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Old October 3, 2008, 07:15 PM
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I'm so glad I came to these forums. This will turn out to be an even better build within budget because of your help :)

OCZ Vendetta 2 seems to be a fan favorite. I'm sold.

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As for the mobo, I personally would go for P5Q-E, it is a nice P45 motherboard, one of the popular ones out there. That bundle of the case and power supply, definitely tempting, I'm not a huge fan of Antec Power Supplies.. I'd personally prefer a Corsair, or something else in those lines. But nonetheless, you got a nice build going.

If your budget permits, I would definitely get a Q9400 for $100 more, newer 45nm quad, cooler, better potential. The Q9400 is optimised with SSE 4.1 and could be of help with video editing, even though you aren't into video editing, still photoshop and flash use heavy tasks..
I was reading up on the P5Q-E right before your post. It looks like a pretty nice board and affordable too. I still need to do some comparison reading. I think its between the P5Q Pro and the P5Q-E at this point.

The Q9400 is a tad more than I wanted to spend on the CPU. But with the money im saving on the mobo and cooling I might fit it in. Ill decide on that one once I get the full build down on paper and start price matching. Also what is SSE 4.1 and what are the benefits?

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The ATI 4850 is an excellent card. What gaming resolution will you be gaming at?
I have a 24'' display at 1920x1080. In a perfect world, id like to game at that... but I know that isn't realistic for current games. Right now im leaning towards a 4870 for $50 more than the 4850. Only downside is that the specific 4870 im looking at was said to be loud by most of the reviews Ive read.

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Old October 3, 2008, 11:05 PM
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I just placed the order for my new system! I want to thank everyone for their help on this.

The whole thing came to $1183.13 in the end with free shipping and not counting another $100 in rebates. Under budget and I was able to go full out with your recommendations with a better CPU and GPU.

Here's the final build.

Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case
Antec Truepower Trio 650W Power Supply - ^169.99 ( for case+PSU )
ASUS P5Q Pro - $139.99 > $128.88
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 - $289.99
Palit Radeon HD 4870 - $249.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB - $89.75 > $78.91
Pioneer DVR-216DBK Black 20X - $27.48
OCZ Vendetta 2 - $49.99 > $39.99
OCZ Reaper 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 - $89.99 > $79.99
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120MM 1200RPM $14.99 x 3 = $44.97
Anti-Static Wrist Strap - $4.99
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste - $7.95

Ordered the whole thing from NCIX and did some Price matching to get this price.

Now comes the fun part, putting it all together :)

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Old October 3, 2008, 11:08 PM
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Nice pick on the Pro, I would have agreed with the others, lower end P45 board for not overclocking much. Would you mind posting the prices per product you paid, just to see how much Pricematching skills you got :D
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Old October 3, 2008, 11:41 PM
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I updated the my post above with the prices :D
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Old October 4, 2008, 12:02 AM
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Intelligent :P
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Old October 4, 2008, 12:20 AM
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Nice parts, you'll have fun once it's together.....
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