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Newegg build - how's it look? 1st build

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August 2, 2008 5:25:02 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm (making an attempt at) building my first system. I want something that's gonna last (and still be pretty solid) for about a year and a half or so. I play mostly RTS and RPGs (thinking about picking up WAR when it comes out), and I do a lot of video editing.

This is what I'm looking at:

Case: NZXT Apollo
PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V Modular LED Power Supply
Temp. Control: AeroWatch LCD Temp. Display
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100243L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5
Cooling: ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
$1450 on Newegg with DVD drive

I'm gonna throw another 4870 in CF after they come down in price a little bit. Does this look good to run video editing and games (currently SupCom, Sins, and The Witcher are what I'm most interested in running), with staying power for about a year and a half? I'm thinking at that point, the X58/Nehalem will be out and I'll have graduated, letting me put together a new system. Any suggestions for changes? Anything I'm forgetting (sorry, my first time building so a little unsure of myself)?

Thanks in advance

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August 2, 2008 5:36:06 AM

You are joking about that Raidmax power supply ?
Friends don't let friends use Raidmax power supplies.
Get a Corsair 750w or a PC Power and Cooling 750w Silencer.
I'd run a Rosewill before i'd put a Raidmax in any system
Other than that abomination, the build looks good.
August 2, 2008 6:30:51 AM

The Raidmax PSU only has 2 PCI-e power connectors. You'll want 4 connectors for a dual 4870 setup.
Raidmax RX-730SS vs Corsair 750TX vs PC Power & Cooling 750
Both the Corsair and PC P&C 750 have 4 connectors. And the Corsair is less expensive after rebate.

You can software to monitor your temps on your PC's display so a hardware display isnt needed.

ZALMAN 9500A is the AMD CPU cooler model. ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT is the Intel socket 775 model.
These days a Zalman 9500 would be called an "average cooler" but its price is pretty high. Planning on overclocking at all?

The rest of your list looks good.

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August 2, 2008 6:41:42 AM

Looks the same s everyone elses Intel ATI build.
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