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Ordering this weekend. Any suggestions before I go for it?

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August 15, 2008 12:03:27 AM

Only built one other system before this, and will be keeping the 250gb HDD from it and selling the rest to my friend to help pay for this one. Have gone through a lot of threads and I intend to OC the cpu to around 2.8-3ghz. Maybe more, don't know yet. Will be using this to do some gaming, dvd burning, video editing, programming and school work. Would it be in my interest to get the Q9500 instead or is it not worth the price increase? What about a better heat sink, $10-20 makes no difference really so is there a better one cooling wise that doesn't sound like an airplane preferably.

PSU Corsair 750w tx $119.99 -$20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Antec Twelve Hundred $200 (save $50 with Case/Mobo combo deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO Asus P5Q-pro $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU C2Q Q6600 OEM $185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU Power cooler ATI Radeon HD 4870 $279 - $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram G skill 4gb (2x2gb) 1066 $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HS/F Xigmatek with retention bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner Lite on 20x Sata $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD WD 640gb Sata ($85)

Thermal MX-2 Thermal Compound $7 Getting this instead of the AS5 since no "curing period"

Total: $1,084.85 After $60 mail in rebates.

Anyone see any problems, things I should change etc? Up for suggestions on ram, case, and motherboard especially. Wouldn't mind changing the PSU if you know of any better ones for a similar price.
August 15, 2008 12:21:34 AM

$70 after rebate : Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$90 after rebate : Corsair 750tx
http://www.buy.com/listing/sellerlistings.asp?sku=20617...

$179 : X38 motherboard (two full 16x PCI-e lanes)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$67 after rebate - Corsair 4gb DDR2-800 (you don't need 1066)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Buy two hard disks and put Windows on one and games on the other (much faster load times, smoother play, etc.).


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August 15, 2008 1:00:03 AM

Doesn't offer shipping, and I don't want to drive an hour and a half out of my way to save $5 without the gas cost.. I don't think their warranties allow for over clocking anyway right?

As for the 1200, it comes with a $50 off combo deal with the A5Q pro Mobo, placing it at $159.99.
August 15, 2008 1:06:11 AM

Three year warranty with Retal box. NO warranty with OEM. Intel RMA service has no way of knowing you OC'd your processor or not. If you dropped it in the garbage disposal and turned it on for a minute or two, you warranty would be void. Too obvious.

http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/cs-020033.ht...
August 15, 2008 1:12:29 AM

6600 is old I'd recomend getting a newer Q9550
[link]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...[/link]
little bit more lots more performance.
If you're into air cooling there isn't really much in terms of quiet cooling...
Zalman 9700 or the coolertherm Nirvana are pretty top knotch
August 15, 2008 1:15:40 AM

I'm a bit scared to jump into the water cooling department, but how much would a decent kit run me for? (at least better cooling than the Antec 1200 case and the Xigmatek HS/F) Also a bit confused on how they work, so if it wasn't too much trouble could you give me a run down.
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