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September 2, 2008 7:15:42 PM

Hi, this will be my final build before I go out and start ordering my parts. I work with PS and 3dMax a lot; also, I'm a huge fan when it comes to gaming. So here yah go, what do yah think? Am I going in the right direction with what I do with a comp? Also, I'm having a hard time on choosing the Rampage Ex. or the P5E3 so please help. Should I drop some stuff and add in other things? Thank you.


Mobo: ASUS Rampage Extreme LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Mobo: ASUS P5E3 PREMIUM/WIFI-AP @n LGA 775 DDR3 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU FAN: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphic Card: SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note (Will be getting two)

Ram: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note (Will be getting another set of 4GB)

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and

HDD: SAMSUNG MCBQE32G5MPP-0VA00 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BR-Drive: SONY BDU-X10S Internal Blu-ray Disc
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Prod...

Monitor: DELL ULTRASHARP 2408WFP
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/pr...
September 2, 2008 8:40:16 PM

Personally, I think spending $300 on RAM and $700 on HDD/SSDs is a bit ridiculous.

DDR3 is nowhere near fast enough compared to DDR2 to be worth the exorbitant cost. Stick with DDR2 1066 and the only place you'll notice a difference is your wallet.

And what in the world would make you want to spend $400 on 32gigs of storage? You can almost make a reasonable case for spending that kind of money for a laptop or tablet PC that'll benefit from the lack of shock damage. But for a desktop?!? Get a couple WD6400AAKSs and RAID0 them. You'll be plenty satisfied by the speed and you'll have an extra $530 in your pocket.
September 2, 2008 8:49:42 PM

+1 to ddr2 1066. if there is a point in which you need it it will be cheap enough that buying it then plus what you spend on ddr2 1066 today combined will still probably be less.

+1 to wd640gb raid0 but if you don't want to then get your velociraptor for your os and games and then one wd640gb for data. lose the ssd.

don't know about sony blue ray drives but dont dig on their other rom drives so i would go with lg or plexor

do you want ways to save money or just make sure things go together? your monitor is 1920x1200. one x2 should be plenty but you say you are planning on getting another. you could save by getting a p45 board and not getting another. not sure there is a ton of benifit have 2 4870x2 on that resolution. but if you are the x48 is the way to go.
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September 2, 2008 8:57:33 PM

that fan is on the 1st place at frostytech
September 2, 2008 9:09:22 PM

that is good news. bench wise how much better is it? it costs double so is it worth it? be good to know how much difference that price makes.
September 2, 2008 11:26:36 PM

Can some please direct me to some good DDR2 memory that are compatible with X48 board.
September 3, 2008 4:23:42 PM

Any of these 2x2GB DDR2 1066 kits will be perfect. They're all respected brands. They all run at 5-5-5-15 or 5-5-5-18. And they're all spec'd at either 2.1V or 2.0-2.1V. You'll be happy with any of them.

You'll also need a different MoBo, since DDR3 and DDR2 are not compatable. Any of these should be good. I'll let someone else comment the OCing ability of these boards, though.
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