Pulled the trigger!
So, ladies and gents, I finally pulled the trigger and bought all my parts through NCIX's back to school sale part deux. Here's what it looks like:
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 ($193)
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Cosmos Full Tower ATX Case 5X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Firewire Audio eSATA - RC-1000-KSN1 In Canada.
Mobo: Gigabyte X48-DS4 ($250)
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte X48-DS4 ATX LGA775 X48 DDR2 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound 2GLAN 1394 CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-X48-DS4 In Canada.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 ($350)
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.83GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB Retail Box - BX80569Q9550 In Canada.
RAM: Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 ($89)
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X4096-6400C5 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN Memory Kit - TWIN2X4096-6400C5 In Canada.
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB x2 ($146)
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty - WD6400AAKS In Canada.
PSU: Corsair TX750W 750W ($115)
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
GPU: Diamond Radeon HD4870 ($270)
NCIX.com - Buy Diamond Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card - 4870PE5512 In Canada.
OD: Pioneer DVR-216DBK ($30)
NCIX.com - Buy Pioneer DVR-216DBK Black 20X SATA OEM DVDRW No Software - DVR-216DBK In Canada.
Total = $1,600 - $60 MIR = $1,540
Thanks for all your help with parts selection. Feel free to comment on my build, but go easy on me because I'm excited right now. I'll probably add a sound card if the onboard isn't good and add a heatsink in the near future.
You will be quite pleased. Enjoy your build. Don't forget to take pics.
And I would definitively add a HSF right now.
i believe 9450 is worth than 9550 for performance vs price
and try to get micron ram (DDR2 RAM List) or maybe mushkin (very good)
i believe that corsair use promos... which is okay...
I do agree with the suggestion of getting Mushkin.
Nice. i would of gotten 9450, then use the money to get a lian li armorsuit, or a cosmos S.
Great build for the price. I would've chosen the Mushkin for the RAM but overall excellent build. Enjoy it =)
onboard sound usually isn't that bad, but um, you going to use the stock cooler for the cpu?
Even a cheap air cpu cooler from just about anybody is better than stock.
anyways, damn good for the price!
i see... well i am not ram expert... i know very little... mostly mushkin and consair... i dont know about other ;p
and about cpu cooler... i agreed... q9450 for 320cdn is OEM... so it needs good cpu cooler such as ocz vendetta 2 or thermalright true black...
Yeah I agree with most of you saying I should have gotten Mushkins. Almost all Mushkin RAM is out of stock at NCIX and I wanted to get all the parts together so I opted for the Corsair. Are they bad?
Also, I planned on using a stock cooler because I have no intentions of overclocking. So there's not really much of a point in voiding my warranty since if it does overheat I get a new one.
why not wait for more stocks... usually they are coming on next day...eh? honestly it worths to get mushkin as everyone suggested... well consair is not that bad...
i believe intel company can't tell if you oced the cpu or not... so you wont void the warranty... i hope i am not wrong... stock cpu cooler is fine as long as you dont want to oc it..
honestly.. look at your specification... almost similar to my lists.. it looks overkill if you dont OC it or whatever... right now you can oc ram, mobo and cpu only... not video card...
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