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  • New Conroe Build

    Due to the untimely demise of my old system, I just ordered the components for a new one. Lemme know what you think about it :) Any comments/constructive criticism appreciated.

    CPU:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
    https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produ...ductCode=80859

    Motherboard:
    Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 P965 Express Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo 1066FSB LGA775 DDR2 ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA
    https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produ...uctCode=322342

    RAM:
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail at Newegg.com

    PSU:
    Mushkin 550200 550W Power Supply - Retail at Newegg.com

    Optical Drive:
    NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A - OEM at Newegg.com

    HDD:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM at Newegg.com

    GPU:
    GIGABYTE Geforce 7600GT GV-NX76T256D-RH Silent Pipe II, Lead Free Video Card - Retail at Newegg.com
    Last edited by tau_neutrino; 08-14-2006, 09:38 AM.



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    Re: New Conroe Build

    Are you planning on overclocking? If not, you could save some money by getting some cheaper DDR2-667 RAM. I also read that the S3 does not have solid capacitors. The DS3 does and is apparently more reliable in the long run.

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    • #3
      Re: New Conroe Build

      Hey Tau,

      Looks interesting!!! Let us know how that 7600GT runs for you....I'm curious because I have a 6800GS and am beginning to get the upgrade itch!!!

      Good Luck!!

      Chappie

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      • #4
        Re: New Conroe Build

        Originally posted by =Sarc= View Post
        Are you planning on overclocking? If not, you could save some money by getting some cheaper DDR2-667 RAM. I also read that the S3 does not have solid capacitors. The DS3 does and is apparently more reliable in the long run.
        I'm planning on OC'ing a little bit, but at the same time I don't want to spend too much since I've already dipped into my grad school savings. Hopefully this build will last me a long time.

        Good to know about the capacitors - I switched the mobo to the DS3. Thank you!



        TacticalGamer TX LAN/BBQ Veteran

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        • #5
          Re: New Conroe Build

          It will run like a dream.

          You will easily reach 3.2ghz with that chip on stock volts i expect.
          [defense]

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          • #6
            Re: New Conroe Build

            Just wondering. If this is not your only computer and If you can find a free DVD ROM and get a cheaper (smaller) HD, you can get a 7900GT (24 RPP) vs a 7600GT (12RPP).

            pretty good deal -> XFX Geforce 7900GT PV-T71G-UCF7 Video Card - Retail at Newegg.com

            Just a thought. As it stand it is pretty good already. I built my system with a 1k budget back in March, I decided to reuse a really old CD-rom drive I had and a very cheap (but not bad) OEM SATA3.0 HD. I then use the money I save for a EVGA 7900GTC0.
            Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast!

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            • #7
              Re: New Conroe Build

              For a $30 bucks more you may consider a X1800XT

              SAPPHIRE Radeon X1800XT 100154 Video Card - OEM at Newegg.com

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              • #8
                Re: New Conroe Build

                The X1800XT will blow the doors off that 7600GT. No comparison.

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                • #9
                  Re: New Conroe Build

                  Outpost is selling a 500w PSU for $10 after rebate(exp 9/3) free ship

                  link: Outpost.com | Ultra
                  Last edited by RocketPunch; 08-16-2006, 08:20 PM.
                  Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast!

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Conroe Build

                    Hm that's a good deal. Does outpost handle exchanges for defective merchandise well?

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Conroe Build

                      1. Outpost.com | Ultra $59.99

                      2. Outpost.com | Ultra $54.99

                      Can someone tell me if there's a difference between the two other than price?

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Conroe Build

                        Originally posted by sordavie View Post
                        1. Outpost.com | Ultra $59.99

                        2. Outpost.com | Ultra $54.99

                        Can someone tell me if there's a difference between the two other than price?
                        Well, the rebate form for the second is 404. The rebate form for the first specifies a black PSU, so maybe the color? The rebates also expire at different times...
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                        • #13
                          Re: New Conroe Build

                          Oh, hm, good call Perry. :)

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Conroe Build

                            Well, all the parts arrived yesterday and I got the system working. It's so much cooler and quieter than my previous build.

                            I tried out BF2 at 1024x768, max settings, 4xAA and it looked beautiful with high framerates. No more slideshow gameplay for me!



                            TacticalGamer TX LAN/BBQ Veteran

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                            • #15
                              Re: New Conroe Build

                              Glad to hear. I'm looking at a new system as well and my specs match yours almost exactly. I've never built my own from scratch (I went with ABS last time), but have handled numerous overhaul upgrades with new motherboards, cpu, ram and gfx. I just priced an abs computer vs newegg and the diy is about $400 cheaper.

                              My only concern on building myself from scratch is the fear of, "it won't turn on" and I don't know which part could be DOA. Does anyone have advice on this, should I be worried or is that fairly uncommon these days?


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