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My First PC Build. Suggestions Please

By DaChamp486
Oct 15, 2006
  1. Hello all, I came accross this forum while I was making my wish list on newegg and thought I'd stop by in here and see if anyone would be willing to offer me any suggestions on the build below. This is just a tower build with a price range of about $2000. I haven't had the time to double check everything for compatibility issues and such with school and all, so I am sure there are problems in this somewhere. I will also be investing in a soundcard, another video card for the sli feature, and maybe liquid cooling once I fall into a little more cash, but this is the build for now:

    • NZXT LEXA ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    • Intel Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard
    • BFG Tech Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    • Rosewill RP550-2 ATX 2.01 550W Power Supply
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6700
    • CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX2048-3200C2PT
    • Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    • SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s
    • SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack
    • ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
     
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Dont blow your $ on that mobo, get a P965, and a better video card. SLI 7600GT gets beat by single 7900gt. Get the 7900gto, it beats 7900gt and 7950gt.
     
  3. takaboku

    takaboku TS Rookie Posts: 138

    I would go with 650 or 700 watts and add a couple of more fans to help with cooling.
     
  4. DaChamp486

    DaChamp486 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Awesome, thanks for the response. I'm already looking at new power supplies and whatnot. I really appreciate the heads up.
     
  5. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    Just a question: What games are you gonna play on that rig?
     
  6. DaChamp486

    DaChamp486 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well I plan on buying Oblivion as my stress tester and lately I've been playing Company of Heroes, Hitman Blood Money, Half-Life 2 from time to time, Call of Duty 2, and pretty much any other game rings my bell. Looking forward to the new Borthers In Arms and Half-Life 2 expansions myself.
     
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,462   +229

    You'll want to change the RAM to CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit. Your original choice is not supported by the motherboard you chose.
     
  8. DaChamp486

    DaChamp486 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I appreciate the response.
    I'm looking at getting a:

    OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail

    In place of the old PSU and RAM now, and maybe an ASUS motherboard but I'm not to sure. Thanks again.
     
  9. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    If you plan on gaming; That video card will not do. Get some non-overpriced RAM, and a Good video card. I can suggest a better video card in the following order of price (Performance Too), X1900GT, 7900GTO, X1900XT 256MB, X1900XT, X1900XTX, X1950XTX, 7950GX2.
     
  10. imaginepc

    imaginepc TS Rookie

    Going to have to agree on the video card. Get a newer generation card for a system like that. personally I don't build intel systems so can't speak on that behalf.

    Question though does a system like that really need a 750 Watt power supply? I run fine on 550watts. I guess the dual SLI on that board sucks up the power huh?
     
  11. DaChamp486

    DaChamp486 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nah, i plan on using a 600w power supply here.
     
     
  12. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Don't get the 7950GX2. It is actually one of the slower cards there because of lower clocks, etc. The only reason you should buy one of those is if you want to play at 2560x1600 with insanely high amounts of AA and AF. Other than in these circumstances, it is easily beaten by most (not all but most) of the other cards in that list.
     
  13. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 752

    I dont mean to cross posts, but how about this for a 8th grade portable build:

    VIA / VPSD EPIA-ML8000A VIA C3 800MHz Processor Socket 370 VIA CLE266 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Set

    CHENMING MATX-118 Black/Silver Aluminum Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case Peak Load: 300W Power Supply

    Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Desktop Memory

    SAMSUNG Beige 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Combo Drive

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JB 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive

    Will that be good enough to type and run windows xp?
     
  14. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    Dude i love mini ITX's there so cool and small haha. I think it should be fine, i think thats like equal to a ****ty celeron d maybe haha.
     
  15. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 752

    ok thanks :)
     
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