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Need critique of a gaming build!

by wonder newb / February 18, 2008 5:56 AM PST

Hey all,

Uncle Sam is returning some of my money back to me in a few weeks, and I am looking to build a gaming PC somewhere in the range of $2000.
The build below came in at just over $2000 just using newegg.

I appreciate any feedback as this is my first computer build and I know so little.

Here goes:

-Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower

-Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz

-ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

-OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

-Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM

-EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3

-bluegears b-Enspirer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

-Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Power Supply

-Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders

-SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor

* I havent selected a drive yet, but any DVD combo drive would probably do. Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance!!

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That 64-bit Vista is an odd choice for gaming.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2008 8:18 AM PST

Drivers are still lagging in development and support is rather sparse for that version. I'd make an exit plan in case you discover this on your own.

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i see
by wonder newb / February 18, 2008 10:01 AM PST

so what OS would you suggest for the build?

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Check ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2008 11:03 AM PST
In reply to: i see

Out and see what they test games on. I suspect it's the 32 bit Windows. The Vista Ultimate retail CD has the 32 and 64 bit versions so be sure you get that one so you can find a quick exit if you discover 64 bit to be too lonely.


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thanks bob!
by wonder newb / February 18, 2008 11:52 AM PST
In reply to: Check ...

good to know. i will take a look at that.

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by ramarc / February 18, 2008 11:05 AM PST

q6600 is about to be superseded by q9450 (5-10% faster for same price) and q9550 (12-20% faster for $50USD). they should be available by the end of the month.

a single raptor only adds only a little performance benefit (and even then only in specific benchmarks) over the latest 500gb/750gb drives. the ip35 pro has intel matrix raid, so if you crave the best performance stripe (raid 0) two 500gb drives. (for the best of both worlds, mirror the first 60gb and stripe the rest.) they'll only be $30 more than a single raptor.

b-enspire's a good creative alternative, but i'd probably lean to an asus xonar.

the 8800gtx has been superseded by the 8800gts/512mb. it's virtually the same performance but $100 less.

vista 64-bit will limit your hardware choices a bit, but every component you've listed will have good 64 bit drivers.

thermaltake power supplies get bad reviews (see anandtech, jonnyguru, or go with corsair, coolermaster, or pc p&c.

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by wonder newb / February 18, 2008 11:55 AM PST
In reply to: critque

thanks for your response, have heard elsewhere that E6600 may not be the best choice, especially if new stuff his hitting the market soon. appreciate your feedback!!

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