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May 22, 2008 7:59:51 AM

Hey everyone!!!....I've always loved PC gaming, but always have been nervous about building my own. Now after a year of Electrical studies at college I feel a little more confident. I wondered if you guys could check out the specs I picked.

If you could comment on my choice of motherboard (will it be upgradeable for several years with DDR3 technology or is it too much), is the PSU overkill, and whether the cooling will enough considering I plan on overclocking the CPU & GPU's a little bit. Additionally, if a different case would be better please let me know. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated too.

CPU - Core 2 Quad 9300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115043


MOBO - XFX MBN790IUL9 790i Ultra
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813141009


GPU - DUAL EVGA 8800 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318


Memory - DDR3 G.Skill F3 x2 (For 4 GB Total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231150


PSU - Hiper HPU-4M880 (880 Watts)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817128010


Case - NZXT Zero
http://www.provantage.com/nzxt-cs-nt-zero~7NZXT00K.htm


Cooling - Are the stock fans enough or do I need these???
CPU: Rosewill RCX-Z3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200013

GPU: Artic Cooling Accels 1 Rev 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186016



HDD - Western Digital Caviar GP
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...;


Well that's everything. I really appreciate your help. :p 

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May 22, 2008 8:29:59 AM

DDR3 isn't going to make it run a better processor, just cost lots more for memory.
I'm under the impression that Intel likes keeping secrets from nvidia, so the intel wont be the most CPU future proof out there.

unless your running high resolution, SLI is a waste. even if you are, that PSU is a bit much. new cards don't draw near the power of first gen DX10
May 22, 2008 10:48:29 AM

Like Goo stated, SLI is pretty much a waste unless your willing to drop the cash now for both cards. Otherwise by the time you feel you want another card there's a good chance there's a better single card solution. Take this from a person who got sucked into buying a XFX 680i motherboard, i wish i would have bought a stable overclocking motherboard like an ASUS Rampage Formula.

DDR3 is just money wasted, unless you think you going to be using it long enough to feel a benefit from power savings. But since your planng to overclock, i'm going to assume power efficiency isn't at the top of your list.

The PSU is way overkill, it's enough for Quad SLI, lol. I personally like the Silverstone Decathlon Series. The 650w will be more then enough for you,even if you stick with going SLI.

I'm not sure about the case, but lot's of people really like the Antec 900, and now it got a big brother the Antec 1200 which looks to be even better then the 900. I have a P182, and it's very solid and quite, and great for those who prefer a less blingy case.

Also i'd purchase the G92 8800GTS 512mb graphics card over the GT. The GTS performs better, and it runs cooler then the GT. Plus it'll cost about the same as the GT plus your aftermarket cooler, since the GTS won't need it. The stock cooler on the GTS is plenty, and even leaves some room for overclocking.
May 22, 2008 2:39:24 PM

Ekoe15 said:
If you could comment on my choice of motherboard (will it be upgradeable for several years with DDR3 technology or is it too much), is the PSU overkill, and whether the cooling will enough considering I plan on overclocking the CPU & GPU's a little bit. Additionally, if a different case would be better please let me know. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated too.

PSU: Min. you need 750W if you'll SLI. SO it is not overkill
Mobo:If you insist on SLI (though it is not of too much benifit) stay away from ddr3 mobos
And better to stay away from all nForce chipset mobos
X38 or X48 mobos are better and can still run 1 nVidia card or 2 ATI cards in (CrossFire)
DDR3 will shine with Nehalem . It is useless with 775 socket processors
Graphic card : Stay away of SLI, Lot of driver problems. Not many games support SLI. with price of 2 cards 8800GT you'll get better performance with one 8800GX2 and much less problems
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