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Old August 6, 2008, 08:31 AM
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Whatcha think? going to be mainly used as a HTPC on my HDTV and some casual gaming as well.

Intel e8400
Gigabyte EP45-DS3R
OCZ platinum XTC ddr2 800 5-4-4-15 2x2GB
Diamond ati HD4870 512
PC power and cooling 750 quad silencer
antec 300 mini tower
Seagate baracude 7200.11 1TB drive 32m NCQ

total 1030.75$

Already had a sata dvd burner and spare 250gb sata2 drive for the os/apps

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Old August 6, 2008, 09:00 AM
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You have a budget for an HTPC / casual gaming rig, and those parts are your choices? Damn. Nice rig. Any oc'ing? If so, add an aftermarket HSF and change the Ram for some PC2-8500 sticks. I recommend Mushkin. Also, do you need RAID? If not, you could choose the GA-EP45-DS3L instead (it doesn't have inbedded Firewire though).
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Old August 6, 2008, 09:03 AM
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Whatcha think? going to be mainly used as a HTPC on my HDTV and some casual gaming as well.

Intel e8400
Gigabyte EP45-DS3R
OCZ platinum XTC ddr2 800 5-4-4-15 2x2GB
Diamond ati HD4870 512
PC power and cooling 750 quad silencer
antec 300 mini tower
Seagate baracude 7200.11 1TB drive 32m NCQ

total 1030.75$

Already had a sata dvd burner and spare 250gb sata2 drive for the os/apps
You may want to get a modular PSU as well.

The PC P&P is a good PSU but it is a bit longer than a standard PSU and the cables are pretty and can be tough to maneuver.
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Old August 6, 2008, 09:16 AM
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The motherboard was chosen for crossfire in the future when games start pushing the single 4870 at 1080p, as for the ram I do not intend to OC if I can help it, want to keep temps down since it will have a sat tuner that generates more then enough heat on its own. Also I wanted the teamed network cards since it will be serving the media files to other people on the internal network too and want to limit chances of bottlenecks.

As for the aftermarket coolers that the next stage in a couple of paychecks : P gonna add a hr-03 to the vidcard and most likely the noctua for the processor as well. I am planning on populating all 5 120mm slots with some s12-800's most likely or something similar, specially once the HDD bays start getting populated with more drives.

As for the PSU cable management, I did think abotu it but I honestly don't trust modular designs and wanted the rock solid power ouput and noice levels of the silencer. Ill just put in the effort for the cable management and get it done nicely.
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Well, looks like you did your homework. For most users though, that would be a very nice gaming rig... show us the worklog once you assemble it all.
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Old August 6, 2008, 09:27 AM
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As a side note, nice rig 3.0Charlie I wish to rob you of your cpu!
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Old August 6, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Ill just put in the effort for the cable management and get it done nicely.
The extra cables can be zap-strapped and stuffed in the bottom of the HDD Cage, that's what I did with my 900. That'll last you until you have more than 4 drives, anyway.
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Old August 6, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Depending on the make/model of the 250GB drive, you might find the OS/gaming a little more responsive on the 1TB beast, but that's not a big deal either way.

And if you do go Xfire in the future, you'll definitely want to try and clock that chip a little higher first, to help make sure the two cards aren't waiting on the CPU.
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Old August 13, 2008, 11:19 AM
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New parts just came in!

And I just spent some more money, I don't like the thought of trusting an old hard drive I've been banging around for a year+ as my main drive so I bought a seagate 7200.11 640gig as my main drive. I was going for the WD since it's faster but then I looked at the noise levels and decided with the seagate. Price matched DC from ncix and should hopefully be getting it by friday since thats when I plan on building the Rig.
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