Critic of New System Build

Hello all. Jumping into the world of my first computer build. I have done individual components in the past but never have done the whole whammy till now. I have read up I believe a good amount. Any opinions from more veteran builders on my choices would be much appreciated!

-ASUS Striker II Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard

-Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz LGA 775 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569QX9650

-TWO (SLI) PNY XLR8 VCG98GX2XPB GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI -Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

-CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

-Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

(would the Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series be a better choice or waste of money?)

-ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1300 1300W ATX12V / EPS12V Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply

-Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
(gaming drive)

-Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
(data drive)

-SONY 18X DVD±R DVD Burner Black ATAPI/EIDE Model DRU180A

-COOLER MASTER cosmos S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case


-COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

-Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC M1 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI Network Adapter with a 400 MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU)

-still thinking....leaning toward staying with XP vs Vista

Aside from the above....
-what am I missing?
-any recs on a CPU cooler (aside from a full liqiud cooling set up)?
-any recs on hard drive cooler?

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  1. Well- this one is simple: Just no! Let's start over here.

    790i is overpriced and bug ridden. DDR3 is a complete waste. nVidia chipsets in general have a lot of issues and are best avoided.

    Unless you enjoying spending a lot of money- NEVER buy a Extreme CPU. Especially that one. Buy a Q9450 for 20% of the cost and overclock it.

    Your video card option is vastly overkill. There is no reason in the world to ever get more than ONE.

    Unless you have $500 speakers- sound card is a waste of money.

    Look at t he Corsair 1K PSU instead.

    Raptor X's are complete waste of money- not faster than Seagate/WD 32ZMB cache drives. Get the $300 300GB Raptor or skip it altogether.

    Optical: Fine, Samsung is a bit better though.

    Case: Your choice

    Network Card: 100% WASTE- all current motherboards have onboard NIC.

    OS: Vista Ultimate 64-bit


    Motherboard: If you must 780i, but I would go P45. Asus P5Q Pro, MSI Neo-3R are great boards.

    CPU: Q9450

    Memory: G.Skill 4GB DDR2 4-4-4-12.

    Rest as above.
  2. I'm going to have to argue with the above post on a couple things.

    First of all, while an Xtremegamer may be a waste of money one of creative's lower end sound cards (say... xtremeaudio) may be well worth it for EAX support depending on how much you care about your audio.

    For the OS, Vista Home premium 64-bit is a lot cheaper and isn't likely to restrict your usage unless you're doing advanced networking.

    The second video card is really only needed if you are running in really high resolutions (1920x1200 or higher)
  3. THX for all the replies!

    My current plan was going with 2 nVidia 260's. I have had friendly advice away from here to go nVidia over ATI. Most of the replies on threads here, seem to favor Crossfire over SLI.

    I thought I had made a nice choice with the Asus Striker II Extreme. I am now hearing about the data corruption issues with the 790i Ultra chipset thus getting cold feet prior to ordering the parts. Am I wrong on this? There is not alot of other 790i Ultra Mobo choices (Asus Stiker II Extreme, Gigabyte, and XFX the only choices I am aware of).

    Any more imput on.....
    -have these 790i Ultra chipset problems improved at all with the newer released BIOS updates?
    -is the data corrumption issues less of an issue with the 780i chipset as opposed to the 790i Ultra?
    -is the consensus still picking Crossfire (2 x 4870's) over SLI (2 x 260's). I do get the feel that the 4870 Crossfire is a better performance to cost choice. My budget is not, however, that tight. I thus want to pick the best GPU card set up with the priority of performance > cost.

    Also, I have been told DRR3 in my build is a waste, and to use DDR2. I have heard, however, that DDR2 more than likely is gonna be less standard compared to the DDR3 in the near future. The DDR3 thus would be more "upgradable" in the future. Is this a bad assessment?

    THX :sarcastic:
  4. No avoid 790i! Not to mention DDR3 is overpriced and a waste of money.
    7x0i chipsets all have the same issues from the most part.
    Yes Crossfire 4870 over 260!

    DDR3 will not be mainstream until at least the middle of 2009. There is no reason to spend more money now no benefit. When you upgrade to a new CPU, it is going to require a new motherborad, and most people go ahead and upgrade their RAM too. So that is a moot point really.
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