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Killer Intel/HD4850 Build (Sub-$1000) Suggestions?

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June 30, 2008 1:11:13 AM

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$94.99 - $25.00 (MIR) = $69.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7200 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99 - $30.00 (Combo Discount w/ Case) = $99.99

ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199.99 - $30.00 (MIR) = $169.99

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$149.99 + $7.00 (Shipping) - $30.00 (Combo Discount w/ Video Card) = $126.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99

Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.99

Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply 115/230 V CSA,UL,TUV,FCC - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$32.99 + $7.00 (Shipping) = $39.99

Total w/o MIR and Combo Deals = $1021.91
Grand Total = $906.91

I only have a few hesitations:
  • the case, because I originally was looking at the Cooler Master Cosmos
  • the processor, whether the E7200 a better value than the E8400; there's also a very nice $70 discount if you get the E8400 and the Cosmos S case combo deal
  • the motherboard, very few reviews, only chose it b/c the combo deal
  • the power supply: first, whether I need it or not since the case comes w/ a 500w, but unsure of it's quality; second, the quality of the Rosewill compared to a similar OCZ at a higher price

    I had to cut a lot of stuff to keep it under $1000, since that's my pretty strict budget. If I build this for myself, I don't actually need the monitor since I already have one, although it's 17 inches. But I'm building this for my cousin, who needs a monitor.

    This is my first post here, but I've been use this site/forum for a year or so now. Any suggestions to improve my build? Thanks guys.
    June 30, 2008 1:25:24 AM

    If you want to OC the CPU, I would recommend an after market cooler (not required but just keeps things cooler you know...)

    Other then that looks like a nice build, research everything and make sure you read the reviews :) 

    On new egg I like to read a page of the 5 egg reviews then I like to read all the 1 egg and 2 egg reviews (gives some insight into possible problems sometimes)

    But that build looks nice to me :) 

    Edit:This burner is from LG its a little faster 22X and 5$ cheaper, might be something to consider?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    June 30, 2008 1:35:53 AM

    While there are plenty of similar threads with the same budget, something you need to be very aware of, is the quality of the parts you are buying. Raidmax, and Rosewill. Big no-nos. You can get much better quality cases, in the same price-range without question. It's important to find something that's visually appealing to you, but perhaps more importantly, is how the case is going to cool your precious components, and how it's not keep you up at night with its roaring fans and blinking, glowing, pulsing lights.(is that a run-on)

    It's hard to suggest a case without it immediately being shot down because I pick cases that are 'plain' in appearance. But try to look at things from Lian Li, Antec, or CoolerMaster. (Antec 300 is pretty good price/feature ratio. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    For the powersupply, look at how little more you have to spend, for something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Not only are you getting a brand people respect, but you get the 80+ certification, which is crucial in your systems stability.
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    June 30, 2008 1:52:10 AM

    Thanks for the quick replies. Your suggestions are all very helpful.
    That LG burner does look better with faster speed and lower price.
    As for the case, I only chose the Smilodon because it seemed easier to work with, especially the fold-out motherboard tray and VGA air duct. If I do build this myself and chose not to buy a new monitor, I would definitely switch out the case first to a Cooler Master Cosmos.
    Yea, that Corsair looks a lot better.
    June 30, 2008 1:58:35 AM

    effel said:
    While there are plenty of similar threads with the same budget, something you need to be very aware of, is the quality of the parts you are buying. Raidmax, and Rosewill. Big no-nos. You can get much better quality cases, in the same price-range without question. It's important to find something that's visually appealing to you, but perhaps more importantly, is how the case is going to cool your precious components, and how it's not keep you up at night with its roaring fans and blinking, glowing, pulsing lights.(is that a run-on)

    It's hard to suggest a case without it immediately being shot down because I pick cases that are 'plain' in appearance. But try to look at things from Lian Li, Antec, or CoolerMaster. (Antec 300 is pretty good price/feature ratio. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    For the powersupply, look at how little more you have to spend, for something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Not only are you getting a brand people respect, but you get the 80+ certification, which is crucial in your systems stability.



    I agree on the case issue (didn't notice that part lol) That Antec is super nice, its too bad they do not make the one I use anymore. I recently upgraded it to an Antec HE modular PS with 550 watts (might be more watts but I forget which one I bought lol)

    The person I quoted is correct and fancy lights are cool and all but if your PC resides in the same room as you sleep.... you would do well to heed his advice lol (My damn cable modem and router keep me up at night if I forget to turn them away from my bed....)

    Some sort of Antec SLK is always a nice case to work with. (I think I have the SLK3700)

    Edit: No I am using an SLK2600AMD lol google loves me....
    http://www.ebabble.net/html/slk2600amb.html
    June 30, 2008 2:16:08 AM

    The only other two things I'd consider tweaking after doing some price comparisons are finding a 2ms response time monitor and getting gb of DDR2-800 memory if there's a $ difference.

    Last time I was checking out 19" LCDs, Viewsonic had one that was creme of the crop and 2ms.

    If you can get DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 for the same price or less I'd do that. Unless you plan on overclocking your processor pretty hard, you won't make use of the extra fsb of DDR2-1066.
    !