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Ordering Monday, need some final input.

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June 12, 2008 4:40:25 AM

so im ordering my new computer Monday, need some last input before the final order. rolling the 8800GT untill the new cards come out, after that it will be used to power my secondary monitor(s). this computer will be a everyday use/gaming computer. please tell me what you think. heres what i got.

Case : Lian-Li PC-A71B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112144

Mobo : Asus Rampage Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131284

CPU : Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (already bought)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115034&Tpk=QX9650

Heatsink : Zalman CNPS9700 LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

Ram : OZC Reaper 2x2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267

HDD : WD Caviar 640GB 16mb Sata2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

GPU : EVGA 8800GT 512MB (replacing with a GTX280 when they are released)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318

PSU : Silverstone DA800 800W Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256036

June 12, 2008 4:50:35 AM

Get a Antec 900 and a P45 or GA-(E)P35-DS3L motherboard. Why not just save the time and just wait till GTX280 comes out with real benchmarks before you buy your parts? I'd recommend 2x2GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer RAM, they are cheaper and are D Microns. Why would you want a $1000 processor when a Q6600 for $209 can overclock to 3.6GHz on good air cooling easy?
June 12, 2008 4:50:40 AM

Looks very solid. Only thing I would change is to get a TRUE120 instead of the Zalman 9700. But the Zalman should work fine for you.
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June 12, 2008 4:51:04 AM

Oh, and do yourself a favor and get a Antec, PCP&C, or Corsair PSU.
June 12, 2008 4:54:09 AM

silverstone is a good reputable psu maker though 800w is a little overkill
June 12, 2008 5:02:32 AM

i absolutly hate the look of the antec 900, and i got the qx9650 for 300$. i need this computer built before july 1st because i plan on going to millionman lan in louisville so i'll just buy the gtx280 when they are released. whats wrong with the asus board, i haven't really found a board that i've been dead set on, i don't plan on using SLI and i want to overclock, any other sugestions? and the OCZ is cheaper than the ballistix. i looked at the TRUE120 and was concerned that it didn't have a fan, does it not come with one, do i have to attach my own?
June 12, 2008 1:43:27 PM

T3hDon said:
i absolutly hate the look of the antec 900, and i got the qx9650 for 300$. i need this computer built before july 1st because i plan on going to millionman lan in louisville so i'll just buy the gtx280 when they are released. whats wrong with the asus board, i haven't really found a board that i've been dead set on, i don't plan on using SLI and i want to overclock, any other sugestions? and the OCZ is cheaper than the ballistix. i looked at the TRUE120 and was concerned that it didn't have a fan, does it not come with one, do i have to attach my own?


You can attach any 120mm fan you want to the TRUE120. And stick with the OCZ Ram. Crucial has had quality control issues recently. The Asus board is much better than the ds3l. It's also much more expensive, but it looks like cost isn't a big issue to you. GL
June 12, 2008 1:56:43 PM

i would order now they look good but the case. if you order now most parts will come by monday.
June 12, 2008 2:39:27 PM

The Asus board is great, but it is not economical. ...that's an issue for a lot of folks. The Gigabyte boards are fine and they are economical, so they're popular. That Rampage is nice kit and you'll enjoy it. Folks that have them seem to love 'em. Congrats on the Lian-Li case, its always nice to get a beautiful aluminum chassis if you appreciate that. The Reapers will happily marry to the Rampage...8GB, should you ever opt for that.

I believe you can do better than the Zalman 9700, especially for the money. You could get a Xigmatek S-1283, an OCZ Vendetta 2, or even a TRUE. I would recommend using a good, quiet high CFM fan on any of these, but should you stick with the stock fans, you'd still have better cooling than the Zalman 9700.

Enjoy your rig.
June 12, 2008 3:34:40 PM

I've got the same motherboard and I really like it. You could save some money on a different on if you never plan to use the Xfire, but I've got 0 complaints with that board. It's well set up and has a pile of bios options. The LCD poster is a cool little add on too. The reset and power on buttons are awesome especially if your case arrives a few days after your components.

I agree on the coolers Halcyon mentioned. They all seem to be reviewed better than the older 9700. I went for the S1283 and it fits pretty well on the board. Though if I turn it a certain way it hits the heat sinks on the IO panel of the Rampage.

I'd spend $30 more and get the PCP&C 860W better wattage, better brand, better all around PSU. Better yet save yourself $70 and get a PCP&C 750W. You don't need 800 or 860W for that system. It'll just likely have a louder fan.

I'd personally look into the new Velociraptors as well. I fell in love with the first raptors when they came out and I'll probably never use anything else. I don't do music or movies on my PC though, so storage capacity isn't overly important to me.
June 12, 2008 9:15:14 PM

thanks for the input guys, i gunna go with the Gigabyte DQ6, just for the fact that both asus boards i bought before were DoA, and both gigabyte boards that replaced the DoAs i've never had a problem out of. the reason i choose the silverstone PSU is strictly because its modular, if PCP&C made a modular PSU i'd be all over it. as for the heatsink, im gunna roll with the TRUE 120, but 1 question, will this heatsink fit on the DQ6?
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