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Hey everyone.


I'm planning on building a new rig possibly next month.

...that is, Unless you recommend me getting a new laptop instead.


If I do Peruse a desktop, I would be going for the Intel Core2Duo line up (even though I'm an AMD fan).


My budget is ~$2,000. I would assume you can build a decent desktop with it.

..or If I could make a decent budget gaming ring, and Get a decent laptop too That would be great.


I don't play very many games ATM, Just CS:Source (w00t DIY Gaming Clan!), and WoW. I did play oblivion at one point. Never finished.


Yes, I do wan't to overclock, so upgraded AIR cooling (I don't want water..I can't imagine me setting it up. Seems very difficult)


I'm thinking along the lines of :


CPU -- $169

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (Supposidly Amazing for OC'ing)



Motherboard -- $125

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Rev 3.3



RAM -- $219

BUFFALO Firestix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000)




Video Card -- $375

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card




Power Supply Unit -- $139.99

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W Power Supply




Case -- $

..Not sure, I want something...BIG.



CPU Cooling -- $49

Thermalright Ultra-120



CPU Heatsink Fan -- $16

AeroCool XtremeTurbine-Blue :: 89CFM!




Hard Drive -- $159.99 x 3

(2x) Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s



^^ To be used as Normal Drives for Temp Servers, Bittorent, etc.


(1x) Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150



^^ To be used as Gaming OS Drive, and Gaming Drive.


Optical Drives

Just a DVD Burner 16x should be fine, and a matching DVD-ROM 16x.


Monitor -- $

Not sure yet...I want a 22inch LCD



CPU, That's the Best for OCing.

MB, Very Good OC'er.

RAM, Unclear.

Video Card, Might Step down to a X1950 Series Card, with at least 512mb

CPU Cooling, Open to Debate

Hard Drive, Size Matters, Enterprise Class Only.

Optical Drives, Just want something simple that works


Please tell me what you think =)

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Looks good except that video card IMO is too expensive. You can get the 640 meg version for cheaper than that I believe. I always buy from eVGA because of their warranty and step up program.


Edit: And I haven't heard anything about that cooler. You might want to stick with something that is more tried and true from Thermalright or maybe a Tuniq Tower.

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I picked that cooler because I think it is the same one that got a 81% OC on toms hardware.


Link : http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/18/ove...rt-1/page2.html


As for the EVGA Card: $375



I wouldn't mind an after market cooler on there. Not sure how that stock cooler would stand up to OCing.


What do you recommend in the area of RAM sticks? PC2-6400 would be good.


Also, a 19inch LCD, or 20.1. Whatever I can get a good deal on.

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OCing the 8800? You honstly don't really need to. They are pretty dang fast at stock.


For ram you could stick with ddr800. I have the g.skill HZ's and they are supposed to OC just as good as their ddr1 counterparts. But as long as you get something with Micron D9 chips you will be good.


And unless you need the virtualization you might want to take a look at the e4300. It has a 9x multi which will allow you to OC without needing a higher FSB.

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Ok, seem the E4300 is about the same overclocker (since you cannot find a good conroe 6300 anymore).




As for ram, I hear OCZ is the best way to go. But if you could show me some godo ram that OC's form G.Skill that would be nice.


I might get 2 sets of 2gb (2x 1gb) kits.


As for a case:



This thermaltake seems to be decent. Though, I'm always open to suggestions. This thing is huge, and I would like a Huge Case. Easy to work in that way.

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These are the ones I have. I have also heard that these are very good sticks...especially for the price. I'm thinking about buying some right now. If you want 4 gb of ram you might also want to look at the 2x2gb sticks. I'm not sure how well they would OC but you would be able to run them in dual channel.



Edit: I just bought a set of those Firesticks. I doubt they will be in stock for much longer cause they ususally sell out of them. And when you decide to checkout don't forget to use the links in my sig:)

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The G.Skill 2gb Kit is most likely the best way to go. Since they're Micron D9 chips. Not sure what else uses D9's.


If I got 2 sticks of those, how good would that be for OCing? 2 Sticks is better then 4 right?


Also, back to the topic of the Video Card, Should I wait for the next ATI stuff? Or Stick with this ASUS/EVGA card?

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What do you mean by two sticks? They come as a 2gb kit so you only have to buy one if you want 2gb. And BTW I think the Buffalo Firesticks also use the D9 chips. They are highly recommended by many people here in the forums...I think even Angry recommends them.


Edit: I would stick with the eVGA card...if the newer 8900's come out within 3 months then you can always Step Up to a newer card. You will only have to pay the difference of the newer card. So if you pay about $375 for the 8800GTS and the new 8900GTX is say $550 (just an estimate) then you will only have to pay ~$175 to upgrade.

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4 sticks I was talking about is, 4x 1GB sticks (if I buy 2, dual channel Kits).


But I'll stick to 2GB for now.


As for that EVGA thing, do I have to return my old card to get the Step Up?

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Yeah you have to send them your card and they send you the new one.

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Step up program is really nice, though you have only a 90 window to take advantage.

Other advantages from buying eVGA cards is the excellent customer support, tough to find these days.

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Cool, Sounds like a plan.


As for the monitor, I'm thinking something like this.



has HDMI, and DVI.

I can hook up my Satellite to this then!


Good quality build. I'm Sure I can find a better price for it. 5ms Response is good too.


Last thing besides that, is the Case. Anyone know of a good case thats large, and good circulation?

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