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Old June 25, 2008, 07:38 PM
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hey so I'm wondering what you guys think?
I haven't decided 100% on visiontek for the video card when i order ill see what the best deal is with games and stuff (wont be going sapphire unless its an amazing deal

I will be picking up 3 of the P12's and keeping the standard tri-cools in the p182 and then if i don't like the tri-cools i might upgrade them later on

one of the fans is for the HS and the other to for the option case fans im wondering if im gonna run into trouble with the side fan

and nothing is set in stone im gonna need to wait anyways for the 4870's to be in stock along with the motherboard


oh and if anyone could give me suggestions for a 22" monitor that would be greatly appreciated (im gonna go to future shop or bestbuy to check them out in person first though)

I'll be using this rig for gaming,school work, web surfing, and of course folding and a little bit of encoding

and the OS is covered


it will be bought entirley from NCIX (im PP there but if you know somewhere with a kickarse price match let me know:P)


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Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive 3YR MFR Warranty

DFI LP Dk P45-T2RS ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI Cross Fire SATA2 RAID HD Sound GLAN Motherboard


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


Mushkin Ascent PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit


Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Audio Firewire


Visiontek Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card


Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E


Pioneer DVR-215DBK DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 10X SATA Black OEM DVD Writer No S/W

Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 Heatsink *Fan Not Included*


Noctua NF-P12-1300 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan 1100-1300RPM 63-92M3/H 12.6-19.8DBA Molex


Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram


nGear Flash Card Reader 3.5IN Internal USB Black CF/SM/SD/MMC/MS/XD 18IN Cable

thanks guys
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Old June 25, 2008, 07:52 PM
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looks good. I'd go with a seagate 500 GB 7200.11 32mb cache though. I have a loyalty to seagate now. all of the western digital harddrives i've been around have failed, i have not seen 1 seagate fail.. might be a coinsidence, but who knows..

Also, do you have plans to crossfire down the road? if so, i'd go with a bigger PSU. like 850W. No point in having to buy another down the road
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Old June 25, 2008, 07:57 PM
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lol i kinda have a loyalty to WD never had a seagate though I've never had an HDD fail on me and I tend to back-up regularly anything important

and any recommendations on an 850 watt PSU? i would like to keep it modular to keep cable management a little easier.... if the antec quatro 850 watt went on sale again at NCIX for 120 id pick it up in a heart beat but... lol
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Old June 25, 2008, 08:05 PM
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Looks like a kickass build to me.

My only concern would the PSU one already mentioned.

If you have a look at SKYMTL's review you'll see that a single 4870 under load will be using almost 1/2 of the 620HX's rated output. Add a Q6600 to that and you're probably pushing at least 70% of the rated output.....

That's not something I'd consider doing with one of my rigs.
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Like Phobia said it looks good.

I have the Corsair 620HX and it hasn't let me down yet even with it powering my Q6600 @ 3.0GHz, 5 drives, 5 fans, and 2 8800 GTs.

Then again the 4870 does draw a little bit more power so like Phobia said you might want to consider something in the 850W range if you are thinking of crossfire in the future.
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Old June 25, 2008, 08:13 PM
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Antec Truepower Quattro 850W Power Supply ATX V2.2 EPS12V 20/24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS Dual 8PIN PCI-E


how would you guys rate this PSU?
on paper it seems everything is perfect and its modular (would like someone to confirm this because NCIX doesnt mention it just has some pics but they could of the wrong unit)

or any other PSU that you guys would put up there around this price?
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Old June 25, 2008, 08:17 PM
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Antec Truepower Quattro 850W vs Silverstone Decathlon 850W Review
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thanks sswilson

i think ill stick with the Quattro then...the decathlon doesnt seem to be worth the premium price over the antec (PP reall exagerates this difference lol)
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If you have a look at SKYMTL's review you'll see that a single 4870 under load will be using almost 1/2 of the 620HX's rated output. Add a Q6600 to that and you're probably pushing at least 70% of the rated output.....
Those load figures are for the entire system, which includes a quad-core at about 3.8GHz, as well as various other accessories. While I'd want something a little bigger for Xfire, I don't see any reason that the HX620 wouldn't be plenty for a single-card system. On the other hand, if you have any intention of going crossfire, you'll need a PSU with 4 PCI-E plugs.

Not sure what you mean by "Side fan". The P182 doesn't have any side fans.
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Those load figures are for the entire system, which includes a quad-core at about 3.8GHz, as well as various other accessories. While I'd want something a little bigger for Xfire, I don't see any reason that the HX620 wouldn't be plenty for a single-card system. On the other hand, if you have any intention of going crossfire, you'll need a PSU with 4 PCI-E plugs.

Not sure what you mean by "Side fan". The P182 doesn't have any side fans.
You're right, my mistake... I assumed the figures were for the card alone.

50% load on a PSU at full load shouldn't be an issue assuming the PSU is rated properly and I believe the HX620 is.
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