I'm a first time builder, please have a look and let me know!


I've been using the same PC for gaming for about 5 years now, it's a dog and time to dump it for a new one. I was thinking something like this:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Antec Nine Hundred
Thermaltake / ToughPower / 750-Watt
ASUS P5N32-E SLI NVIDIA nForce® 680i
(2) EVGA GeForce 8800 GT Video Card 512MB DDR3
4GB Patriot Dual Channel Viper PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
(2)Western Digital WD-2500KS Caviar 250GB 16M 8.9ms 7200rpm SATA II (RAID 0)
Western Digital WD-5000KS 500GB 16MB 8.9ms 7200rpm SATA II
Plextor PX-810SA 18x/18x/12x SATA

I'm not sure what kind of cooling to get The Antec 900 is supposed to be pretty good stock from what I've read. if i do OC It probably won't be too aggressive. I'm also not sure if I should just wait for the 9800GX2 to come out.

Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time!
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  1. First of all, what type / size of monitor is this going into?

    As for the build:

    Everything looks pretty good. Personally, I'd go for the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11's, but Seagate Caviars are pretty nice as well. Other than that, good choice on all parts.
  2. Crap.

    Thats the other question I was going to ask people. I'm having trouble deciding on a good monitor. The only thing I'll be using it for is playing games.

    I've seen a lot of reccomendations for a 22" Samsung 1680X1050 (2ms) widescreen, but, I'm not sure of the exact model.

    Thanks again for everyones time!
  3. That is the 226BW. It's a pretty nice monitor, actually, I almost picked one up a few weeks ago. In the end I went with the 226's big brother, the 245BW. (24" 1920x1200) I wanted to be able to watch HD / Blu-ray movies in all their glory. :D

    It's a top notch monitor, and if you decide to go with it, then SLI is definitely going to benefit you with a 22"+ monitor running at it's native res.
  4. Someone not going the quad route...

    It all looks good, though....do you plan on overclocking?

    I know that mobo is finicky with overclocks for quadcore chips, but I don't know about dual core
  5. Thanks Rgeist554,

    I will definetly look into the 245BW! I notice you have the 900 case, are you happy with it? Did you add any extra cooling?
  6. Thanks PlasticSashimi,

    What would you reccomend for the quad route?

    I've never really OCed before so if I did, it probably wouldn't be too much. I'm not really familar with what I'd need to cool it either.

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    Thanks Rgeist554,

    I will definetly look into the 245BW! I notice you have the 900 case, are you happy with it? Did you add any extra cooling?

    I really enjoy the case, especially after coming from a cheap case with flashy lights. As far as cases, not many cases I've seen match the the Antec 900 for the price. It has seriously lowered the temp of my room.* One of the few cases that I would consider over the Antec 900 is probably the CoolerMaster Stacker 830... but that's in an entirely different price range.

    *Some people may call BS here, but my previous case would pretty much just heat up and could barely manage to move the heat away and pull in cool air... so the heat would just stagnate around my desk and make for a very uncomfortable experience*

    As far as adding extra cooling, no, I did not. The stock fans are generally more than enough. Although, if you really need it and can add in another fan on the side of the case that will blow directly on the CPU / Motherboard. I really haven't seen the need for it though, as I have all the fans set to low and I never have temp issues.
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