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Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3R

Processor: E8400 Wolfdale 3.0 ghz

Video Card: EVGA 8800GT Superclocked 512MB

Ram: 8GB (4x2GB) OCZ REAPER HPC Edition DDR2 800 4-4-4-15

Hard Drives: 2 Seagate 7200.10 250GB for RAID0

Power Supply: Thermaltake W0116RU 750W

Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

Haven't picked a case yet, so not included in the price. Included in the price is a floppy drive, dvd burner, and a few cables I need. Comes to about $1100 for all that minus the case.

Good deal? Suggestions? Improvements? It's been a while.
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  1. I think I want the Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 instead of the DS3R for a little bit of future proofing...
  2. Change the motherboard to the P45 MSI Neo-F. $99 and will overclock better than P35 which is headed out the door.

    Video Card: Good, however the 4850 is supposed to be around $199 and outperform it. Coming Wednesday.

    RAM: ok, I perfer G.Skill kits 4GB 4-4-4-12 DDR2-800 is $94

    Hard Drives: RAID won't help you unless you are doing large drive writes and doubles your chances of data loss.

    Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling 610W instead.

    Heatsink: ok

    Look at the P182 for a case.
  3. one number: 4870
    antec 900
  4. Thank you for the input Shadowduck. I will look into those options. Basically I enjoy overclocking, so I want an overclocking friendly build. Looks like your suggestion of the motherboard fits the bill.

    Also, I currently have a P182 and I intend on getting another one I believe. Absolutely one of the best cases I've ever had.
  5. I should add my new found mind reading skill to my resume !
  6. Hmm, I'm a bit anal about cable management. Do you have a suggestion on a power supply with modular cabling?
  7. lol I have a modular PSU.

    Here ya go: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002&Tpk=Corsair%2b620

    You could also get by with this one, the 620 gives you more headroom.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139001&Tpk=520HX 520W vs 620W.. $40 cheaper
  8. Alright, how about now:

    Case: Antec P182 Gun Metal Black Computer Case

    Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Processor

    Ram: 8 GIGS 2x CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

    Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512-P3-N802-AR Video Card

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W Power Supply

    Heatsink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

    Plus a couple cables and a floppy drive, etc.


    Comes to about $1100.00

    Thought about waiting for the HD 4850 video card, but meh, I don't care. I'll use the Step-Up in a few months. Plus, I don't really game above 1600x1200 much anyway.
  9. Eh, I'm also reconsidering the heatsink now. Been looking at the Xigmatek S963 because I don't think the bigger Xigmatek will fit in the P182
  10. SinisterMessiah said:
    Eh, I'm also reconsidering the heatsink now. Been looking at the Xigmatek S963 because I don't think the bigger Xigmatek will fit in the P182


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233001 $24.99 ($14.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019 $6.99
    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020&Tpk=mx-2 $6.99
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 $109.99 ($99.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail
  11. I was hoping for a modular PSU
  12. Go with the one you have on the list. It was rated very high Sinister.
  13. The cooler should fit, considering the TRUE fits in the P182.
  14. I pulled the trigger on this and went with the Xigmatek S963. If I'm not happy I'll return it but I like the reviews and I think I'll be satisfied. I'm not going to go too crazy with the OC'ing
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