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August 27, 2008 11:46:26 AM

Hey all, after using a Clevo D900T laptop for ~3 years, it's time to get back into the desktop game. I'm looking at around $1200 in processing goodness with another $500 for an LCD and few extras. This rig will be used for heavy surfing/music, heavy gaming, moderate photoshop, and light video editing. Here is my current shopping list from newegg, any thoughts?

Qty. Product Total Price
1 LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-05 $29.99
1 COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $84.99
4 APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan $29.96
1 ZALMAN MFC1 Plus-B Black 6 Channel Multi Fan Controller $39.99
1 GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard $224.99
1 VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $270.00
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $119.99
1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0568M $179.99
1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $76.99
1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $74.99
1 SAMSUNG 2493HM Glossy Black 24 " 5ms (BTW) Widescreen LCD Monitor $429.99
1 OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound $6.99
1 OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $34.99

Future expandability would include:

OC Q6600 (hence the vendetta hs)
another 2x2gb ram
crossfire 4870's
extra hdd as needed

Edit: Forgot to add i'll be using vista-64 as an OS.

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August 27, 2008 12:06:25 PM
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August 27, 2008 12:09:34 PM

Two models stood out, and both used DDR2 rather than DDR3 memory. DFI and Gigabyte had the best onboard feature set, but while Gigabyte also had the most complete set of rear panel ports, DFI had the highest stable DDR2 memory speed. The Lanparty LT X48-T2R also pushed our Core 2 Duo E6850 the farthest, but higher achievable FSB for the X48-DQ6 speed might put it ahead if we’d used a different processor.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x48-motherboard,194...
August 27, 2008 12:25:00 PM

thanks for the prompt replies. After looking over them it seems like changing the Asus x38 out for this:

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

for exactly the same price seems like a good idea. Also on the power supply, I originally had the corsair in my wish list, not sure why I changed it, so I'll go back to:

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
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