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Old November 25, 2008, 08:57 AM
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okay so i have a budget of around $1100 and i will be using this for gaming and a little bit of overclocking but not anything excessive. i am planning to buy this within in the next month. So if you can make any suggestions that could improve this please say so and also i would like to get some more fans for air cooling so could you guys suggest some?

case- Cooler master CM 690

psu- Corsair TX750W

network card- Netgear WG311TNA Super G 802.11B/G Wireless PCI Adapter

DvD Drive- Lg GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB

RAM- OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

video card- EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GT 600MHZ 512MB

Motherboard- EVGA Nforce 780I SLI LGA775 ATX 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
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Old November 25, 2008, 09:24 AM
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Cost a little more but I would go with 4GB of Ram even more so if your going to be running Vista. Nice power supply but you could go lower and save the money and put it towards a better video card like this one
EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GTX+ 740MHZ 512MB 2.2GHZ 256BIT DDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada
or go with a ATI HD-4850.
Tell us the size monitor your going to be using with it and someone will recommend a matching card to get the best performance with the monitors resolution.
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Old November 25, 2008, 09:30 AM
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Just thought of it, you said you would be doing some overclocking, then you should really look in to a good air cooler to replace the stock one. A lot of the guys around here recommend this:
OCZ Vendetta 2 Triple Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 120MM Fan 800-1500RPM 20-32DBA - DirectCanada

But if price is a issue you could get this as it still way better than stock:
OCZ Vendetta Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 92MM 1200-2800RPM - DirectCanada
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Old November 25, 2008, 09:46 AM
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A couple of observations:

Are you determined to have an SLI board? Because a decent P45 board can be had for about $150 like the Asus P5Q Pro. Giving you some cash to put towards a better GPU.

Spend $20 more and get a 640gb HD. It's both bigger and faster, the data is denser on the same physical size platter.

A 750watt PSU is overkill for a build like this. That PSU will run a Quad and 2 GTX280's. A 550watt PSU would be lots for this build.
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Old November 25, 2008, 09:47 AM
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Decent start. Here's my 2 cents. Why a Netgear Wireless NIC? The price isn't great, there's a cheaper Linksys Cisco WMP54G Wireless PCI Adapter 54MBPS 802.11G - DirectCanada you can get a 320-500 for the same price if you look carefully on the DC page.
Do you really plan on doing SLI? I'd personally go with a p45 setup unless that's something you REALLY want in your future.

Get an aftermarket heatsink if you're going to consider overclocking. Vendetta 2 with a boltthru kit. Pushpins suck.

Everything else looks pretty decent. What do you want the fans for? Silence or fighter jet air movement? NCIX.com - Buy Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM FDB - SFF21F In Canada. Scythe makes some nice fans. But if you're just looking for some cheap ones get some Yate Loons Yate Loon D12SL-12 120MM Quiet Cooling Fan 1350RPM 47CFM 28DB 3PIN & 4PIN Sleeve Bearing OEM - DirectCanada keep in mind those oem ones don't come with screws to attach them. Have fun, remember to test your OC with BOINC and join the HWC Beavers!
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Old November 25, 2008, 09:54 AM
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If you plan on doing any overclocking I would recommend going with 4GB of ram and I would recommend getting Mushkin Redlines PC-8000 they are around the $80.00 mark.
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Old November 25, 2008, 10:12 AM
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I agree with the other comments:
Get the WD 640GB
Loose the 780i motherboard and get a P45 one
Get 4GB of RAM (Probably Mushkin Redlines)
Drop down to a 650W or 550W PSU (From Corsair still)
Bump up the video card to the 9800GTX+ or HD4850

And I'd scrap wireless all together and just get a nice long ethernet cable. That way you have a consistently fast connection. I'd say wired is much better for online gaming too.

For the heatsink, might want to checkout the Xigmatek ones too. They sell their own bolt-thru kit so that makes things easier without you having to do any modding. Though the same Xigmatek bolt-thru kit probably works on the Vendetta as well but I'm not sure.
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Old November 25, 2008, 01:39 PM
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I agree with the others as well. However, the if you don't need, don't get the wireless card. But it's up to you.

For the motherboard, get the ASUS P5Q Pro or Gigabyte EP45 series
Any decent 4GB RAM kit, that operates at DDR800 with CL4 timings. No need for DDR1000+ memory
OCZ Vendetta 2
Corsair HX620 or HX520
NVIDIA 9800GTX+ or ATI 4850
WD 640GB, preferably Black Series or Seagate 640GB
Intel E7200. Will easily make it to 3.6Ghz. E8400 can make it to 4+Ghz.

Don't forget to check out the upcoming NCIX special, and price match others to get the best prices.
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Old November 25, 2008, 01:44 PM
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I have to disagree I would get DDR-1000 memory gives more headroom for overclocking without have to OC the ram.
For an example. He could run the board at 500 FSB x 8 multi and get the E8400 to 4.0GHz and run a 1:1 ratio and have the memory running at 1000MHz or he could even run at 450 FSB x 9 multi to get to 4.0GHz and run a 1:1 ratio and have the memory running at 900MHz and then he might be able to tighten the timings without stressing the memory.
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Old November 27, 2008, 02:29 PM
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thanks for the suggestions guys. im glad you guys helped me out and suggested better parts and such i cant wait to get my gear in so i can start putting it together.
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