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Computer build, review before i buy!

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March 26, 2008 7:27:45 PM

Cooling - Thermalright Ultra-120 extreme CPU Cooling Heatsink
$65.00 from NCIx.com
$60.00 from newegg.com

Fan - Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan
$15 from NCIX.com
$25-30 from newegg.com (eww)

CPU-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2
Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
$249.00 from NCIX.com
$259.00 from newegg.com

Mobo-ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
$169.00 from Newegg.com (35 mail in rebate available)
$199.81 from NCIX.com

Case-Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel
ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$138.58 from NCIX.com
$169.99 from Newegg.com

Graphics-EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB
256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
Video Card
$229.00 from NCIX.com (30$ mail in rebate)
$229.00 from newegg.com (AFTER 55$ instant rebate and 30 mail in)

HDD - Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM
16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$169.99 @ newegg.com
$250.80 from NCIX.com

Sound Card - Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit
192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty
Professional Series
$145.37 @ NCIX.com
$135.99 @ newegg.com (also has 50 dollar mail in rebate)

Writers/Media - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R
DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X
CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
$36.41 @ NCIX.com
~$30.00 @ newegg.com

OS - Vista 64bit Home premium upgrade
Check costco, around $100

Memory - CORSAIR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
(PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
TWIN2X4096-6400C5 TIMESx2
X1 price:
$114.00 from newegg.com (also 40$ mail in rebate)
$94.00 from NCIX.com (also 40$ mail in rebate)

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Total from NCIX.com ~1616.97 (canadian $$)
Total from newegg.com ~1467.00 (American$$ im assuming)

Last thoughts? Suggestions?
March 26, 2008 7:36:24 PM

Forgot to add

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V
2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB,
FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
$164.99 from newegg.com (25 mail in available)
$164.99 from ncix.com (25 mail in available)

Putting totals to 1781.96 for NCIX.com and ~1632.00 for Newegg.com, respectively
March 26, 2008 8:43:28 PM

Looks good :) . Make note to use the spacers between motherboard and case, remember to possibly increase RAM voltage. Remember to double check your work twice before powering up! Keep the cables organized.
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March 26, 2008 8:52:28 PM

Thanks for the input sniper :D 
And all that helped me in picking the right parts :D 
March 26, 2008 9:36:47 PM

Looks like you did your homework as they all seem to be good quality parts. Good luck with the build!
March 26, 2008 9:55:22 PM

That corsair PSU is $115 after $25mir on buy.com
March 26, 2008 10:06:26 PM

Yeah nice build. A personal recommendation is getting or atleast looking into Lian Li cases. They do not look very flashy but are really well build. 100% craftmanship.
March 26, 2008 10:23:41 PM

Thanks ShadowofDawn for that note, saved me almost $50 :) 
March 27, 2008 12:12:54 AM

I personally would go with an other motherboard with an integrated sound card like the maximus formula :
http://www.directcanada.com/search/?kw=Maximus%20formul... so you actually have a good motherboard with the a very good sound card for 75$ less ( beside you need that sound card absolutly and i dunno if it is better or not ).


Also, are you canadian or US? If you are canadian, shop at DirectCanada.com, they own NCIX price everytime ( they are the same company, just cheaper at directcanada, plus free shipping, just add 5% taxes and 1.5% shipping assurance and you got the full price )

Vista full version at DirectCanada OEM 64 bit edition ( so you have it, not a stupid upgrade for almost the same price )
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15800SW5866&v...

e8400 is 213.20 at DirectCanda
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1262&v...

And i'll get a Seagate 500gb for the hard drive 88.99$
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14120DR9680&v...
which will almost deliver the same performance beside you need the 2 sec faster load time in a game

and a again a Samsung SH-S203B DVD writers
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14040DR7425&v...
if you don't need the lightscribe thing and don't care that you might not have all the required cable when it's shipped :p 

Actually, just my two cents, since im starting to check for build myself
March 27, 2008 12:36:22 AM

^ That's an over kill on the motherboard.
March 27, 2008 12:56:33 AM

This cooler comes with a fan, cost less, and gives the TRUE a run for cooling.
March 27, 2008 10:58:32 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^ I assume you are referring to this cooler?:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?SCriteria=BA24...
(You're missing link.)

WOW! It's only $25?!?! I have heard about this cooler seems to be at the top 10 coolers. Never knew it was this cheap.


Yeah shadow that's the one, was about half asleep at the keyboard. The thing I like most about this cooler: 600 grams w/fan.
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