Final Build, Total $2375. What do you think?

After all the research here is what I have come up with, plan to order wednesday unless someone points out a major flaw. All these items are found on newegg except the screen which im buying directly from dell. I hope to overclock CPU, GPU, and RAM.

Moniter: DELL - UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1-inch Wide Aspect Flat Panel LCD Monitor with Height Adjustable Stand and 3-Year Warranty

Case: Antec Preformance I P180 ATX Midtower

Motherboard: ASUS A8R-MVP Socket 939 ATI Radeon XPRESS 200
CrossFire ATX AMD CrossFire

RAM: G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

Video Card: HIS Hightech H180XL256DVN Radeon X1800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12-500 ATX12V 500W

CPU: AMD Opteron 148 Venus 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor (Oh please god give me a good CABNE or CABYE stepping)

HSF for CPU: THERMALRIGHT SI-120 High Performance Heatsink with a Panasonic Panaflo FBA12G 12U1C 120mm Hydro Wave Case Cooling Fan mounted on top.

Hard Drives: Western Digital Raptor WD360GD 36.7GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 and HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

Keyboard/Mouse: Saitek Eclipse PZ30AU-RED Black USB Wired Standard, Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse RZD-1600 Salamander Red 7 Buttons 1x Wheel USB

Speakers: Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker

Already have the DVD burner, floppy(for bios updates), heat compound, pci system blowers.

Total price is $2375 including all shipping and tax charges.

Let me kno what you think.


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  1. For the most part I think it's a good build. Where I object is the 36GB raptor. The 74GB and now the 150GB drive both outperform it. The 36GB drive is an old drive nowadays.
  2. I i was to overclock on air this would be a better choice.

    Also the 74Gb raptor is a faster drive that you might want to look at. The 150Gb raptor is faster but the price :x

    I have nothing but good things to say about the monitor also. :D
  3. Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse RZD-1600 Salamander Red 7 Buttons 1x Wheel USB

    Razor CopperHead, I just got 2 weeks ago. What a mouse!!

    "Razer Copperhead High-Precision Gaming Mouse - Blue/Black
    Model: RZC-2000"

    It took me a few days to get used to the thing, but man, I'm a gamer and will never look back to optical.

    Of course you have to slow it down from all your old settings, but there is just no lag, and does not miss a beat!!

    I've been playing Quake 3 Arena-Freeze Tag, which I usually play when I do a hardware update like a mouse, just to get my aim back on mark. Then go to Call of Duty 2, F.E.A.R., Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942 - Forgotten Hope. I must say, I was good before, this mouse made me a much better shot.

    Nice build all together though. Good luck!! Will be looking at your build and compairing it to mine I will be building in a few more weeks. Waiting to see the video cards dule it out more before I go forth with it. Just my 2 cents.

    Take a look at this card as well!
  4. Thanks for the quick replies. I updated the HD to the 74gb version, changed the mouse to the one you all reccomended however, that video card is a x800xl not x1800xl which i believe there is a pretty big performance gap between the 2. However, I still am sticking with the HSF I have chosen unless you can show or tell me why those 2 you recommended would outperform the one I chose. Also is that RAM compatible with my MB being DDR500? PC4000.

    Thanks Again,

  5. Why are you spending 2300 on a system and getting an x800xl card? Its a good card, but it isn't compatible with shader 3.0... for 100$ more your should be able to get an entry level 7800 card... But you never told us what you want to do with the system either..
  6. I have the SI-120 running in a P180 and the three 120mm's running together in the top corner of the case sounds like a whirlwind!
  7. While I like the SI-120 for being light weight.

    Copper transfers heat better than aluminum.
  8. The only thing I'd change is that 250GB Hard drive. I suffered once with the IBM deskStar series imfamous click-of-death on one of my drives. Then Hitachi bought their drive division and I was a fan boy for some reason so I bought a couple of those 250GB drives you're looking at. They both seemed flaky to me and one died already.

    I switched to Maxtors and it felt like a breath of fresh air in comparison. I believe Maxtor is going away as well but I'd say choose something besides Hitachi. Since IBM built those drives they've sucked.

    In my opinion from personal experience anyways..... you may have better luck.
  9. Thanks for all the great information. Changed the fan to the XP-90C and ordered a 92mm Vantec fan to mount on it.
  10. But from what they said, doesnt copper dissipate heat better?
  11. Thanks for that info, would you suggest the x1800xt over the xl. Or is it worth the price difference?
  12. Also, whats up with DDR500 pc4000 ram i have chosen. Someone on anandtech forums recommended it to me. Is it compatible with the Asus A8R-MVP MB ive chosen?
  13. The X1800XT is a bargain under $500
  14. The on im looking at is $509 from newegg. Its ATI built so no fooling with other companies.
  15. ATI is good, i got a HiS but was 549 last month
  16. personally, i would go with SLI, i haven't heard to many good things about the crossfire. . I would go with the Asus A8N-SLI Premium it does have 2 16X pci slots. I would go with athlon 64 3700 san diego 2.2. i didn't even know that was an opteron for a 939 socket. and then get a 7800 gtx video card it is the fastest right now.
  17. Im sorry but I don't think you really know what you talking about. The Opteron 148 Venus is socket 939 and has way more overclocking capablilities than the one you recommended. As far as Vid cards go, check out Anandtechs benchmarks. Speaks for itself. $$ wise x1800xt is the way to go in my opinion.
  18. Quote:
    In theory copper absorbs heat better, but releases them into air slower than aluminium.

    Overall performance in cooling efficiency, copper win(just).
    Nowdays heatsinks are professionally designed to the highest limit and is why you get nearly zero difference between XP-90 and XP-90C.

    It's the design of the HSF that matter now and SI-120 takes the crown for it.

    You should maybe read up a little before you criticize. Or voice uneducated opinions.
    However I do aggree that the design has almost everything to do with it.
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