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July 19, 2008 10:45:50 PM

thanks for all the help guys i've made my final decsision based on ur suggestions.
any last minute ideas or am i cool to order now? here it is:

cpu - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz

cpu cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

mobo - GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6

ram - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit

video cards - ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (getting 2 for crossfire!)

psu - OCZ GameXStream OCZ850GXSSLI ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 850Watts

main hard drive - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB

storage hard drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB

optical - LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner (getting 2 of these)

case - Antec Twelve Hundred ATX Gaming Case

os - vista 64

final qustions for you guys, should i get the oem vista or the retail? whats the difference besides price?

do i need thermal grease?

lastly, are these components over-clockable?

i want to order this weekend so is this going to work?
July 20, 2008 2:05:06 AM

Get yourself one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just so you won't screw anything up with static.

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What next, you'll need someone to build it for ya too? You need to do some reading.


I'd also advise you do some reading on all the parts you're looking to buy, make sure your RAM is compatible with your mobo, etc. Not only that, look up a guide on how to put your rig together without screwing anything up. Read your mobo's manual online if it's available. Learn about using your mobo's BIOS.
July 20, 2008 2:44:29 AM

rumour has it that the q9550 will be dropped to the price of what the q9450 is next week (july 22). The retail version of vista has unlimited activations and can be moved to different hardware where as the oem version cannot (although there are ways).
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July 20, 2008 3:12:23 AM

correction i am getting the GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA mombo.

anyhow if the Q9550 drops to that price i will get it, its worth waiting out the weekend for it.

i have downloaded the mobo manaul and will do some reading. thanks guys, i'm just getting antsy to get my new rig done is all. i should read a little bit more on what i want my components to do, like over clock. will post a revised build on monday if the price of the Q9550 does drop.
July 20, 2008 4:16:31 AM

yesiwillwin said:
correction i am getting the GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA mombo.

anyhow if the Q9550 drops to that price i will get it, its worth waiting out the weekend for it.

i have downloaded the mobo manaul and will do some reading. thanks guys, i'm just getting antsy to get my new rig done is all. i should read a little bit more on what i want my components to do, like over clock. will post a revised build on monday if the price of the Q9550 does drop.


Here's a pretty thorough overclocking guide:
http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=...

Good luck
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