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June 12, 2008 6:08:35 PM

If anyone has any advice or tweaks regarding the build plz post



1 x Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.66GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB OEM No HSF

1 x ASUS Striker II Extreme 790I Ultra LGA775 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard

1 x Corsair XMS2 Dominator QUAD2X4096-8500C5DF 4GB DDR2 4X1GB PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL 5-5-5-15 Memory Kit

1 x ASUS GeForce 8800GTX 575MHZ 768MB 1.8GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card

1 x Thermaltake Kandalf LCS Black ATX Tower Case BUILT-IN Liquid Cooling System 3X120MM Rad Window No PS

1 x OCZ Elitexstream OCZ800EXS 800W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black


1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive

1 x Samsung SH-S203B Black SATA DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 18X/12X INT DVD Writer OEM W/ Vista SW


Thank you

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June 12, 2008 6:38:49 PM

Swap PSU to PP&C 750. I personally wouldn't go with that case, mainly because the cooling kits that come with cases (and most kits in general) are not good quality. Other than that very good (high end) build.
June 12, 2008 6:54:29 PM

That build is going to be hard to use. Shadow -1 for you not catching it :p 

You are buying DDR2 RAM (and a bad kit at that 4x 1GB) and planning to use it on a DDR3 motherboard. That is going to well be difficult to accomplish.

Now lets be reasonable: go with a X48 board and cut the price of your motherboard in half. Hell, go P45 and cut it down to $149. I don't see the point in building such an expensive system with Nehalem on the horizon.

Other problem is DDR3 is slower than DDR2 right now and much more expensive.

If *I* were building now, I would go with an eVGA 8800GT, and step up to a 2xx series card within 90 days. Avoid nVidia's crappy Intel chipsets altogether. For RAM G.Skill 4GB (2x 2GB) 4-4-4-12 for $89.

Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro or Asus P5E x38
CPU: Great choice
Optical Drive: Bluray burner (high end right? :)  )

Go with Shadow's PSU advice.
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June 12, 2008 6:56:37 PM

Opps nice catch. I am posting from school so couldn't use FF. Also don't forget Nehalm is just around the corner.
June 12, 2008 7:00:33 PM

I agree with shadowduck. If you don't absolutely want SLI get a P45 mobo with DDR2. Those SLI chipsets appear to be flaky.
June 12, 2008 7:08:08 PM

shadowduck said:
That build is going to be hard to use. Shadow -1 for you not catching it :p 

You are buying DDR2 RAM (and a bad kit at that 4x 1GB) and planning to use it on a DDR3 motherboard. That is going to well be difficult to accomplish.

Now lets be reasonable: go with a X48 board and cut the price of your motherboard in half. Hell, go P45 and cut it down to $149. I don't see the point in building such an expensive system with Nehalem on the horizon.

Other problem is DDR3 is slower than DDR2 right now and much more expensive.

If *I* were building now, I would go with an eVGA 8800GT, and step up to a 2xx series card within 90 days. Avoid nVidia's crappy Intel chipsets altogether. For RAM G.Skill 4GB (2x 2GB) 4-4-4-12 for $89.

Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro or Asus P5E x38
CPU: Great choice
Optical Drive: Bluray burner (high end right? :)  )

Go with Shadow's PSU advice.


Agreed regarding PSU and and above suggestions. I'd filter it down to X38 since X48 is just too high end and expensive.

Agreed with DDR2 too. Heres an old but effective thread for DDR3 bashing.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1124/8/page_8_final_t...
June 12, 2008 11:36:22 PM

Thank you all for the advice. I will have to make a few changes to the setup.
June 13, 2008 2:52:28 AM

isn't ddr3 bashing so much fun, as for the build you could get a p35 for $90 and still be fine
June 13, 2008 2:55:46 AM

Almost as much as SLI-bashing, but currently SLI bashing is funner. :) 
June 13, 2008 2:57:11 AM

isn't it, then comes nvidia chipset bashing
June 13, 2008 2:59:14 AM

gators1223 said:
isn't it, then comes nvidia chipset bashing


One in the same usually :p 

June 13, 2008 3:10:58 AM

If the Nvidia chipsets weren't so flaky and the DDR3 so expensive, then they wouldn't get bashed. Aye?
June 13, 2008 3:38:00 AM

shadowduck said:
Almost as much as SLI-bashing, but currently SLI bashing is funner. :) 



LOL! :lol:  I detest SLI and Nvdea boards myself.

Side windows and lights while I'm at it. I never understood the fact some gamers have plastic windows on their rigs when a major goal is to keep temps down to a minimum. Last time I checked, plastic wasn't all that great for heat.
June 13, 2008 3:42:16 AM

i like my window and led fans, not so much for temps, ive got a tuniq so im fine but my case actually looks good with the lights
June 13, 2008 4:06:42 AM

gators1223 said:
i like my window and led fans, not so much for temps, ive got a tuniq so im fine but my case actually looks good with the lights


I'l admit some of them look stylish. I saw pics of the Antec..900 I think it is on newegg, and it looked kinda neat. Zahlman had a case out that that had alot of lights, it looked nice but it was like major bucks. I mean I could have payed for half a cheap gaming rig for what they were charging for that case.

Myself, I made a cut-put pattern on the top of my case then took a drill to it for another 120mm fan, and it looks like it came that way from the factory. I'm running 4x120mm fans in it, and the case is inexpensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---it's that case there.
June 13, 2008 4:30:17 AM

Not bad. :)  Actually that case looks like a bargain when you include the rebate. What's the room and airflow with that case like?
June 13, 2008 4:37:45 AM

its got good airflow the top fan helps a lot with heat buildup, ive got enough room to stuff all my unused power cables and my 8800gts fits easily, no sharp edges or anything, this case has single handedly made me a nzxt fanboi
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