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Newegg $2000 Build - Advice Before Order

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April 9, 2008 3:02:22 AM

Hello I been looking around the forums here for the past few months getting familiar with computer components and I finally decided to go for a build of my own. These are the carefully chosen components I came up with and I would appreciate if you can tell me of any incompatibilities among the items.

CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
300 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

CPU Cooler ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
225 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit
100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power PC Power & Cooling S75QB EPS12V 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V
160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard
35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1
270 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM/Combo with SP1 Free
99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Headphones Creative FATAL1TY 3.5mm gold-plated Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-RW SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N - OEM
35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Some things to note. Since it says OEM as part of the name of some of these products, does that mean I'll be missing some cables and whatnot? Does this mean I have to go out and buy extra components to make these work? Am I missing anything to build my computer?

I appreciate any help from the experts here at Toms Hardware. BTW I have about $200 left in my budget before I hit 2k, any recommendations?
April 9, 2008 3:06:19 AM

if you want to save money and overclock, scrap the Q9450 and get a q6600
April 9, 2008 3:27:13 AM

The cache size, FSB and lower temps are what pushed me towards the q9450. I realize the multiplier sucks but I can live with that.
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April 9, 2008 4:18:41 AM

I would get the pc power and cooling silencer 750 instead of the OCZ power supply and I would also go with that new western digital 640 gb drive. It uses 2 platters and is cooler and faster for around the same price. Also you can get a better cooler. I love zalman but if you need ot save some bucks you can alwasy get the tuniq 120 which will perform same or better and cost you 21 less. It will fit btw, I built one, only problem is you can't use a side fan. Also if you live by a microcenter you can get that processor for 299. Actually order it online they have it and you get 50 dollar coupon at check out so it is 299. www.microcenter.com
April 9, 2008 4:57:38 AM

Second that vote for the PC Power & Cooling 750!
April 9, 2008 5:16:40 AM

Why would you want a 9800 when an 8800GTS has all the performance and you can save $100? Also, check the prices of what you are buying on sites other than Newegg before you buy from them. They generally have the best prices, but there are times when they are way off. You can buy a Samsung F1 750GB drive for $120 on ZZF if you feel like increasing your storage capacity by 50% for only $10 (its $130 on Newegg). The 1000w power supply is overkill. Most high end systems with one graphics card will never touch 500w at load. Otherwise I like the rest of your choices.
April 9, 2008 5:50:11 AM

Thanks for all the advice so far. I'm editing my original post with several changes. I'll have to research the PC Power & Cooling 750 some more. It looks interesting but can you explain why it's better than the OCZ power supply? Other than that, I'll change from the 9800GTX to the 8800 GTS 512 Mb until the 9900 series comes out. I'll also change my hard drive choice towards the Samsung F1 750GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 9, 2008 1:10:56 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

I would take this drive over that samsung drive. This western digital is brand new and only uses 2 platters because it is 320 gb per platter. That means it is going to be faster, quieter, and generate less heat. I can promise that the samsung is at least 3 and most likely 4. Not to mention dude, I would get a smaller primary drive and get a secondary drive as well. That way you don't have to back up everything if you need to do a format or the drive crashes.

http://www.pcpower.com/technology/myths/

Also here is the Pcpower and cooling site. There are a multitude of reasons why to go with it. Not to mention toms rated it 2007 psu of the year. It is an amazing power supply and it is nice and quiet. Read up. Btw, they are part of the OCZ group anyway, however, I prefer the single 12 v rail to the multiple 12 v rails. No wasted amperage which is really nice. It is a little expensive but you never skimp on the powersupply. Everyone does and it is stupid.
April 9, 2008 1:41:11 PM

I would go for a bigger case, but that is preference I guess. If you want to change around stuff in the future it is nice knowing that you will not have any space constraints. Particularly I like the thermaltake armor series.

With your remaining $200, looking into a sound card might not be a bad idea. Otherwise looks good.
April 9, 2008 1:44:34 PM

I am running a Q9450 on an EVGA board with the 780i. It runs at idle around 90F and the highest I have seen it was 111F not overclocked with a ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT cooler. I am running 2 8800 GTS 512Mb cards with 4x2Gb OCZ DDR2 800 and it is powered by a PC Power & Cooling 750. I am using Vista x64 w/ sp1 as well. It is a sweet little box. You will like the Q9450. I would have to recommend the PC Power & Cooling 750 as well.
April 9, 2008 4:39:25 PM

Out of the two, you will only need the 700W supply, but the PC Power & Cooling isn't too shabby either. I don't think you really need 1010W, so no point in paying for it. I agree that you could save cash on a Q6600 or go for an E8400/E3110 if you don't need a quad (video editing and such)
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