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August 14, 2008 9:38:22 PM

OK. I am just about done gathering the parts to complete systems with all the older parts I have hanging around.
Now on to the real deal. I would like to build a new system with new parts.
I do NOT want the absolute budget-is-no-concern-top-of-the-line system, but I do want something that is the absolute top of the mid-range.
So, please recommend the best performing CPU that is around $300 (I do not mind submitting for a rebate somewhere to bring the cost in around $300).
What are my options? And which would you recommend and why?
(I'll also need a suggestion for a heat sink/fan set up).

Please also feel free to suggest a motherboard. Would again like to be at the top of the mid-range. Maybe in the $200 zone (could go a little higher if required).

And please also suggest memory. I would like to get 2X 2GB (for a total of 4GB). Do I go with DDR2 or DDR3? Is DDR3 too pricey for me at this point?

I already have hard drives, DVD, and power supply.

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August 14, 2008 9:54:26 PM

you could something from INTEL or AMD both offer very good options.

For INTEL
core 2 quad Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

core2 quad 9400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

core2 duo E8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for AMD

Athlon X2 5400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phenom 9950BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

those i would recommend since they're both awesome.

For motherboards with the AM2+ sockets, make sure you're getting the 750 SB or is it the 780SB because of the better overclocking features and so on.

and motherboards wise for the intel LGA775 socket
i really dont know. im not very good with motherboards, so wait for someone else who knows more then i do to help you with the MB department.

as for RAM.
get DDR2 because the timings are ALOT lower then that of ddr3 and its cheaper.

you'd like those the best. they're all under 300 respectivly and perform VERY well


August 14, 2008 9:56:31 PM

Personally id go with an Intel system...so...

I feel your aim is a bit high, for mid range $200 is more than enough for CPU

you get go
Q6600 for $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

or e8500 $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Match this with a motherboard (i like ASUS) something like this.

Asus P5Q-e $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131296

Board takes DDR2 (DDR3 doesnt have any real world gains currently)

Mushkin 2x2gb DDR2 800 at CAS 5 $68 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

Put a nice HD4850 or HD4870 with it and you got a nice gaming machine.
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August 14, 2008 10:01:04 PM

The Q9450 is a great option that is only slightly above that, as is the Q9550. Alternatively, the Q6600 is a good choice for quite a bit less. It's slower, but it's probably a better bargain.
August 14, 2008 10:05:20 PM


Seriously Q6600 or an e8500 is the highest you really want to go on a CPU for mid-range performance. They overclock so well after all...

Don't bother with Q9xxx series put your money on one of these puppies (or a litter even!!)...
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24212 :sol: 
Boot Windoz off that and you'll be rocking!! Buy 2x and RAID-0 (stripe) them!!

Add in a 4850, 4870 or 4870 X2 ( :sol:  !!) to taste and you've got a beast of setup.

Remember a decent PSU. Antec, Corsair (budget) or Ultra X3, PC Power & Cooling (high-end), etc.:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088
Sorry see you already have a PSU (must pay attention!!) Just make sure isn't some crappy crap job...

Bob
August 14, 2008 10:14:18 PM

I definitely want to stay with Intel for this one (although I have been an AMD fan since about 2003).



Physicz said:
you could something from INTEL or AMD both offer very good options.

For INTEL
core 2 quad Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

core2 quad 9400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

core2 duo E8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for AMD

Athlon X2 5400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phenom 9950BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

those i would recommend since they're both awesome.

For motherboards with the AM2+ sockets, make sure you're getting the 750 SB or is it the 780SB because of the better overclocking features and so on.

and motherboards wise for the intel LGA775 socket
i really dont know. im not very good with motherboards, so wait for someone else who knows more then i do to help you with the MB department.

as for RAM.
get DDR2 because the timings are ALOT lower then that of ddr3 and its cheaper.

you'd like those the best. they're all under 300 respectivly and perform VERY well

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August 14, 2008 10:15:39 PM

I agree with the chookman
August 14, 2008 10:34:08 PM

Ok. You caught me. This will not be all new. I have 2 WD 740 raptors that I am going to use in some kinda RAID configuration (along with a Seagate SATA 500GB).
My power supply is an Antec TruePower 850.

I am not a mega-huge gamer so I am not really considering a x2 video card set up. But was definitely considering a single 4850. Was kinda also considering a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as I really really like the idea of a SILENT card.



bobwya said:
Seriously Q6600 or an e8500 is the highest you really want to go on a CPU for mid-range performance. They overclock so well after all...

Don't bother with Q9xxx series put your money on one of these puppies (or a litter even!!)...
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24212 :sol: 
Boot Windoz off that and you'll be rocking!! Buy 2x and RAID-0 (stripe) them!!

Add in a 4850, 4870 or 4870 X2 ( :sol:  !!) to taste and you've got a beast of setup.

Remember a decent PSU. Antec, Corsair (budget) or Ultra X3, PC Power & Cooling (high-end), etc.:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088
Sorry see you already have a PSU (must pay attention!!) Just make sure isn't some crappy crap job...

Bob

August 14, 2008 11:36:54 PM

roamdog said:
Ok. You caught me. This will not be all new. I have 2 WD 740 raptors that I am going to use in some kinda RAID configuration (along with a Seagate SATA 500GB).
My power supply is an Antec TruePower 850.

I am not a mega-huge gamer so I am not really considering a x2 video card set up. But was definitely considering a single 4850. Was kinda also considering a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as I really really like the idea of a SILENT card.


Silent GPU = watercooling


Bob
August 15, 2008 12:57:13 AM

That silent card is deactivated on newegg.

You could go with a Thermalright HR-03 i think its been modified to fit on 9800's dont know about HD48xx series though and it will be enough for fanless operation as long as you have good air flow and dont OC

EDIT: After checking Thermalright's website, the HR-03GT supports 9800's and the HD48xx series.
August 15, 2008 3:10:16 AM

Definitely do NOT want to get into watercooling. If that is the only way to get a silent card, I will need your recommendation on the quietest fan instead.


bobwya said:
Silent GPU = watercooling


Bob

August 15, 2008 3:51:30 AM

The cooler on that 8800 GT is the Arctic Cooling AccelS1 RV2:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This thing will fit on a 4850 with no problems, it fits exactly the same as the 3850 in the manual. It is also COMPLETELY silent, as in NO FANS! Make sure your case has good airflow, and preferably negative air pressure for maximum performance. Please post your case. As in CPU, get the Q6600 or the E8500, it is that simple. For the motherboard go and get this, it will perform very well and is cheap cheap cheap! (in price, not quality)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's a lot of saved money so go get yourself some truly kick ass RAM!:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All that + 4850 = one kick ass computer!
August 15, 2008 6:31:20 AM

roamdog said:
Definitely do NOT want to get into watercooling. If that is the only way to get a silent card, I will need your recommendation on the quietest fan instead.


OK that was a bit of windup!! But a would probably go with the Artic Cooling Accelero S1 as has been stated already:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=196&products_id=23079
Perhaps with:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=196&products_id=22249
Be aware this design is a very efficient heat-exhanger so you have good exhaust on capability on your case (120mm fan).
I would think fitting one of these modules would be good for resale value later on?? But only if you fit it to a decent card like the 4850/70!! The 8800GT is dead...

This range of fans is real nice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010110573+50002107name=ARCTIC+COOLING :sol: 
The ...PWM models support PWM control from modern motherboards as well. Good airflow and longest lifespan rating of any fan out there...

The open frame models (for exhaust or blowing into heatsinks are particularly quiet).

Bob
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