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July 3, 2008 11:26:48 AM

This will be the third computer i've built, but my second computer owned. It will be primarily for gaming and 3D animating/rendering, as well as surfing the net, and dling music/videos. Over the past two weeks of research these are the parts i've come up with. Please give me some feedback.

Power Supply: (Could use some definite feedback on this,as to whether or not this is a good PSU)
COOLMAX CUQ-1200B 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: (Have big OC'ing plans for it, want to hit 3.6GHz)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan: (Will it fit in my case with another 120mm fan right next to it? If not could i get another recommendation of a extremely high end CPU cooler)
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Thermal Compound:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory/RAM: (Never been rated, anyone know if it works well? has pretty low voltage, decent timings.)
G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800) Quad Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card(s): (In the future, i plan on adding the 4870x2 for Tri-Crossfire)
VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: (Can't decide between the more expensive 300GB Velicoraptor or the less expensive Seagate)
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate SV35.3 ST3750330SV 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


DVD Drive/Burner:
Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: (this will be a big step up from my 19" Viewsonic LCD, i'd LOVE feedback on this, because monitors are very important IMO, i mean everything your computer does is displayed through it :])
Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm pretty set on most things, however i'm not sure on the monitor as far as color is concerned, i want the best picture available with a very low response rate because i play a lot of FPS games. As well i'm not positive about the Hard drive because i don't know if the 10k rpm will make that much of a difference, plus with the cheaper 7200 rpm hard drive i get 450 more GB's of storage, which is a **** compared to what i have now(120gb :(  ). And my final concern is whether or not the CPU fan will fit inside the antec 900 case with another 120mm fan mounted on the left side of it. Please give me some feedback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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July 3, 2008 11:51:17 AM

Nice build.

How about a Western Digital 6400AAKS?

For monitors you should look at 2253BW or 2053BW.

Excellent response times.
July 3, 2008 12:24:57 PM

Check http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm for the cooler reviews

As for the 120 fan near the cooler you have to check if the air entering does not enter in conflict with the cooler's fan

Great Build!
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July 3, 2008 12:35:50 PM

I would go with a higher quality PSU, something like this $205.90 after MIR. Coolmax isn't bad but the Corsair is a little higher quality and it's the same price. Newegg usually has some fairly high prices on PSU's so I would look around. Other than that it's a great build I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
July 3, 2008 11:22:44 PM

I was eyeing that PSU on newegg, however it was like 50 more on newegg. Will this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... samsung monitor have better picture quality/response time than the acer monitor i chose? It doesn't have HDMI and it's 2 inches smaller, however i like the price more :)  . As for the Western Digital 6400AAKS, it doesn't have a 32mb cache and i think i read something about how anything over 500 gb hd's it's better to have a 32mb cache which the seagate HD has. What will happen if the air from my case runs into the air going into my cpu cooler?
July 4, 2008 12:08:30 AM

I love your CPU, I am in the process of making a build w/ the q9450. But 3.6 is about the MAX of its OCing range, so it will taking a good amount of tuning to get it stable@3.6
July 4, 2008 7:06:39 PM

Yeah, i've seen a few postings about people hitting 3.6Ghz but it does seem to be the limit on air cooling. Can some one tell me what's the better monitor the 22" samsung or the 24" acer. What will be the differences between running the 750 GB 7200 RPM 32mb Cache HD compared the faster Velicoraptor 300 GB 10000 RPM HD? Will i see slower load times of things, or slower copy+paste times or what?
July 4, 2008 7:30:14 PM

redrage said:
Yeah, i've seen a few postings about people hitting 3.6Ghz but it does seem to be the limit on air cooling. Can some one tell me what's the better monitor the 22" samsung or the 24" acer. What will be the differences between running the 750 GB 7200 RPM 32mb Cache HD compared the faster Velicoraptor 300 GB 10000 RPM HD? Will i see slower load times of things, or slower copy+paste times or what?


I always prefer a 24" over a 22", increased resolution, ability to play 1080p plus just simply more room. All 22" screens are TN panels were the cheaper 24" are TN the more expensive models have better screens. I have a LG L246WP which has a P-MVA screen and it's much better than any TN screen I've seen so the price difference is worth it in my mind.

A 750gb will give you much more storage at a lower cost and the only real difference you will notice with the Raptor is Windows loading faster, programs installing faster and levels in games loading faster.
July 4, 2008 8:04:33 PM

Where does it specify if a screen is a TN panel? And what are the different types of panels? which offer the best picture quality?
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