build review (placing order tomorrow)

Hi guys
Could someone please have a look at the build below and give me some pointers. I selected the parts from this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252001-31-attention-computer-builders-ideal-build-updated and i just want to make sure that everything is ok before i place my order.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Processor

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply

EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 SC 01G-P3-N892-A3 Video Card

Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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

Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders

i already have monitor, keyboard etc

Thanks guys
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  1. Looks good, but check the memory. Im not sure if it works

    DDR2 1066 <-- current memory
    Memory Standard DDR2 1200 <-- memory supports...

    Most likely this will work, but wait until someone with more experience posts...
  2. magoo2008 said:
    Hi guys
    Could someone please have a look at the build below and give me some pointers. I selected the parts from this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252001-31-attention-computer-builders-ideal-build-updated and i just want to make sure that everything is ok before i place my order.

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Processor

    GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 ATX Intel Motherboard

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply

    EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 SC 01G-P3-N892-A3 Video Card

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders

    i already have monitor, keyboard etc

    Thanks guys


    The psu is serious overkill seeing how your not running SLI. Also that memory will work fine. It's always good to use thermal compound in your builds also. It's a cheap and great way to extend the life of your cpu by helping to keep the temps down.

    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

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


    If you plan on doing any overclocking, then I would suggest this heatsink below. For the price it's selling at right now it's big time bargain.

    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
  3. cool thanks for the advice guys
  4. If you are planning to overclock then the q9300 is not such a great idea. If i were you i would go with the q9450(what I am planning on getting in a couple of weeks) it has a higher multiplier and double the L2 cache, 12mb as opposed to 6mb. Just a thought.

    http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0287628
    here is a link to the Q9450 for $299 as opposed to Newegg's $334
  5. i would keep the 750 watt. in 2 weeks i will be buying pretty much same budget as you. the reason as to 750 watt is because i may someday, down the road want sli. you may want sli too, if not it would be a great power supply to put in a new rig later on.

    imo keep the 750 watt
  6. ps, you might want to wait for july 4th sales. you can usually save 100$ overall if you but it all from newegg. they usually cut you deals on shipping and price cuts. might want to hold off untill july 4th, like iam.
  7. 9800 GX2 is a really bad idea. Two underclocked 8800GTs is nothing really amazing.

    Look at the 260 or 4850 x2 in Crossfire.

    Change the motherboard to a P45 chipset board. X48 is overkill. The MSI Neo-F is a good choice if you choose the 260. If you decided on 4850 Crossfire (ironically about the same price as the 260 but might outperform it) look at the Asus P5Q Pro.

    PSU won't be overkill if you choose to X-Fire, so keep it.
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