New build advice.


I am building a new computer mostly from scratch and new parts, and a friend recommended the core parts because I am out of the loop on cutting edge technology. The aim is to buy a computer at a point near the optimal place for performance vs. price, but erring a little on the side of more powerful/expensive. I'm looking to spend $1250-ish, but any spare will go toward a nice monitor. Does this sound good to you:

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ


ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500


Subtotal: $989.95

I have a Tsunami case and a SB X-Fi which I can reuse, I think. I have DVD drives I intend to reuse as well.

Am I missing something? Should I rethink one of the pieces of hardware?

Thanks guys,

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  1. Not sure how attached you are to the velociraptor, I'm not really a huge fan though I know many swear by them. If it were me I'd probably get a cheaper drive (or multiple drives).

    What power supply? If you're reusing one make sure it can handle the load.

    I'm assuming you're looking to game a bit, what resolution monitor do you plan to be using? A little more info and I could probably give some better advice. My initial thought though like I said would be to shave down the cost (and put it towards something else) by going a different route with the hard drive, but if you really like the velociraptor it is a good one and don't worry about it.
  2. I'm not attached to the drive. What do you suggest?

    This is my power supply: Thermaltake toughpower W0103RU 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

    I'm not sure on the monitor yet, I had figured I would pick after I bought the system. Do I need more power than standard fans for the vid card? My goal is to have a computer than is great for current games and will be able to stay decent for about 2 years.
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