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1700 $'s parts in my room just want to make sure

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July 19, 2008 3:47:44 AM

hey everyone at toms, thanks in advance for the help...

so i ordered 1700$ worth of parts from newegg for a new build and i have all the parts sitting here in my room and just want to make sure everything sounds good to your experienced ears before i put it all together, so heres the current setup

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9300 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 132-YW-E178-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX PVT98FYDBU GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N1066SR2GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thanks guys (and girls maybe?) i appreciate any guidance of whether this is a good setup to go ahead and put together or not

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July 19, 2008 4:24:45 AM

OMG... That all cost $1700?

Great if you have money to burn. If you really want to change it up....

Ditch the Craptor, get a couple Seagate 7200.11 or WD 320 GB per platter drives.

Get a G0 Q6600 and a great air cooler.

Then think about the future and get a CF mobo and 48X0 from ATi, or save some cash and get an 8800GT.
This one has a two slot cooler, is from evga (better than XFX) and can probably be OC'd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I hope you have a Case and PSU (&DVD) inside that budget.

I'm sure the kind of performance you are gonna get from the above can be wrung out of an OC'd $1000 rig.

Sorry, but I am a bit of a cheap performance per$ kinda guy.
July 19, 2008 10:16:09 PM

Anyone else care to weigh in on this?... Just my opinion above. I'm sure there is better advice out there for the OP.
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July 19, 2008 11:02:42 PM

what i dont understand is why u got a motherboard with 3 full speed pci-e slots when u only have one graphics card.
July 20, 2008 12:02:22 AM

NOOOOOOO DOOONT!

1) Get a Segate 320 GB HDD its just a little under the raptor in the charts and costs $70 - A better deal trst me, look it up

2) Use pricegrabber and you'll see that u can get a 9800 GTX for 200

OR
Get a $300 ATI 4870 ... its better than the 9800

3)this RAM is better and about the same price with 2 gb more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) And the mobo is good but u can get an ASUS p35 for 150 and it has the same perform.
July 20, 2008 12:04:36 AM

o and keep the processor, the 45nm is way better for OC'ing
July 20, 2008 12:26:13 AM

ok sounds good but i thought the 10000rpm harddrives were a lot faster is that not the case? and also for the memory, i was trying to take advantage of the sli so thats why i got that specific ram is SLI not worth it or what?
July 20, 2008 12:54:25 AM

you cant sli ram, ts just a marketing idea... trust me the ocz is better, but i just found this which is a better HD than the one i said... the rpm can help but overall performance is key.

WD6400AAKS for the HDD
July 20, 2008 3:59:39 AM

Ever.since ATI released these new cards at very very reasonable prices most have been on the Crossfire bandwagon....for good reason. We are finally getting decent performance at a reasonable price....something Nvidia could take some lessons on, instead of wringing every last dollar they could out of us because they knew they had no competition in the higher end cards.

Oooops!! back to the subject...lol Don't get me wrong....I'm not a fanboy....I just like good performance and decent value for my hard earned money. Well ATI did it! Hence I am now on their band wagon....:-)

If you have the money and it sounds like you do from your parts collection, return the SLI board, video card and maybe even the Velociraptor, and go with a x48 based board, go for two 4870's or wait just a bit for the 4970X2, and get yourself a bunch of WD640AAKS HDD's, cause they are only 85.00 on sale and they are very fast. Just think what you could do with a whole bunch of them :-)

Have fun with all them parts!

The Canuck
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