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Please revise build before buying today ($2000 budget)

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February 6, 2008 4:41:55 PM

Today I'm buying all components from different online stores (ended up saving $90 than buying all from newegg). I need u guys to review all components I have chosen, and let me know if something is missing, or to buy something different to save few bucks. I will be using my old pc case,water cooler and 28" lcd. This pc will be use for hardcore gaming,music,movies. and will be overclock hopefully to over 4.0. No, I'm not interested in Q6600 for future proof. I care more about gaming performance FPS, than a slower cpu for future proof. Anyways in 1 or 2 years this motherboard wont handle future cpus, video cards, will have to get a new mobo with new socket, so why future proof? im not planning stuck with this config for 2-4 years.


Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply$162.36
Asus P5E Motherboard$243.24
ntel E8400 Dual Core Processor $215
PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT Video Card$240.75
PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT Video Card$240.75
WD Caviar SE 250GB Hard Drive $64.00
Patriot Memory 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit$73.00
Pioneer DVR-112D Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer $35.00
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series$162.36
AKG K701 headset $449.99
Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard $55.85
Razer Diamondback Game Mouse Plasma$45.04

tax/shipping Total: $1987
February 6, 2008 4:50:45 PM

I am listing an awesome optical drive (maybe as a replacement or if you want 2). I would go with 2 hd's 1 for the OS & the other for Games, Video, mp3's, Data, etc, you will get better performace (if you are budgeting 2-250's or no budget 1-250gb for OS 1-500gb for Data. Also a good heatsink + fan (if it doesn't come with one) will extend the life of your processor & mobo so it is a wise selection for your investment even if your not OC'ing.

Samsung SH-S203B SATA
Seagate Barracuda ST3250410AS 250GB 7200.10 RPM 16MB Cache
Seagate Barracuda ST3500320AS 500GB 7200.11 RPM 32MB Cache
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
February 6, 2008 4:59:04 PM

what about if I set 2 partitions, I really dont need over 250gb.
Partition1 33gb C: Windows
Partition2 rest D: Storage
will this way still have same performance than buying 2 hds.
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February 6, 2008 5:59:12 PM

No as far as performance goes 2 hard drives will win hands-down. Just a matter of performance really not that you don't use so much. Send a PM to Silverion77 ask him, he's real smart.
February 6, 2008 6:28:48 PM

I would get 1 3750x2 instead of 2 8800GT. With an asus Maximus formula mobo.
February 6, 2008 6:29:44 PM

^^^ NO NO NO

I dont know the whole HD part :kaola: 
Yes I know WOWWWWW

Looks like a decent build....that PSU is a bit overkill...but if you want it go ahead...you can save a bit and get the Corsair 620HX. Same thing just has modular cables (which I know love!!!!!)

One a side note if you can get the G92 512mb GTS's instead. They perform better out of the box, but more important they run cooler and are quieter from the dual slot cooler. My GT is pretty loud so I dont even want to know how loud 2 are

P.S. Why are you getting those ridiculous headsets...

February 6, 2008 6:35:38 PM

Oh my god, Paying more then 120$ for any good headset is ridiculous. Steel Series 5H v2, Sennhesier headsets, both are very good and alot more affordable.

Unless you have a special need for those headphones, if so please explain as I can't find one?

Other then that, I would also recommend getting a GTS (G92) instead of the GTs, I bought one and its arriving on Friday along with the rest of my system.
February 6, 2008 6:36:58 PM

I'd be careful with the headphones. I have the k701's on my CD setup and they will need bit of power to drive at their best, and can be very dependent on a good amp to really shine. (IMO if under driven they won't be worth the $$ you are going to spend on them.) Mind the fact that the 701's are also open and not closed so everyone will be able to hear (if that matters).

If you want to go with the 701's look into getting a small headphone amp.

http://www.headphone.com/products/headphone-amps/the-mo...

^^^I have one of those little guys and they really help out a lot. when running directly from a computer. (Beyer 880)

Also look into the Sennheiser HD280 Headset. I have the regular 280's and they rock, for both gaming and music, extremely comfortable (so are the 701's tho)

Be sure to make sure you are getting the 8800 with 512MB not the 256MB. I had to catch myself thinking I was getting a "good buy" but noticing it was the 256MB model.

Might want to look into RAID 0 (I'm a fan of RAID) Big difference between RAID 0 and no RAID.
February 6, 2008 7:22:04 PM

Why do im getting those expensive headphones? for 2 reasons.
1. Im an audiophile
2. For my Recording Studio
I need quality headset with very rich sound. I cant stand poor gaming headset, with poor bass, and decent sound.This is one of the best headset with best quality sound ever heard, with very define boomy bass that a gaming headset cant produce. You cant even compare Steel Series 5H v2 with a AKGK701, AKG will kill any gaming headset so bad, and dont even sound close to this akg. By the way I was going to get Grado GS1000, the best headset ever created made out of wood for $999, but ran out of budget.

By when Nvidia 9800x2 will arrive? how much will it cost? if arrives this month, i go head order everything today except video cards.
Anybody considering good quality sound headphones heres the site http://www.headphone.com/products/headphones/all-headph...
February 6, 2008 10:57:21 PM

Sennheiser lists my MSRP of the headphones as $300 on their website yet newegg sold them to me for 75 before x-mas (HD 280 PRO 64 OHM [omega sign])
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