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Old August 12, 2008, 11:49 AM
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Default Any comments on this ~$1000 build?

Here it comes!
Any incompatibilities, or recommendations?

Mobo
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard

PSU
Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PC *IR-$20*

Memory
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit

Case
Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Audio Firewire

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

CPU Cooler
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W 120MM PWM Fan

Video Card
Diamond Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card

Sound Card
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI-E Sound Card 24BIT Dolby Digital 116DB Snr W/ Low Profile Bracket

HD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 640GB 3.5IN SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM *5YR MFR Warranty*

Optical Drive
Samsung SH-S203N Black SATA DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL18X/12X Lightscribe DVD Writer OEM W/ SW

OS
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM


Using price match it adds up to about $1150.

I won't overclock in the short term but I'll add a second 4850 in CF when price drops.

What do you think?

I also need a set of good and cheap speakers (2.1 or 5.1?) max 50-70$, any thoughts?

Thanks,

Phil

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Old August 12, 2008, 01:12 PM
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The Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System - Black seems a good bang for the buck at 50$, I think I'll take it.


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Old August 12, 2008, 01:14 PM
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I have the X-540, pretty good for $50.

My only comment about your build would be to go to DDR2-1000 or 1066 mem if you plan to overclock your system at all. Otherwise your memory may hold back your CPU overclock.
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Looking really good; I would change the HSF for the OCZ Vendetta II: I just installed one on my Q6600 and it was a pain. The push-type clipping would not secure properly. I fought with that sucker for 30 minutes before swearing too much I decided to take the board out of the case... Xigmatek? Last time for me. Does it work? Yeah. Q6600 at 3.0Ghz, stock volts running at 55C average under load - single fan.
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Old August 12, 2008, 01:19 PM
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Looking really good; I would change the HSF for the OCZ Vendetta II: I just installed one on my Q6600 and it was a pain. The push-type clipping would not secure properly. I fought with that sucker for 30 minutes before swearing too much I decided to take the board out of the case... Xigmatek? Last time for me. Does it work? Yeah. Q6600 at 3.0Ghz, stock volts running at 55C average under load - single fan.
Yeah... I'll change the HSF for the OCZ Vendetta II; it's about $38, worth it.

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Old August 12, 2008, 01:28 PM
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I have the X-540, pretty good for $50.

My only comment about your build would be to go to DDR2-1000 or 1066 mem if you plan to overclock your system at all. Otherwise your memory may hold back your CPU overclock.
Hum... So I'll get Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
instead. Everyone seems to think this is good quality.
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Old August 12, 2008, 01:32 PM
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Nice choice on the Redlines.
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Old August 13, 2008, 11:33 AM
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I would recommend swapping out the power supply for the TX series if I was you, the single more powerful 12V rail is a lot easier when trying to manage crossfire/multiple drives in the future.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-650TX In Canada.
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Old August 13, 2008, 12:07 PM
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Nice parts, we wants pictureses.

As for the TX: I'd skip it. The modular is so much better for cable management, & because of this line in the HX Spec:

Advanced circuitry design that automatically enables power sharing between the triple +12V rails in an event of overload on any single +12V rail.

That 4850 wont drag in more than 75W through the 6-pin connection. There won't be any issues, even if you put 2x4850 in there.
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