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My first time building a PC! - How is this setup?

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August 12, 2008 5:01:46 PM

ThermalTake CASE ARMOR VA8003BWS BLK WINDOW 25CM FAN
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (2 x 3.0 GHZ) 1333FSB - 6 MB
ASUS P5N-D S/L 1333FSB (NVIDIA 750i)
4GB DDR2 PC-6400 800 MHZ (4 x 1 GB 800)
2 x Leadtek NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX 512MB DDR3 2xDVI (SLI Setup)
HIPER POWER 880W Low Noise/SLI Ready


Also thinking of a couple of HDDs. Will have Vista 64bit (for the memory).

I couldnt decide between the Armor Case and the Antec 900 (which I hear is noisy).

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August 12, 2008 5:12:01 PM

if you want quiet case go for antec p182 and install additional 120mm fan on the front
August 12, 2008 5:17:57 PM

Are you going to do any overclocking at all? Spending a little more for the xigymatek rifle cooler might be worth it then.
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August 12, 2008 5:22:02 PM

The Antec 900 can become very quiet when you're not gaming, just switch the fans to lower speed.

P5N-D is not a very good MB, based on user reviews I've seen. I'd recommend one of these (depending on features you want in the MB)
- P5Q Pro with two HD 4850 cards
- P5Q (not Pro) with a single HD 4870 X2.
- GA-EP45-DS3R with a single HD 4870 X2.

Get a 750TX PSU, $100 at newegg.
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August 12, 2008 5:23:32 PM

TheCowardRobertFord said:

Also thinking of a couple of HDDs.


Check out the WD6400AAKS. Fast and cheap.

Also check out the RC-690 case. Excellent cooling, plenty of room, no crazy lights, under $100.
August 12, 2008 5:33:25 PM

All good, except the 9800 SLI...Theres better options, as aevm mentioned, or if you want to stick with nvidia go for a 9800gx2.
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August 12, 2008 5:37:53 PM

aevm said:
The Antec 900 can become very quiet when you're not gaming, just switch the fans to lower speed.

P5N-D is not a very good MB, based on user reviews I've seen. I'd recommend one of these (depending on features you want in the MB)
- P5Q Pro with two HD 4850 cards
- P5Q (not Pro) with a single HD 4870 X2.
- GA-EP45-DS3R with a single HD 4870 X2.

Get a 750TX PSU, $100 at newegg.

+1 for P5Q or DS3R

aevm said:
Check out the WD6400AAKS. Fast and cheap.

+1

Also go with 2*2GB DDR2 800 RAM.
August 13, 2008 7:20:34 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

I was also thinking of perhaps just going for one GPU.

Anyone have any suggestions on what would be best?

Id like a dual monitor setup, which is why I wanted a second card - i.e. so it can handle that better - but would a single Radeon HD or Geforce 9XXX be okay for that?
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August 13, 2008 7:51:03 AM

TheCowardRobertFord said:
Thanks for the comments everyone!

I was also thinking of perhaps just going for one GPU.

Anyone have any suggestions on what would be best?

Id like a dual monitor setup, which is why I wanted a second card - i.e. so it can handle that better - but would a single Radeon HD or Geforce 9XXX be okay for that?


I would recommend the ATi 4870 as they good value for money at the mo and better than a 9800gtx

ATI needs support to bring this firm back in to line.
August 13, 2008 9:02:41 AM

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August 15, 2008 12:49:22 AM

TheCowardRobertFord said:
Thanks for the comments everyone!

I was also thinking of perhaps just going for one GPU.

Anyone have any suggestions on what would be best?

Id like a dual monitor setup, which is why I wanted a second card - i.e. so it can handle that better - but would a single Radeon HD or Geforce 9XXX be okay for that?

You should be able to run a 2nd LCD from 1 card.
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