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Old October 16, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Hello everyone. I'm new to posting
on these forums, (as can be seen by my rediculously
low post count) but I am not new to reading them.
I have found them a wonderful source of knowledge,
for the most part. And with that knowledge, I will
finally be building my first mid-high end gaming rig. :D

I will be ordering the parts from NCIX, and my monitor from
Tigerdirect, both in around 4-6 weeks from posting this.
The computer will be used mainly for gaming, as well as some Photoshop,
InDesign and other photo editing programs, but not at the professional
level. I do plan on lapping the cpu, and the heatsink. I will be overclocking the cpu.

My overall price range is approximately $2000 - $2400 CAD. including the monitor.

The parts I have decided on (and am now asking the veterans for
there opinions on) are as follows

CPU - NCIX - Intel E8400, Core 2 Due E8400 Wolfdale Dual-Core Processor

EDIT - CPU Heatsink - NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vendetta 2 Triple Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 120MM Fan 800-1500RPM 20-32DBA - OCZTVEND2 In Canada.
Will be putting a Noctua NF-S12 fan on it.
EDIT - Motherboard - http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30017&vpn=LP%20DK%20X48-T2RS&manufacture=DFI

Ram - NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - 996593 In Canada.

Vid Card - NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 X2 750MHZ 2GB 3.6GHZ DDR5 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - GV-R487X2-2GH-B In Canada.

Power Supply - NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Elitexstream OCZ800EXS 800W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black - OCZ800EXS In Canada.

Case - NCIX.com - Buy Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - RC-932-KKN1 In Canada.

Hard Drive - NCIX.com - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1000GB 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM - ST31000340AS In Canada.

DvD Writer - NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBD TruDirect 22X DVD+R/-R Lightscribe DVD Writer Black SATA OEM - SH-S223Q/BEBD In Canada.

Network Card - NCIX.com - Buy D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter 802.11 Draft N B/G Triple Antenna PCI Adapter - DWA-552 In Canada.

EDIT - Total before monitor - $1950 CAD. And I believe I remembered everything. (Forgot to include the price of the mobo.)

Monitor I am considering (because of the viewing angles and response time it seems like it isn't a TN panel)
- SVA 2400w 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 6ms, 800:1, 1920x1200 (WUXGA), VGA, DVI, Black in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

As a side note, I will be purchasing the Premier Partner before I order my computer parts, and am considering a 30" monitor depending on how much money I have after ordering the computer itself. I have not read any other posts regarding this but I plan on it tonight after work. Thank you in advance. :)
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Old October 16, 2008, 03:31 PM
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Wow! "Go hard or go home" as they say. Looks to me like you've done your homework. I wouldn't mind building this rig myself. I don't have any suggestions myself, but there are many people here who are far more knowledgeable than I am.

Don't forget to post a build log and btw welcome to HWC! When you get it built, think about folding for us.

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Old October 16, 2008, 03:36 PM
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Nice kit, but if it were me I'd be looking at either a Corsair or a PC P&C 750W PSU. Can't say for sure what kind of quality the new OCZs are, but I know for sure that the other two are rock solid.
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Old October 16, 2008, 03:45 PM
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OCZ actually owns PC Power and Cooling. And the Tomshardware review (I believe it was them) puts it at 80-85% efficiency. I also chose it because my minor OCD is gonna make me do some extreme cable routing and the OCZ PSU has VERY long cables. And I will definitely be making a build log. I have a wonderful camera that can take some nice, clean photos. Thanks for the advice. :D
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Old October 16, 2008, 03:51 PM
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I would swap the HS for vendetta but otherwise it looks good to me.

EDIT: And maybe the board for ASUS Rampage Formula X48 or the Giga X48. If you are going to spend over $300 why not go X48.

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Old October 16, 2008, 08:11 PM
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I didn't see an X48 board that had both Intel's newest Northbridge chipset (ICH10R) and dual PCI-e x16. The ones I looked at had one or the other.

Edit - I was also wondering about opinions on monitor's. Would the added screen real estate of the 30" justify the price? And would the increase in input lag cause problems with FPS games?
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Old October 17, 2008, 04:41 AM
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You wouldnt see an improvement over ich whatever to whatever unless you go serious raid. trust me, i know raid from a server point of view. It was my business to move data as fast as I possibbly could at one time, ( many years ago LoL ) And, ich9 and 10 dont differ until you get into raid 5 storage. Its still sata. And, last benchie i did on my x48 ich9 mobo, i was blowing 188 MB per second read speed. NOW thats loading a game fast wouldnt you say?
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Old October 17, 2008, 09:27 PM
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Started reading up on Core i7, I am now wondering if I would be better of waiting until the start of December or so and picking up one of the high end/Extreme processors? Sure it would be more expensive... But it would also offer a lot more performance (supposedly) and a longer lifetime.
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Old October 17, 2008, 09:30 PM
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Yeah, I would do that. At least thats what I'm going to do.
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Old October 19, 2008, 12:00 PM
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What motherboard? Gigabyte or DFI? Link takes to Giga, but the text says DFI. Pasting the text into the addy bar gets the DFI X48:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30017&vpn=LP%20DK%20X48-T2RS&manufacture=DFI

I like the Giga lower end boards, but would never buy into their high end. I found that they sacrifice a bit of performance for better stability. Across all their models, they are always a tick under the competitors in the benches. I don't worry about this in the $150 and below range.

The DFI is sweet. It will always bench a little higher than anything else at the same given speed and ram setting. Runs a little less dough too.

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