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Old October 9, 2008, 11:35 PM
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Default First time gaming build. How's it look?

Price range(<$1500)

Buying from US

No brand preference as of yet really as its my first build... but Intel is what I think I've
decided on

I intend to use my GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. I bought it a while ago for my old hp and I think it should still do what I need for the time being (run WAR online smoothly)

I don't know anything about overclocking really but it IS something I intend to teach myself and experiment with in the future

I plan to build this comp asap

This is my first build ever... I put about 10-15 hrs or so doing research and checking compatibility in the last two days basically teaching myself everything I could...(before this I honestly could not have opened my comp and told you where the processor was for sure..) This is what I have come up with.....


CPU- ($319.99) Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz
MOBO- ($288.99) Asus Rampage Formula LGA 775 Intel x48 ATX Intel Motherboard
Hard drive- ($74.99) Western digital caviar 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU- ($79.99) Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12v / EPS12V CrossFIre Ready
RAM- ($109.99) OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
OS- ($99.99) Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for system builders
DVD ROM - ($22.99)ASUS Black SATA VDV-ROM
DVD Burner - ($34.99) ASUS 20x DVD+/-R DVD Burner w/lightscribe SATA
CPU cooler- ($36.99) ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92 mm CPU Cooler (was originally going to go with zalman 9700 but after reading some forums the zalman sounded like a more difficult install on my chosen MOBO.)
Case- ($79.99) RAIDMAX SZMILODON ATX-612WBP (Free shipping on case -$30 deal)
Monitor- ($149.99) Asus 21.6" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor (-$20 promo code)

TOTAL- $1293.89 + $10.73 Shipping = $1304.62

Decided to go with Quad Core processor for multi-tasking and with the thought that games will begin to take greater advantage of multiple core processors. I like the mobo I have here with the crossfire technology in case I desire to upgrade to more powerful dual graphics cards in the future. Going for more of a future proof system than the highest level of gaming machine I could build right now. From the minor knowledge I have gained in the past couple of days selecting components for this build I hope I did an ok job of it... I think everything should be compatible and function well.. However Im not absolutely deadset on anything I am really looking to build a high functioning gaming computer that will run newer games at high settings for the next couple years. (big blizzard fan here... Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 are on my buy for sure list... and I would love to give Warhammer online a real try on a comp that actually runs it well.)

Any input would be greatly appreciated, especially on case and CPU Cooler selection... How important are they? will the ones I have selected keep everything cool? Keep in mind I just started teaching myself yesterday about most of this stuff so It's certainly possible that I have no idea what I'm doing!

Thanks

P.S. I am shopping New Egg because I have a preferred account with them no payments for 12 months on purchases over $1000 which is what I need right now. I am only paying shipping on my MOBO and I have had really good expirences with newegg in the past.
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Old October 10, 2008, 12:20 AM
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Mobo is way too expensive for this build, P5Q-E works just as well.
For a gaming build, you should seriously consider Crossfire or SLI, if you still want to use this mobo and CPU, only putting a 9600GT with them would be a waste, or even bottleneck...
8GB of RAM is a bit too much IMHO, also go with PC2 8500 would be nice.
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Old October 10, 2008, 04:02 AM
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Some recommendations that might save you a little money and improve on other areas for starters:

Case: Looks is a personal choice my recommendations are Antec, Coolermaster and Silverstone and always leave extra $$ for additional case fans.

Heatsink recommendation: Newegg.com - OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Ram: Newegg.com - mushkin XP ASCENT w/ eVCI technology 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Motherboard: Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards My personal choice if I were to go intel, stay away from nVidia chipset.

PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

CPU: Quads are great, but dualcores is where its at for gaming most games don't utilize all 4 cores enough to make any substantiated difference that could change in the future. My personal choice if I were looking at an Intel CPU Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops.

Video: 9600GT for gaming huh? if you're not into high res gaming or maxed settings this will be fine, best look into a Radeon 4850 or 4870

Monitor: Its cheap because it is the Asus monitor you are looking at is an analog
LCD highly recommend you get a digital LCD with DVI connection find something that suits your pricerange.
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Old October 10, 2008, 08:32 AM
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Thank you very much for the input as I said I am very new at this and appreciate the good advice
here is what ive changed so far...

MOBO- ($194.99) ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard

CPU- ($269.99) Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor(changed from quad core for faster gaming)

video card- ($244.99) VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512 MB 256-bitGDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Ram- ($74.99) OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

PSU- ($119.99) PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Monitor-($249.99) SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1

case- ($140) Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

brings my total to $1578.92 a little more than I wanted to spend but should be doable.... the addition of a new video card and a DVI monitor really put the price up there but I think is well worth it for the improvement I will see. any further advice on this? looking to order my components in the next couple of days here....

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try a CM HAF932 instead of the 1200...save a few dollars and get a more functional case.

Dump the P5Q Deluxe for a P5Q Pro(same board with better power section for 45nm, cheaper cost)

Should save you abt $100...without any loss of performance!
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Old October 10, 2008, 08:54 AM
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And don't forget the OCZ Vendetta II.
Otherwise, looks good.
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Old October 10, 2008, 08:56 AM
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A little doubt about the LCD though, I'm using Samsung 224BW at home right now, the problem with this LCD is that you can't change the vertical angle of it, which means you can turn the panel left and right, but you can't turn it up and down... that sucks... also if you looking up at the LCD with an angle, say even 5 degrees, the brightness drops a lot... But I don't know if 2253BW fixed these problems or not.

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I have the 2253BW. No height adjustment, but it can tilt. I love that monitor.
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Agreed on the case, the HAF 932 is a more functional case, and future proof too.

As for the memory those OCZ Plats are a good choice, but if you intend to overclock, I would really suggest getting these Mushkin XP Ascents 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066, at least for Overclocking it is a good way to get started.

The rest looks fine.

edit: And as Charlie said OCZ Vendetta 2
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Old October 10, 2008, 09:12 AM
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I have the 2253BW. No height adjustment, but it can tilt. I love that monitor.

Do yours have the brightness problem?
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