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July 29, 2008 8:15:06 PM

motherboard=
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard - AMD790FX, Socket AM2+, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID

video card=
Diamond Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 512MB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support

]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3739366&CatId=2838


video card=
Diamond Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 512MB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0 x16, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support

[/u]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


CPU=
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor ADX6000IAA6CZ - 3.0GHz, 1MB Cache, 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB, Windsor, Dual-Core, OEM, Socket AM2, Processor

memory=
OCZ Quad Kit Gold 8192MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)

]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3318082


memory=
OCZ Quad Kit Gold 8192MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)

[/u]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


power supply=
Ultra X-Pro ULT40029 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, Dual 80mm Fans, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, Active PFC, Black

computer case=
Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports

]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2441945&CatId=106


computer case=
Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Silver ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports

[/u]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard drive
Seagate 320GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, ATA-100, Retail

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


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Im confused on what heatsink and cpu fan to get....?
1. the size of alot of the ones im seeing scares me a bit cause im useing a mid tower case...?
2.Will the 790 northbridge chipset will it get in the way???
I sure could use some help on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did not think a cpu heatsink and fan would be such a pain..! maybe im a TARD!

This is my first build and would love it if I could get some feedback on this...Thank you to all that help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" target="_blank">http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


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Im confused on what heatsink and cpu fan to get....?
1. the size of alot of the ones im seeing scares me a bit cause im useing a mid tower case...?
2.Will the 790 northbridge chipset will it get in the way???
I sure could use some help on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did not think a cpu heatsink and fan would be such a pain..! maybe im a TARD!

This is my first build and would love it if I could get some feedback on this...Thank you to all that help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 29, 2008 8:35:14 PM

I've been following the forums for a few weeks now and most people are recommending the following:

Xigamek S1283
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Retention Bracket for Xigamek S1283
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you live in Canada? If you're in the US, I would definitely reccommend checking Newegg.com instead of TigerDirect.com.

What kind of things are you looking to do on your computer? (gaming/video editing/etc.)

What kind of budget are you working with?
July 29, 2008 8:41:16 PM

I can't really endorse most of your choices today, sorry :) 

You can do a lot better for the same price.

The only thing I can get behind here is the video card, and the idea of crossfire ready.

E8400 Intel CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P5Q Pro MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4 gigs OCZ Reaper memory (800Mhz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300 OR 900 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now, you could argue that you get better CF performance at a reasonable price with your motherboard. However, you then gimp yourself with a slow CPU. For about the same price you get a great new chipset with the P45 plus a really nice processor that will boost performance well over any minor performance you got from the 790FX board in CF.
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July 29, 2008 8:55:42 PM

I like that 790FX, it does Crossfire at full speed x16+x16, while the P5Q Pro doesn't.

I'd get a quad CPU (Phenom 9850 Black Edition), with that kind of budget, but that's just me. If it's mostly for games then dual is fine.

Good MB and video card and RAM.

Dump the ATA-100 (IDE) hard disk, get a WD6400AAKS instead.

Also, get yourself a better case. For example Antec 900 is $80 with free shipping at newegg now. Or RC-690, if you don't want lights.

Get a Corsair 750TX PSU from newegg.

Cooler: based on newegg reviews for that MB, I can tell you the Zalman 9700 fits. I don't normally recommend that cooler because I find it rather expensive. However, with these Asus Deluxe boards, it's very important to get a cooler that fits. For example the Freezer 7 won't fit on a P5Q Deluxe because the board has some cooling pipes that get in the way.

July 29, 2008 8:56:34 PM

First, Fix your links!

I'd go with an Intel build. But if you're going with a high end AMD system get a Phenom cpu and ddr2-1066 ram. If you really want to get an X2, get a Brisbane, not Windsor and get ddr2-800 CL4 ram. Get a better quality brand PSU like Corsair, Antec, PC power and cooling etc.
July 30, 2008 4:52:03 AM

avem its for games 95% of the time.
July 30, 2008 5:17:02 AM

proximon, I have been real torn about amd and intel. The E-8400 was my first choice but the motherboards have had me flip flopping between amd and intell and price is a factor also. I have to stay under 1200. I am dead set on crossfire. The mother boards have been sort of tricky for me trying to take full advantage the technology that comes on all the hardwhare. I think what you posted will give me the most bang for my buck.
July 30, 2008 12:26:57 PM

I think you'll like it, I'm running most of that myself.
July 30, 2008 7:24:07 PM

proximon, what cpu cooling fan and heatsink do you have. Ill be getting the antec 300 case and ill be useing the ASUS P5Q PRO LGA motherboard?

Will the heat pipes on the OCZ REAPER HCP EDITION be in the way????
July 30, 2008 7:26:06 PM

zvandy, thank for the heads up with newegg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!