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Old May 20, 2009, 08:55 PM
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Default Possible new Rig. Heavy OC and Gaming

As the title states, the main use for this computer will be gaming, but also the pursuit of a great overclock on air cooling. As for a budget, I am trying to find something in the mid range. I don't need to upgrade everything as you will see below, but I'm trying to keep it around $900 or less. Parts will be coming from NCIX.

Here is a list of parts I am using as a baseline for my upgrade:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (E0 stepping hopefully)
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (rev 1.1 hopefully)
OCZ Blade PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W
2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB running in Raid 0
OCZ Vendetta 2 Heatsink
Xigmatek ACK-I7361 Crossbow Mounting Kit

To round out the build, I plan to keep the current case, two 120mm fans, one 320gb sata drive, 1 dvd-rw drive and the 8800 gts card. I assume I could get rid of the Audigy 2 ZS as it's getting pretty dated and just use the built in Realtek for now.

The total cost after some price matching was about $919 cdn shipped, before $50 worth of oh so fun mail-in rebates, so technically $869 (note that my current system build cost about $940 at the time).

A few of the choices are certainly overkill, like the power supply, but that will help future-proof my system a little better than I did last time when I bought a 450W PS.

The ram I am uncertain about. It sounds like fast ram that will overclock very well, but it turns out there is a low voltage edition available that is even better, but I can't find anywhere that sells it in Canada (anyone know of a place?)

I was going to go with two Seagate 7200.12 1TB hard drives but decided to go with the cheaper, yet smaller, WD caviar blacks. This is one choice I am not sold on as I have read that the WD drives are much noisier and only marginally faster than the Seagates. I have been a long-time user of Seagate drives and currently use four of them, never having any issues, so I tend to stand by that reliability.

That heatsink looks like a monster and from what I have read it is wise to have the mounting bracket to prevent potential damage.

Any opinions on this build or options I should consider looking into? I want a system that I can seriously overclock that will be relatively quiet at the same time. My current rig is close, but it could be better.
AMD Phenom II X3 720BE 2.8GHz || Sunbeam CCTF
G.Skill Pi 2 x 2GB PC-8500 5-5-5-15 || Corsair TX850w
Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P || Coolermaster Centurion 534
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC || Crucial M4 C400 128GB SSD
WD WD6401AALS 640GB x2 || Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB
LG L203WT 20.1" LCD || LiteOn 16x DVD+RW DL
Overclock: 3588 MHz @ 1.475v (17.5x205), 2255 CPU-NB @ 1.275v, 2050 HTT, 5-5-5-15-25-2T - 1093 @ 2.1v || GTX 280 @ 635/2302/1391

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