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New build, please look it over and let me know what ya think.

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June 23, 2008 4:46:46 PM

Hey guys Did alot of research and here is what I came up with. I am Looking to play games on a 24 inch monitor 1900x1280, and I am currently playing Age of Conan. Please let me know if ya see any Issues with this new build. Thanks a lot!

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail (Looking to over clock to 4ghz)

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail
(I went with this because the retraining bracket for the Xigemax is on back order)

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail
(Concerned about the power cables being long enough for good cable management in the antec 1200)

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

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

(2) SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail (Crossfire)

ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

Thanks again for looking in advance. Any suggestions?

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June 23, 2008 4:56:59 PM


You did a great job. I can't really improve on that.

Maybe get a Velociraptor too, since you seem to have the cash?

The WD6400AAKS gives you 640GB for $100 - better value than 500GB for $90. It's also more densely packed which gives it an advantage in average read/write rates. Mind you, the 7200.11 is great too - this is totally personal preference.

If you're playing FSX too you should get a Q9450. Apart from that, the E8400 is just as good.

Maybe a Silencer 750W PSU? The 750TX is a great PSU too - it's just that the Silencer has been around longer and has lots of awards. Also, I own one and know that the cables are long enough even for the Silverstone TJ-09.

Edit: the Tuniq Tower will fit that MB, but it's a bit difficult. Quotes from newegg:


You can fit a Tuniq Tower on the IHS, but it is a little tight, to do this just orientate the HSF till you can squeeze it in.


If you plan to put a monster cooler over your CPU you might have to make some modifications to the brackets like I had to do with my Tuniq tower. Heatsinks above and below the CPU area get in the way. Nothing majot just make sure you have a good grinder.....

June 23, 2008 5:27:45 PM

I would wait for 4870, let's see how it performs.
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June 23, 2008 5:57:24 PM

I agree with getting the Q9450, the VelociRaptor and waiting for 4870 benchmarks.
June 24, 2008 6:37:47 PM

I am getting pretty tapped out budget wise. What kinda of performance increases do you think I would see with the velicorapter vs the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0GG.

As far as the processor In a game like Age of conan I thought the E8400 Over clocked to around 3.8 would out perform the Q9540 with a compariable over clock 3.2-3.4.

Gonna wait and see how 1, 4870 will do against 2x 4850 in Crossfire. I would think the 4850s will come out on top but who knows.

Again, I really Cannot spend too much more than What its at now, around 1600. But if there is relatively a big performance boost for a small amount more money I am all for it.

Thanks again for all the input guys. Keep it comming.
June 24, 2008 7:00:30 PM

OK, if the budget is tight dump the VelociRaptor. It's faster than the 7200.11, but you can still play games all right on the 7200.11.

Yes, a E8400 at 3.8 is better than a Q9450 at 3.4 in AoC because AoC doesn't use cores 3 and 4. Of course, if they release a patch for quad support, like Microsoft did for FSX, you'll wish you had a quad. Also, if you run other things in the background while gaming, a quad would be better again. It's hard to say. Doesn't really matter, I guess, it's close.

If you decide to do Crossfire with HD 4850 you need a X38 or X48, i.e. $200+ for the MB. For a single HD 4870, a $100 GA-P43-DS3L is enough - it has one PCI-E 2 slot and it's all you need.