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First Build Finalizing

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June 20, 2008 3:24:41 AM

Here is my part list w/ prices I'm looking for any input.


EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $219.99
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EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $299.99 X2 = $599.98
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $339.99
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OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $104.99 X2 =$209.98
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XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $36.99
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Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $5.99
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Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB 5400 to 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $199.99
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Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $214.95
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ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ800 800W ATX12V / EPS12V Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply 115 - 230V ± 10% tolerance
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $199.99
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I still need OS and drive im not sure which to go with any help would be great. Also if anyone spots a problem with like case fitting or a better brand of ram or something any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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June 20, 2008 3:35:17 AM

Get rid of the 9800GTX it is a terrible value for the money. Unless you meet the condition I give below.

Ditch the buggy, craptacular nVidia chipset motherboard and look at solid Intel chipsets.

P45 is a great chipset, overclocks well, and lacks the issue of nVidia boards.

Look the new ATI Radeon 4850. It performs VERY well, even beating 260 in some cases at half the cost.

If you are running at resolutions of 1920x1200+ the GX2 becomes a better value in the $400 range. Still go with the Intel chipset motherboard though.


Good boards:

MSI P45 Neo-3R
Asus P5Q Pro

Get the $7 bracket that goes with the cooler you picked. Vastly better solution than pushpins.
June 20, 2008 3:49:52 AM

Thanks shadowduck could you possibly put the links up to the MSI P45 idk which one it is and should I crossfire the Radeon 4850's? Also is there a good set of 8g ram that you suggest? Thanks again.
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June 20, 2008 4:05:52 AM

Great board, but expensive and really does not do anything spectacular.

If you have the cash go for it though.
June 20, 2008 4:12:17 AM

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $289.99
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DIAMOND 4850PE3512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $199.99 X2 = $399.98
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $339.99
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OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $104.99 X2 =$209.98
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XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $36.99
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XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $6.99
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Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $5.99
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Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB 5400 to 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $199.99
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Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $214.95
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ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ800 800W ATX12V / EPS12V Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply 115 - 230V ± 10% tolerance
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
PRICE: $199.99
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So this build will out perform my other build? Do all the components fit together? Is case big enough? PSU strong enough?
June 20, 2008 4:32:31 AM

tbh, never heard of that brand's psu. I would go with Enermax, Thermaltake, Pc Power, Antec. Everything else looks good.
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