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June 24, 2008 6:00:49 PM

Hi everyone, I'm am building a PC on a budget of $1400. The computer will be primarily used for gaming, but is also going to be used for various multi-tasking. The newegg link: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Essentially, I am running a Q6600 and I will be running two Radeon HD 4870s. This is not in the wishlist as they have not been release, but I expect them to be released at $300. This means everything else in the PC must cost less than $800 total for me to reach my budget cut.

If you take a look at my wishlist, you see the problem. The PSU I am currently planning to use is this one:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... However, I know that I can find a cheaper PSU with the same amount of kick, but I don't know which one is reliable. I have found that I may be able to cut about $30 off of the list by purchasing a combo fan with the Q6600.

I need the fan, as I plan to overclock. I plan to overclock the CPU to about 3.6 GHz-4.0 GHz (I don't expect I will go to four, but just in case...)
June 24, 2008 6:30:13 PM

Get this Heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It perfoms BETTER and is CHEAPER.
As for you PSU problem, it looks like you just might to bite the bullet and spend those few extra dollars. 2 4870's is gonna need a good PSU. The one you selected is excellent. Just buy the cooler I recommened, and buy that 750w PCP&C.
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June 24, 2008 6:34:34 PM

OCZ gets consistently decent reviews for their PSUs. Not great, not in the league with Corsair or PC power and cooling (which OCZ now owns btw) but decent. That said 720w modular for $80....$60 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also not sure about the power requirements of the 4870s yet. May not be enough oomph.
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June 24, 2008 6:55:04 PM

dirtmountain said:
OCZ gets consistently decent reviews for their PSUs. Not great, not in the league with Corsair or PC power and cooling (which OCZ now owns btw) but decent. That said 720w modular for $80....$60 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also not sure about the power requirements of the 4870s yet. May not be enough oomph.


Won't work, that PSU only has 2 PCI-E 6pin connectors. The PC P&C 750 is a great price at $120 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 24, 2008 6:58:21 PM

The Corsair TX 750 looks pretty beasty (60amps, 750w, 4 PCI-e 8-pin connectors [6+2-pin]) for $89 at buy.com with google checkout and a $10 rebate, free shipping:
http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/tx.aspx

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-s...

Newegg wants $120 for it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And don't worry that it's not SLI/Crossfire Certified, as that's merely a marketing gimmick like THX is for home theater receivers (meaning you pay Nvidia/ATi a license fee to use their "Certified" label).

The 750tx is basically the PPC 750 for $89.


In fact, buy.com has the best prices if you include free shipping and google checkout on all Corsair models:
http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?store=1...

Personally, Newegg never has the best deal on PSU's.

PC Power and Cooling regularly has specials on their own website that is cheaper than newegg (when on special).
June 24, 2008 7:05:51 PM

Noya said:
The Corsair TX 750 looks pretty beasty (60amps, 750w, 4 PCI-e 8-pin connectors) for $89 at buy.com with google checkout and a $10 rebate, free shipping:
http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/tx.aspx

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-s...

Newegg wants $120 for it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In fact, buy.com has the best prices if you include free shipping and google checkout on all Corsair models:
http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?store=1...

Personally, Newegg never has the best deal on PSU's.

PC Power and Cooling regularly has specials on their own website that is cheaper than newegg (when on special).


Also a great recommend!
a c 144 ) Power supply
June 24, 2008 7:15:46 PM

nvalhalla said:
Not that you asked for cooler recommends, but the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is one of the best.


One of the best - for the price. Probably will not get past 3.3 GHz with one. Look at the Xigmatek S1283. But he is right about getting the oem CPU if you know that you will be using an aftermarket HSF.
June 24, 2008 7:45:09 PM

I'd have to agree on the xigmatek and looking at an OEM cpu. If you don't need the stock heatsink, why bother? Plus i've heard that sometimes some of the OEM cpu's are of a higher quality?!? Maybe true, maybe not.
Just my 2 cents worth.
June 24, 2008 8:08:53 PM

The Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro if fine for small cache/cooler chips like the e2xxx series, but for a quad I'd want a 120mm tower cooler w/Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. You may want to lap the heatsink for a better connection to the Q6600.

Another thing I have against the AC Freezer Pro is the price gouging. Before everyone and there Mom bought one you could find them for about $15-17. Now it's $25-27 plus $7 shipping? No, thanks.

I third nvalhallas recommendation of the OEM Q6600 to save another $15.


One other thing about your post, DarkDwarf. You mention multi-tasking, yet you have a single 250gb HD. You can't multi-task on a single HD without tearing it up (reading & writing to the same disk is not good and kills performance). You need at least 2 seperate drives - one for Windows and one for game installs, while 3 is preferable if you do any photo/video editing/encoding or torrenting.

One other thing, what's the point of the old PCI video card at $65+7 shipping? If this is just a card to hold you over until the 4870's are out, spend $80 for a rebated 8800gs as you'll at least be able to resell it on eBay or Craigslist. Also, if you're wanting the 1gb 4870's...I don't think they're going to be here until August.
June 25, 2008 4:48:04 AM

I have a couple smaller hard drives at home, which I plan to use for multi-tasking, but I bought the 250GB for more storage.

Since I do plan to overclock, ideally over 3.3GHz, what recommendations do people have for coolers?
June 27, 2008 9:44:34 PM

^Another vote for the cooler above.
June 28, 2008 6:13:42 PM

Four things
1. Why do you have 2 q6600

2. Why the Fx 5500?

3. +1 for that cooler I bought it but make sure you buy the retention bracket it makes it sit properly and lowers temps even more

4. +1 for the corsair psu from buy.com
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