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May 18, 2008 8:13:06 PM

I am planning on building a high end gaming rig
So far here are my specs

CPU
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache-$1029

Motherboard
Alright here is where im stuck...should i just go all out and get the Asus Striker II Extreme 790i?
OR stick to the 780i series motherboards?

Hard drive
WD Velociraptor 300Gig -$300

Ram
G.SKILL DDR2 PC2 6400 4GBPQ - 80.00
If I get the 790i Mobo i will change this to 2 gigs DDR

Videocards

2X Geforce 8800GTS 512 (G92)- $500

CPU Fan
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler- $23
Do I need better cooling for my CPU

Case
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000

Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling S75QB EPS12V 750W Power Supply


Ok so those are my current choices, are they good choices?? should i get a low end video card in the mean time until the newer ones come out??

Is my CPU choice good? i know its a bit overkill but i want this to last me a long time...


Anyways please offer me any advice i need or anything specific i should be considering


I am willing to spend MAX $3000 After tax on this computer... so i don't mind picking out expensive parts.. Thank you



May 18, 2008 8:39:40 PM

Avoid the QX.... they're horrendously expensive and you won't find them that much faster than the regular quads. Get the Q9450 or Q6600 instead.

Wait for the new cards 4870 and GTX280...they're out in mid june. Get a standby card until then, or just don't buy anything until then.

Get the XIGMATEK S1283 cooler instead.

ps: Crossfire seems yummier at the moment rather than SLI.
May 18, 2008 8:46:53 PM

Ill switch the cooler and I will wait for the new cards to come out...

As for the CPU everyones been telling me that its way to expensive and its not worth it

The reason i picked it is because i want to make sure my GPU wont bottle neck at all, and since it already comes at 3.0ghz unlike the Q6600, i can over clock it with air cooling to hopefully 3.5 or more.

For this rig i wanted to go all out and most importantly i wanted a cpu that will last me for 3 years or more. The Q6600 is aging and it will require me to over clock it off the bat to 3.0ghz if i am to gain the full potential of my video cards.

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May 18, 2008 8:49:25 PM

Yeah, I agree with the post above, either wait or get an EVGA card so you can step up to the new cards in

June. Also you don't need a qx9650, a q9450 or 9550 will be about the same for a lot less. One last thing, if

your planning on keeping this for a few years, get a more powerful power supply, try to go for 800wats or

more for future upgrades.
May 18, 2008 8:49:28 PM

Yea, I would save money and avoid the Extreeme Edition, put that extra cash into more ram or another V-Raptor.

If your hesitant about videocards, hold off on your build until June, and decide after the new cards are out. You will need a different mobo depending on which brand you want to go with, so if you jump on a 7*0 nForce board now, your options become more limited for the next gen stuff.

Unless the crossfire unlock for nForce boards is out in the public domain now, if thats the case disregard.

Also, you may want to check, but as I recall the 780s dont work with 45nm Quads, but Im not 100% up to speed on Intel components.
May 18, 2008 9:06:25 PM

Alright i see my CPU choice is obviously not recommended,,so what would be the next BEST cpu the Q9550??
May 18, 2008 9:21:56 PM

For my recent computer build, I bought an eVGA 9800 GTX SSC. This card will hold you over nicely until GT200, at which time you can Step Up. The net result is you pay whatever the GT200 card costs, but in the meantime get a nice performance card to hold you over.
May 18, 2008 9:40:57 PM

hell if you really wana go all out dont waste time with 2 and 4 gigs of ram. Hell that was all out years ago. Its all about the 8 gigs now ;p and if you really wana wait for the next video cards to come out i think you can get a 3870 for as low as $150 really nice card super low price.. Then get the new cards and pay the $300+ when they come out :o  or use your current card assuming you have one till then.
May 18, 2008 9:45:55 PM

Cant use my current card, its AGP 6600 gt really out dated. My friend just replaced his 7600 so maybe i will borrow it for a month until the new cards come out.
and if i got DDR3 i cant get 8 gigs of ram that will be crazy expensive and will break my 3k budget.
May 18, 2008 10:04:13 PM

To tell you the truth I actually considered getting the skulltrail mobo, only thing is it supports 771, and there is only one quad core that supports it and its really expensive,,,As for the xeon's they are not meant for gaming but would they still deliver the same performance in games??
May 18, 2008 10:07:10 PM

Fofo said:
To tell you the truth I actually considered getting the skulltrail mobo, only thing is it supports 771, and there is only one quad core that supports it and its really expensive,,,As for the xeon's they are not meant for gaming but would they still deliver the same performance in games??

What do you mean? Harpertown Xeons are just server versions of Yorkfield Q9xxx cpus. They are mostly identical in architecture and performance, down to overclockability.
May 18, 2008 10:18:10 PM

2 qx9770s for skullrail would be 3k just for the cpus lol.
May 18, 2008 10:18:26 PM

Interesting i did not know that, but what about the fact that it supports DDR2 only doesnt it make it a little outdated..

**Edit
Yea i remember calculating that price, pretty crazy for just the cpu and mobo... but dagger was referring to using two xeon CPU's which are like $300 each.
May 18, 2008 10:20:54 PM

Fofo said:
Interesting i did not know that, but what about the fact that it supports DDR2 only doesnt it make it a little outdated..

Ram speed makes little difference anyway. Ddr3 offers no real advantage with existing cpus.
May 18, 2008 11:43:39 PM

dagger said:
Ram speed makes little difference anyway. Ddr3 offers no real advantage with existing cpus.

^agreed, ATM it is better to get some good DDR2 800MHz sticks and overclock them to 1066MHz
May 19, 2008 1:59:24 AM

Agree, however i have a question. If you were planning on buying a 1000 dollar proccessor why are you skimping out on a 30 doallr air cooler. Buy something better like a thermalright 120 ultra extreme expecialy if you plan on overclocking
May 19, 2008 3:29:12 AM

Im not really "skimping" out, i will spend the money on a nice cooler if i find out, except no liquid cooling (yet at least). The reason i picked out the 30 dollar cooler is cause it got really nice reviews but your right and i am gonna buy something better.
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