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Old August 1, 2008, 07:59 AM
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So, I am planning my computer that I should be able to purchase within 2-4 months. Would like some input on hardware choices. (Possibly incompatibilities that I missed) I did research all of the parts though, so I doubt that would be the case. I also plan on overclocking the CPU / GPU / RAM.

One of my main concerns is: Will the PSU (750W) be able to handle this setup?

Primary use: Gaming
Secondary use: Music/Movies/Browsing

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

CPU/GPU Cooling: Swiftech H20-220 Apex ULTRA+ Complete System Liquid Cooling Kit

MOBO: ASUS P5E3 PREMIUM/WIFI-AP X48 ATX DDR3 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA RAID 2XGBLAN Draft N Motherboard

RAM: OCZ Platinum OCZ3P16004GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 7-7-7-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 1200 ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA

SOUNDCARD: AuzenTech X-FI Prelude 7.1 Sound Card PCI 32BIT Eax 5.0

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

HARDDRIVE:Western Digital Velociraptor WD3000GLFS 300GB SATA2 10000RPM 5.5MS 16MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM x2 in a RAID 0 array

OS: Microsoft Windows XP 32bit Home Edition OEM + Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

DVD WRITER: Liteon LH-20A1S DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 8X 2MB SATA DVD Writer Black Beige Retail Box

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad CrossFire 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12 24PIN Active PFC Power Supply Red

MONITOR: Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 22IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1680X1050 8000:1 DVI VGA

GPU: ATI 4870 X2 (R770)

Headset: Sennheiser PC 350

Mouse: Logitech G9 Laser (Already own)


Approx cost: $3700 - Quite pricey, but it's not like I have to pay for housing costs at the moment. :rtfm:

- Buying most of the parts from NCIX Canada
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Old August 1, 2008, 09:21 AM
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That is a very nice build but I'd suggest repeating this thread right before you purchase as 2 months is an eternity for hardware it seems and choices may change.

That being said the only thing I'd change is the Lite-On. Most here would say go Pioneer over Lite-On.
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Old August 1, 2008, 09:28 AM
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PS is fine. Dude, spend a couple extra hundred, prolly save that in 2 months with price drop anyways, and get a 24" 1920x1200 monitor. I got mine at Future shop (LG MVA) on sale for $469). I had this in dual mode side by side with the Samsung you show, the difference was amazing. TN panels are crap, seriously.
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Old August 1, 2008, 09:56 AM
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Could you recommend a good 24" MVA panel from NCIX (not sure if they have any) or DirectCanada? Under $600 preferably.
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Old August 1, 2008, 12:49 PM
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Looks great, everything should be compatable... but one suggestion:

Since you're gonna run 2x Velociraptors in RAID0, i would invest an extra $74 and grab this awesome drive as a backup/storage drive. GL
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Old August 2, 2008, 10:09 AM
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Well I found a good S-PVA panel that has good reviews and does not have the ghosting problem that plagued the older S-PVA monitors.

Samsung SyncMaster 245T 24IN Wide Black LCD Monitor 1920X1200 6MS VGA DVI Pivot HAS Spva Panel HDMI
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