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July 11, 2008 3:21:22 AM


This is my first home computer build. Would like opinions on the components I've selected. Have I missed anything? What about more RAM? CPU cooler - Artic Cooling, Zalman, Thermalright? Hope to order soon.


Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT ATX12V / EPS12V 550W Power Supply

ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK

EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFDRTL 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit

22" LCD Wide screen monitor
July 11, 2008 3:34:45 AM

The older raptors are not worth the money. The samsung 1TB drive can keep up in terms of performance. OR just get a single velociraptor instead of the 2 drives.

Get the ATI 4850 or 4870 instead of the 8800gt. Your board supports xfire going ati will give you the upgrade option later on. Also the 4850 is considered superior to the 8800gt and worth the extra 40 dollars.

550 watts is good if your sure you never going to go multi gpu. however the corair 750watt is an awesome unit to give your self a little head way as far as power is concerned.

I like vista ultimate. Has a great imaging utility and dreamscence is nice. however it's has no performance advantage. consider home x64 if you don't care about the ultimate utilities
July 11, 2008 5:27:07 PM

Was only looking at single graphics card for now. What makes the 4850 superior to the 8800gt in a single card setup? Also, if I go crossfire in the future, how does a P45 motherboard compare to a X48/X38 motherboard? I read if going xfire, then a X48/38 motherboard is recommended over P45 .
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July 11, 2008 5:34:03 PM

Although, it really depends on what you're Xfiring. Theoretically, there shouldn't be a bandwidth bottleneck at 2.0 8x, however TweakTown claims there is. It is a review that Tom's Hardware and other sites have refuted, and other users attempt to disprove. Really, it's up in the air.

Oh, and the 4850 is simple a more powerful card.
July 15, 2008 2:10:18 AM

Thanks for the input. Here is an update of what I'm considering. (changed power supply, video card, harddrive - added thermal compound)
Any more opinions? What about choice of CPU cooler - Artic Cooling, Zalman, Thermalright? What about choice of memory? Would like to possibly overclock. Hope to order soon.


Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply

ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR10664GK

SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit

22" LCD Wide screen monitor
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