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January 23, 2008 4:26:00 PM

Hey guys, I've been trolling the forums for a while looking around at other people's build and I just wanted some of the more experianced people to take a look and give me their input.


Antec P182

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Asus P5k-E/WIFI (P35)

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

EVGA 8800GTS (G92)

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

PC poweer & Cooling Silencer 610Watt

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

E8400 Wolfie

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 4GB(2x2gb) DDR2 1000 (PC8000)

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

WD Caviar SE16 500 GB 7200RPM

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Samsung 20x DVD+R DVD

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...


I'm going to be dual booting Vista 64x and XP 32 to get the best of both worlds.
The two things I'm unsure about involve my choice of RAM and the motherboard.
Will I be able to OC the 8400 reasonably well with that ram or should I just scale back to PC6400? And will that motherboard give me any compatibility issues with the RAM or E8400

Thanks in advance :) 

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January 23, 2008 4:49:40 PM

Decent choices so far. I would however look strongly into not getting a P35 mobo. Yeah the board is an awesome overclocker but you will never be able to run 2 8800GTS' on that sucker. I would look into getting a 680i board (considering they are cheaper than the newer 780i and just as good) or if you are willing to get ATI cards get an X38 board.

I like that case but like the Antec nine hundred better.

I would get the 750 pc power and cooling instead... just incase you decide to run two cards plus water cooling plus your homes air conditioning system all from you computer case.

Proc is a good choice and more than likely an excelent overclocker.

The faster memory is a fine choice. Good brand too. You will be able to overclock your cpu just fine with that memory. I personnally wouldnt try to run the memory to far out of spec though. You may not be able to run a 1:1 ratio (always try to run linked... I think it performs better) but if you crank that fsb up to 400 you will be able to run a ratio to allow for a solid 1000 fsb on the ram.

A good build overall though. Good choices!

I would change the mobo only because of my personal desire to run more than one gpu in the future. And the case because that nine hundred is awesome with all the cool fans.

January 23, 2008 5:16:42 PM

I appreciate the advice, but right now that's all I can really afford. I play max resolutions of 1680x1050 so there really is no need to double the card, plus the 680i boards would put me way over budget.

As for the Antec 900, I like the quietness of the p182 and the orginization that can be acheived with it also. I'm not going to go water cooling, and since then I'm not going sli I figured the 610 watt power supply is good enough.
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January 23, 2008 5:45:18 PM

Well hey hey now.
The evga 680i doesn't look too bad.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe I'll consider that **if** for some reason in the future I want to update to SLI.
But im thinking that if I need to upgrade the power supply it may end up costing more which would prevent me from going that road.
January 23, 2008 6:26:25 PM

That is damn near the same build I was looking at. One thing about the PCPC PSU - it is big. It's a bit longer than standard ATX specifications and the cables are very long. It makes cable management difficult, especially if you're going to use the bottom chassis fan on the P182. You're really going to have to hide a lot of cable behind the motherboard tray. If you don't use the fan, then there is plenty of room in the bottom chamber. The other one I might look at is the Corsair 620HX - because it's modular:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, you can't beat the price on PCPC (which is amazing because they used to be the most expensive).

You made some good choices.. I'm wavering between the E8400 (now) or Q9450 (February). Also, if you're willing to go with PC-6400 RAM, check out Corsair, probably the best deal around:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 23, 2008 7:12:47 PM

Yeah, I'm wondering...Will the 610 watt ps be enough to power all of that?

The newegg power supply calculator says 617 for 2 GTS cards and everything listed above.

However, I noticed at buy.com

Corsair TX 750W ATX 12V Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-s...

This would probably be able to run sli config and a decent amount of OC. (nothing extreme but maybe 3.6-7)
January 24, 2008 2:39:12 AM

Yes your new chip will work just fine on the older 680i. They used to speculate otherwise but they were just rumors.

The thing is the memory you get is basically a good batch of ddr2 800. It's just clocked upwards. You will be able to overclock your mobo to 1000 very easily. All boards that support higher memory are just overclocked anyway. YOu will be able to run it at 1000 just fine you will need to increase your fsb though.

Good choices... oh and a 610 watt pcpc will run 2 8800GTS just fine... probably run your car too. I would stick with that one for sure... if you have extra get the silencer... put by no means do not switch brands.
January 24, 2008 4:23:41 AM

You should decide if your going to go SLi, because that motherboard and PSU are overkill.

Also, two x 250gb (or 320gb) drives will be much quicker and easier for dual booting (placing one OS on each drive and booting from BIOS by selecting the hard drive to boot). I'm assuming your gaming with XP, so placing your games on the Vista drive will give the games full speed of one drive. Also, reading and writing to seperate drives is much faster (DVD encoding, video/photo editing, file conversions, etc).

I would go something like this if you're not going to SLi:
$90 shipped - Gigabyte P35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$270 - XFX 8800GTS (w/rebate/google checkout/and buy.com Visa lol)
http://www.buy.com/prod/xfx-geforce-8800gts-512mb-256-b...

$50 w/google and small rebate - Corsair 450
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-450w-power-supply/q/...

$57 w/google and small rebate - Corsair 550
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-power-supply/q/...

$80 w/google and small rebate - Corsair 520 modular
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-520w-sli-certified-modu...

2 of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

January 24, 2008 4:46:42 AM

Noya said:
You should decide if your going to go SLi, because that motherboard and PSU are overkill.

Also, two x 250gb (or 320gb) drives will be much quicker and easier for dual booting (placing one OS on each drive and booting from BIOS by selecting the hard drive to boot). I'm assuming your gaming with XP, so placing your games on the Vista drive will give the games full speed of one drive. Also, reading and writing to seperate drives is much faster (DVD encoding, video/photo editing, file conversions, etc).

I would go something like this if you're not going to SLi:
$90 shipped - Gigabyte P35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$270 - XFX 8800GTS (w/rebate/google checkout/and buy.com Visa lol)
http://www.buy.com/prod/xfx-geforce-8800gts-512mb-256-b...

$50 w/google and small rebate - Corsair 450
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-450w-power-supply/q/...

$57 w/google and small rebate - Corsair 550
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-power-supply/q/...

$80 w/google and small rebate - Corsair 520 modular
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-520w-sli-certified-modu...

2 of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


First off... do your research! That mobo doesnt even have a built in RAID controller. It's cheap!

With all that set aside though I would consider a corsaid modular... that's about it... good price find on the 8800GTS too.

Those are very good hard drives... toms charts show them as outperforming raptors on half the tests.

If you dont decide to do RAID and run SLI I think a cheaper P35 would be a good choice... but you will regret not wanting to go SLI! Trust me!



January 24, 2008 4:51:06 AM

Actually I take that back... I did my research and I actually do think that cheap Gigabyte is a good buy... I wouldnt get it personnaly because I want to have more than one video card.

If you dont have a desire to do that then by all means save the money. Also that is a pretty good PSU... the corsair modular one...

Maybe save the money on the PSU and get the 680i... put the rest in piggy bank and save for another GPU. Also get a cheaper case IMO. My first case was $50 Xion. I still use it... It's fine for what it is... and that's just a case!

January 24, 2008 5:11:12 AM

Alright, with all of the input I think this is a better setup. And maybe I'll go raid 0 with this for the better performance, but I doubt it since I'm dual booting.

Case: 79.99
Cooler Master 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: 159.99
EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Graphics Card: 309.99
XFX 8800GTS w/rebate/google checkout/and buy.com
http://www.buy.com/prod/xfx-geforce-8800gts-512mb-256-b...

Processor: 219.99
E8400 Wolfdale
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Memory: 114.99
G.SKILL 4gb(2x2gb)
DDR2 PC8000
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive: 69.99x2
Segate 250B 7200.10RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:27.99
Samsung SATA DVDRW
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

CPU cooling: 21.99
Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

Thermal Paste: 5.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

Power Supply: 149.99
Corsair TX 750W
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-s...

this should enable me to run SLI in the future if I decide, and provide a nicer OC if I do go SLI and need the extra wattage.
January 26, 2008 1:47:09 AM

Good choice... exactly what I would get... I saw that board had a rebate a few days ago. you may be able to get it for cheaper if you shop around.
January 30, 2008 10:22:45 PM

Thanks guys :) 
I'm posting from my new compy and it runs crysis at incredible rate. 1680x1050 ftw.

Anyway, for those of you thinking against 680i because you'll have to flash the bios, don't worry. The procedure of flashing the bios is easy, and the results are smooth and working as intended.
January 31, 2008 11:51:03 AM

Dude you want and AWESOME case for a price that you better "jump-on" ASAP look at this, the Antec 900 case comes with 4 four fans, 2 in front, 1 in the rear and a monster on the top. Buy.com as it:

http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-nine [...] 97579.html

for $66 dollars delivered you CANNOT find a better deal, I just bought one 15 minutes ago.

Also you might want to look at this psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX (the one you selected is very good too).
January 31, 2008 11:55:55 AM

Sorry missed the change in psu's... 750w is more-than-enough.

I would seriously look into the GA-X38-DS4 mobo.