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Final Gaming Build Revision - Advice Needed!

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August 5, 2008 7:16:19 AM

A new thread to discuss my planned system; parts are listed below with questions underneath them.


Motherboard: Gigabyte S775 Intel X48
Link: http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=53WW

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Link: http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=4YCZ

Case: Antec Nine Hundred 900
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118268

HDD (2 of these): Seagate ST3320620AS 320GB
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/115418

RAM: OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB)
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132904

DVD Drive: Sony DRU-190S 20X DVD±RW DL & DVD-RAM
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142274

Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 4850
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145524

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123067

Monitor: GNR TFT 19" Monitor
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/116840

PSU: Corsair Memory 750W
Link: http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=4RYB

Cooling Fan: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/105994


Questions;
1) 64-bit Vista; Good Idea or Bad Idea?
2) Will the parts fit in the case I chose?
3) With all the cooling the case provides, do I need the extra coolnig fan?
4) Overall, is this a good setup?

Thanks for your time, all comments are gladly accepted.
August 5, 2008 7:23:56 AM

Look into WD 640AAKS hard drive
get a samsung monitor.
August 5, 2008 11:47:53 AM

-With Vista 64, you will be prepared for the future. But the risk of compatibility with hardware and software is there.

-The antec 900 is a mid-tower, you should be good in that area.

-If you would like to keep your components as cool as possible, then extra fans are necessary. I would upgrade your CPU fan/heatsink so if you ever get into overclocking, you will be set.

-Overall, pretty nice little set up.

here are some suggestions:

-Try ordering all your parts from 1 place. If you have any DOA's(dead on arrival), the returns will be less of a hassle.

-upgrade to faster memory. DDR2 is too cheap to skimp out on.

-agree with bnbader, get a samsung monitor.

I noticed that your in europe somewhere, so all those prices looked a bit suspicious to me. Look for a reputable european distributor. Check out resellerratings.com.
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August 5, 2008 12:53:23 PM

I just made a build with the Antec 900 case. Everything will fit. The case has 2 intake fans on the front, one exhaust fan on top (the big one), and one exhaust fan in the back.

I used both the optional fans...

Optional middle 120mm fan bracket to cool the hottest graphic cards or CPU.

and

Window side panel comes with an optional 120mm fan mount for maximum VGA cooling

The first one is most likely redundant, but I had a fan laying around so I figured why not. However, the side panel fan was useful. Without the side panel on I could absolutely feel a dead zone on the non-fan side of the GPU. With the side panel fan on, the dead zone seems to have gone away.

The case is awesome, before you jump in and start bolting stuff on, look through the case, there are some features that make wiring neater and improve airflow...

Try to find a Samsung monitor if you can, but other than that a pretty nice set up.
August 6, 2008 4:49:41 AM

Thanks very much for the replies. The description of the Antec case sounds great so I can't wait to get this set up!

I looked around the Ebuyer website and found some good Samsung monitors so I will heed that advice and purchase one of them...most likely this one; http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127412

I think I will stick with the 4Gb RAM I have already chosen since I'm fairly sure DDR3 isn't going to make too much of a difference.


Any more advice is very welcome!
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