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Muffin's Gaming Rig (Buying soon want opinions)

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August 19, 2008 1:45:26 AM

Hello all and thanks for giving this a look. Quick rundown I'm pretty intermediate when it comes to building a computer, but pretty novice at buying parts so that's why I'm here.

I'm looking to build a mid-ranged $1000 computer and am looking to overclock slightly. Not interested in SLI.

Here's the list:

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm looking for a case for good performance over looks and from what I know about cases that's what Cooler Master is about.

MB: ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is where I need some help. I'm not looking to run in SLI, but I want a board that can clock well with a decent bang for the buck. Opinions on a Motherboard would be greatly appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty sure this one wont change.

CPU Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

I know almost nothing about CPU fans. If it comes down to it I will bust the $50 price for a Zalaman, but I'm unsure as of now about this part. Please advise :) 

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good choice?

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not much to say here other then bang for the buck.

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comments on this brand? They seem pretty well liked so I went with them.

GPU: ZOTAC ZT-98XES2P-FCP GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Went with this one for the good price/performance ratio. Did some looking around about the brand name and they seem like they don't disappoint. Any other cards I should consider in this price range?

Optical: ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I burn DVD's ALOT so I need a quality burner and this one seemed to get some good buzz over at newegg. Also Lightscribe is something I almost need now a days.


Many thanks.

August 19, 2008 1:53:38 AM

They all look fine to me, but the cooling and PSU can be a bit better.
Anyways, for the Graphics, for 200$ you can get a ATI HD 4850. 4870 If you get lucky. 9800gtx is another version of a 8800gtx but slightly better. I think in some the 8800gtx is better.
August 19, 2008 1:56:45 AM

Everything checks out, good build overall.
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August 19, 2008 2:09:39 AM

No worries about the PSU. I dare killyou400p to find something better than the Silencer 610W for $80 or less.

Get a HD 4850 and a HDT-S1283 cooler.

Upgrade the MB to P5Q Pro. $0.68 more after shipping gives you a Crossfire MB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299&Tpk=P5Q%2bPro
The RC-690 and Silencer 610W already support Crossfire, and it's better to have it. Even if you don't need it, it will increase the resale value of the PC.



August 19, 2008 2:46:52 AM

aevm said:
No worries about the PSU. I dare killyou400p to find something better than the Silencer 610W for $80 or less.

Get a HD 4850 and a HDT-S1283 cooler.

Upgrade the MB to P5Q Pro. $0.68 more after shipping gives you a Crossfire MB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299&Tpk=P5Q%2bPro
The RC-690 and Silencer 610W already support Crossfire, and it's better to have it. Even if you don't need it, it will increase the resale value of the PC.


aevm:

Also known as "He Who is Most Likely to be Followed by a +1"


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August 19, 2008 2:51:33 AM

+ 1 for the +1-er who is +1-ing The Almighty Yoda dude named aevm
August 19, 2008 5:18:01 PM

I'm curious as to why to go the 4850 route?

I'm assuming that's because later down the line if I felt the need I could crossfire and it is a slightly better price/performance compared to a 9800 GTX?

Also I wanted to add in if it would be a good idea to purchase a sound card with the P5Q Pro board or is the on board audio fairly decent as is?


Anonymous
August 19, 2008 5:34:15 PM

4850 is cheaper and better performing than the 9800 gtx

^ thats why we suggest it not because you'll have crossfire capability

also on board sound is fine
August 19, 2008 5:35:07 PM

Gee, guys, I'm blushing here. If you keep posting stuff like that I'm going to start a fan-club and charge membership fees :) 

Why the HD 4850:
1. it's a bit faster than the 9800GTX. Prices are around $160 at newegg right now, while 9800GTX is around $200.
2. adding a second one can be done on a $140 motherboard with an Intel P45 chipset. With the 9800GTX, adding a second one requires an nVidia motherboard, which is typically more expensive and less stable than a P45.

Onboard audio: this is very subjective. It depends on how good your ears and speakers are, on what type of music do you prefer, how loud, whether you listen to lossy compressed files (mp3) or CDs, how much noise you have in your room, etc. Most motherboards these days use Realtek chipsets for audio, so there's really not much difference between one MB or another in that area. You should probably try onboard audio for a while and invest in a sound card only later, if you're not satisfied.
August 19, 2008 7:13:18 PM

Thanks very much for the help! :sol: 

After doing quite a bit of reading on the 4850 while at work (hey slow day) I began to understand why people were recommending it so much.

Peace.
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