New System Take 2 - Input and thoughts please

Primary use is CS3 with occasional gaming.

I have looked again at choices available and come up with this setup trying to optimize on cache in CPU and HDD.

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

5 pcs in a Raid 5+1 Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

POWERCOLOR AX3650 512MD3-P Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retai

2 sets Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS24G8500ELKR2 - Reta

ASUS P5E WS Professional LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450 - Retail

Scythe SCZP-1000 139mm CPU Cooler - Retail
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  1. Uh bro what kind of input do you need?!?!?! I mean you seem to have it down.

    Other than I wouldn't buy that graphics card. You seem to have a very good setup going here but if you're going for ATI, buy the HD 3870 or possibly the HD 3870X2. They're both very good ATI brand cards.

    That's my two cents worth. Hope its worth that much to you!!!
  2. Looks like a nice setup. FWIW, I am a new recent owner of the CM Cosmos case and it's fantastic. Best case overall I"ve ever worked with.
  3. If PS3 is your main use- then you don't need a super duper video card. I would however go with at least a 3850 due to the fact that PS CS3 started a trend that will continue in that some filters are going to start using the GPU to offload from the CPU.

    8GB of RAM- good thing to have for PS3.

    Do you really need dual LAN connectors? If not you don't really need this board- get the P5E instead and save some money.

    What kind of PSU are you running? You don't really need DDR2-1066 RAM either. DDR2-800 is fine unless you are trying to overclock the hell out of this thing.
  4. yes PSU

    Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Power Supply - Retail

    those do help a bit
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