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  • Started 5 years ago by vigliottec
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vigliottec
Posts: 25

this is the first time iv looked in to making my own computer. i have an ibm laptop but if finding its not enough for games and auto cad/solidworks so hear is wt im looking at

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz - 1066FSB - 8MB Cache)
GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R Core 2 Quad Intel P35 DDR2&DDR3 A&GbE ATX DES Motherboard
4GB - PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) (Dual Channel Memory Kit)
Western Digital 160GB 7200 RPM SATA2 Hard Drive
GeForce 9600 512MB PCI Express Video Card

i wont go over the other parts like power supply, tower, and stuff like that

my 2 big questions are did i make a good motherboard and graphics card choice?

im using smksuperstore.com to make the computer for me if anyone has a better suggestions as to where to buy the computer let me kno

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thegeek
The Geek
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You might want to think about going with an 8800 GT card... even though the number is lower it's actually still a bit faster:
http://arstechnica.com/reviews.....view.ars/1

The motherboard looks good.

I personally always use newegg.com, you might want to price check there.

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

what should i be looking for in a mother board... is there better then that?
and if 8800 GT is better then 9600 what would be better then the 8800?

thanks in advance

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thegeek
The Geek
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The 8800GT is one of the best cards right now... you can see the rankings for many cards here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/ch.....584%2C1617

That motherboard should work well unless you have tons of money to spend, then you could get an x48 board with DDR3 memory and a core2 extreme.

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

ya im look to spend around 1000$ so ill stick with those...

thanks a bunch

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

is there any advantage to having 2 PCI-Express slots if im only getting one graphics card?

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thegeek
The Geek
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unless you are planning on running two video cards in SLI mode, then not really... and there's not a ton of benefit to that anyway since most games don't properly support it.

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

also as far graphics cards goes if im going with the 8800 what is the difference between

Asus nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB 2DVI HDCP
ZOTAC nVidia GeForce 8800GT AMP! Edition 512MB DDR3 2DVI HDCP
GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 512MB 2DVI HDTV
EVGA nVidia GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 2DVI HDCP
ECS nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB DDR3 2DVI HDTV

should i go gigabyte because my mother board is a gigabyte or is there more to it?

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Antman
Antman
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This is the best site I've found for direct spec comparisons between almost all video cards on the market:

http://www.gpureview.com/show_.....;card2=544

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whs
whs
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The Q6600 is a dog - very slow. Take an AMD 5600+. Much faster and probably cheaper.

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

iv had nothing but issues with amds so ill never buy one again

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

is this a good power supply?
ZUMAX 650 Watt Power Supply w/ 6 Pin PCIe VC Plug (For Nvidia 8800 & ATI 1950 / HD2900)

do i need one that "supports" my grapics card?

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ScottW
ScottW
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@whs, that's the last time you call the Q6600 slow without a challenge. Here is a benchmark showing the Q6600 is not slow -- it's faster than the AMD 4800+, 5600+, even the 6400+. I've got nothing against AMD, nor am I an Intel bigot but a benchmark means more to me than your opinion.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html

Please post a benchmark that shows the Q6600 is slow or stop saying the CPU is the problem. I know you are disappointed with *your* Q6600-based computer, but a computer is more than just a processor. Also, let's take this discussion to a new thread so we don't hijack this one.

EDIT: new thread => http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....s-amd-cpus

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whs
whs
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Nice chart, but does not mean much in real life!

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vigliottec
Posts: 25

is there a big difference between ddr2 800 and ddr2 1066?

is it worth the money difference?

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whs
whs
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The faster the memory the better. But you also have to look at CAS latency. The lower the number the better.

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