Need System Build Advice

Discussion in 'Benchmarks & Performance' started by BillH2, May 21, 2007.

  1. BillH2

    BillH2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    My Asus P4P-800E Deluxe system board is dying for the second time so it's time to build another system. I will NEVER use another Asus board. Here is what I came up with so far:


    Case:
    1 Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129155 $99.99

    Memory:
    1 Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820220144 $145.99

    System Board:
    1 Intel BOXDP965LTCK LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813121035 $109.99

    Processor:
    1 Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6320 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115015 $166.00

    Anyone see anything wrong with this selection?
    I don't need overclocking or SLI. System is going to be used as a home system, occasional games. (Need to decide on a video card)
    Thanks
    Bill
     
  2. madmatt

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    I'd recommend Corsair memory and at least an E6600 (4MB L2 Cache vs. 2MB).
     
  3. epk

    epk Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    seems good... but if you don't plan to overclock, isn't that ram like overkill?

    something like this should be better:

    SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $89.99

    edit: matt, the new e6x20 have 4mb
     
  4. madmatt

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    Opps. I missed the 6320. Dang "2".
     
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    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    eh, you can always wait for the "next big thing," but then you'll always be waiting.
     
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    That's true, but it's always a pain in the arse when you buy something just the next big thing is released!
     
  8. LordOfLA

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    I know that one :p

    Spent £400 on a 7800GTX 2 days before the 7900GTX came out at a lower price :(
     
  9. BillH2

    BillH2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks for the responses. I am going with the overkill Corsair memory and the E6600 processor. I may want to overclock it and when it comes to power, some is good, more is better but too much is just enough. One thing is certain; my days of using Asus boards are over based on how they handle warranties.
    Thanks again
    Bill
     
  10. BillH2

    BillH2 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    What's the general opinion about system board brands other than Intel? I have used Asus borads without problems until the last one, and had a bad time getting it warrantied. I would like a system that I can leave running 24/7 for years like the two Dell systems in room where this computer is going.
    Thanks
    Bill
     
  11. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    When it comes to motherboard brands I would say gigabyte, msi, asus, and dfi are good ways to go. I know you don't like Asus but I always put them in because I've liked their boards.

    I have an abit ab9pro and it has been rock solid stable after the bunch of bios updates that have been released but I wouldn't buy another one.
     
  12. LordOfLA

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    For the core 2 duo, you can't get better than the intel bad axe 2 unless you want nvidia sli. In which case you want the evga 680i sli board.

    For E6600 and higher you should ignore everything else.
     
  13. epk

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    i've heard that msi's core2 mb are really good, and not too expensive
     
  14. LordOfLA

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    msi's boards are mostly i965 which will slow a 6600 or higher down. You need 975X chipset boards if you don't want nvidia sli.
     
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    thats only really good if you want nvidia SLI.

    If however you are not nvidia's biggest fan over their driver crap over the last 6 months and now have an ATI card plugged into your box you want i9756 which is Intel :)
     
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    there are a few 975 from msi

    oh, and i forgot about evga, they seem to be really good (their vga's are great)
    the thing about sli... if you have an ati card still works, just no crossfire (i dont think its a pretty big deal)
     
  18. LordOfLA

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    look people its easy:

    If you want SLI get the nforce board. For ALL other purposes get the i975X boards from intel. End of story.