am also considering just getting an Abit IP35 Pro and 2GB RAM and 32-Bit Vista.

Abit IP35 Pro - $180
G.Skill 2GB RAM DD2-800 - $49

This saves $100. I can then use that $100 to upgrade the processor to a Q6600 ($90 more). I am also considering a cheaper case, but I can't find one that compares for what I want. I intend on watching movies/shows regularly on this so I need it to be quiet. I also need it to be cool because I am overclocking the CPU and a bottom-mounted PSU is preferred as it helps keep the CPU a little cooler. I also like the clean look of the p182. I don't like flashy stuff like LEDs and such. Just plain.

Both configs are just under $1300 after tax/shipping.

So, can anyone feed me some helpful thoughts?
post #2 of 11
i think ur original idea is fine...i might would beef up the power supply a little bit if you ever plan on going SLI or crossfire...i also noticed that the PSu u wanted only has 2 12volt rails...id get something with four 12volt rails...without looking im sure the P5E is crossfire ready not SLI...as for the Q6600...ive got that processor and its great...however, the core 2 duo's will OC better because they dont get as hot as the quad cores...and BTW, id reccomend getting the thermalright 120 extreme for your CPU heat sink...it does the best job cooling that you could ask for from air cooling...youll have to get an extra fan for it but its worth the price of admission!!!

as for the case...i got the thermaltake black armor case with the side fan...i just ended up taking off the entire side panel and leaving it open...side panel and fan was a waste if u ask me...but anywho, i got it for $75 at PC Club...they have a website PCCLUB.com where they have great sales from time to time...it does have some LED fans on the front and back of the case which you said you dont like but you will save some money if you can find it for that price...and not to mention its got expansion galore and everything is screwless...oh ya and its PSU mounts on the top part of the case which i agree does suck but for $75 i cant complain! you could always put in different fans that werent LED if u wanted as well.
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post #4 of 11
Spend the money and get the 2x2gb kit. I have the same GSkill, and am running it @ 1066mhz 5-5-5 with only 1.9v. Crazy good ram for the money. With a little more volt you can tighten the timings or run it out to over 1125mhz or so.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=163668
post #5 of 11
I would just get the dual core instead of the quad core, it will oc better and there isnt much use for quad core as of yet
post #6 of 11
I second the 2x2gb kits for the ram, also that power supply is not good. It is very important to have a good one so try something better (if it means saving up then save up)
like say this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703005

And thats one hell of a price too!! I have the 750watt one and its freaking great!
post #7 of 11
I totally disagree about sticking with dual core, get the quad core, simple as that, there is also nothing wrong with the power supply you picked. 750 watt is so over kill even the 600 is, but nice. With new less power hungry cpu and vid card you don't need anywhere near what people pretend you do. All you do need is the right rails and you're fine. Giving it's decent , and the one you picked is fine.

Your biggest problem is going to come from using vista and the 64 bit version to boot.
post #8 of 11
I'm not saying he needs a 750watt psu, but the specific one he picked out is junk.
The link to the one I've put is a great deal and pc power and cooling is one of the best names in the business.
Well 600watts may be overkill for you but thats to much for your needs. Why not futureproof yourself a bit?
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by N8DOGG View Post

I'm not saying he needs a 750watt psu, but the specific one he picked out is junk.
The link to the one I've put is a great deal and pc power and cooling is one of the best names in the business.
Well 600watts may be overkill for you but thats to much for your needs. Why not futureproof yourself a bit?

Well I decided that I would spend a little extra on a PSU primarily for the power efficiency. I was looking at the one you mentioned and this one.

I also realized that the E8-00s and the other QX9-50s are coming out this month so I'm probably going to get one of those. I'll wait until the benchmarks before I choose, but I have my eyes on the E8400, QX9300, and perhaps the Q6600, especially if the price drops - though I find that unlikely.

expreview.com was able to OC the E8400 to 4.05 ghz. I'd be very happy with 3.6ghz for the $183 it's estimated to cost.
post #10 of 11
You are building a HTPC to game on.

Have you considered a HTPC case? Zalman's HD160 or HD160+ doesn't cost much more than the Antec and it would look a lot nicer with the other A/V equipment.
post #11 of 11
yup, either of those psu's will be great! It's a good investment to spend a little more on a good psu. I mean it powers EVERYTHING and even a little surge can create havoc.
But I would say everything else looks good and you will have a solid pc for a few years at least!

Just remember to get a good aftermarket cooler for your cpu, they can be had for $40 for a fairly good one. Then oc your heart out lol
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