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New Build, looking for input

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July 6, 2008 12:46:28 AM

Well, I'm putting my first build in a few years together. I acquired a thermaltake Armor series case (the full tower black one with the side fan) new in the box at a garage sale for $25 so I plan on using that.

This will be primarily a gaming machine, and I just bought a 24" Dell Ultrasharp 2408 monitor, and have a 22" samsung that will be my secondary display.

Here's the parts that I picked out and I would appreciate any ideas where I can shave some money off or if you see any good areas for upgrades that I missed.

PSU: $150 right now.
CPU: $320
GPU: whatever 4870 is in stock at the time i make the order $310
Motherboard: $290
RAM: $92 (does have a $35 rebate though)
Cooler: need input here, I want to do a moderate overclock (like upto 3.2)
hardrive: 2 of these at $210 a piece

thanks for the help, I already have a retail copy of XP, mouse, keyboard, and gaming headphones.

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July 6, 2008 3:09:11 AM

Xigmatek Rifle 120mm.. $37

Build is solid. Motherboard is overkill. P5E Deluxe is fine and its $60ish cheaper. Unless dual LAN is something you really need and all.
July 6, 2008 1:37:34 PM

Thanks for that input, I'll be adding that cooler and am reading up on that motherboard now.

Can anyone recommend a good fan controller and what is the general opinion of soundcards vs. onboard sound. I'll be piping it thru a spare onkyo reciever i have into a 5.1 speaker setup.
July 7, 2008 4:27:57 PM

I hate bumping, but i posted this on the weekend and its rolled down pretty far. I'd like to place an order this week so I get the pieces in time for my bday (little present to myself).

One added question, other than Noctua fans, any recommendation on some nice decibel to airflow ratio fans?