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first build -- please critique

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March 3, 2008 1:44:23 AM

i am in the process of deciding on what components to use and would appreciate some help. my budget, including monitor and OS (100$) is about 1600-1700$.
i know some of these components might be considered overkill for a first time builder (?) but after i have finished it i will be looking into some overclocking, but nothing spectacular.
here are my intial thoughts:

case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

i want a midi tower and this one looks good and high quality with some good reviews and is pretty cheap

PSU:
Thermaltake W0131RU ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153043

will last for several builds and is modular so the case wont be too messy + two 30A 12v rails for graphics

MOBO:
Asus maximus formula x38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131227

this might be overkill, but it has gotten lots of great reviews, good oc'ing ability and i know it is easy to work with (according to friends anyway)

now for the ram i am not completely sure. i was looking into ddr2 1066 type but read somewhere this might not work to well with the mobo. anyway for now i was looking at
G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
i prefer 2gb sticks as i might go for 8gb later (using 64 bit of course) a possibility is the same stickss but ddr2 1000 insted, but as mentioned above i have heard some have problems with it (at least with the crucials)

graphics i was thinknig EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130325
but i know the 9 series is coming soon, however of what i have found out online it will be too expensive for me (500$ ?) and nothing revolutionary, i dont know if i should wait or not
the possibility for sli would force me into buying a nforce based mobo, and in that case i figured i would have to wait for 790i (but thats only ddr3? if so it will be too expensive, unless prices drop)

i am definately going for the q9450 for my processor, only a couple of weeks until its released now?

as for harddrives and monitor i am not too concerned right now but please fell free to come up with suggestions. sorry the post turned out so long, but i wanted to get it all out there.
please comment and suggest any changes you can think of. if there are any compatability issues please let me know
thanks

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March 3, 2008 3:06:38 AM

I wouldn't count on the Q9450 working on the Maximus without a bios update, my E8400 wouldnt work without one and it's also 45nm. But you're definitely not going overkill with choosing it. NEVER skimp on the motherboard. Your best option would be to wait a couple days after the release of the CPU and double check what motherboards it's working with and is not working with. I was stupid and bought the E8400 assuming it would work :(  had to borrow a friends CPU to flash my bios, lol.

For memory, I would just get DDR2-800 which will give you 3.2Ghz on the Q9450 without having to overclock the memory at all. It's also perfect if you're not overclocking the CPU at all.

If you plan on overclocking higher (which will be rediculously hard on this CPU because of the 8x multiplier) then you could look at the 1066 memory.

An Nvidia GPU will work on any crossfire board, you jsut can't use 2 of them. Take a look at my specs for an example. The 8800GTS 512mb is an amazing card and I plan on upgrading it to the 9800 at the end of my 90 day step up for only a couple hundred bucks.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I researched this chip a lot before finally choosing my E8400.
March 3, 2008 6:34:28 PM

thanks for the replies, but i think i am going to put this entire build on hold for a couple of months and watch out for all the new stuff thats coming. there so much and i dont want to miss out on anything, even if i end up not buying it
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