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Old November 25, 2008, 10:53 PM
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Default Canceled my other build.

Well, the economy is going down and I realized I really didn't need the power. So I decided that I would build a new computer. This time, I would save some money and build it myself, rather then letting NCIX build it.

If you could all please review my build and tell me if I have made good choices. My budget is around $1300 MAX.
All the items in red have been requested using price match.

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty - $90.01

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box - $215.46

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W EPS12V ATX V2.2 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC 80MM Fan Power Supply - $89.99

Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse Mac Edition 5 Button 1800DPI Infrared Optical USB Lunar White - $54.99

Creative Fatality Gaming Headset 8FT Noise Canceling Microphone W/ Volume Control - $41.00

Steelpad Qck Mini Mouse Pad 9.8X8.2IN - $9.72

Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 22IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1680X1050 8000:1 DVI VGA - $199.00

Diamond Radeon HD 4850 625MHZ 512MB 1.98GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - 219.99

Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBN Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL16X/12X Lightscribe DVD Writer SATA OEM - $28.99

Xigmatek ACK-I7751 Crossbow Mounting Kit for 3 Piece Heat Pipe for HDT-S963 HDT-S1283 RS-S1283 - $9.72

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W 120MM PWM Fan - $36.58

ASUS P5Q-E ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA 1394 Motherboard - $179.67

Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio - $55.29

TOTAL: $1230.40 CAD WITHOUT REBATES
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Alright, here are my questions:

1) Do you guys think I made a good choice with the parts that I have chosen? Please make any reccomendations. I don't really need anything more then a 4850.

2) I know I don't have memory in there yet, but it is coming. Any reccomendations?

3) Is my PSU enough for a 4850 CF setup and overclocked Q6600 is 3.0 Ghz?

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Old November 25, 2008, 11:23 PM
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Alright the Asus P5Q-E is a solid board good choice. Obviously all the prices since when i have bought mine 3 months ago are up i paid only 160 for the Asus P5Q-E to put things into perspective.

I would honestly suggest a 45nm quad instead of getting the old 65nm quads. For memory since memory is pretty cheap these days ddr2 either OCZ or Mushkin but it would be nice to know what memory you have bought so it would compliment each other.

Hard drives i am a fan of Seagate but WD is fine its all aboot user taste. I prefer 5 year warranty i have had to use my warranty twice and it went smooth, so ill stick with that.

Looks good but i would try to find the best possible deals i could, use both the price compare sites and see if you can shave off a couple bucks here and there.

And for Cpu cooler i would suggest OCZ Vandetta 2 i think you will be able to find it for the same price as the Xigmatek and if you care about sound strap on a Noctua fan and yer good to go. Just my 2 cents.
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Old November 26, 2008, 01:42 PM
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Alright the Asus P5Q-E is a solid board good choice. Obviously all the prices since when i have bought mine 3 months ago are up i paid only 160 for the Asus P5Q-E to put things into perspective.

I would honestly suggest a 45nm quad instead of getting the old 65nm quads. For memory since memory is pretty cheap these days ddr2 either OCZ or Mushkin but it would be nice to know what memory you have bought so it would compliment each other.

Hard drives i am a fan of Seagate but WD is fine its all aboot user taste. I prefer 5 year warranty i have had to use my warranty twice and it went smooth, so ill stick with that.

Looks good but i would try to find the best possible deals i could, use both the price compare sites and see if you can shave off a couple bucks here and there.

And for Cpu cooler i would suggest OCZ Vandetta 2 i think you will be able to find it for the same price as the Xigmatek and if you care about sound strap on a Noctua fan and yer good to go. Just my 2 cents.
The only reason I got a Q6600 over a 45nm Quad is because it is cheap and overclocks very well. 45nm Quads are too much for my budget.

Also, what are the 2 price compare sites? I only know of one which is here.
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Old November 26, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Have a look at some of the deals int he black friday sale too. An EVGA GTX260 can be had for $200 Rest of the build looks very solid.
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Old November 26, 2008, 02:01 PM
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The only reason I got a Q6600 over a 45nm Quad is because it is cheap and overclocks very well. 45nm Quads are too much for my budget.

Also, what are the 2 price compare sites? I only know of one which is here.
The other site is PriceBat.ca. Frankly the build you've picked your self is VERY good and well placed considering it includes a monitor in there as well.

Okay, before I do my NCIX crawl for you, where you located? I remember something about you getting charged environmental taxes last time we helped you with a build. Also whats you MAX budget AFTER TAXES. As for ram, really anything will work, just get a nice priced 4GB(2x2) kit, Muskin, G.Skill, Corsair, there all good brands.

4GB (2x2GB) G.Skill PC-8500 kit is on sale for 69.99 atm

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Old November 26, 2008, 02:17 PM
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Your PSU choice is solid, but on the day you decide to commit, have another look for best price on a Corsair TX750. I've seen that for under $100 so you might get a better bang-for-buck that way.

Otherwise, looks like a pretty solid build.
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Old November 26, 2008, 02:36 PM
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The other site is PriceBat.ca. Frankly the build you've picked your self is VERY good and well placed considering it includes a monitor in there as well.

Okay, before I do my NCIX crawl for you, where you located? I remember something about you getting charged environmental taxes last time we helped you with a build. Also whats you MAX budget AFTER TAXES. As for ram, really anything will work, just get a nice priced 4GB(2x2) kit, Muskin, G.Skill, Corsair, there all good brands.

4GB (2x2GB) G.Skill PC-8500 kit is on sale for 69.99 atm
I am located in Abbotsford, B.C. I really want some Corsair Dominators, but they are all so highy priced. My max before taxes is $1300 please. Lower is of course better. Though going over 1300 is fine because some of my items give me rebates which bring it down.

The cheapest 4GB kit I can find right now are the OCZ Platinums for 39.99. Are they any good?
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Old November 26, 2008, 02:53 PM
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Hey guys. I can save $100 by getting a E8400 and a P5Q-Pro instead of a Q6600 and a P5Q-E. Is it worth it? My price matched P5Q-E and price matched Q6600 comes to 395.13, and I can get a P5Q-Pro and E8400 for 299.99. Worth it?
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Hey guys. I can save $100 by getting a E8400 and a P5Q-Pro instead of a Q6600 and a P5Q-E. Is it worth it? My price matched P5Q-E and price matched Q6600 comes to 395.13, and I can get a P5Q-Pro and E8400 for 299.99. Worth it?
I saw that deal. Looked pretty good to me. At that price, if you decide you want a quad at a later date you can always sell the E8400 for (today's value) $150+ to put towards a quad.

I'd go for it if it was me.... :)

Edit... actually at that price, you might be able to squeeze in a 260.... :)
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Old November 26, 2008, 03:09 PM
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Alright, now do you guys think I should upgrade my PSU to something better? I may go 4850 crossfire in the future.
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