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Old June 29, 2008, 09:24 PM
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Hey, im new to this forum, discovered it when trying to search for reviews. This is my first gaming build and i wanted some feedback.

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA

CPU heatsink: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W 120MM PWM Fan



RAM:Mushkin Ascent PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

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

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Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse 2000DPI USB Blue Black ENG/FR ,



CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail


Alright i have a few questions. First GPU, i went with visiontek cause of their lifetime warranty, though i heard some people say their RMA and support is horrible. PSU, i would get the 620w corsair modular but i heard some people complain that their computers wouldn't work properly, and one said his almost caught on fire! Also could anyone link me a site that has tutorials building computers? I know like 80% what i should do, but i really want to be 99%. Thanks and also my budget is like 1000$ - 1300$


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Old June 29, 2008, 09:44 PM
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CPU HSF: Kingwin RVT-12025, Noctua NF-U12P, OCZ Vendetta 2, Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer, Xigmatek HDT-S1283.....some have similar prices to the ACF7P but offer better performance.

PSU: Good choice but if you want modular I'd get the HX620 anyway. I've had my 520 for a year and it's still running good.
A good alternative to the HX620 is the Antec Neopower 650.

Mobo: Have you considered the ASUS P5Q-E/Pro/Deluxe as well? Not saying they're better...just letting you know of alternatives if you didn't already know.
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Old June 29, 2008, 09:53 PM
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Thanks, i might just go with the 620.. yea i know about those motherboards, i like the gigabyte more (has to do with good experience with them). Also i might go with this RAM http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=MUSHKIN has any had experience with them?

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Old June 29, 2008, 11:03 PM
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if you can get the Coolmaster Hyper 212 its a great cpu cooler, I have it and it runs my E8400 cool, and get the 620 PSU have one and do not regret getting it at all.

but thats just my 2 cents

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Old June 30, 2008, 12:16 AM
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If you can avoid it, never use wireless for gaming. Good old copper has the best ping times. And somebody can't screw you up by blasting white noise over the 2.4GHz spectrum.
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Old June 30, 2008, 01:59 AM
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For gaming, wireless is definitely worse than wired.

RAM: Stick with the Dominators unless you don't mind the $10 increase...and if you don't I'd get the Ascent 8500 instead since they're the same price.
But honestly, unless you really need to clock your RAM a lot faster than 1066, I'd get something cheaper like http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=MUSHKIN or http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ture=G%2ESKILL

PSU: The Antec NeoPower 650 is an excellent unit as well if you end up not getting the HX620.

HD: You can use the money saved and get a bigger/faster HD...like the WD 640GB or Samsung F1.
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Old June 30, 2008, 04:30 AM
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And you don't need a Q6600 for gaming - an E8400 will do quite well.
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Old June 30, 2008, 05:26 AM
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Nice build overall man. Looks good. Some of the suggestions offered so far a really good too, though. If it is strictly a gaming build, meaning only meant to run games and internet, and having less than 3 apps open, then the E8400 is simply the best price/performance CPU on the market. Most games do not take advantage of 3 cores or more, so it wouldn't make any sense to buy a quad as of yet. Also, since the new memory bus architecture is coming out in the coming year (though quite expensive on release, but will drop by a lot over the months), a quad core wouldn't really be beneficial because of the price. You can get an E8400 past 4 GHz of a Noctua NF-U12P or Xigmatek heatsink (the ones mentions by crazyazn).

The RAM: I think that Mushkin Ascents are the way to go. After looking at the quality of these chips and the high overclocking people have been getting, along with MushinGreg to save the day on the NCIX forums, they are sure to be the best of the best you can get. However, Yellowbeard is also there too, who is also a great guy, but doesn't frequent as much as MushkinGreg would. They've helped out a lot of customers get the best out of their chips.

Networking: Wired networking is pretty much a must if you want to game with good ping and decrease lagging. If you have no other option though, your wireless card will suit just fine. I'm having a current epidemic too when I move my computer upstairs; I'll need to route a 70 ft ethernet cable through all the wall of the house lol.

PSU: Corsair HX 620 will treat you so well. I have it. Clean, efficient power. Sometimes it can get hot because the fan on it is dumb and doesn't spin up the way it should, but maybe that's because al my fans are louder than the PSU.

Those are my suggestions. Feel free to keep asking questions. Someone will be here to help!
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Old June 30, 2008, 09:00 AM
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Alright i just updated my list, im going with the antec neo 650W, 8400, WD 640, Mushkin Ascent, and no wireless thanks guys
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Old June 30, 2008, 09:19 AM
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OH! Don't forget to get some Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound. You'll want that for your CPU Heatsink.
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