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End of Semester Project - SFF Gaming Rig

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by gamer210, May 2, 2007.

  1. gamer210

    gamer210 New Member

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    All right. My semester officially ends today, so I've already started planning my next project. I was thinking of going SFF because I wanted to try something different. Here's a preliminary parts list:

    CASE: Thermaltake Lanbox Lite
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133044

    PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817153040

    MOTHERBOARD: Foxconn G9657MA-8EKRS2H
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813186110

    CPU: C2D E6600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115003

    MEMORY: Mushkin EM6400 (2 X 1GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820146118

    HDD: Western Digital 320GB SATA II
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822136074

    ODD: Lite-on 20X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106073

    COOLING: Zalman CNPS 7700 || Thermaltake Blue Orb II
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118115
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835106069

    I'm going to reuse my X1950 pro and my Audigy 4. I don't see the point in using RAID 0, as it doesn't give you that much of a noticeable difference in gaming. My main issue is going to be the cooling. From the reviews I have read, the Blue Orb II seems to perform better, but the 7700 takes up less space. As always, I would appreciate y'alls input and advice.
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    i would get the e6600 instead and a different psu like the corsair psu
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    Regarding the PSU, I really wanted one with modular cables. I figured it would be better for a SFF build. I'm looking to spend between $100~$150, but it's not a hard budget. I also wanted something that was capable of handling R600/G80, should I ever upgrade my card, so I'm thinking around 600W, but it's the amps that are more important. Does anyone own any of these:

    Mushkin - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817812004
    Enermax - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194004
    Zalman - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379003
    Corsair - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002
    OCZ - http://forums.techpowerup.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=327687

    I'm leaning more towards the Mushkin. It's seems like a better value, has plenty of amps, and I think it might be shorter than some of the other ones. Plus it has an led fan.

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