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Old August 8, 2008, 08:49 AM
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I'm going to say ASUS because my RMA experience with them has been better. If you go with my first option and replace the case with a CM 690 then yo uare well within budget.

I recommend the HD4850 for upcoming shader-intensive games I have had the luck with trying out. It is important to note that while you may only want to play WOW now, you should always keep a buffer zone in your purchases for upcoming titles just in case.
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Old August 8, 2008, 01:25 PM
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I'm going to say ASUS because my RMA experience with them has been better. If you go with my first option and replace the case with a CM 690 then yo uare well within budget.

I recommend the HD4850 for upcoming shader-intensive games I have had the luck with trying out. It is important to note that while you may only want to play WOW now, you should always keep a buffer zone in your purchases for upcoming titles just in case.
It's amazing that the games are catching up with the quality of the hardware. Only a few years ago I thought the hardware had long left the programmers in the dust. But I think the big tax on hardware now is to do with the advent of cheaper 1900x1200 and 2560x1600 monitors.

Price-wise it still may hold true: $1K gets you a hell of a lot these days.
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Old August 9, 2008, 06:38 PM
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I went to Canada Computers and picked up my parts today:

Cooler Master 590 Case
Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU cooler
e8400 CPU
ASUS P5Q-E motherboard
ASUS EAH HD4850 graphics
Corsair XMS2 2x2GB DDR PC800 RAM (they didn't have the Mushkin redline RAM)
Corsair TX650w 650 watt PSU
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 32mb cache
Samsung SH-S203 DVD+-R/CD-R/RW etc.

$980 without taxes or O/S all up.

What do you think?
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Old August 9, 2008, 06:41 PM
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That looks pretty good.
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Old August 9, 2008, 06:48 PM
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Damn good. Not sure about that CPU cooler but other than that it looks good.
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Old August 10, 2008, 02:32 PM
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Damn good. Not sure about that CPU cooler but other than that it looks good.
It was right near the top of the cooler list with the Zalman 9700 and the Xigmatek S1283, about half the price of the Zalman and the Xigma wasn't available, also ~300g lighter than either and smaller to boot.

I traded the Samsung DRW-2014L1T DVD writer back in for an SATA ASUS one as it was rated quieter and more accurate, though not as fast. It came with Nero 8 instead of Nero 7. Plus now the curtains match the drapes. ;) Total price now up to about $993 pre-tax/OS.
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Old August 10, 2008, 06:35 PM
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Ah Toms....
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Old August 10, 2008, 08:37 PM
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The Asus board has an 8 pin ATX connector but half (one four-pin block has a blank plate over it. The Corsair 12v connector is split into two 4pin heads. So do I just connect one or remove the blank and fit both?
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Fit both.
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Fit both.
Thanks -i think you'll love the layout of this case - it's much roomier/nicer quality than the Antec Three Hundred. I haven't had this much fun building a PC since my Celeron.
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