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Fritz001

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Hi,
I am building a custom PC (2nd one). I need some expert help on (1) making sure the parts are compatible (especially as it realtes to power supply connections/type) and (2) selecting a compatible DVD burner, power supply and case . I have selected a MB, CPU, Graphics card, HD and memory. I already have a monitor (LG Flatron L194WT) - it has a DVI connector and I have a wireless card - Belkin F5D7000 802.11g PCI card from an existing computer that will be junked. If need be, I will purchase a new card, they are cheap. I have a valid Windows XP license for the OS.

My objectives:
(1) Parts must be reliable
(2) Keep the total below $1,000
(2) Make sure that the MB has some expandibility for a better CPU, graphics card, etc. in the future.

Here is what I have selected so far (from Newegg):

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000AAKS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA
3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136076

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI
Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130085

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2
6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 -
Retail
Item #: N82E16820146565

ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813127030

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model
BX80562Q6600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115017

I would also be interested to hear about any changes to the above that would better meet my objectives and if there are less expensive alternatives.

I do appreciate any assistance - I hope this is fun for you!

Thanks.
 

Fritz001

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I have a 450W XION XI09XD (from a XION II XON-103 box) leftover from the case I bought for my last custom build (I bought a separate Rosewill 600W supply for that box). That one is a gaming pc.

Regarding the psu for this build, I just was not sure if all of the power outputs from the XION were sufficient for the components - so I thought I would leave that open and look for suggestions, especially as it relates to any special power requirements for the SATA drive, if any.

Again, thanks!
 
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That's what I thought. Those are decent components and you need to buy a good quality psu for them of at least 500 watts. personally I never use anything but Antec, Thermaltake or Enermax because they are psu makers and this is one place you need "hands on" quality.
 
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There are two versions of the Q6600. One has B3 stepping with a PCG of 05B and the other has G0 stepping with a PCG of 05A.

Attached is an Intel recommendation for the power requirements from the power supply for the +12V2 rail for both the PCG 05A and 05B processors.
 

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Fritz001

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Thank you win2kpro...please advise how I can tell which platform I have.
 
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If it came in a retail box, look on the end of the box. If you don't have the box look on the processor and post the sSpec number.

It will either be a SL9UM which is B3 stepping, or SLACR which is G0 stepping.
 
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the Power supply 600 Watts is good enough. this 8800 video card can be really hungry to eat alot of juices.
 
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