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New at Homebuilding, please critique my build!

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September 17, 2008 6:52:13 PM

My previous big box computer went FUBAR and I've always thought building my own PC would be fun, so I'm starting to really look into it.
After some self guided instruction, this is what I've come up with for a mid level/mid budget gaming PC with room to upgrade (to Dual SLI, more RAM, etc).

Also, I currently have a 26" HD LCD TV as my monitor I have my 360 and cable hooked up to it as well, so its essentially my all in one media center.

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 SLI

Western Digital Caviar 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

RAIDMAX HYBRID2 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready Modular LED Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Please add, subtract, and critique. I'm very new to this so I want all the input I can get!

September 17, 2008 7:27:14 PM

For gaming, start with the best single vga card that you feel comfortable paying for.
The 9800GT is good.
The 4850 is better.
The 4870/GTX260/9800GX2 are comparable, and will run anything out there decently.
Don't plan on upgrading using SLI/Crossfire. You pay more up front on the mobo and psu, knowing that by the time you want an upgrade, you will have to pay top dollar to get a matching card which is obsolete. Plan, instead, on selling the old card, and replacing it with the then next best thing.
A E8400/E8500 will do better in games than a Q6600. Read this:

Raidmax is a tier 5(not recommended) unit on this list:
Get a quality unit from seasonic, corsair, or PC P&C. For example the tier (1 or 2) silencer610: It will run any single vga card out there today.

I get the impression that some nvidia chipsets have issues. If the 750i is in that category, look at a P45 based board from Asus or Gigabyte.

September 17, 2008 8:14:34 PM

Build looks good, except for that PSU. Get a better one like a Corsair, Fortron, or Antec. I don't really like 750i motherboards too much but it's not bad if you want to go with nVidia, just make sure it's stable before you send in any rebates :o  . I think it's better to go with a P45 board in that price range with two PCI-E slots and to go with an ATI Radeon that you can crossfire latter :D  .