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New gaming build near complete still need some help...

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July 24, 2008 4:48:42 AM

Hello everyone, after doing research I have put together the parts I would like to use for my gaming PC to run games like Call of Duty 4, Crysis, etc., and hopefully still be good enough for Starcraft II whenever that comes out :sleep:  .


Here are my potential specs, please let me know if I should change anything for the better:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4
CPU: Q9450
Videocard: 2 Visontek HD4850 for CF

Memory: Corsair 4GB 2x2 DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am not too confident in my memory selection...

PSU: Corsair 750w
Harddrive: Western Digital 640GB
Disc drive: Pioneer DVD-RW/Blu-ray

OS: I am going to be using Windows Vista 64-bit Ultimate that I bought a while ago for my laptop



I am also not very familiar with cooling and really need help on what cooling products I should get to keep the CPU cool and everything else inside the case cool. Also if you guys got any case recommendations that would be great, let me know, thanks!!

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July 24, 2008 5:14:44 AM
July 24, 2008 5:37:56 AM

the antec 900 is a great airflow case

i have the cooler master 690 and this is also a great case (buy a few extra 120mm case fans for it though) i get very very good airflow with 5 120mm case fans.
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July 24, 2008 4:28:27 PM

I too have the cooler master 690, I put 2 120mm fans in the top for exaust and put an 80mm on the back side using it for exaust to make the inside of the case have a negative pressure and it cools amazingly well. Its a great case for the money

I'm using a ZeroTherm Nirvana 120 CPU cooler and it keeps my E8400 OC at 4.0 Ghz down around 58c according to Core Temp.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 24, 2008 4:32:07 PM

save urself a few bucks and get some 800 ram not 1066. the performance is VERY close to the same.
July 24, 2008 7:00:12 PM

thanks for the CPU cooler I am definitely going to buy it for my CPU and THANK YOU for recommending the antec 300, it is exactly the type of case I want. The antec 900 was a little too wild for me lol

I had a feeling I was just wasting money on the 1066 RAM so I will switch to 800. Does anyone know if this one is any good?

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

I am pretty close to ordering everything, does anyone else have suggestions on what I should change?
July 25, 2008 2:24:04 AM

I forgot to say, I plan to do some OCing in the future...
July 25, 2008 2:35:36 AM

That cooler should be fine for overclocking, but I'm not sure that cooler fits in the Antec 300. You should do some research, I'm sure people have tried it. That's pretty expensive for that ram. Go with the Mushkin ram that has 5-4-4-12 timings. It's rated at 1.8V, and it's only $65 after rebate. By the way, I'd reccomend this Blu-ray drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . It plays both HD DVD and Blu-ray, burns dual layer Blu-ray, has Lightscribe, and it's SATA. I think it's worth the price.
July 25, 2008 12:44:55 PM

I like g.skill personally but thats just personal preference. if you're looking to save a few bucks, get the Mushkin like he said
July 25, 2008 1:58:10 PM

I have a similar build. My only additional comments apart from the ones already shared are:

I use the NZXT Tempest case. My Q9450 temps with the cooler you chose vary between 25-38C depending on room temperature and load.

Also, if you plan to OC, the 9450 has a multiplier of 8. If you want to try to get the 9450 to clock ABOVE 3.2 GHZ (3.6 GHZ has been done before), then you might want to stick with the 1066 RAM as 8 x 400 MHZ FSB (800 DDR2) = 3.2 GHZ.

GL
JR
July 25, 2008 3:38:30 PM

thanks for the replies. well I am not going to OC right away so Ill just hold off on the RAM and that CPU cooler to avoid head aches of it not fitting lol

by the way, that Tempest case is really nice minus the blue led for the fans, but what i love is that it has a lot of fans
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