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Old July 1, 2008, 10:52 PM
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Much like the rest of the people here i'm making a new rig for the 1st time.
Here's what I have in mind + I'm not planning to get SLi + i'm open to suggestions if you think there are better / more affordable choices.


-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail

-ASUS P5Q-E ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2

-Corsair 650w PSU

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Mushkin XP Redline PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000

-EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GTX 675MHZ 512MB 2.2GHZ GDDR3

-Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM

-Inwin B2 ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS

-Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink

-XP 64bit

-Samsung Lightscribe DVD drive


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a decent : 1145.25

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Old July 1, 2008, 11:10 PM
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That will be a solid rig, you've clearly done your research. There are a few small changes I would make though. The first being the RAM. I'd get a set of PC2-8000 or 8500. The E8400's overclock like crazy (4GHz+, aka 444MHz FSB), and the last thing you want is your RAM holding you back. Depending on the monitor size your going to use, I think I'd go with the 4850 instead of the 9800GTX. Check out the newest review to see which one is best for your specific resolution. I had the PSU, and it was pretty good, nothing spectacular, but for that price I'd recommend it in a second. If you can spend a bit extra on the HDD, I'd say get the WD 640GB over the 500GB. It offers a bit more storage and has better performance. I've never heard anything about that case, but it looks decent. So look into what I said a bit and you'll have an awesome rig.
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Old July 1, 2008, 11:21 PM
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Yeah I'm still undecided about the ram. Trying to find a stellar deal.

the PSU is on sale for $94, i haven't seen any other 700w's for the same price range.

I don't have much experience w/ buying hard drives, but I don't exactly trust the Western Digital brand I have their external 500gb and i've had problems w/ it. Though isn't the speed about the same? Or is it noticeably different.
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Old July 1, 2008, 11:25 PM
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500gb is a bit big for a OS drive..

I'd use a 500gb + for a data drive and get the seagate 250g for the OS drive.

Power Supply? I'd only go for a corsair or pc p&p.

The 450, 500, and 600 are all great from Corsair.
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Old July 1, 2008, 11:33 PM
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what is pc P&p?
but I think i might switch the PSU for the Corsair 650w
is it sleeved just out of curiosity?

I've also only ever used 1 hard drive. can some one give me examples of what i would be putting in the OS drive?
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Old July 1, 2008, 11:46 PM
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I've got the PC Power and Cooling (PCP&C) 750W Silencer, and I can say its an awesome PSU. I've tested the 5V and 12V lines under load and at idle and they are always very near to 12V. It also lives up to its name of the Silencer, I have to put my hear up to it just to hear the fan on it. But since your asking about sleeving, the plugs are only sleeved to the first connector, and they molex connectors aren't the easy disconnect ones that a lot of newer PSU's have.

And about the hard drives, from what I've read there is a noticeable increase between the Seagate 7200.11's and WD's 640GB drive.
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That is a good choice of parts but you might want to consider the PC&C (I agree with above) as the OCZ only has 2 x PCI-e (6 pin) connectors and no pci-e (8 pin). I have the OCZ and it is very good but if you have a few extra bucks (damn it was $119 the other day!?!):

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...0%26%20Cooling

Or any of their range they are at the top of field from all I have read.

The 9800GTX is okay but a 4850 is less and can beat it in certain areas:

Sapphire Radeon HD4850 512MB Graphics Card Review

There are tons of reviews on this series;

http://www.ncix.com/search/?categoryid=2-108&q=4850
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Old July 2, 2008, 12:01 AM
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I'll look into the hard drives more.

anyone have recommended ram?

Hmm i'll definitely consider the 4850.. but i have a preference for Nvidia, yet the board i have opens doors for crossfire. bah the choices!
but the 9800gtx also looks like a monster of a card haahaha

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Old July 2, 2008, 02:16 AM
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PSU: Antec Neopower, Corsair HX, Enermax Modu82+, Seasonic M12, Silverstone Decathlon/Olympia/Strider, Thermaltake Toughpower, Zalman ZM.
Just pick one suitable for your current and future needs within your prices range and you're good to go. They are all modular since I prefer modular PSUs for less cable clutter for increased airflow.

RAM: Best: Corsair Dominators, Mushkin Ascent/Redline/XP Better: Corsair DHX, Mushkin HP
I would go with either Dominators or Ascents if your budget will allow. There are good deals on Redlines/XP right now though.

GPU: Definitely 4850 instead of 9800GTX...even over the GTX+ because it offers similar performance while consuming less power and costing less.


HD: WD 640GB/Samsung F1 will be faster.
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Old July 2, 2008, 08:42 AM
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Consider some G-skill memory, I've had good results with them. And NCIX usually have some on their weekly sale list without MIR.

And I'd definitely go with a 4850 with your mobo. Very easy to drop another one in at a later date, where you'd have to sell the 9800GTX in order to upgrade.

Good luck with your build.
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