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

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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  1. [:turpit:2]

    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.....
  2. I would wait for 4870, let's see how it performs.
  3. I agree with getting the Q9450, the VelociRaptor and waiting for 4870 benchmarks.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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