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My First Build Since 2000, Ordering Soon - All Opinions Welcomed

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January 28, 2008 8:09:15 AM

Well my computer I built in 2000 is a champ, but its time to upgrade. Any suggestions with good reasoning, let me know. If you know or suggest a better part, post it. Will be ordering everything from newegg within the week.

I'm going to list everything I'm buying, down to the floppy drive and mouse :p  I'll also include prices just so you have a reference. *The price does NOT include mail in rebates*. Here goes:

LIAN LI PC-60BPLUSII W Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$139.99

GIGABYTE GA-X38-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$199.99

EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$314.99

Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply - Retail
$159.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
$219.99

G.SKILL 8GB(4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
$189.98

Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Black Card Reader - Retail
$14.99

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
$6.99

Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$259.98

Saitek PK02 2-Tone USB Standard Eclipse II Keyboard - Retail
$49.99

SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$319.99

Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - Retail
$74.99

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T - Retail
$38.99

Canon PIXMA MP830 0583B002 Up to 30 ppm 9600 x 2400 dpi InkJet ALL-In-One Color Printer - Retail
$179.00

Update Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series - Retail
$135.9

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
$111.49

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$5.99

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - Retail
$49.99

Grand Total: $2,249.31 for a complete computer upgrade. Only thing I didn't include were speakers because I have a set of 5.1 Klipsch speakers which I love and they no longer even make.
January 28, 2008 8:43:51 AM

I will take a look on buy.com and compare prices. I do alot of photo editting on Photoshop in RAW form. Plus for an extra $90 for the ram I said why not.

Woops, left out the powersupply. I will be using this:

Thermaltake W0106RU Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version 700W Power Supply - Retail
$159.99
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January 28, 2008 6:40:04 PM

No other imputs? :p 
January 28, 2008 6:43:07 PM

Looks pretty good, though make sure a mid-tower will fit all of your components with a good airflow.
January 29, 2008 6:06:53 AM

Well great, since there is no other imputs, I will be ordering tonight or tommorrow night!
January 29, 2008 6:07:55 AM

Also does anyone know if the ZALMAN CNPS9700 heat sink will fit in a LIAN LI PC-60BPLUSII case? You guys see me having any problems with my mobo, video card, ps etc?
January 29, 2008 8:27:51 AM

A few things to consider: (1) The 8800GT's cooler will drive you nuts and its annoying to listen to, the 8800GTS 512MB has a bigger, better, quieter fan system and overclocks like MAD. (2) I have the logitec G9 lazer and wished I had got the G5 Lazer. (3) You can get a better power supply, Enermax Infiniti 720W or Galaxy 850-1000W that are rated tier 1 for just a little more. (4) Tuniq Tower 120 will outperform the Zalman CNPS9700 LED for $20 less at NewEgg and is quieter also. Here is a temp guide for ALL CPU coolers taken from X-Bit Labs, have a look. :D 



By systemlord at 2007-12-29


Enermax Infiniti 720W with PCI-Express 2.0 8Pin

By systemlord at 2007-11-13


Galaxy 850W-1000W with PCI-Express 2.0 2 x 8Pin

By systemlord at 2008-01-17

Tuniq Tower 120

By systemlord at 2007-11-13
January 29, 2008 9:51:18 AM

might be better to get a quad core if you want that system to last you for the next 8 years :p 

with all the money your spending you may as well futureproof
January 29, 2008 10:21:10 AM

Why the G5 over the G9?
January 29, 2008 10:39:43 AM

the g9 looks horrible, that's why. It's bulky and not at all sexy. It looks as bad as my 2000 series (2700 dpi) laser Fatal1ty. The Habu must be the best looking mouse.. nobugger seems to rant on about it though.. GodNowzY.
Ryan
January 29, 2008 11:21:17 AM

The zerotherm nirvana is a good cooler also, pretty easy install, but the motherboard has to be taken out, but with a new build its not a problem.
the nirvana is up there with tuniq and TRUE 120. maybe a degree or two difference
January 29, 2008 10:49:32 PM

Doostur said:
Why the G5 over the G9?


Because my G7 wireless died on me a few months ago and the G5 being the same mouse except being wired is the best gaming mouse around, I have been using it for as long as its been around. Logitec gave me a choice for replacement of my dead G7 wireless and I chose the G9, what a misstake that was. :(  If I had it to do over again I'd choose the G5.
January 30, 2008 3:11:43 AM

I can attest to the enermax being awesome, but the thermaltake he picked is pretty damn-near close in quality. The galaxy's are pretty pricey, about 250 for a 850w.

Your hdd are WAAAY overpriced for just 500gig, please tell me thats two 500's, otherwise, spend the same and get a 1tb hitachi. I can go to a store and buy the same HDD for 109.95, so yeah dont buy a 259.00 HDD, its just too much!

Don't get ANYTHING BLUETOOTH from logitech, i despise my mx5000 K+M. The connection will at random, disconnect my keyboard (this might be a vista issue). In any case, unless you can actually connect your phone up to the computer over Bluetooth (which in theory i can, but it wont access the phone, just show it).

The moniter is great, I recommend getting two. Dual screen is just fantastic, you could have all your work on one side and all your play (msn, poker, net etc...) on the other. Once you go duallies, you dont go back.

main point. DONT GET THAT HDD FOR THAT PRICE!!!GAH!
January 30, 2008 9:10:04 AM

eric54, i had two monitors, but decided to save money and keep only one. Sounds temping again though.
January 30, 2008 6:06:20 PM

Take a look at these items, this psu is probably one-of-the-best for the price at buy.com $110 and seriously look at 2 hd's one (250gb) for the OS and the other one (500gb) for games, video(s), data, ect, you will definatley have better performance going in that direction. Also this case has a very high rating\review and very good air-flow. And the cooler has a fan provides very good cooling and has a great price.

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda ST3250410AS 250GB 7200.10 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda ST3500320AS 500GB 7200.11 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
January 30, 2008 6:09:41 PM

Oh.. if your only going with 1 video card take a look at the:
EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
January 31, 2008 2:11:44 AM

I swapped out the heatsink for the ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - Retail
$49.99

I'm going to give the G92 a shot for a video card.
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$314.99
January 31, 2008 5:24:13 AM

You can buy a 8800 gts for 259 in canada at a retail store. So 314 is kinda high for it. So what about those HDD, anybody else notice they are 2.5 times the price they should be?

Yeah, dual moniter is the shiznit. It'll be the only thing you look at all the time when you buy the computer, so I personally put it outside the budget because it surpasses future upgrades and builds. Only thing i would do is get two 24" next build, my family really enjoys things when i upgrade since they get my hand-me-downs, haha. Maybe get a 22 and a 24, one for movies and tv/stuff, the 22 for gaming.
February 1, 2008 12:43:51 PM

the one for 259 is the gts640 I beleive. Its not the same as the gts512<g92>. Its alot slower
February 1, 2008 3:06:09 PM

I was referring to the g92 version. And yes the old is a little slower, but nothing too extreme, i wouldnt say alot. That deal was a doorcrasher from canadian best buy. 319 for a gts 512mb is a pretty good deal.
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