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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Reynardin, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. spearman914

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    L2 cache doesn't do a big boost in performance. For example: a 3 GHz duo with 2 MB L2 cache beat a 2.5 GHz with 4 MB L2 in any condition except if overclocked to the same speeds.
     
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    Big enough to warrant a purchase. Correct, a 2.5 won't beat a 3ghz w/ the same architecture unless its crippled. A proc at 4ghz w/ 6mb of cache will beat a proc at 4ghz w/ 3mb cache, plain and simple. The difference is not seen in benchies as much as real world application.
     
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    I do alot of fooling around on newegg I am pretty sure I can get you a beat of a setup for rather cheap. I couldnt see anywhere that you had already bought your stuff so im going to give it a shot.
     
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    I was actually thinking of buying the parts today. I am willing to delay for a better deal or setup though. My budget is still at $1400 including a monitor though.
    EDIT: that 1400 is also after shipping and taxes. It is the absolute maximum that I can spend on the computer.
     
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    would that 1350 include the monitor? I don't have one.
    If it does, could you give me a list of links to what I would need to buy?
     
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    This is the board he owns, which is of course capable of sli. You could get another gts 512 down the road w/ that if you wanted to.
     
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    that board seems to get a lot of reviews from unhappy people.. should I worry?
     
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    No, the majority are positive, and many people on newegg simply don't know what they're doing. Looks like a fine board to me.
     
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    ok
    lemme try to put together what I have right now
     
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    FYI, Most people who like their products dont review. And like he said, most of them dont know what they are doing or something else could have been DOA and they blame it on something else.
     
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    Ok, off of this, what do you guys think should be changed? I want to keep the price around the same.


    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
    $189

    MOBO: DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136043
    $129

    OR

    MOBO: DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136038
    $114.99

    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148069
    $67.99 ($40 rebate)

    GPU: MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127325
    $210

    Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1 - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001268
    $289 ($20 rebate )

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    $119.99 ($40 rebate)

    Dvd drive:
    ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135156
    $35

    Hard-drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    $80

    PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005
    $109.99, $20 rebate if bought by 16th.

    Ethernet cable: AMC CC5E-B50G 50 ft. Cat 5E Gray Cat 5E 350 MHz UTP Gray Network Cable - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812105309
    $7

    Total Cost: $1139 (rebates included) $1259 (without rebates)
    1358 with shipping + taxes. give or take $10 on the mobo
     
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    Looks good to me, I'd say go w/ the blood iron. You don't have the os on there, did you have it but just didn't put it on there?
     
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    ah crap. i had it on an earlier build. one sec
     
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    well. it looks like the price is going to go up a bit, i forgot to include the OS =(
     
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    I'd go for the bloodiron and the ram i said before G.Skill PC8000

    4GIG is going be much better than 2GIG.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145

    And going by the sound of this post updates are not going be often at all so thats another reason to grab the 4GIG over the 2GIG. And with ya thinking of going Vista too is another reason.
     
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    ok, so ill go with the bloodiron, and added the OS. should I be good to go?
     
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    hm ok
    i guess so.
     
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    Enjoy! Ask us if you need any help w/ it. :toast:
     
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    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
    $189

    MOBO: DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136038
    $114.99

    Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145
    $84

    GPU: MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127325
    $210

    Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1 - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001268
    $289 ($20 rebate )

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    $119.99 ($40 rebate)

    Dvd drive:
    ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135156
    $35

    Hard-drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    $80

    PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005
    $109.99, $20 rebate if bought by 16th.

    Ethernet cable: AMC CC5E-B50G 50 ft. Cat 5E Gray Cat 5E 350 MHz UTP Gray Network Cable - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812105309
    $7

    OS
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
    $100


    Total Cost: $1453 with shipping + taxes.
     
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    On another note, what games do you guys think I should get?
     
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    I would look at the evga 8800gtx. off newegg its only 269 bucks. Still working on build i would have been done earlier its just my internet is going in and out right now for some odd reason.
     
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    What kind of games do you like (genre, most important aspect of a game to you, ect.)?
     
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    And not as good as a gts 512. Well, their almost equavalent in performance, however, the gts has far more oc ability and is much cooler. The gtx is irrelevant right now, and still overpriced (even at $269).
     
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    Fps, mmorpg (thinking of getting age of conan)
    Basically, I play cod4 and css on my current computer, and was gonna wait until I make this new computer to buy AoC because my current one would go up in an explosion of sparks the second i inserted the CD.
     
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    btw, I read somewhere that vista can use external flash drives to supplement the computer's RAM. How well does that work?
     

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