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New build, would like some approval/advice.

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July 8, 2008 7:49:06 AM

Hey guys...

I'm currently in the process of building a new system, and therefore would like your opinions on it. I will be adding a liquid cooling system at a later date, so I will be doing some pretty good overclocking on the cpu, ram, fsb and maybe graphics cards. I'm bringing a Creative X-FI Elite Pro soundcard over from my current computer.

I will be using the computer mainly for gaming on a 1920x1200 resolution, but I also do 3D Rendering work and graphics.

Here is what I've got so far, I havent listed any retailers or prices as I am buying this in Denmark.

Case: Lian-Li PC-A7110.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6.

CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600 8 MB (Intel Boxed) . (Should I be going for the Q9450 instead, considering I will be overclocking?)

RAM: 2x PDP PATRIOT 2 x 2 GB, resulting in a total of 8GB DDR2. (I'm not to sure about the RAM, these are the ones I came up with after reading around)

GPU: 2x Radeon HD4870 in CF. (I haven't decided on a manufacturer yet, waiting for the cards to land in Denmark)

HDD, System/applications: WD VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300 GB. (I know it's pretty expensive, but unless it's totally useless I don't mind spending the extra money)

HDD, Storage/other: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB.

Optical Drive, Blu-ray burner: LG GGWH20L Super Multi Blue.

I haven't decided on a power supply yet, anyone got some recommendations?

Thanks for your help. :) 

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July 8, 2008 7:59:50 AM

go with corsair or pc p and c
July 8, 2008 8:00:08 AM

I personally don't see the large appeal in the Raptor drives, but I'm not entirely well versed in the benchmarks.

Will you be using all 8GB of RAM?
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July 8, 2008 8:10:22 AM

Thanks

I plan on Running Vista Ultimate 64-bit on the machine, and will try to utilise as much of the RAM as possible.

I cant seem to edit the post, but I've changed the storage HDD to: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 TB.
July 8, 2008 8:31:45 AM

Ok, I went with the Corsair HX1000W, as far as I can see it has enough 6-pin connectors for the 2 graphics cards (4 connectors), am I right?
July 8, 2008 11:29:34 AM

Antec/PCP&C/Corsair/Silver Stone are good PSU manufacturers.
July 8, 2008 12:32:27 PM

The Q6600 is hard to beat for the money but if you will be doing anything that benefits from SSE4 I would reconsider the Q9450. At the same OC the 45nm chip will beat the Q6600 by 8-10% and run cooler. Get fast, good quality DDR2 ram to take advantage of the neccessary higher FSB speeds for high OCing on the Q9450
July 8, 2008 12:41:19 PM

Thanks Craxbax, do you have any recommendations for RAM?
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