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July 1, 2008 2:36:47 PM

Hi,

Ok, Any opinions on these choices.
New build.
E8500 Wolfdale, DX48BT2 (Bone Trail) , CORSAIR XMS3 4GB DDR3, BFG Tech BFGE981024GX2E GeForce 9800 GX2 ,

PSU: 2 choices #1 = Thermaltake 850W Toughpower W0178RU
#2 = ZALMAN ZM750-HP Continuous 750W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply

Case: 2 Choices
#1 = COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
#2 = ENERMAX Uber Chakra ECA5001B Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CPU Fan/Heat sink:ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

HDD's:

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3750330NS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Optical SATA Drive:
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 20X DVD±R DVD Burner




Well, what do ya think?

Regards,
Tom

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July 1, 2008 3:23:47 PM

As for the PSU, I have a TT 850wt and it does very well. The Zalman heatsink PSU is too new, so I know nothing about it, except that its bigger than normal.

Cases are a personal decision for the most part. Look for the most fans and the biggest fans for good airflow and silence. Probably the Coolermaster will be the better of the two listed.

The Zalman 9700, though a fairly good heatsink, is expensive and will not stand up to high overclocks. Check out Anandtech for heatsink reviews. There are several better heatsinks, for either the same cost or cheaper.

Though I generally prefer Seagate hard drives, any that you list should be fine, with a possible edge going to the Seagate 7200.11. Shop for price per gigabyte.

I've been using three ASUS SATA drives in two of my computers and they do a great job for the money spent. As far as lite-scribe goes, I've hardly ever used it and decided that it looks like a nice thing, but in practical terms, it isn't worthwhile to me.
July 1, 2008 3:56:46 PM

yar i agree with sailer

even tho i have the 9700 cnps myself, i pretty much bought it because it looks awesome :)  it still has decent coolings as it appears on the top 10 of most cooling benchmarks, there are other better ones for the same or cheaper price. the 9700 cnps is also pretti audibly noticeable when the fan is set at max. i usually play games with my headphones on, but when i have it off, there is a difference between the lower levels and max settings. i'm running all scythe fans in my case so the 9700 is the loudest fan i have :T

thermalright ultra extreme 120

http://www.directron.com/u120e.html

xigmatek S1283

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


as for your PSU, i would recommend getting a 80+ certified PSU

thermaltake has a lot of 80+ certified...here's a link to the 80+ site so you can make your decision

http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_join.aspx

and

http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_detail.aspx?id=71&ty...

^ thermaltake page for the 80+
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