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June 17, 2008 1:24:00 AM

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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June 17, 2008 1:52:28 AM

I think I want the Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 instead of the DS3R for a little bit of future proofing...
June 17, 2008 1:52:37 AM

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.
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June 17, 2008 2:03:18 AM

one number: 4870
antec 900
June 17, 2008 2:05:58 AM

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.
June 17, 2008 2:07:34 AM

I should add my new found mind reading skill to my resume !
June 17, 2008 2:15:27 AM

Hmm, I'm a bit anal about cable management. Do you have a suggestion on a power supply with modular cabling?
June 18, 2008 11:38:26 PM

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.
June 19, 2008 12:53:25 AM

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
June 19, 2008 1:50:36 AM

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 $24.99 ($14.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $6.99
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $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
June 19, 2008 2:17:40 AM

Go with the one you have on the list. It was rated very high Sinister.
June 19, 2008 2:32:34 AM

The cooler should fit, considering the TRUE fits in the P182.
June 19, 2008 2:48:41 AM

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