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June 18, 2008 3:07:46 PM

this is the most expensive computer I've ever built so i don't want to make any mistakes
Price range: < 2600
reason: mid to high gaming
case: antec twelve hundred $214.95

mobo: ASUS P5E3 WS PRO LGA 775 Intel X38 $ 279.99

cpu : Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 $339.99

cpu cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 $26.99

gpu: GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 $656.99

memory: Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 $219.99
grease: Arctic Silver Ceramique $4.99

cd: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner $32.99

hdd: Western Digital Caviar 640gb $99.99

power: Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W $299.99

total: $2,112.85

please tell me if I missed anything, bottlenecks or any anything else it will be greatly apreciated

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June 18, 2008 3:23:27 PM

Since you aren't doing SLI and (IMO) DDR3 is much less performance for the price compared to DDR2, I would switch to a much cheaper P35 motherboard and DDR2 memory. That's $300 right there, almost enough to get a nice 24" monitor to go with that GTX280. Or, if you already have a monitor, think about another hard drive for Windows.

You could also probably get away with a PSU between 600 and 700 watts depending on the brand,
June 18, 2008 3:26:56 PM

That depends on how long you're gonna keep the pc. If say for years, yup go for it. If it's until Nehalem, pick up P35 + DDR2.
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June 18, 2008 3:32:12 PM

X38 is a Crossfire board. You are getting a Nvidia card.
Do you want to switch to AMD?
Or do you want to go the 790i route?
June 18, 2008 3:37:16 PM

how do you know if its crossfire or not
June 18, 2008 3:44:57 PM

Please do not get a P35 mobo. Go for an X48 for best performance. It appears as if you are willing to pay top dollar for your parts, so here is what i recommend. Good choices for everything except mobo and cpu cooler.

Here are my recommendations:

Thermaltake Armor+ (it has a removable mobo tray)

Gigabyte X48 mobo

G Skill (2x2GB) at tight timings RAM

CPU Cooler

Thermal Grease Artic Cooling MX2

DVD Burner (Samsung is much better and cheaper)

PSU (modular Corsair and cheaper)

HDD (Samsung Spinpoint [32 mb cache] and faster than Caviar and quieter)

I personally have a Q9450 myself but its a pain to overclock. However, the Q9450 is a great cpu. You can easily OC it to 3.2 GHz amd have it run in 1:1 with your RAM at 1600 MHz speeds. However, anything more than 3.5 GHz will require days of work. Most people experience FSB limitations after ~460 FSB. I haven't been able to get past 450. Hope this helps and by the way I doubt you will experience any lag in games since you're gettin a GTX 280.
June 18, 2008 3:45:00 PM

X38, P35, X48 = Intel; support Crossfire and sinlge nNvidia only

650i, 680i, 780i 790i = nVidia; single ATI and SLI capable

DDR2/P35 = cheap and good

DD3/X48 = expensive and a little better. But a lot more expensive.
June 18, 2008 3:53:15 PM

btw theres a combo deal on the q9450 with the psu i just posted its a $30 instant rebate
June 18, 2008 4:04:55 PM

rubix_1011 : iam using MSI 750i, looking forward for great performance / value & good IQ card
June 18, 2008 4:09:36 PM

I think you're spending too much on the case, probably should look at a Xigmatek s1283 Cooler over the Freezer 7, and would be better served at less cost by two 9800GTX in SLI (but not on that motherboard).