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First Gaming Home Build-I really need advice on my first home build

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July 14, 2008 9:52:46 AM

Hi,
After weeks of research on internet forums and sites I have come up with a list of components that I think would be good for my first home gaming build.
Because i'm new at this i would really appreciate any advice or comments on this build,

-are the parts Compatible

-is the choice i've made for components good

-general comments would be extreamely helpfull

This is my build:


ASUS P5Q-E Motherboard

Antec Nine Hundred Case

Xigmatek HDT-S983 Cooler

Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

XFX 9800 GTX 675Mhz 512MB

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Western Digital Caviar 1TB GP WD10EACS

Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF 4GB (2x2GB)

ASUS DRW-2014L1T 20X DVD±R/RW SATA LightScribe

Antec NeoPower 650W Blue



Thank you for any help!!!



July 14, 2008 10:38:45 AM

get a ati 4850/4870 instead of the video card
and crack is whaCK
July 14, 2008 10:46:08 AM

Hey cal, thanks for your reply
The reason i have this video card in my build is because I allready have purchased it.

Is this not a good video card???
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July 14, 2008 11:41:34 AM

Please can anybody help???
I'm also wondering if my CPU is powerfull enough not OC'ed to run games really well like Crysis?

Please people i really would be thankfull for your help
July 14, 2008 1:14:13 PM

Ok. first off: the 9800 gtx is a good card for the money, no matter what the ati fans will say about it.

secondly, crysis as you know is a monster of a game. i can't tell you if you're cpu is powerful enough to run it smoothly, mainly because i don't know what resolution you're playing at. (even beefy systems have a hard time with this game at high resolutions. im playing at 1920x1200 with dual gtx 260's and a 2.66quad overclocked to 3 ghz. even with this system, some of the settings need to be turned down to keep framerates stable.)

that mobo looks pretty good. (it also leaves the door open for sli if you want. the 9800 gtx's have dropped in price recently so they're now only about $200.

also: for your operating system, make sure you use a 64bit system. (32 bit systems will only use 3.5 out of your 4 gigs of ram. also if you use 32 bit, you won't be able to buy more ram later on.)

for the final build, i wish you luck. leave a lot of time to build it. it took me almost 20 hours to get the whole thing built (this was my first time and i made mistakes that make me crack up when i look back on it). note: once you've installed vista (or xp) make sure you take out the installation disk. (AS SOON AS YOU'VE INSTALLED IT, NOT ONCE YOU'VE FINISHED UP THE WHOLE SETUP!)
July 14, 2008 1:33:47 PM

jednx01 said:
that mobo looks pretty good. (it also leaves the door open for sli if you want. the 9800 gtx's have dropped in price recently so they're now only about $200.


nono... it's a P45 mobo. It supports crossfire but no SLI.
July 14, 2008 1:35:32 PM

Thanks alot jednx01 your advice is really appreciated and I will take it all into account.
Just one question, why do you have to take the installation disk out as soon as it's installed?
Thanks again
July 14, 2008 1:37:20 PM

So should I change mobo???
July 14, 2008 2:02:01 PM

The motherboard is fine, I haven't looked up its price but you should be fine with a $100 P45 board since you're not doing Crossfire or crazy overclocking.

On overclocking though, make sure you OC your Q6600 to 3.0ghz. The ONLY change you will have to make in bios to do this is upping the fsb to 333. The motherboard supports this speed naturally, while the Q6600 runs at 266. Shouldn't need any extra volts or anything to bring it up to 3.0ghz!

You can get DDR2-800 memory instead of DDR2-1066, which is what you have listed. The Q6600 will OC up to 3.6Ghz with DDR2-800, which I doubt you'll be doing. So can easily save a couple $ here.

Do you really need 1TB of HD space? The Western Digital 640GB is a really fast drive that can be found for ~$90.

The Coolermaster 690 case is another case you could consider, it's a little cheaper. Very similar to the 900, which is also a good case. Just giving you options.

You should try to find the retention bracket for the Xigmatek, much easier to install. There's a Kingwing heatsink that's very similar.

I think MX-2 is more preferred these days than Arctic Silver 5 for thermal compound. I only use it now anyway, it's non-conductive and doesn't need nearly as many burn in hours before you know if it's working or not.

Otherwise, just try not to build this thing when standing on carpet and make sure you remember to touch the metal chasis inside your case as often as possible to ground yourself.

Good luck and have fun!
July 14, 2008 2:32:15 PM

Second vote for the ATI 4850; it is not being an ATI fanboy, it's just being smart.
July 14, 2008 4:23:36 PM

paq7512 said:
Second vote for the ATI 4850; it is not being an ATI fanboy, it's just being smart.


well if he didn't have the 9800gtx already and he was buying a card. i would say go with a 4850. you'll only get a little performance boost probably not noticeable over the 9800gtx but at the same price. and plus if you want dual card i think crossfire is the way to go (there's less problems with the mobo's)

but yes the 9800gtx is fine its a good card
July 15, 2008 7:54:16 AM

Ok guys, I reconsidered my build and have come up with this (I made a mistake the video card I already have is a 8800GTS 512):

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

ASUS DRW-2014L1T 20X DVD±R/RW SATA LightScribe

CoolerMaster Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler

Corsair TX-750 750W Power Supply

Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF 4GB (2x2GB)

Antec Nine Hundred Case

Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard

EVGA 750i SLI FTW Motherboard 123-YW-E175-A1

Western Digital Caviar 640GB WD6400AAKS

Intel Core2 Quad Q9450

8800GTS 512: (already have this)

Samsung 275t monitor: (already have this)


Does this motherboard work well with my components?

Is it ok for sli'ing later?

any other comments would help greatly

Thank you for your previous help you guys are great!!!
July 15, 2008 10:43:50 AM

only do an nvidia motherboard if your gonna sli

but looks good
July 15, 2008 11:15:24 AM

Whats a good nvidia motherboard then???

July 15, 2008 12:13:13 PM

Come on people please I need some advice before I order, I don't want to order the wrong components.
Whats a good mobo for my build keeping in mind that I may sli later?
And is there any other tips or advice you can give me on better components than what I have?
I really am thankfull for your help, I don't know what I would do without this forum
July 15, 2008 2:33:11 PM

just read the ratings on newegg and see what one is the best. the only problem with nvidia board is the the stability is'nt the best but still tons of people have them working fine.

i would go for the asus p5n or that evga board you picked out
using an nvidia board is ok but it will take a little more work to get it up and working good. just changing bios settings

i would grab a second video card in the next few months. i dont know how long they will be making 8800's for
July 15, 2008 4:57:46 PM

mobykirby said:
Hey cal, thanks for your reply
The reason i have this video card in my build is because I allready have purchased it.

Is this not a good video card???

9800gtx is very very good videocard, It can easily handle almost every game out right now at a resolution of 1920x1200!
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