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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:13 pm 
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nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB GDDR3, 128-Bit, PCI-Express

price are all with shiping

eVGA $190
MSI $196
gigabyte $185 w/doom3

to go with Intel Pentium 4 550 GHz, Intel D915PBLL Mobo

Crucial 240-Pin 512MB DDR2 PC2-4200 $145
some PQI
i dont have a lot of $$ for RAM, so i am looking for the best RAM for the lowest price.
i will most likely be replacing the ram in about 6 months with some good stuff.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:17 pm 
Is this a gaming system?

I would recommend going the athlon route instead of the intel route for a gaming system.

I'd recommend the eVGA because eVGA is most faithful to nVidia's reference design, i believe.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:35 pm 
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gaming and audio/video editing
i got the mobo/cup/xp for $200 from work.

what about RAM?

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hello Spylock. That will be a nice system for both gaming and especially for video editing. I'm not sure won't memory works best with that Intel board, but you will here a number of people recommend Crucial and OCZ over the other brands of memory.

On the video cards, Anandtech just did a review of 11 different 6600GT pci-express 16x cards. They all performed about the same, and from also reading other reviews at other sites, the different brands are performing close to one another. You have picked out 3 nice cards, and I would choose based on what software package you wanted. Many will also tell you that eVGA makes a very good nVidia card, and many say that eVGA makes the best nVidia card. The Gigabyte card looks tempting to me with the Doom3 software package and the price.

Let us know how it goes once you get it all together.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:25 pm 
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for now i think OCZ is out of the budget.
i took a look at that review, thanks. too bad no Evga.
i think the gigabyte is going to be my best buy at this point.

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Yeah, OCZ is expensive. Crucial performs well and is very stable from reviews and tests I've seen. It is recommended as much as the OCZ.

It is ashame that the Anandtech test did not have an eVGA card and that they didn't test the cards out at stock speed. Not the greatest review in the world in my opinion when comparing brands of cards of the same chipset, but it does give you an idea that the cards perform fairly equally to one another.

I hope this helps you in choosing your memory as it is Intel's recommended memory for the board. Model numbers aren't always the same, but Crucial was one of the brands Intel recommends.

http://support.intel.com/design/motherbd/bl/bl_mem.htm

http://support.intel.com/design/motherb ... nalmem.htm

3rd party memory compatiablity test

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