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Old August 7, 2008, 03:22 PM
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Me too, so much so that I bought one and currently use it :)
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Old August 7, 2008, 07:20 PM
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I went out to Canada Computers and had a look at everything there. You're right: the cases we are looking at are all tight. The Cooler Master 690 had an extra inch or so.

But this has got me thinking: Keep in mind I have a 4-year old Dell 3ghz 8300 that I've been somewhat happy with. I don't need to be bleeding edge. I would want to run WOW at 1920x1200 but I don't play many video games anymore.

What if I were to cheap out? Would I lose much?

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 Socket LGA775, 2.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, 65nm $85
Asus P5K SE/EPU Socket 775 Intel P35 + ICH9 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR2 $93
Mushkin HP2-6400 DDR2-800 2GB (2x1GB) High Performance Series $55
Cooler Master Hyper TX X2 3 Heat Pipes, Copper Base (RR-CCH-L9U1-GP) $27
Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case ATX 3/0/(6) 2xUSB Audio No PS $56
BFG GeForce 8800GT OC nVidia GeForce 8800GT Chipset (625Mhz) 512MB $167
LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray HD DVD Combo Drive BD-R 6x/HD DVD-Rom 3x/16x $145
Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX 12V 33A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active Pfc $77

Total $700.92

I have a 2.5 year-old SATA 250GB drive I'm using as a secondary drive. What if I format it and install a new OS on it?
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Old August 7, 2008, 07:57 PM
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^ Changes I suggest -> E7200 113$ (Get cheapest E2140/60 etc if avl or E7200, E2200 aint worthy), Abit IP35-E 89$ (This is amazing overclocker, only CON is no RAID, eSATA, but I still suggest U to buy latest chipset mobo, Asus P5Q Pro is decent), Arctic Freezer Pro 29$ (Its tested by thousands, much better, Anandtech gave best bang for buck heatsink award, Also CM Hyper 212 is good), Cooler Master CM690 (Heaven for air cooling, Antec 300 is cramped cabby, length or say depth is too less).
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Hi Phil. I see you live in TO judging from your choice of PC parts shop.

I am going to suggest that you take a look at Canada Computers who will assemble your system for you and seem to have better rpices than the shop you linked to.

Let's see if we can get you going here....

CPU: E7200 for $137
Mobo: P5Q-E for $173
RAM: Mushkin Redline 4GB for $70 after MIR
GPU: Palit HD4850 for $200
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 640GB for $90
Optical Drive: Pioneer 215-D for $30
Case: Silverstone Kublai for $123
PSU: Corsair VX550 for $78 after MIR


Now, that comes to a total of $901 by my calculations for a kick-ass system before installation and OS.

EDIT: ok, the PSU.


just curious... why do you recommend 4850? and seagate hard drive as well...
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Old August 7, 2008, 09:07 PM
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Loaded Antec Three Hundred


Loaded Cooler Master 690


Loaded Cooler Master 590

How are the Cooler Master power supplies? I could get a Cooler Master PSU, 590 case and TX CPU cooling, with Asus P5QE and EAH4850.

EDIT: NM i see the large fan on top of the CM design. I'd prefer the fan in the front so it's not sucking air away from the graphics card fan.

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Old August 7, 2008, 11:51 PM
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Cooler Master Xtreme series is worst, 70% rated effeciency @ 25C (which is joke LOL 25C) Hipro, Acbel, Seventeam r OEMs. Must ignore, cheap stuff, loud fan, no cable sleeving, no PWN fan. CM Real/Green r good but there r better offerings.

Corsair VX 450W is much better, read Johny Guru review, he said " it can even power 2 X1950 Pro's ", 80+ Effeciency rated @ 50C , powerful single rail 33A, fan is dead silent, cables r long and fully sleeved, Seasonic OEM

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How are the Cooler Master power supplies? I could get a Cooler Master PSU, 590 case and TX CPU cooling, with Asus P5QE and EAH4850
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Also, what do you think of the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R as opposed to the P5Q-E? It seems like a better board.

Maybe I better rethink this Asus thing.
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Cooler Master Xtreme series is worst, 70% rated effeciency @ 25C (which is joke LOL 25C) Hipro, Acbel, Seventeam r OEMs. Must ignore, cheap stuff, loud fan, no cable sleeving, no PWN fan. CM Real/Green r good but there r better offerings.

Corsair VX 450W is much better, read Johny Guru review, he said " it can even power 2 X1950 Pro's ", 80+ Effeciency rated @ 50C , powerful single rail 33A, fan is dead silent, cables r long and fully sleeved, Seasonic OEM
Thanks! I keep finding that Sky knows his stuff.

If I want to be cross-fire safe in the future, will I need a bigger PSU than the VX-550?

Leaning toward the p182 case now. Good solid, quiet case, but heavy. The CM Centurion 590 is still in the race too.
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Old August 8, 2008, 12:47 AM
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VX 550W is fine upto 4850 CF, Total system power consumption under load for X48 + QX9770 + 4GB RAM + HDD + 4850 CF is 300W, U can check here. 4870 is power junky.

If U can fit ASUS P5Q Deluxe in budget, it will be awesome, 40$ extra is worth it for the 16-phase power + Expressgate SSD

Since U have future plans for CF, stick w/ 590/690, its hard to beat cooling capabilities of these cabby.
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This article has me leaning to the gigabyte boards.



2 880GTs will fit SLI'd so I imagine it would be fine with 2 ATI 4850s?
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