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I've got a E8400 preordered from tankguys and I'm working on picking out the rest of the system. I think everything I have here should do it. Any suggestions would be appriciated.


E8400 3.0Ghz Wolfdale - see above

750 GB Seagate 7200.10 - hard drive I already had


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


It's a DVD burner, not much to say about this


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


I was going to go for the 7800GT, but the wiki says this card is supported, and it costs about the same. Unless the older part is somehow better?


SeaSonic S12 II SS-330GB ATX12V 330W Power Supply - Retail


Skimping on wattage here in exchange for quality and quiet. This is going to be running 24-7 in my brother's dorm room, so noise is a major consideration.


GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


Considered the DS3P, but it is impossible to find and the only feature that I really wanted from it that the DS3L doesn't have is FireWire, so I can settle for saving $60 and getting a PCI card


SYBA IEEE 1394a FireWire PCI Card with Internal 9-pin Header Model SD-VIA-FW1E1H - Retail


See Mobo comment. A card on the 10.4.8 wiki has a similar chipset. This has an internal pinheader, which I need for the case I'm using.


CORSAIR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 G - Retail


Great deal after rebate. Good name brand. 2GB is enough, but this way I get dual channel and max out the slots I fill. No need to dispose of these for a future ram upgrade.


COOLER MASTER Mystique RC-632S-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


I picked this up dirt cheap on black friday at Fry's. I don't know if this is the exact model.


Thats it. Comes to $403.95 on NewEgg plus shipping and whatever the E8400 costs me.

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looks good, but isn't intel holding back their 45nm chips till late feb early march. I'm waiting on a yorkfield to come out and i heard that they are holding back its release further because apparently they arent feeling the heat from AMD. I personally think that they are having manufacturing problems with the new 45nm, but anyways it may be a bit of a wait still.

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As I understand the quad core chips have a bug that is holding up yorkfield to late February to early March, but Wolfdale is still on track for late January to early February. As long as they arrive in Q1 I'm willing to wait it out for the improvements over Conroe.


What I am more concerned about is the efficacy of the 8600 drivers since they just came out. I'll settle for a 7600GT instead if that is a safer bet, but I don't have the hardware to test and the 8600GT I'm looking at on newegg is non refundable.

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Oh my bad you're right they are shipping Wolfdale on time, i thought it was all of them since they were all supposed to ship together. I agree with you though as long as it comes in Q1, its worth the wait.


As for your 8600 card, the 10.5.2 update seems to have drivers for it so chances are people will get it to work, there is no simple answer now because there is no official 10.5.2 update yet, only a beta. It all depends if you are a risk taker, you should know that there are no guarantees with osx86, it might work it might not. If you want a safer bet you should wait for the 10.5.2 update to come out, could be any day now, then see if people have more success with it. Right now it will probably work but some apps like iMovie for example are crashing from what i hear.

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Well, I guess I can still go with a 7xxx card if the 10.5.2 drivers don't get better, but I do have at least a few more days to wait since wolfdale won't be out until at least the 20th.


I read somewhere on this forum that currently the 8600's won't work on vga displays, but I can't find the thread. Can anyone confirm if this is the case or not?

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I can't find the DS3P anywhere except open box on Newegg, and I want the accessories. Also, I thought they were all basically the same board except that the DS3P and DS4 have an extra PCI-Extreme x4 slot (don't need it, not worth the additional $50+), FireWire (can add with a $10 PCI card), ICH9R (hardware RAID won't work in OS X, and even if it did I'm only using one hard drive), four more SATA ports (again, one hard drive), one less PCI slot (don't care either way), and ALC889A instead of ALC888 (I have no idea what difference this makes).


I thought everything worked on all of these boards. I would rather have onboard firewire, and an extra PCI-Extreme 4x slot is worth a few bucks to me for potential troubleshooting purposes, but the DS3L just costs a lot less and doesn't seem to represent any significant disadvantage. I'd love to be proven wrong, but as it is I can't justify the extra cost of the higher end boards.

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Thats what I was thinking. Any suggestions for a good firewire card other than the one I linked above. I think I can live without Firewire 800 since it I don't have any 800 devices and any new external drives I get from now on will be eSATA.

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