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September 15, 2008 8:19:04 PM

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Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
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ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire $260.00

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM SATAsata 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
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Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
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September 15, 2008 8:38:47 PM

Looks like a great rig! One thing, get Arctic MX-2 or OCZ Freeze instead for the thermal paste, it doesn't have a cure time. May I ask what you will be doing with this machine? If you are just gaming, a quad core and RAID 5 might be a little over-the-top.
September 15, 2008 8:42:54 PM

I wouldn't bother with RAID 5. I prefer to just back things up on USB drives/DVD-R whenever needed.

Upgrade the motherboard to P5E Deluxe X48 so you can do Crossfire at full 16x+16x speed instead of 8x+8x. If necessary, cut costs with a RC-690 case or cheaper mouse/keyboard.

The 750TX is cheaper here:
http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?querytype=home&qu=750tx&qxt=home&display=col
They have a good price for RC-690 too.

The rest is absolutely beautiful.

Edit: or upgrade the video card to HD 4870X2, keep the P5Q Pro, and you won't have to worry about bottlenecks in Crossfire. On a 24" monitor HD 4870X2 beats HD 4870 Crossfire too because it has more RAM. You are planning to spend $270 on the video card and $150 on keyboard+mouse. I'd rather have the better video card even if it means buying a $20 keyboard and a $10 mouse.

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September 15, 2008 8:54:31 PM

the_mystery_gamer

Thank you! I will change up the thermal paste per your advise, it makes total sense to not have a cure time.

The machine will be replacing my Dell 8400 as a CS3/MMO machine. I have had this rig for 4-5+ years and it was served me well. I mainly do web development in CS3 and consider my data very important. I have email going back 5+ years for example.

My current backup solution is having 2 separate internal hd's and every so often using Casper XP to make an exact mirror to the backup. I know that with Raid5 I would be getting the striping and mirroring all at the same time. Aevm's suggestion was good as far as a USB drive backup, but I would rather had more of a hardcore solution. = ) I've always wanted raid.

aevm,

Thanks for your advise. I am going to research more about USB backing up, I wonder if the main hd goes out, that I could boot up from the usb backup?
I have a 500GB WD notebook, and it recently took a crap on me, giving me I/O errors, so I'm leaning more towards raid5.

Thanks for the cheaper link for the 750TX. I plan on upgrading to the 4870X2 when the price comes down so I will most likely stick with the P5Q Pro. Good info to know about how the X2 beats xfire on the 24'. Good point about the cheaper mouse and keyboard = better video card...LOL! I just may get both. I'm in no rush to buy, so going to watch the corei7 benchmarks. = ) The Q9550 should drop more when it gets released as well.
September 15, 2008 9:24:00 PM

If you can get your pc to boot from a usb hard drive, congratulations. however, i do not think that it would be easy...
I would just mirror your hd once in a while or backup all the important data (like I do) and then if you need to restore your system, just reinstall. I have always found that a reinstall cleans up any unnecessary junk that you can't always fix with a system restore etc.
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