Hows this setup sound?

Ok, so I’m thinking of building a new system or at least majorly upgrading parts of my existing one. I’ve got a 7800GT that’ll do me for now, so I could drop the video cards. And I was in two minds about whether or not to get 4 x 250Gb drives and build a raid unit, but Newegg only had expensive ones.

Will the power supply be enough? Should I plunge for the video cards? Want to recommend any “better” substitutes that don’t hitch the price over 2k?

My current system: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 2.21Ghz, 2.0Gb DDR2 400, 120Gb hard drive (7200RPM SATA 2), some ASUS mobo with nForce4 chipset and an nVidia 7800GT.

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail

$79.99
$69.99
 Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5001ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5001ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM

$119.99
 SAMSUNG 245BW Black 24

SAMSUNG 245BW Black 24″ 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment – Retail

$499.99
$469.99
 EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

$479.98
($239.99 each)
 SILVERSTONE DA750 ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V 750W Power Supply

SILVERSTONE DA750 ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V 750W Power Supply – Retail

$204.99
$194.99
 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound – OEM

$5.99
 CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4

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

$168.00
$148.00
($74.00 each)
 Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard

Open Box: Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard

$129.99
 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0568M

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model

$254.00
MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler

MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler – Retail

I’m almost contemplating going for a 64-bit OS on this box. However, since I had to re-buy my XP a few months ago (my previous XP box is sitting in a loft somewhere near Grimsby), I have to admit I’m almost tempted to buy a Vista builder’s edition.

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All in all, very nice. I would probably go with Seagate drives, only because of a bad taste in my mouth with a WD in the past. Plus I like the 5 year warranty (not that that means much if it crashes with all your stuff on it). Also, I would check out the newer Intel DX38BT motherboard, with it’s faster RAM capabilities.

http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DX38BT/index.htm

I’d looked at the DX38BT; it doesn’t appear to have RAID support and DDR3 is a fair amount more expensive ($200-300 for Gb instead of $60-$100)

I wouldn’t bother with a retail heatsink. Also, two 8800GTs? I don’t think I could stand the noise – a single one is bad enough. And is that 2x2x1 GB or just 2×1 GB? If just 2 GB in total, it’s quite expensive, and I’d rather go for 4 GB.

I’d do a 8800GTS instead of 2 GT’s and a newer MB, the 975X chipset is practically antique by now.

Oli, it does do RAID 0,1,5,10. I would drop one of the vid cards and buy the DDR3 and this motherboard. The FSB works up to 1333, and comes with a handy (downloadable) overclocking util for tweaks.

http://download.intel.com/products/motherboard/DX38BT/product_brief.pdf

Page 3 gives a run down on it’s features better than their whole website on it.

It does support SLI in case one 8800 GTS doesn’t deliver enough punch for you, you could get another later.

Re: quad core–I believe for you, it might be beneficial, espcially if you like to frap as much as you do.

frap frap frap…

yeah, I had to go there….

you really want to wait for the Penryn CPUs… cheaper and faster with some more goodies. they should be out in just a few weeks I think so it’s not like you have to wait another year.

Looks good, I wouldn’t go for the GTS tho as has been mentioned as they aren’t quite as good for gaming as the original GT.

naturally I meant the newer GTS 512

I went with one 8800GT, 4Gb of DDR2 1200 and an MSI P7N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI with SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio

I’m leery of the open-box items. Why not just slap down the added cash for a new one?

Because I haven’t had a bad open box from Newegg yet so over the last 3 years it’s saved me $3500. This might be the one, though.

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