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E8400 First Built System Critique/Suggestions

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May 31, 2008 7:47:24 PM

My plan is to start building this computer some time next week and would like any input on the components and there compatibility. Here is my current setup:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

  • ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

  • DIAMOND Viper 3870PE4512SB Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

  • COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

  • Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 550W ATX12V Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

  • CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    With the discounts promo code I added for the power supply(-$40), this build come out to ~$850 w/ shipping. Any suggestions for components would be great. I'd like to keep my price range between 850-900. Thanks to all that respond.



    June 1, 2008 3:02:46 AM

    1) Drop the 3870 and go with an 8800GT which smacks it around. I have a 3870, its a fine card, but the G92 8800GT 512s are better.

    2) Change the power supply to the Corsair 550VX. $74 after MIR at the egg and a better unit than the Antec.
    June 1, 2008 3:31:10 AM

    8800GTS 512 is worth every penny. Save up for it.
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    June 1, 2008 4:00:44 AM

    Thanks for the input. I'm thinking about getting that corsiar ps. I've come to realize that a 8800 GTS would be overkill for what I would be doing. What would you guys suggest for a card around $130?
    June 1, 2008 4:07:20 AM

    vbonham3 said:
    Thanks for the input. I'm thinking about getting that corsiar ps. I've come to realize that a 8800 GTS would be overkill for what I would be doing. What would you guys suggest for a card around $130?


    The 256MB 8800 GT. $129.99, no rebates.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    June 1, 2008 4:09:29 AM

    Yeah that card looks pretty good. I'm gonna do a little bit more research on the 8800 GT series, but that will probally be the one I buy.
    June 1, 2008 7:13:57 AM

    If you're reffering to wether the 8800GT will be able to play Blu-Ray content at the given resolution, yeah it will easily.

    The 8800GT is a great card mate.
    !