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 .
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
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!!
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
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.
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.