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ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

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

EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM

Thanks a lot folks, I always appreciate the help

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Get a core2duo e8400 cpu. It will be a much better gamer and overclocker than the q6600 quad core. Look for my thread called. "intel throws down the gauntlet" for more info. They're hitting 4.4ghz with competent people overclocking them.

It's also the newest 45nm cpu design with 6megs of cache. It's only been out a couple of weeks. $220 last I checked, I think it's even cheaper than the q6600.

You're also better off getting an 8800gt 512meg then the 8800gts 640meg. Pay no attention to the vram capacity. The GT is faster and cheaper.

I'd rather get a corsair HX 620 than the PC power and cooling PSU too. The only PC power and cooling PSU I've seen my buddy bought specifically to run his x1900xt and the thing ended up burning out. He paid about $250 for it too. The corsair hx620 will run anything even dual cards and it's only about $160. It's under rated at 620. It's output is better than most 750watt psu's in benchmark tests. The corsairs are rated 10 celcius hotter than other psu's so the can guarantee the power output even in a warm running environment.

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Yep, I didn't want to put it down but the raptors are very noisy. Read a few reviews. Usually one of the first thing they mention is how noisy they are. They also have a higher failure rate than the 7200rpm drives.

The only benefit you're really going to get is a slight increase in speed of loading time and installing of programs/games. You usually have to pay way more for your capacity too.

As long as you have 2 gigs of ram in xp, games will run entirely off of your ram once they're loaded and hard drive speed won't mean much. It won't give you 1 fps or improve stutters.

If you want speed you could get 2 of those cheap 320gig SATA 3.0 16meg cache jobs they make for about $80 now. Set up a raid0 array for your games and OS. What it does is it writes half the data on 1 drive and half on the other. Then it access both at the same time. You also get to add the capacities together so 2 320gig HD's makes 1 super fast 640gig HD in a raid0 array.

The only drawback is if 1 drive fails you lose the data on both. It's been my experience that hard drive failures are a rare enough occurrence I don't worry about it. I keep most of my storage on externals anyway.

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My drive...

Seagate Barracuda ST3500320AS 7200.11 500GB 7200rpm 32MB cache SATA2

quiet ,quick and good price 5 years warrant (in Norway) prop rest of the world too

CJ

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I have 7200 at home and 5400 at work, the difference is unreal. I heard the same about the raptors, noise is a factor as I tend to play late at night when the wife has gone to bed :)

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ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

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

EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM

Thanks a lot folks, I always appreciate the help

I have a nearly identical system except I have a 7200rpm HD and the 8800GTX. I run 1600/1200 resolution on my 21" flatscreen with 2X FSAA and 8X AF. My in game settings have shadows off and ground clutter off, with everything else on. I average about 40-50 fps in heavy fighting and 100fps on up elsewhere. Hope this helps.

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ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

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

EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM

Thanks a lot folks, I always appreciate the help

Get rid of the RAPTOR HD. Its not worth it just get two HD's for the price of what you would be paying for the Raptor. Put your OS on one HD and then your games and other media on the other HD.

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Wow! okay...thanks for the input so far. Didn't know that about the Raptor, I believe the lure was the 10,000 RPM, but if it's noisy....

Kepp it coming

thanks again people

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Get yourself an aftermarket cpu cooler. The stock intel coolers leave a little to be desired especially if you plan on overclocking which I would recommend on a quad that only runs 2.4 stock speed. It has a lot more potential than that, no reason not to take advantage. Most decent aftermarkets can get you 10-20 celcius cooler load temps.

The e8400 would be a better buy for gaming. Quads don't game better than dual cores. They only run professional apps like 3d rendering and video crunching better. The e8400 running at 3.0ghz will smoke a quad core running 2.4 in any game.

Here's some decent aftermarket cpu coolers.

This is one of the top 5 coolers right now especially at this price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887011

This is the most popular budget aftermarket cooler on the market,as you can see by the 1202 reviews at newegg alone with an average of 5 eggs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

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IThanks for your suggestions. I haven't done much research on the latest stuff, and what will benefit this game most. I'm looking at the Core2Duo e8400 and the 8800GT. Will also need a new mobo and RAM. I have a 600W PSU -- is that still enough these days?

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Here's an overclocking review on the e8400.

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=717

Impressive to say the least.

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They did that on a gigabyte intel x38 DQ6 MB and latency 4 ddr800 ram.

Here's that board. It's supposed to be one of the better overclocking intel x38 chipset boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128066

Here's a 2 gig kit of the tightest timing ddr800 sold. 4,4,3,5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231114

Of course there's cheaper MB's around but if the budget isn't that tight it's not a bad choice.

Here's a decent deal on the newest nvidia MB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024

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