Possible new Rig. Heavy OC and Gaming
As the title states, the main use for this computer will be gaming, but also the pursuit of a great overclock on air cooling. As for a budget, I am trying to find something in the mid range. I don't need to upgrade everything as you will see below, but I'm trying to keep it around $900 or less. Parts will be coming from NCIX.
Here is a list of parts I am using as a baseline for my upgrade:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (E0 stepping hopefully)
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (rev 1.1 hopefully)
OCZ Blade PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W
2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB running in Raid 0
OCZ Vendetta 2 Heatsink
Xigmatek ACK-I7361 Crossbow Mounting Kit
To round out the build, I plan to keep the current case, two 120mm fans, one 320gb sata drive, 1 dvd-rw drive and the 8800 gts card. I assume I could get rid of the Audigy 2 ZS as it's getting pretty dated and just use the built in Realtek for now.
The total cost after some price matching was about $919 cdn shipped, before $50 worth of oh so fun mail-in rebates, so technically $869 (note that my current system build cost about $940 at the time).
A few of the choices are certainly overkill, like the power supply, but that will help future-proof my system a little better than I did last time when I bought a 450W PS.
The ram I am uncertain about. It sounds like fast ram that will overclock very well, but it turns out there is a low voltage edition available that is even better, but I can't find anywhere that sells it in Canada (anyone know of a place?)
I was going to go with two Seagate 7200.12 1TB hard drives but decided to go with the cheaper, yet smaller, WD caviar blacks. This is one choice I am not sold on as I have read that the WD drives are much noisier and only marginally faster than the Seagates. I have been a long-time user of Seagate drives and currently use four of them, never having any issues, so I tend to stand by that reliability.
That heatsink looks like a monster and from what I have read it is wise to have the mounting bracket to prevent potential damage.
Any opinions on this build or options I should consider looking into? I want a system that I can seriously overclock that will be relatively quiet at the same time. My current rig is close, but it could be better.
Take a look at G.Skill for memory. Usually cheaper than others and better.
I have used G.Skill in a couple recent builds but I had heard good things about this OCZ Blade.
The G.Skill F2-8500CL5D-4GBPI costs $80 while the F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK costs $69. I was mainly looking for PC8500 ram so that I can have as much overhead as possible for overclocking. My ram has been the limiting factor in my last two setups and this time I want to make sure there's plenty of speed available to be sucked out of these sticks.
After some revisions, I have come up with:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition - $167.71
Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P - $131.82
OCZ Blade PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 - $78.22
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Black - $141.49
2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB - $159.96
OCZ Vendetta 2 Heatsink - $37.08
Xigmatek ACK-I7361 Crossbow Mounting Kit - $14.04
The price has now come down to $850 shipped with an additional $40 of MIRs.
I am trying to find the low voltage edition (1.8v) of the OCZ Blade ram, but I can't find it for sale anywhere in Canada. Anyone know where you can get some?
the Xigmatek mounting kit is for Intel 775
get the NCIX.com - Buy Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W/120MM Fan - CR-CCTF In Canada., come with great TIM
and you won't need that PSU for your graphic card, it's way overkill
oops, forgot to remove that one after the change.
The PSU is to help future proof my computer a bit better than I did last time around. I don't intend to stick with my 8800gts indefinitely.
From what I have read, the sunbeam is too big for an EP45-UD3P as it interferes with the stock mosfet heatsink. Is the vendetta 2 much smaller?
no, the sunbeam is for the 790x-ud4p
if you want low voltage ram
get those Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
It seems that NCIX does not have that ram in stock (where I intended to order from) and since newegg doesn't price match, I will probably have to go with the more typical 2.0-2.1v ddr2.
From a few reviews I have read, it seems that both heatsinks has a relatively loud fan and that the sunbeam does edge out the vendetta 2. I can find the sunbeam for about $37 as well, but would it be worth installing a quieter fan on it? Perhaps a Noctua NF-P12-1300 120MM fan? It looks like there would be a significant CFM loss (approx 36 CFM) by switching fans, how much impact would that have on the performance of this unit? I want something that works well but won't sound like a vacuum.
the sunbeam have a fan controller if it help
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