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    Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 6:55pm
How does this setup look? I want to use this for straight gaming only.
 
Case: Digital Storm Twister VALUE (Black Edition)
Power Supply: 750W Thermaltake (SLI Compatible) (Silent Toughpower Edition)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz (1066MHz FSB) (8MB Cache)
Motherboard: nVidia 680i LT Core 2 Quad (By: eVGA) (nForce 680i SLI)
Memory: 2GB DDR2 Corsair at 1066MHz Dominator (Dual Channel) (Extreme-Performance)
Floppy / Media: - No Thanks
Hard Drive 1: 250GB (Western Digital / Seagate) (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
Raid Option: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Network Card: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Modem: - No Thanks
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (By: eVGA / Asus) (PCI-Express)
TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Motherboard Multi-Channel High Definition Audio (7.1 Channel)
Physics Card: - No Thanks
Cooling: Air Cooled Stage 1 (Certified Digital Storm Heat-sink)
Case Lighting: Blizzard Internal Lighting (Red Edition) (Cold Cathode Tubes)
Round Cables: - No Thanks
User Manual: Personalized Platinum Digital Storm Binder (Includes Paperwork/Benchmarks/CDs/Manuals)
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks my keyboard comes with a mouse
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
Support: Lifetime Toll-Free Platinum Care Technical Support
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 7:04pm
Go with the 8800 GTS 320MB if you don't plan on playing your games at resolutions 1600x1200 or higher.

The rest looks good.


Edited by skyR - 19 Aug 2007 at 7:04pm
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  Quote Phreak Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 7:09pm

So higher MB on Graphics Cards are only for resolution?

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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 7:17pm
Originally posted by Phreak

So higher MB on Graphics Cards are only for resolution?



GPU memory is for the high resolutions (1920x1200) with AA and AF enabled at max settings. Many games today do not use over 320MB memory for max settings with AA and AF enabled at 1600x1200 or lower resolutions.

So the performance between the 320mb and 640mb will be minimal and sometimes the 320mb will beat the 640mb by a tiny bit due to the latency on the larger memory. It's not worth the $100.

I would downgrade the ram to 800MHz and get the 8800 GTX if you want to play at high resolutions or want performance.
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  Quote Phreak Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 7:31pm
My editted build is this:
 
Case: Digital Storm Twister VALUE (Black Edition)
Power Supply: 750W Thermaltake (SLI Compatible) (Silent Toughpower Edition)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz (1066MHz FSB) (8MB Cache)
Motherboard: nVidia 680i LT Core 2 Quad (By: eVGA) (nForce 680i SLI)
Memory: 2GB DDR2 Corsair at 800MHz XMS2 (Dual Channel) (Extreme-Performance)Star
Floppy / Media: - No Thanks
Hard Drive 1: 250GB (Western Digital / Seagate) (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
Raid Option: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Network Card: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Modem: - No Thanks
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB (By: eVGA / Asus) (PCI-Express) Star
TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Motherboard Multi-Channel High Definition Audio (7.1 Channel)
Physics Card: - No Thanks
Cooling: Air Cooled Stage 1 (Certified Digital Storm Heat-sink)
Case Lighting: Blizzard Internal Lighting (Red Edition) (Cold Cathode Tubes)
Round Cables: - No Thanks
User Manual: Personalized Platinum Digital Storm Binder (Includes Paperwork/Benchmarks/CDs/Manuals)
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks my keyboard comes with a mouse
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
Support: Lifetime Toll-Free Platinum Care Technical Support
 
I also have a few other questions...
 
Will Air Cooled Stage 1 be alright? or will i need level 2?
I will also need a monitor, and was wondering if i woudl be able to find a better price on widescreen monitors the same quality somewhere else? or is the 19 inch a good deal?
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 7:58pm
Air staged 1 is fine if you have proper ventilation for your computer.

Unless you want a different model, the monitors Digital Storm provide are excellent and it's free shipping.

If you want to look at monitors, go to www.newegg.com. Maybe they will have some deals.
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  Quote Phreak Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 8:26pm

Thanks so much skyR.

You actually helped me save about $250 with your advice.
 
I'm nearly ready to order this bad boy.
 
I should be able to run COD4 on high with this computer yes?
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Aug 2007 at 8:32pm
Originally posted by Phreak

Thanks so much skyR.

You actually helped me save about $250 with your advice.
 
I'm nearly ready to order this bad boy.
 
I should be able to run COD4 on high with this computer yes?


Yes you will be able to run the upcoming Call of Duty 4 on high without problems.
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  Quote Kenny Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Aug 2007 at 2:00am
If you want to get a straight gaming System, you don't need to downgrade the ram to 800MHz, because the Dominator Ram 1066 very need for your Quad Core CPU and Gaming.  Also, you should need air cooled Stage 2 for your Quad Core CPU too, because the Quad Core CPU running hot than Core 2 Duo CPU.
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