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Old September 9, 2008, 03:38 PM
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Default Final review of my build before ordering!

Ok, after combining the input I got from everyone, I think I have assembled my build:

Case: Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $139.99
Case Fans: Newegg.com - Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan $4.99 x2 = $9.98
Mobo: Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $139.99
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor $324.99
CPU Fan: Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $24.99
RAM: Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $109.99
Video Card: Newegg.com - VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $260
HDD (RAID 1): Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $59.99 x2 = $119.98
HDD (Storage): Newegg.com - Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $84.99
Optical Drive: Newegg.com - LG Black 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20LK $139.99

Total: $1354.89

At this point, the only thing I still need is a PSU. If I plan to in the future expand to 4 HDDs and 2 4870s, would a 750W PSU be sufficient? If so, is this power supply good for this system: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies? If not, how big of one would I need, and can you make a recommendation?

I think all of these things will work together, but given that I have never built a computer, I can't be certain. Would someone be kind enough to look over this and make sure I haven't missed anything, and that all the brands I have picked are good ones for the respective components?

Also, my HDDs and optical drive are OEM, so what cables will I need to attach them?

If anyone has any other suggestions or advice, I welcome them all. Thank you in advance.


Edit: After taking all of the suggestions made under consideration, I have replaced the parts from above with the following:

CPU Fan: Newegg.com - OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks $44.99
Thermal Grease: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007 $5.99
RAM: Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $82.99
HDD(Storage): Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $84.99
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies (part of a combo deal with my mobo) $109.99 after combo savings

This brings my overall total to $1463.87. Shipping is $30.44, making my grand total $1494.31. I will have $50 of Mail-in rebates, which means with shipping I'll come in under budget

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Old September 9, 2008, 03:45 PM
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That Corsair will do fine for your PSU. HDD's don't really draw tons of power and 750w is fine for 2 4870's. You'll need SATA cables for your drives, depending on how many are bundled with your Asus mobo. Looks like 2 from this page.

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard - P5Q Pro In Canada.

Did you check your system through NCIX's US pricing? Might be worthwhile to look into.

Edit: NCIXUS.com has your case on for $100. Didn't go further than that.
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Old September 9, 2008, 03:46 PM
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I'd think the 750 would be sufficient, but others might feel differently. :)

Couple of things I'd suggest....

The Freezer 7 Pro is a great budget cooler that's miles ahead of intel's stock coolers, but if you plan on doing much overclocking, it's not the best performer for a quad core system.

I'd also suggest that you order yourself some thermal compound to go with your aftermarket cooler. You may want to reseat your cooler. (I'd suggest MX2, but again that's only my opinion.... :) ).
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Old September 9, 2008, 03:58 PM
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The hard drives could be switched to the dual platter WD 640 ones. A lot quieter and TR's drive of choice.

Are you sure you've found the cheapest for every selection?
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Old September 9, 2008, 04:11 PM
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All the above are good comments.

Also, if you don't plan on using Crossfire X, even the Corsair HX620 will be enough. Legit Reviews did their 4870X2 CrossfireX review with a Corsair HX620, and it was pulling over 791W from the wall. Corsair HX620W Power Supply Running 791W - Can't Break It!!

You don't need DDR1066 RAM. Since you're using a Quad, if you do plan on overclocking it, it'll be hard for a Quad core to exceed 500 FSB. Take a look at some DDR 800 RAM kits. Those should be able to overclock up to DDR 900 fairly easily.

I'm not sure how much Newegg charges the OCZ Vendetta 2 for, but up here it's around $30 after price matching and rebates. The Vendetta 2 is a great cooler. I absolutely LOVE it.

Do you really need a Blu-Ray DVD Burner? If not, then just get a good quality DVD-burner.
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Once I get the parts list hammered out, I'll run it through NCIXUS and see where I can get a better deal, or if it'd even be cheaper as multiple orders from different sites.

cegras, do you mean this hard drive: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives ? And I think I've found about the cheapest quality part I can for all of these (at least on newegg)

geokilla, is this the cooler you mean: Newegg.com - OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks ? I don't really need a Blu-Ray DVD Burner, it's just something I want. I like watching movies (especially in hi-def), and it's cheaper than a stand-alone player.

I keep reading about "price-matching", what is that and how does it work?
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Old September 9, 2008, 04:48 PM
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NCIC does it. Find all the same stuff at egg, then when you check out at ncix there is an option to price match. Enter the url and price and they do it for cheaper price. Might save a few $, when stuff is cheaper at ncix you get it and ncix will PM newegg on the rest.

-ps i would stick with the 750 for PSU, never "just get enough" when it comes to power or you will regret it.
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Will that work with me being in the US, too?
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Old September 9, 2008, 04:51 PM
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No idea, give it a try. Im thinking yes but we cant order from ncixus in canada.
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And I was looking at the 750W as the lowest I would go . . I was wondering if I would need more in the future.
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