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Old August 1, 2008, 03:03 AM
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i built my very first own customize computer in 2002... you had no idea how crazy/exciting i was...

right now... i have good knowledge, am still researcher and information searcher... and also find reliable source that i can trust...

anyway... what is your opinion... or i need your feedback...

[strikeline]Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio 52.98 [/strikeline]
original i want CM 690 or sunbeam quarterback but can't find good deal for cm690 or QB is not selling at NCIX... i am not big fan of antec 900...

Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA 69.99
bought it from HWC deal... not bad deal... huh? i hope for less than 60cdn >.>;

i also am opening for recommend case as good as cm 690


Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.66GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB OEM No HSF 314.99...
i am part time of gamer and entertainment person... and use lots of applications as well... i almost go to with eb400 for 175.99...

Thermalright ULTRA-120 Extreme Black Edition 6 Heatpipe Cooler LGA775 Heatsink *Fan Not Included* $64.99
according more than 90% its probably BEST cpu cooler in the market ANYHOW... i need good fans... any suggestion? i know about p12 and s12 ( i was wrong about p12)... i believe p12 is excellent fan but what about other good value or high cfm at good price? such as yate loon? i careless about silent anyway...

ASUS P5Q Deluxe ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA 1394 Motherboard $198.99
original i want x48-dq6 because its probably best class a motherboard... but too expensive (348cdn?)... i decide a5q deluxe because its very close same as ga-x48-dq6 at good price... i hope i dont regret to get it... i am big fan of gigabyte because of reliable and quality compare to asus... i dont want sli or gaming mobo...

Mushkin XP PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit $94.99
according to many reviews... it has excellent OC potential and probably better than most known brand rams... i almost choose ascent at same price but i think xp is better than ascent...

Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E 104.99
not easy for me to change my mind about enermax... i am huge fan of enermax... but corsair price of tw750 is very attractive... i changed my mind to buy hx620 because i believe its better than tw750...

[strikeline]EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Ssc 626MHZ 896MB 2.106GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card[/strikeline]
i researched on both sc and ssc... so i decide to go with ssc because of oc headroom... i was almost getting 4870 but not good deal (can't oc or modified... low oc room, warrenty) as i thought... i missed 254.99 from visiontek tho...

EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GX2 600MHZ 1GB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDMI HDCP Video Card 289.99

very hot deal from ncix! i believe its the fastest video card right now... i will upgrade it when new video card is out... OR very good deal from Gt280 because of value in future...


[strikeline]150GB RAPTOR SATA I 10K RPM 16MB 3.5IN 150MB/S 130cdn without taxes from private seller...[/strikeline]
pretty good deal... i careless about new or whatever... i want fastest hdd for OS, programs and games only... raptor x is very ridiculous expensive (219cdn)

[strikeline]Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 750GB SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache Hard Drive OEM - dont buy yet...[/strikeline]
i need clean my 520 gb hard drives... and sell my old computer... i believe its fastest in the largest storage...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty 79.98

i refund raptor and cancel 7k1000 because i found wd se16 640gb is very good at the price... its almost fast but bigger than raptor...

i will wait for good deal for more than 1tib... i am happy to split the wd 640 into 140 and 500gb


[strikeline]4X Noctua NF-P12-1300 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan 1100-1300RPM 63-92M3/H 12.6-19.8DBA Molex $25.98

from HWC deal... oh well... good deal... eh?
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4X Zalman ZM-F3 120MM Sleeve Bearing Case Fan Black 900/1800RPM 20/34DBA 3PIN Connector $5.55

awesome deal and much better than p12 as i research and get help/ feedback from here

Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard USB Black Silver Amber LCD Panel Programmable Backlit Keys $48.88

very good deal...


misc
- coolit ram or maybe do mod?
- some fans << still work on it... [strikeline]need two for TB 120 and two fans or more for antec 300 case... need to cool down hard drivers as well[/strikeline]

undecide:
[strikeline]keyboard - i have a new crappy regular logitch keyboard... i want something good... maybe logitech g15? [/strikeline]
mouse - i still have mx500 in new brand box... i dont use because i already told logitech that my original have scroll wheel problem... they sent me a free another... very impressive... i fixed the problem without my knowledge... anyway i think of get better like g5 (seems too small for my hand... g9 seems not comfortable... dont touch it yet.. what about mx rev?) so i can use it for a while... until i get a good deal
lcd - no clue... maybe cheap samsung? not big fan of lcd monitor hahahha...



geez... i talked too much?

anyway what is your opinion...or suggestion? and what can i improve my list?

many thanks to HWC members who are very generous helping me with information and feedback...
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Old August 1, 2008, 03:59 AM
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Hey, since you are in Vancouver, why don't you buy my TRUE for $45? Its been used for less than a month and is lapped flat.
I would still recommend a CM690 over the 300 though. You can manage your cables better in the CM690 better and therefore I think it is worth the extra cash.
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For my new rig I've ordered a razer krait budget gaming mouse, I'll tell you what its like when I get it. the reviews for it are quite positive. It's a smaller mouse though. For the cpu cooler maybe have a look at the OCZ Vendetta 2 which looks promising. Lastly for the keyboard the G15 was too expensive for me so I settled on a logitech media keyboard(I'll probably regret it), Logitech also make te G11 which is similar but a bit cheaper.
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Old August 1, 2008, 04:40 AM
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Ya I would go with the CM690 too, it's only $20 more then the antec 300 at directcanada.

I like the look of the razer lycosa for a keyboard, but that is because I like laptop keyboards, but otherwise the G15 is probably best.
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Correct me if im wrong but arent the Ascents a higher potential overclock compared to the xp line of Mushkin?
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So you have had the same computer now for six years? That is impressive.

I like the Antec 300. How often have you been in and out of that computer? And how much do you show it off or kneel and pray to it as if it was a little god*? If you are never going to be inside this thing then you should get a case that looks good from the outside.

Are you planning on OCing this stuff?

I would not bother with the Raptor unless price is not an issue. I have one and it just does not make a big difference. Sure, it benches better numbers but I do not see much of a difference in normal use. And these things are loud. If price is not an issue then go for a VelociRaptor.

If you expect to use this computer for the next six years I would definitely suggest getting the fastest equipment you can; ie the fastest processor you can afford. It costs extra but you will be getting your money out of it in the long run.

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If the XPs and the Ascents are the same price I'd go for the Ascents (see signature). Another vote for the CM690 over the 300 here.

Either way it looks like a very nice build.
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Hey, since you are in Vancouver, why don't you buy my TRUE for $45? Its been used for less than a month and is lapped flat.
I would still recommend a CM690 over the 300 though. You can manage your cables better in the CM690 better and therefore I think it is worth the extra cash.
i understood that CM690 is almost excellent... only i dislike is button at side postion and some external plugs at top postion...

when i bought TOO many parts so i have to reduce price of cases because i consider case is most least important but i still have want good air flow case... but can upgrade in the future...

in a month ago... i missed a huge deal ( 40cdn, etc)

i choose antec 300 over 900 because of looks and non air ducted collection case.

and i am waiting for good deal of cm 690... guess its not happen in NCIX soon...



about thermalright... yes langley... for more specific... i thought new true is more flat than previous model's flat problem?

used for 45... hmmm not bad... i will pm you for more detail...


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For my new rig I've ordered a razer krait budget gaming mouse, I'll tell you what its like when I get it. the reviews for it are quite positive. It's a smaller mouse though. For the cpu cooler maybe have a look at the OCZ Vendetta 2 which looks promising. Lastly for the keyboard the G15 was too expensive for me so I settled on a logitech media keyboard(I'll probably regret it), Logitech also make te G11 which is similar but a bit cheaper.

g11 has more g keys than g15

<< has no idea what g keys is anyway

razer krait seem too small and not suit to me... i have a huge hand and really like mx500 size and its buttons...

i must have forward and back and scroll wheel (vertical and horizontal)... i really can't live without it... well i can but not for long time...

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Ya I would go with the CM690 too, it's only $20 more then the antec 300 at directcanada.

I like the look of the razer lycosa for a keyboard, but that is because I like laptop keyboards, but otherwise the G15 is probably best.
i checked many reviews... i dont think i like it... i really hate laptop ;p

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Correct me if im wrong but arent the Ascents a higher potential overclock compared to the xp line of Mushkin?
i am not ram expert.. or whatever... i believe they are almost same... fastest? no idea...

but according many reviews... xp's rate seems higer than ascent... and have less than cons than ascent...

i already talk to my friend at uk... he suggested me to use xp over ascent...


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So you have had the same computer now for six years? That is impressive.

I like the Antec 300. How often have you been in and out of that computer? And how much do you show it off or kneel and pray to it as if it was a little god*? If you are never going to be inside this thing then you should get a case that looks good from the outside.

Are you planning on OCing this stuff?

I would not bother with the Raptor unless price is not an issue. I have one and it just does not make a big difference. Sure, it benches better numbers but I do not see much of a difference in normal use. And these things are loud. If price is not an issue then go for a VelociRaptor.

If you expect to use this computer for the next six years I would definitely suggest getting the fastest equipment you can; ie the fastest processor you can afford. It costs extra but you will be getting your money out of it in the long run.

*That is a Penny-Arcade reference but I will be damned if I can find the strip.
is that tricky question?

yes want to OC it...


what about in game, photoshop (browser,etc), or start/run the win xp?


VelociRaptor is 309cdn! i really dont need that 300gb... i wont save my personal files in primary hard drive... i thought raptor will be gooe enough... but still unreasonsable expensive (if its 90 to 130 then i will grab)


well... i am pretty happy with my 6 years old... i just can't play newest games... or watch HD, HQ episode... thats all...


for this time. i hope i will sell this computer WITHOUT 7k100 at early spring... i mean technology grows too fast ... or even cheaper...


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If the XPs and the Ascents are the same price I'd go for the Ascents (see signature). Another vote for the CM690 over the 300 here.

Either way it looks like a very nice build.
why? can you please explain?

thank you... i hope a5q will do good job...
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update!


i am opening for suggestion about mobo, case and fan case...
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I would get the CM 690 case as well. I like mine and its been great.
But there is also the CoolerMaster Centurion 590 case. Hmm get the CM 690 over the 300.
For the mobo I would get the P5Q deluxe or even the P5Q-E. Great mobo's
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