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Another custom system, need feedback $1,000

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June 21, 2008 6:48:18 PM

Alright guys this is my first build so help me out. I would like to know if i can make this better for gaming with less money or if its fine the way it is. Here we go

Case

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148136

Video Card

EVGA 512-P3-N872-AR GeForce 9800 GTX Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130350

PSU

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Red) 750W EPS12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

RAM

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145

Mobo

ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131295

CPU

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

Extras

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007


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What i'd like to know is the PSU has enough connectors (rails) for everything because i am unfamiliar with that completely also if i can find a cheaper one that is stable enough to support everything plus reliable . Also if i should go with the 8800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130327 Instead of the 9800. Would like to know if fps wise they are identical or if the 9800 is clearly superior. Any input would be greatly appreciated and look forward to it because i'd like to make this PC last me a good while. Also, as far as CPU goes, id like the quad core instead of the duo 3.0 just because i *hope* to overclock the quad a little.

Oh yeah, the cost is 1.1k if i can go lower thats great but i dont want to hinder performance so help me out!
June 21, 2008 9:04:50 PM

Nice build. :)  Just change those few things...it brings your price down but doesn't affect your performance, and your good to go.

1) you don't need a 750w psu unless your running dual vid cards. Infact this 650w I posted down below is a bit overkill, but at that price it's too hard to pass up.

2) You don't need a retail cpu becouse your already using an aftermarket heatsink (good idea btw). No need for two heatsinks, so you just saved another $10 there.

3) You don't need that Asus mobo unless you plan on using a Crossfire set up, which your not.

4) That vid card is a steal for $199.00 (keep that vid card), It runs cooler than the 8800GTS, and it overclocks alot better than the 8800GTS.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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=N82E168... $199.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
MSI P45 Neo3-FR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Total
$429.97
$419.97 w/mail in rebate
June 21, 2008 9:22:42 PM

Why_Me, i notice you check everyones builds and thats awesome of you. I appreciate the feedback and will definitely use it. Thanks a ton!
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June 21, 2008 9:45:24 PM

I own the case that your thinking about getting. For the most part it's a pretty nice case. Pretty roomy inside. Good airflow. hard drive rack w/ the silencers are nice. It does however, have a few flaws. I notice with my own that the side panel is a really tight fight. Pulling off the front grill can be nerve racking; It's on there really tight. Plugging anything into the top (headphones, mic, whatever) can be nerve racking as well. I think it flexes too much. And the case fans are a little noisy; especially the one on the side. Otherwise it's a really solid case. :D 

As for the rest of your build just follow the suggestions of the guy above.
June 22, 2008 2:45:27 AM

Why_Me: He linked to the P5Q not the P5Q Pro. The normal P5Q is NOT a Crossfire board. But of course, there is still no reason to go with it with MSI boards being cheaper. Still thought I would point that out to avoid confusion.

4850 is also $199 uses even less power and beats 9800GTX in the majority of benchmarks.

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3338&p=6
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