Need some advice on new system build

I have been out of the loop on computers for awhile and I am looking to build a new workstation for home use. I would like to stay under $4000. First off, I am building a system around the new Intel Core 2 extreme processor. I need advice on a MB, RAM, and power supply. BTW, I apologize as my knowledge is lacking...but what is the benefit or alternate advantage of an nForce4 SLI chipset VS a 975X chipset??

As it stands, here is what I have listed for system parts so far...


Mainboard Intel Desktop Board D975XBX or ASUS P5W64 WS Professional board.

Pair of WD Raptor 150 GB drives in RAID 0

4 GB of Corsair memory (probably XMS2 Dominator)

Power supply - Antec TruePower trio 550

And to round it off an Antec P180B case. Are antec cases still good?

I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
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  1. Would you mind listing which OS and Software you will be using for this workstation? This will allow us to give more specific advice on which hardware will be more suitable for your system config.

    For example, 4GB of system ram should be enough for your needs. However, if you are not planning to use a 64bit OS, afaik, your system will not be able to use the full 4 GB.

    Are you going to overclock this system? I usually do not recommend overclocking systems if uptime is very important, cos ensuring that an overclocked system remains stable need some time and effort.

    Your budget is definitely gd enough to get a high end system. However, I would recommend getting a UPS, since it will cost $100 or less, but it will give adequate protection for the rest of your high end components.


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    I have been out of the loop on computers for awhile and I am looking to build a new workstation for home use. I would like to stay under $4000. First off, I am building a system around the new Intel Core 2 extreme processor. I need advice on a MB, RAM, and power supply. BTW, I apologize as my knowledge is lacking...but what is the benefit or alternate advantage of an nForce4 SLI chipset VS a 975X chipset??

    As it stands, here is what I have listed for system parts so far...


    Mainboard Intel Desktop Board D975XBX or ASUS P5W64 WS Professional board.

    Pair of WD Raptor 150 GB drives in RAID 0

    4 GB of Corsair memory (probably XMS2 Dominator)

    Power supply - Antec TruePower trio 550

    And to round it off an Antec P180B case. Are antec cases still good?

    I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
  2. Thanks for the reply, I will prob be running Windows XP or Vista. I already have a UPS. I do quite a bit of photoshop work so the more memory the better. Here is list of the aformentioned parts.

    Antec Performance I P180B Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #: P180B
    Item #: N82E16811129017

    2x Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: WD1500AHFD
    Item #: N82E16822136011

    ASUS EN7900GTX/2DHTV/512M Geforce 7900GTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Model #: EN7900GTX/2DHTV/512M
    Item #: N82E16814121002

    Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail
    Model #: TP3-550
    Item #: N82E16817371002

    2 x CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-8500C5D - Retail
    Model #: TWIN2X2048-8500C5D
    Item #: N82E16820145043

    ASUS P5W64 WS Professional Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Server Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: P5W64 WS Pro
    Item #: N82E16813131047

    Though I still would like to know the diff. between nForce and 975x chipsets.
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