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Hey guys. This is my first time building a comp from scratch...I have some help for putting it together, but not much on which parts to pick. I'm not really gonna try to overclock, but my budget is around 1400 (including tax lol) and i'm trying to get the best gaming rig I can. Here's what I have so far

 

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115017

(Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor)

I'm kinda concerned about this because one of my friends is saying most software won't utilize all

4 cores. Is this correct? Would I be better off with a higher frequency core 2 duo (or some kind of AMD?)

 

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145034

(CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory)

I was going for something cheaper earlier but my friends recommended faster ram, and this was pretty good for the price (if you see the rebate)

 

MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131232

(ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard)

Seemed like what I needed for the price, and got decent reviews

 

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817701004

(MSI TurboStream 600W ATX 12V V2.2/ EPS 12V/ BTX 600W Power Supply 90 - 264 V Safety)

I'm being told by some people 600w is enough, others are saying it isn't. Not sure what to do here

 

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130319

(EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail )

Seemed pretty good for the price

 

HD - TWO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136062

(Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM )

I've been told RAID is the way to go, and raptors are kind of expensive...so I picked these. Any advice?

 

CASE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811166004

(Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail )

I've been told the case is kinda ugly/ghetto, but it's a lot for the price.

 

Any advice? Especially concerning the processor thing. My budget is 1400ish, and these specs (+ a basic dvd burner, floppy drive, and XP Home) is about that.

 

Thanks guys

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CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115017

(Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor)

I'm kinda concerned about this because one of my friends is saying most software won't utilize all

4 cores. Is this correct? Would I be better off with a higher frequency core 2 duo (or some kind of AMD?)

 

this is a nice cpu and no most do not utilize all four cores, BUT they will in the near future. I would buy this and not a dual core and definatly not an amd and your reading this from a guy who was a hardcore amd guy but the facts are they just are not keeping up with intel right now.

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145034

(CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory)

I was going for something cheaper earlier but my friends recommended faster ram, and this was pretty good for the price (if you see the rebate)

 

good ram speed as long as you don't over clock or at least not to far this is good for the prce there may be cheaper out there but this is nice ram.

MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131232

(ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard)

Seemed like what I needed for the price, and got decent reviews

don't know much about the 750i's I would check compatibility with the cpu but as long as it is then asus has always done me right so I would reccomend just about any asus board.

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817701004

(MSI TurboStream 600W ATX 12V V2.2/ EPS 12V/ BTX 600W Power Supply 90 - 264 V Safety)

I'm being told by some people 600w is enough, others are saying it isn't. Not sure what to do here

 

600 watts is enough depending on the psu I personally would not go cheap on this as I have before and it just cost me more in the end. buy the right thing once is my new moddo after buying the wrong thing so many times. ask any guy here, I'm the opitimy of buying the wron thing and wasting more money than necassary.

 

GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130319

(EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail )

 

good cards just don't buy it thinking that you can use their step up program in the future if you want a bigger card because their step up program is a joke if you ask me, but the 8800gt's are nice cards for moderate gaming but if you want to run every game on max settings I would get a different card, I have one and I'm stuck on high settings instead of very high but there is not a whole lot of difference really.

Seemed pretty good for the price

 

HD - fine

 

CASE - a tad ugly but hey it's not that expensive and who knows you ma grow to love it!

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actually that psu will work fine, I was looking at the amps and the voltage and it's got what you need to run that setup, any bigger of a graphics card and you may need a different psu but hat'll work for what you have :)

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actually that psu will work fine, I was looking at the amps and the voltage and it's got what you need to run that setup, any bigger of a graphics card and you may need a different psu but hat'll work for what you have :)

The amps and the voltage, huh? :blink: <_< :rolleyes:

 

I wouldn't get that PSU. If you're looking for something in that price range, pick up the OCZ StealthXStream or GameXStream. If you want something really nice, go for either the Corsair 620W or the PCP&C 610 if you can manage it.

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Newegg and Zipzoomfly are offering some decent saving on the Corsair line of PSUs right now. Newegg has the Corsair 550W for $69.99 after mail-in rebate. For a little over $100 you can pick up a 650-750W Corsair. Might be worth checking out if you don't mind dealing with the mail-in rebate.

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That's a good supply, and 700W will leave tons of room for growth. It's a good pick.

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actually that psu will work fine, I was looking at the amps and the voltage and it's got what you need to run that setup, any bigger of a graphics card and you may need a different psu but hat'll work for what you have :)

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I figured you guys would be able to help pick out the right parts. I've been out of the loop for so long I told him to post up here and get some advice. Looks like it should be a pretty nice rig though and it'll be fun putting it together, haha.

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