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July 25, 2008 9:24:35 PM

Hi I was hoping come people form the forums could look over my list for my wife's new comp. She will mainly use it for gaming, but she doesn't let me over clock her machines or tinker with them much so OCing is not important. We do live in Hawai'i and it is warm almost all year round in our apartment, high 70's to 90f. With that in mind I need something that will stay cool but is not to noisy. I'm thinking of going with one VGA card as my wife's screen is 1600x1050 and SLI/CF does not really kick in until higher res and heat might be an issue with two cards. I'm not totally sure about the MB I have so any suggestions would be nice. My budget for the build is $1500 with shipping, and my current list is under that. I will be ordering the heavier items form Amazon.com as they will ship them to Hawai'i for free with super saver, saves me $90 in shipping on the case alone. I'm about $150 under budget so if you can see any thing that might help please let me know. Thanks much

CPU Intel E8500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper TX2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VGA MSI R4870-T2D512 OC Radeon HD 4870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 25, 2008 9:52:02 PM

I would go for the WD caviar 640gb HD. It is only 5 bucks more and you will get another 140gb of storage!
Other than that it looks good!
The MOBO you have selected won't allow crossfire, but you said that wasn't important so I think you will be fiine.
July 25, 2008 10:04:47 PM

Everything looks great. Spend that saved money on... beer :D  Or fun periphery, like a nice new mouse/keyboard or some good gaming headphones.

You should overclock it when she's not looking :)  I bet you could just step it right up to 3.6GHz with minimal fiddling.
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July 25, 2008 10:18:22 PM

you really love your wife
July 26, 2008 12:16:48 AM

Damn you, you got yourself a gaming wife.

Also, the rig looks good, change the drive for a 750 GB version to get the benefits of PMR, it isn't than much expensive.
July 26, 2008 3:09:14 AM

Thanks for the info on the HDD, I switched to the 750 WD. I was unaware of the PMR benefit. Yeah I lucked out marring her, playing online games with your best friend in the same room rocks, and gives you an edge not having to use Vent or Teamspeak. :na:  I still wonder about the MB, I read some people had problems with it when using Vista 64. Does any one know of a decent p45 board at about the same price?
July 26, 2008 7:56:13 PM

I changed the MB, PSU, HDD, and VGA.

PSU XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC651 650W I wanted the modular cables to reduce clutter in the case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 It's more expensive but had better reviews/features.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB Thanks for the info on the 750gb and PMR SirCrono
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VGA ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4870 Not a huge difference here but the Asus MB should be able to help control fan speed and energy use.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 27, 2008 12:32:12 AM

Hmm... I don't know anything about Xigmatec PSUs, but that unit seems to have a fairly low price and good reviews - not two things that usually go together with PSUs on Newegg.

I think your wife is going to have a very nice rig. I'm envious... of the rig, of course ;) 
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