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Old July 2, 2008, 04:22 PM
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I am buying a new machine within the month for some casual gaming but the major focus will brute power for some processor intensive apps I will be running for work. I will be overclocking the CPU to 4ghz (fsb: 400mhz 10x multiplier) Some Feedback would be great. Here is my current configuration:

Budget: $4200

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CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Quad Core Processor 3.0GHZ 1333FSB 12MB
Motherboard: ASUS P5E3 PREMIUM/WIFI-AP X48 ATX DDR3
Memory: 4GB (2x2GB) Mushkin PC-12800 DDR3 7-7-6-18
Hard Drives: 2x 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor 10k RPM (Raid 0)
Video Cards: 2x Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870 (crossfire)
Burner: Pioneer DVR-155DBK DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 12X
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos S
Power Supply: Corsair HX1000W

COOLING
Radiator: Swiftech MCR320
Radiator Fittings: D-TEK Customs 1/2IN G1/4 Chrome High Flow Barb Fittings
CPU Block: Swiftech APOGEE GT
Pump: Swiftech MCP655
Reservoir: Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Clear
Piping: Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT Clear 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD Tubing (10 Feet)
Fluid: Primochill PC Ice NON-CONDUCTIVE Water Replacement 32OZ - Clear
Radiator Fans: 6x Yate Loon D12SL-12 1350RPM 47CFM 28DB (In Push-Pull Configuration)
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Old July 2, 2008, 04:28 PM
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First off, Welcome to Hardware Canucks!!!

I'm quite partial to your case & WC loop (looks almost exactly the same as mine.... :) ). Since you're buying new, I'd suggest looking at the fuzion V2 rather than the Apogee. Should get you a couple of degrees C.

I'd also suggest if you plan on doing some OC'ing that you have a look at one of the lower end quads. You'll pay quite a premium for that proc, and chances are you'd be able to get the same OC with a non-extreme chip.

Those were the two suggestions that came to mind right off of the bat, I'm sure others will have much more to offer. :)
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I would also ditch the Extreme and just pick up a regular Quad. You won't get that much further with an Extreme CPU if at all. So you can use the money saved on bigger/faster/more HDs, better/more RAM, better cooling, or just save the extra.

Noctua/Scythe Ultra Kaze are better fans but the Noctuas aren't cheap...and the Ultra Kazes are 38mm.
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Old July 2, 2008, 06:03 PM
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The other obvious question would be the use of 2 drives in raid 0 without any redundancy. If one of those drives fails, you'll lose all of your data.
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I'm quite partial to your case & WC loop (looks almost exactly the same as mine.... :) ). Since you're buying new, I'd suggest looking at the fuzion V2 rather than the Apogee. Should get you a couple of degrees C
First off thanks for the welcome, i have been browsing the forums for a few months but only recently decided to make an account and start posting. Also, Thanks for the inspiration for the WC loop and case, i did model it after your build-log posted here. I will grab the DTek instead, not a big price difference anyways.
The reason i went with the extreme rather then a lower price quad (i originally was looking at the q9450) is because i can take it up to 4ghz within the "safe" limit from intel. I also don't want to chance on having problems with the OC later down the road with errors, etc. I will possibly add a 400gb or so drive later for backup but for now, I'll take the risk. I've had a raid 0 with 2x80gb drives for 3 years and have yet to have any problems with it. New hard drives are fairly reliable from what i've experienced and heard.
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Old July 2, 2008, 06:36 PM
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Looks like you've got everything well thought out.

Have you chosen a supplier yet? If you decide to go with NCIX, I can almost guarantee that you'd get your money back out of getting a PP account prior to taking the plunge. Get enough points to add VIP and you'll be set to go with free RMA in case something doesn't go quite as planned. (Gonna have to keep an eye out for free shipping though, but one of the OS's would take care of that... :) ).
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Looks like you've got everything well thought out.

Have you chosen a supplier yet? If you decide to go with NCIX, I can almost guarantee that you'd get your money back out of getting a PP account prior to taking the plunge. Get enough points to add VIP and you'll be set to go with free RMA in case something doesn't go quite as planned. (Gonna have to keep an eye out for free shipping though, but one of the OS's would take care of that... :) ).
Yea I'm buying everything from them except for the case (Don't want to pay shipping on that tank) and the memory which they don't stock. Speaking of shipping, did you have your cosmos shipped to you? how much would it run? And i know you can't disclose prices as a PP but are they that much better? Cheers!
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At NCIX, some Vista OS's have a free shipping coupon for the whole order. Including a case.

I have a PP account. And yes, the prices are better. Sorry, can't say more.
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At NCIX, some Vista OS's have a free shipping coupon for the whole order. Including a case.
Nice find, ill figure out how much shipping will be and if its cheaper to buy vista then i will, i already have ultimate edition so i don't really need it.
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That's a killer rig you've got picked out there.
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