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My quadcore build (cost effective case/power supply needed)

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November 7, 2007 5:51:24 AM

System so far as followed (only items with * are guaranteed)

*Processor - Q6700a
*Motherboard - DG33TL Media Series
*Operating System - Vista Pro (64 bit)
Memory - G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel (149.99)
Hardrive - 500 GB WEST Digital, Sata 3.0, 16mb cache, GBWD5000AAKS (105 w/shipping)

Case in question: Looking for quality inexpensive, non flash cases.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (so far my favorite)
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA2...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Your thoughts?

Power supplies (semi budgeted)
Ultra X-Finity 600 w PSU Silver $75 ($40 after rebate)
OCZ Technology OCZ OCZ600GXSSLI GamerXStream 600W Power Supply (105) reviews seem to be same for both
Xion PowerReal Series 600W Ver. 2.0 ATX Power Supply $78 ($68 after rebate)
Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP650PCAR 650W Power Supply 69.99 ($35 after rebates)

I've heard nothing but good things about the Xion, and am leading torwards that however the ultra is tempting, what do you guys think?


Internal parts I'm questioning
Videocard: GT8000 (single video card max for emulation and occasional WOW)
Front multicard reader with extra USB outlets and Firewire- Utilize 10-12 ports
TV tuner card (considering making a Retro videogame page with movies and images made by me for school project)

The calculator for PSU claims I need 450 watts with 3 fans and optional parts included.
a b ) Power supply
November 7, 2007 11:23:59 AM

I'd go for the ocz or a corsair power supply. Skip the ultra-x, which may not hold up well under load. Anandtech tested 4 450w ps recently. You might want to read it. Check fry's.com for case deals. The Fry's stores had the antec 900 for only $75, but that price expired yesterday.
November 7, 2007 11:48:16 AM

G33 is a good matx chipset. The board is quite good:

http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DG33TL/index....

My thoughts are that people should shop at different stores, not all flock to the egg & zzf. I found 2 good deals:

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/5086635
http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4895610

Can't beat free shipping. The Earthwatts is supposed to be made by Seasonic who makes high quality long-lasting psu's. Yes, the 500w is enough for even an 8800gt pc. The case isn't too bad for the price. You can see more pictures at newegg.
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November 7, 2007 12:06:50 PM

The new Coolmaster Cosmos case got a really good review. Easy to manage, great airflow, and it's plain & simple looking with carrier bars because it weighs about 35lbs. I think it is the case I am going to get.
a b ) Power supply
November 7, 2007 12:55:57 PM

zodiacboyscorp said:
System so far as followed (only items with * are guaranteed)

*Processor - Q6700a
*Motherboard - DG33TL Media Series
*Operating System - Vista Pro (64 bit)
Memory - G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel (149.99)
Hardrive - 500 GB WEST Digital, Sata 3.0, 16mb cache, GBWD5000AAKS (105 w/shipping)

Case in question: Looking for quality inexpensive, non flash cases.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (so far my favorite)
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA2...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Your thoughts?

Power supplies (semi budgeted)
Ultra X-Finity 600 w PSU Silver $75 ($40 after rebate)
OCZ Technology OCZ OCZ600GXSSLI GamerXStream 600W Power Supply (105) reviews seem to be same for both
Xion PowerReal Series 600W Ver. 2.0 ATX Power Supply $78 ($68 after rebate)
Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP650PCAR 650W Power Supply 69.99 ($35 after rebates)

I've heard nothing but good things about the Xion, and am leading torwards that however the ultra is tempting, what do you guys think?


Internal parts I'm questioning
Videocard: GT8000 (single video card max for emulation and occasional WOW)
Front multicard reader with extra USB outlets and Firewire- Utilize 10-12 ports
TV tuner card (considering making a Retro videogame page with movies and images made by me for school project)

The calculator for PSU claims I need 450 watts with 3 fans and optional parts included.


I'd pick the GameXStream from that PSU list.

I assume you meant 8800GT, right? That's the best card you can get now. Almost as fast as the 8800 GTX and much cheaper.

TV tuner - I had a very good experience with Hauppauge tuners (PVR-150). Not so good with ATI Theater 650 - horrible software.

Case: whatever you pick, check reviews to make sure it cools well. The 8800GT runs hot and needs a good case.
November 8, 2007 5:11:53 AM

Antec True Power Trio Series 650 for $86 dollars... :pt1cable: 

I think I just found my power supply, good deal? What you think?
November 9, 2007 1:06:06 AM

Not bad a deal.
November 9, 2007 1:35:02 AM

I LOVE my CM690. It's the best flowing case under $100 imo. I use the Real Power Pro 650W for my OC'd Q6600.
November 9, 2007 2:03:26 AM

Mid tower though?
November 9, 2007 2:09:34 AM

Strange! That is the exact same case I bought I think...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Mid Tower Case Retail ***Free Shipping***

Was only 59.99 shipped, 20 rebate...total comes out to 39.99 with free shipping.

Man I feel great about my purchase.

I also bought the Antec 650 True Power from buy.com
$95 shipped. (so same price as newegg with shipping)
Then $30 Rebate.

Making it $65. I feel really good on both buys right now.

So total spent for both $105. I feel good! Now just case fans, good multi card reader with multiple usb ports, and I'm good to go. Thanks for all the advise you guys.
November 12, 2007 7:44:17 PM

Do you guys feel the midtower is limiting in expandability and room?
November 12, 2007 9:28:16 PM

The only flaw I found in the CM690 is that a full size atx board will force you to remove the plastic cable routing clips. Its cooling is excellent. Expandability is pretty good. Look at the pictures at newegg
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