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Building computer in 1 week. Give it the ol' lookaroo before I buy it?

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August 10, 2008 8:57:56 PM

Hey all, first poster but long time computer hardware reviewer reader. Well my pc build has been in the works for about a year now. Almost being able to buy it, then I lose my job, or I need a car first; all are among things that set me back.

But now, since I have been informed I am getting $900 for my 21st, I have more than enough to get my dream pc.

I wanted to post all of the parts here for you guys to give it a once-over to check for any discrepancies or compatibility issues between parts.

After doing my research on parts (research = extensive newegg browsing)

Here it is, please feel free to compliment, insult, or criticize but please read notes after:

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Operating System - Vista Ultimate x64

CPU - Intel Q9550
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115042

- Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme BLACK Anniversary Edition
- http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thulexbled.html
- w/ Scythe S-FLex F 120mm fan
- http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/scsf63cfms12.html

Mobo - ASUS Rampage Formula X48
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131284

GPU - AMD Radeon HD4870x2

RAM - 2x2GB Mushkin REDLine ddr2 1000mhz
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146755

HDD 1 - Western Digital RaptorX 150Gb 10,000RPM,
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136012

HDD 2 - Western Digital Caviar 1Tb 5400RPM Green powered :) 
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136151

Optical - Lite-on DVDRW
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106072

Sound - ASUS Xonar DX
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

PSU - Corsair 1000HX (1kw)
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

Case - Cooler Master Cosmos S
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119150


Note: I will be going crossfire but not at the time of purchase. Maybe with following paycheck.
Note: I already own the HDD's so dont warn against buying them.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
August 10, 2008 9:26:27 PM

  • CPU: The Q9550 (2.83GHz) is 10$ more ....
  • RAM: Ditch the Dominator, just get good overclockable DDR2-800 like OCZ Reaper

    Other than that, you got a very solid build.
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    August 12, 2008 2:16:09 AM

    I think the price recently dropped for the Q9550 (probably because NewEgg has the Q9650 now).
    !