Final check before purchase - please comment.

By korrupt
Sep 4, 2006
  1. Hey everyone,

    I know I have been boring you all silly with my frequent and repetitive questions but I just wanted to make sure one last time that the system I'm putting together is descent and will serve me well before I put the final order through. What I have is:

    CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo Conroe E6300
    Motherboard:Intel P965LTCK
    Graphics Card: Gigabyte 7600GT Silent Pipe II
    RAM: 2 x 1GB Corsair pc5300
    Case: Antec Sonata II
    PSU: Antec Smartpower 450Watt
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar 250GB Sata
    Dvd Burner: LG 16x Super Multi
    Dvd reader/cd writer: Lg CD/DVD Rom Drive
    Floppy: Panasonic Floppy Drive
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional 32Bit
    Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 940N
    Keyboard/mouse: Standard Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse

    The following are things that I can afford to upgrade to but really dont want to unless its really worth it:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Conroe E6400
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA965P-DS3
    Gigabyte GA965P-S3
    Graphics Card: 6800GS

    As I said I will not upgrade unless I will really notice a difference.

    Feel free to make any suggestions but keep in mind that I dont have a money tree in my backyard (Oh I wish I did:()

    Also, if/when making suggestions, keep in mind the limited parts available to me.

    Really all I want to know if anyone has had any problems with any of the above parts and if you think this system will serve me descently enough. I use it for general use... No extreme gaming and no resource hogging processes.

    Any replies would be HUGELY appreciated.


  2. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Please guys I really need a reply:(


  3. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    what about a x1800xt instead of that 7600.
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Everything is looking compatible from what I see. Your ram is 1.8v (which is all that board accepts it seems).

    I found a support thread for that board. Seems that it is in desperate need of a bios update (which intel is currently working on). Have a read through it:

    I have that case/psu you are looking at and love it. One note, that psu in there is one of Antec's cheap ones. A cheap antec is better than a cheap no-name of course, but my PSU did start to fail on me, and I have since replaced it with a new one.

    Another thought on that case is the cooling system it has. It has this plastic piping system which I don't really like to much. You can of course opt to not use it and just remove it completely from your system. I happen to be using it to blow extra air on my CPU. You probably won't need to use it, as those conroe seem pretty good at staying cool. Reasons I don't like it:

    1. It sucks in air from the BACK of the case, and there is no air filter on it so it sucks all kind of dust in.
    2. It is HUGE. It takes up all the room in your case.
  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your replies. Yes I probably will get rid of the big thing.

    ANy more replies?


  6. braddems

    braddems TS Rookie

    um im not a genious but i always though its best to hav the same make dvd drive floppy drive and dvd rewriter drive makes it easier for updates and easier for ur computer to recognise
  7. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your reply. You are partly correct, its a good idea to have the same make optical drives. It doesnt matter for floppy drive though because you will NEVER need to upgrade its firmware.

    Also, welcome to Techspot


  8. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Please? I need more opinions...


  9. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Order the damn is fine.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    save some bucks and salvage some old components you might have laying around like DVD roms, floppy drives, etc...
  11. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Lol Twite. A $1200 computer is a big purchase for me, so forgive me for making sure that I get the right things. As stated

    So keep that in mind.

    That is what I am doing, using same dvd roms, floppy, and hard drive. As well as keyboard and mouse:)


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