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to Quad or not to Quad, that is the question.

We sold our house in Alabama, so now its time to upgrade the computer. I have speced out the following system, for all who are interested:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (G0 Stepping)
  • Zalman CPU Cooler
  • Lian Li PC 61 Black Aluminum case
  • 2 x Western Digital Caviar RE 250GB SATA-II drives
  • AeroCool Zerodba 620W PSU
  • NEC Black 3.5″ Floppy (I’m old skewl)
  • Saitek Keyboard
  • Asus P5N32-E Plus motherboard (x16 x 2 SLI slots, w00t!)
  • 4GB Patriot Extreme PC2-6400 RAM
  • XFX 8800GTX Extreme 768MB SLI graphics card (only 1 for now)
  • 2 x NEC Optiarc 7190 SATA DVD±RW drives
  • 2 x Acer 22″ Black Widescreen LCD
  • APC 750VA UPS

 All in all, I think it should be a pretty sweet machine, and fast too, for its very low price ($2200 altogether, including shipping).  As soon as I get the system I will provide everyone some idea of how it runs.


7 Responses for “to Quad or not to Quad, that is the question.”

  1. Mike Says:

    Sexy mo-sheen. Is the 2200 with the LCDs included?

  2. Jim Says:

    Yes, the 2200 included the monitors, UPS, and fancy saitek keyboard. 😀

  3. Jim Says:

    And the shipping.

  4. Jim Says:

    A note on the mobo and processor. The P5N32-E Plus is not the same as the P5N32. The plus version has a different southbridge controller which supports both SLI slots at 16 lanes, not 1 at 16 OR 2 at 8. This way, if I feel the need to plop in another 8800GTX it will be pure pwnage.

    Also, the Q6600 processor is the G0 stepping model, not the B3 stepping model. This is confusing to many people, but the G0 model has 40 new instructions and an unlocked clock multiplier, which is superb for overclocking (even though thats not how I roll). Most vendors do not specify which stepping model you will get, but tigerdirect does. The G0 model is about 10 bucks more than the B3 model, and indicates which in their product specs.

  5. Jim Says:

    Ordered.. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  6. Jim Says:

    An update for anyone following this post.. I received all the parts, immediately assembled them, installed an operating system (Windows XP Pro x64 Edition) and put on some productivity software (read: Warcraft) to give it a little bit of a run through.

    My initial results: HolyCrapThisThingIsFastAndRocks!

    After a little more testing, I installed AnyDVD and CloneDVD and ripped a DVD movie from my collection to fit a 4.7GB ISO. My alienware could do this task in about 45-50 minutes. Results from the new machine: 8 minutes. I attribute this improvement to A) SATA-II hard drives, B) Quad Core processor, and C) SATA DVD drives.

    This system is wicked fast.

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