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  1. #1
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    Default Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    How's it going all?

    I've browsed the TweakTown forums for a while now off-and-on along with a lot of other forums, but as with the other forums, have never taken the time to register because I never really had a reason to because of being busy with school, work, and not being up-to-date on latest hardware to really offer valuable input.

    That is until now. I have decided to take the plunge and build my "new dream system" after over 5 years of using my first self-built. I'm hoping the knowledgable userbase here at TT can offer some useful insight as to my planned configuration and maybe even offer some alternatives.

    Current Configuration:
    Case: Just a full Antec tower
    PSU: Stock
    Mobo: ASUS A7N266
    CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1800+ @ 1529MHz
    CPU Cooler: Cheap aftermarket
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce FX5900 Ultra (256MB)
    RAM: 1GB DDR DIMM DRAM
    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 955DF 19" CRT
    HDD: WD 300GB IDE/ATA 7200RPM 8MB Cache(?)
    OS: Windows XP Professional

    Planned Configuration:
    Case: Antec 900 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=antec%2b900)
    ^PSU: Corsair 620W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...corsair%2b620w)
    Mobo: Gigabyte P35C (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128048)
    CPU: Intel Q6600 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017)
    CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001)
    GPU: EVGA GeForce 8800GTX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072)
    Memory: 2x Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 675 Kit (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...N2X2048-5400C4)
    HDD1: WD Raptor 150GB 10,000RPM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012)
    #HDD2: WD Caviar 500GB 7,200RPM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073)
    *Sound: X-Fi XtremeMusic (http://shop3.outpost.com/product/5017775)
    Optical: Samsung 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2b18X%2bDVD-RW)
    Mouse: Logitech G9 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104079)
    Keyboard: Logitech G15 v1 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126179)
    *Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 226CW (http://www.samsung.com/ca/products/m...2mexsfvxaa.asp)
    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116140)

    Budget: $2500 to $3000 USD
    Uses: Gaming, photoshop (high resolution graphic design & photo editing), general use (web surfing, email), and multimedia as a whole (encoding/decoding/ripping movies, music, etc.)

    Components marked with an * are already purchased. I am currently using the monitor and am very pleased with it, but a couple of the issues I have with it won't be rectified until I am using the new video card and I get a decent DVI cable.

    Components marked with a ^ are ones that I decided to change based on input offered here.

    Components marked with a # are ones that I decided to change based on my own preferences and decisions.

    Thoughts? Comments? Should I finalize this order and put the beast together or is there a questionable component?

    Also, just so everyone knows, the obvious theme for this in terms of color is Black/Silver/Blue. I am not a fan of fads (this is one of them) but I am also not experienced enough nor do I wish to take apart a lot of the things that I want to buy simply to go with the actual theme I want to have which was Black/Rusty Gray/Orange. Going with that theme would require a lot of repainting and replacement of LED's as well as some other things. Maybe down the road I will do it, but for now the theme is simply Black/Silver/Blue as that's the easiest to get. If you want to suggest a component, try to keep this in mind as I'd rather not stray from the theme.

    Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to putting this together and playing some games on it.
    Last edited by psymon; 10-26-2007 at 04:44 AM. Reason: Editing to reflect component changes

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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    The only thing that I'd strongly suggest is getting the Corsair 620W PSU in case you keep this system for awhile and upgrade the GPU. You'll want more power to spare than the 520W version.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    Quote Originally Posted by casecutter View Post
    The only thing that I'd strongly suggest is getting the Corsair 620W PSU in case you keep this system for awhile and upgrade the GPU. You'll want more power to spare than the 520W version.
    Not bad advice at all.

    I was initially going with a 700+ PSU but someone recommended to save money that I only need around 520 to power it, which they are right.

    I'll definitely consider it because I'd like to be able to futureproof it for upgrading later (ex. motherboard supports DDR3).

    Edit: Found this powersupply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...corsair%2b620w) as the Corsair 620w edition and noticed a nice little combo deal with the exact video card I intend to get. The deal offers a $10 discount which isn't much, but hey, I can get a pizza for $10 to snack on while I build :)
    Last edited by psymon; 10-26-2007 at 03:01 AM. Reason: Adding information

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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    Psymon,

    This hardware setup is very similar to my own... Overall it looks like a pretty killer rig - but, I do have a few suggestions may be able to save you some headaches and time. I DEFINATELY agree with Casecutter on getting more powerful PSU. If you are already getting all of your other high-dollar hardware you definately don't want to find out that 520w will not be enough if you want to upgrade in future. I would suggest a PSU with 600w or more... you can never have "too much" power, especially if you want to get the most performane out of your hardware. My 500w PSU works ok for my PC, but with your hardware setup I think it would definately require a bit more juice. My only other suggestion would be about your memory... unless you are positive that you will be upgrading to ddr3 memory later on, getting more RAM early on will save you money in the end. You will be getting pretty high gaming and multi-tasking performance with the Q6600 and 8800 GTX, so you may want to think about getting 4gb (2 x 2gb) of the ddr2. But if you will upgrade to ddr3, the 2gb will work.

    I own the Raptor, Logitech G9, and a Samsung SynchMaster 245bw and they are a sweet combo when it comes to gaming. I have heard good things about the G15 and lan on buying it when I manage to scrap up some extra cash.

    Post and let us know your progress...
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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

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    My Hardware:

    Core 2 Duo E6750
    Stock Intel CPU Fan
    Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R rev1.1 (F8 BIOS)
    Patriot PC2-6400 2gb (2 X 1gb) 800mhz 4-4-4-12 @ 2.2v
    ** this RAM has major issues with this motherboard
    BFG 8800 GTS 320mb @ 575mhz core / 900mhz mem
    Western Digital Raptor 150gb & Seagate 500gb
    Antec Sonata III mid-tower
    Antec Earthwatts EA-500 500w
    Samsung 24" SyncMaster 245bw LCD (1920 x 1200)
    Logitech G9 > 3,200dpi (the sickest gaming mouse ever)

    ** one memory stick died after 3 weeks & w/ this board+RAM
    overclocking is a joke... lifetime warranty though
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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    Hey there,
    What you got going looks to be pretty good, but like everyone else is saying, go with more power then you think your going to need. I have a Thermaltake 850, just becuase I didn't want to have to buy a different one later.
    I'm running the Q6600 and I love it. There are a lot of questions about this chip becuase you can get either a GO or B3 stepping. From what I can tell if you want to overclock, then you would want the with GO stepping, otherwise the B3 is fine. Places like Newegg doesn't tell you wich one you might be getting, ( I was lucky and got the GO from them), but Tigerdirect and other vendors do. Just something to think about.
    I am running Vista Prem with 2GB or OCZ Reaper 2x1GB RAM and I just ordered 2 more GB becuase let me tell you, Vista eats RAM up! I would start at 4GB if you plan on playing games or multitasking, it will only help you.

    Good luck, and have fun!



    My system

    Ultra Aluminus -Tower
    MSI P6N Diamond -MOBO
    Intel Q6600 -CPU
    ZeroTherm BTF-95 -Heatsink
    OCZ Reaper 2x1GB PC6400 800Mhz -RAM
    1 Seagate 300GB 7200 RPM SATA- HDD
    1 Seagate 200GB 7200 RPM IDE - HDD
    Light-On 20x DVD Burner
    2 120MM Antec -Case Fans
    XFX 8600 GT 256MB- Gpu

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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    Quote Originally Posted by Technogeek View Post
    I have a Thermaltake 850, just becuase I didn't want to have to buy a different one later.
    you have to be careful they don't change the spec's, for example a PSU from 2 years ago generally won't have the connectors to fit a modern mboard.

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    Default Re: Beast of a system overhaul needs input...

    That is very true. Most of the connectors I've seen a major change in is GPU connectors, and some Peripherals. The good thing is, there are a few company's making adaptors. I have a old Emachine (about 4 years old) and it has a mATX MOBO, and the 20 pin and 4pin power connectores on the PSU worked fine to test my new MOBO when my ABS power supply went out.

    Do plenty of research and have fun!

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