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July 21, 2008 11:04:54 PM

I have do some search and finally gather up some spec from the famous website :D 
Here is the spec: *some not yet decide and want to hear your thought*

Budget under $1000
Mostly for websurfing, downloading media, and gaming *mild type* :sarcastic: 

Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 $180 (bought)

PSU: Corsair TX650W $100 (bought)

Mobo: Asus brand *any recommend? wish to use 2-3 years*

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield Quad-Core around $200

HDD: WD brand *should i go with 1 or 2? any good deal now?*

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $80

Primary Optical: Going for blu-ray rom

Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit $170 *Do you think i should get HD 3870 $120?

thanks guys

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July 21, 2008 11:35:50 PM

the asus p45 at $129 is a great board adn for a mild gamer 1 pcie slot is enough.

I would go for the 4850 becuase its more future proof than any other option at that price

q6600 is great

the western digital 640g is supposed to be VERY reliable and a great buy

OCZ reapers 2x2g is only $60 and great if u wana save some dough

lastly that seems like ALOT for a case. its your money but if you look around you can usually find the antec 900 for under $100
and it looks like that case doesnt come with fans, to fill that up with fans ( that you dont need that many of) will be like another $50-$100
HAPPY BUILDING
July 21, 2008 11:48:57 PM

PC case is a personal taste thing I realize, but maybe look around a bit more. That's a lot of case for a little system.

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

I disagree on the reapers. The Corsair you picked are less likely to have issues with that MB.

Any WD HD with "AAKS" in the product number is going to be good, the 640 gig is great.
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July 22, 2008 12:47:53 AM

Do any of you have hard time choosing your desktop case? I realize it is more difficult than making decision than buying a car.

Do you think i should buy a small hd for the os? or stick with one?

Compare to Gigabyte mobo, Asus is better for the money? or better for the long run?

My current desktop is a AMD base HP pre-build model m7470n, it freezed up almost every night and force me to shut it down. I am tired of this issue and want something more reliable so i decide to build my own.

wish me luck.

btw, which oc do you recommend? and where to get it cheap?
July 22, 2008 1:17:52 AM

all i know that the cooler master 830 is HUGE, much much larger than a mid tower, and is about 50lb with nothing inside... you should reconsider unless you really think you need all that space
antec 900 should be more than enough for your build

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this case looks awesome, you should check it out
July 22, 2008 1:22:03 AM

I just built my system with the Coolermaster CM-690 case, it comes with 3 fans, and has plenty of room.....you might wanna check it out!
July 22, 2008 1:25:01 AM

eklipz330, right on, go antec 900, use the $100 to get the 4870, with the Corsair DHX's get the 4-4-4-12 timing ones.
July 22, 2008 5:35:37 AM

For mobo, i went to a local fry's store and found a very nice mobo from Gigabyte call X48-DQ6 and it said 6 core on the box, what is that mean of 6 core.... can anyone tell?

yeah i also check out the coolermaster 830 it was huge and heavy, i think i might past on that one, i found one is very good looking in fry's and i found it on the famous site too http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... anyone use this one before? how was it? i love the big fan in the front and the mesh was made my metal.

I did think of getting the 4870 but is it a lot different then the previous model? 3870???

July 22, 2008 6:49:53 AM

thepowerofdonuts said:
My build under $1000 after rebates with an X48 mobo in case you want to buy another 4850 later. Keyboard is there because mobo bios only accepts PS2 at first.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


Sorry what is this item for? XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket


July 22, 2008 7:27:19 AM

It's so you don't have to use the pushpins. It's a crappy system Intel uses to mount heatsinks. Also, if you're following my list, get the Corsair 650TX or whatever PSU. it's $90 after rebate. Great price that allows enough wattage for two 4850's in Crossfire. I changed it from the Xigmatek I had.
July 22, 2008 8:19:07 AM

I am still debating to go for asus or gigabyte for my mobo, can anyone tell me the pro and con about these two?

I am now a little over my budget on the setup... anyone of you have the same moment like me now?
July 22, 2008 8:21:47 AM

Make a wishlist on NewEgg and show us what you have so far.
July 23, 2008 3:28:57 AM

Blu-Ray drives are fairly cheap, as are hard disks and a NetFlix account :whistle: 

And so are entry-level 1080p projectors by the way ($1,500):
http://www.visualapex.com/lcdprojectors/lcd_projectors_...

I would go:

$176 - Q6600 oem - saves $25 over retail
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=Q6600&c=fr&pid=f1845b5...
$27 - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - BEST cooler for the money
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$7 - retention bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$6 - AS 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(overclock the Q6600 to 3.0ghz+).

$105 - Asus PK5 P35 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$62 - 4gb DDR2-800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$119 - Blu-Ray drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25-35 - DVD-RW

$145-155 - ATi 4850 - check fatwallet.com and slickdeals for best prices

$195 - 3 x 320gb Sata HDDs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(1 for Windows/storage, 2 for downloading, 3 for gaming)
With 3 seperate drives you can do two tasks at once, like gaming and downloading or ripping Blu-Rays while gaming or downloading, etc. Makes a huge difference in speed to have a single drive for each "main activity" you do. Reading/writing to the same drive kills performance.

$75 - Corsair 650w PSU
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-650w-atx12v-power-su...

$xxx? - case - your choice, I like Lian Li aluminum personally...clean yet classy ($100-120).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$947 after rebate(s). Add a case and shipping and you're at $1,100 (sue me :kaola:  , over by $100).

*edit*

You need to...look at what you're spending money on.

$200 for a case is overkill on your budget, as is $175 for a P45 motherboard (an x38 is way better than P45 for the same price range).

I also don't think you need 1066 ram to overlock a Q6600.
July 23, 2008 4:58:38 AM

Noya said:
Blu-Ray drives are fairly cheap, as are hard disks and a NetFlix account :whistle: 

And so are entry-level 1080p projectors by the way ($1,500):
http://www.visualapex.com/lcdprojectors/lcd_projectors_...

I would go:

$176 - Q6600 oem - saves $25 over retail
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=Q6600&c=fr&pid=f1845b5...
$27 - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - BEST cooler for the money
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$7 - retention bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$6 - AS 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(overclock the Q6600 to 3.0ghz+).

$105 - Asus PK5 P35 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$62 - 4gb DDR2-800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$119 - Blu-Ray drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25-35 - DVD-RW

$145-155 - ATi 4850 - check fatwallet.com and slickdeals for best prices

$195 - 3 x 320gb Sata HDDs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(1 for Windows/storage, 2 for downloading, 3 for gaming)
With 3 seperate drives you can do two tasks at once, like gaming and downloading or ripping Blu-Rays while gaming or downloading, etc. Makes a huge difference in speed to have a single drive for each "main activity" you do. Reading/writing to the same drive kills performance.

$75 - Corsair 650w PSU
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-650w-atx12v-power-su...

$xxx? - case - your choice, I like Lian Li aluminum personally...clean yet classy ($100-120).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$947 after rebate(s). Add a case and shipping and you're at $1,100 (sue me :kaola:  , over by $100).

*edit*

You need to...look at what you're spending money on.

$200 for a case is overkill on your budget, as is $175 for a P45 motherboard (an x38 is way better than P45 for the same price range).

I also don't think you need 1066 ram to overlock a Q6600.


Million thanks for your guide, i am hoping to give you a respect credit. :bounce: 
what do you think asus p5q deluxe? i am thinking if i really want to spend some money i rather spend it could last 3 years without major upgrade.
I just spoke to my BOSS :love:  she said i can spend a little more but need to be worth for money. i gave her a kiss :kaola: 
Anyway, i love the look of coolermaster case's outlook, especially i want to have usb and switches on top of the tower instead of the front panel.

July 23, 2008 10:50:02 PM

Just curious, if i download media alot, should i consider buying 2 hd? and how large should i get for the first drive? 160gb? or more?

I just got the case and psu off ebay already.
Any suggestion for buying good quailty but not expensive 120mm fans? I need like 4 at least for my new tower.

I do think 1066 ram is too much for me now, i will go for the 800 ddr2.

thanks everyone assist me on my post.
July 26, 2008 6:19:38 AM

I looked through newegg for the hard disks I listed...while 500gb models are the best price per GB, having 3 x 320gb would be ideal for multitasking as I listed above.

Just look up some reviews for 120mm fans.
July 26, 2008 8:25:31 PM

Any Scythe case fan with the fluid dynamic bearing, quiet and they don't quit working, really quiet!
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