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July 24, 2008 8:09:47 PM

Hi all

I'm about to get a new build so I would like pointer if anything seems wrong to you. I will advice you that much of the list is about set right now but advice will still be considered.

Current Build

AMD Athlon x2 5000+ @3.2 GHz
MSI mobo 570 ultra if I remember but no sli
Radeon X1950XTX
2Gb pc6400 ram
250 Gb HDD

Whant I plan to get wold be this

Intel C2Q Q6600
Gigabytes EP45-DS3R
HDD 2x 7200.10 250Gb in raid 0
ram 2x 4 GB (8 gb total) OCZ Platinum PC6400
GF Radeon HD4870
cooler Zalman 9700 LED
PSU Corsair TX750
case Antec 1200
OS Vista 64 home premium

What I'm mostly asking is if anything is red light that won't work. Keep in mind that everything that would change need to be available to ship to Canada.

THX guys

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July 24, 2008 8:25:36 PM

slayeron444 said:
Me likes!
Only suggestion is the cooler you got. Get the xigmatech, save your self a BUNCH of money. This cooler was TH's best bang for buck cooler, and it really does work well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and get this with it cause the push pins are horrible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


+1

i would get a ASUS P5Q but theres not really a diffrence

raid does give you a performance increase. i used to use it but theres to many problems and its not worth the performance increase. now i just use one harddrive as a media drive. i wish i bought one big harddrive

July 24, 2008 8:27:32 PM

^+1. Also, get just one 7200.11-family hard drive. Imho, RAID-0 is more trouble than it's worth and asking for grief.
July 24, 2008 8:31:58 PM

Onus said:
Imho, RAID-0 is more trouble than it's worth and asking for grief.

+1 from me on that!
Sounds like you are ready to rock and roll Frosty!
July 24, 2008 8:40:39 PM

slayeron444 : I had good experience with this cooler s thats why I re-use this one. I tend to buy based on past good experience even if it add a little to the cost.

Dumping raid hdd's for a 500gb 7200.11.

cal8949 : The P5Q look kind of a cheapo to my eye but I could not say why. I'm probably wrong but I don't knnow...

THX for the advice so far and keep them coming if possible.
July 24, 2008 9:07:10 PM

Slayeron, did you mean the Xigmatek HDT-S1283? Check your link.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003&Tpk=HDT-S1283

Frostys: do get the Asus P5Q Pro, it will let you Crossfire later.

Check out www.ncix.com, they have better prices than most other places in Canada. If you're not in BC you don't pay the 8% PST either.

In fact, since you're in Canada, you could get the best air cooler ever for half the price it costs in the US (at www.ncixus.com) or the UK (at Dabs).
Noctua NH-U12P LGA775 AM2 Heatsink Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P12 120MM Fan -12.6-19.8DBA, $60
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=27130&vpn=NH%2DU12P&manufacture=Noctua

HDD: I agree with the others, don't do RAID with old drives. Maybe a WD6400AAKS, depending on prices and how much room you need.

I like the rest of your original list.

July 24, 2008 11:04:38 PM

aevm : looking at the tom's cpu cooler cahrt, it seem the zalman is a better choice everall...

Maybe it's not the right one they tested or I might be an idiot looking at the wrong place... LOL

and yeah I<m actually shopping at ncix and living in Quebec so no 8% tax too. The free shipping special is quite cool too lol.
July 25, 2008 1:15:11 AM

Since I'm ditching RAID, anything bad to know about Gigabyte EP45-DS3L mobo?

would cut the price a little bit by only cuting a feature I won't use it seems

Adding a new question here.

The TX750 is actually in my old system (see above) but I king of need the PSU now. I had bought overkill because I planned to at least upgrade the GFX so teh extra power was to be used. Now I only need some kind of place holder so I can sell teh system. Any suggestion.

saw this one : OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

would this be enough you guys think?
July 25, 2008 2:14:31 AM

I always like single rail PSU's. Check out Corsair's 650W, only $80.
July 25, 2008 2:33:51 AM

yeah well as I said, I'm mostly looking for a placeholder in the old system that just won't blowup out of nowhere. If it meet the powerrequirement and is on teh cheap side, it will probably do.
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