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September 20, 2008 1:52:31 AM

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Final build 2.0, here is everything:



MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(ASUS Maximus II Formula LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard)

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor )

CPU HEATSINK:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler)

CPU THERMAL COMP:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound)

GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(SAPPHIRE 100243-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card)

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory)


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

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply)

OPTICAL:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM)

HD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive)


TOTAL: $1,321.90



anyone have any thoughts or last minute modifications that i need to make? Anything wrong with a selection i made?
MOST IMPORTANTLY: is everything 100% compatible?

Any advice is welcomed.

This will be my first Homebuilt.

Thanks :p 


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September 20, 2008 2:40:33 AM

MOBO
-I would go X48 Chipset. The two below are X48...
-Asus P5E Deluxe or for a bit more money Asus Rampage Formula.

I have both MOBO's and love them :)  They would work with your picks. The Rampage (c/w the P5E Deluxe) basically gives you two (c/w one) LAN ports, more MOBO fan ports, and a small LCD screen read out gadget. The two MOBO's are otherwise basically the same.

Could save money going with a P45 chipset MOBO. The X48 would give you some speed advantage if you add a second 4870 GPU. (both PCi-E SLOTS go at x 16 c/w one x 16 and one x8).

Other suggestions...

HD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CPU COOLER[b/]
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

-get the retention bracket with it
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket

CASE
-Can you afford the Antec 1200? I hear it is a upgraded 900.

GPU
-great choice on GPU. If you plan on getting a second 4870 (no clue on yor plans or budget) why not just get 4870x2 GPU?

The rest of the choices are very solid :ange:  (I have a lot of them on the build I just did IoI)
September 20, 2008 4:32:51 AM

Nytmare said:
MOBO
-I would go X48 Chipset. The two below are X48...
-Asus P5E Deluxe or for a bit more money Asus Rampage Formula.

I have both MOBO's and love them :)  They would work with your picks. The Rampage (c/w the P5E Deluxe) basically gives you two (c/w one) LAN ports, more MOBO fan ports, and a small LCD screen read out gadget. The two MOBO's are otherwise basically the same.

Could save money going with a P45 chipset MOBO. The X48 would give you some speed advantage if you add a second 4870 GPU. (both PCi-E SLOTS go at x 16 c/w one x 16 and one x8).

Other suggestions...

HD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CPU COOLER[b/]
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

-get the retention bracket with it
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket

CASE
-Can you afford the Antec 1200? I hear it is a upgraded 900.

GPU
-great choice on GPU. If you plan on getting a second 4870 (no clue on yor plans or budget) why not just get 4870x2 GPU?

The rest of the choices are very solid :ange:  (I have a lot of them on the build I just did IoI)



thanks, i didnt know about the 1200, so:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with this, combo deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


and the motherboard will be:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Final thoughts anyone? :p 
September 20, 2008 5:00:15 AM

sure go back to the Corsair HX 1000
Its a much better PSU, better efficiency etc.
Ull save that discount on efficiency alone

Also do u want a full tower??
The 1200 is fairly tall as it is sitting here next to my bed. I had the Antec 900 and it was very good. The 1200 is just a tad bit taller....
September 20, 2008 5:05:26 AM

Silverion77 said:
sure go back to the Corsair HX 1000
Its a much better PSU, better efficiency etc.
Ull save that discount on efficiency alone

Also do u want a full tower??
The 1200 is fairly tall as it is sitting here next to my bed. I had the Antec 900 and it was very good. The 1200 is just a tad bit taller....



yeah, honestly i dont want to have to deal with cramming stuff into the 900, mostly because i have never built a system before and dont want to snap my mobo in half lol.
September 20, 2008 12:15:42 PM

Well if u plan on CFing leave the X48
P45 boards go to x8 x8 which bottleneck the gpus

(also look at comment about PSU)
September 20, 2008 4:25:37 PM

I have both the Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

and the...

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Both PSu's are great. I got a great deal on the Antec via newegg (thus I think my assessment is a bit biased) but kinda like it a bit better than the Corsair IoI. From all I hear, however, the Corsair is a BETTER unit (better quality and more stable). The Antec 1000w you picked out is NOT modular. This would be a big turn off for me.

If you are staying with one 4870 GPU, the 850w would be plenty. I went with the 850w Antec for my rugrats build with a 4870 GPU. I went with the 1000w Corsair for my build which has the 4870x2 GPU. Since the price difference on newegg is about $40.00 between the two....I would go with the Corsair.

If you have the room, larger cases make the build easier with the extra room. It also enables nicer air flow for good cooling.

I went with the Cosmos S for my rugrats build. It is a very nice case. I went high end with my build....Lian Li A7110. Lian Li is $$$. I have heard comments on prior reviews that with Lian Li, you gotta see the case in person to appreciate them. It certainly is the case in my experience :o 

GL
September 20, 2008 8:30:04 PM

Silverion77 said:
Well if u plan on CFing leave the X48
P45 boards go to x8 x8 which bottleneck the gpus

(also look at comment about PSU)


nah, not going to crossfire, ive decided just to stick to single gpu solution

friends recommend the maximus II because of the stability & user friendly OCing and such.



also thanks for the advice on the PSU, but its about a $100 difference because of the deal on the antec. I'm really going to have to stick with the antec PSU for now but if it gives any problems at all, I can get a corsair in the future when the money is there.

So basically now the only changes to the build first mentioned is HD, MOBO, CASE, and PSU


Anyone detect anything horribly wrong? :p 
September 21, 2008 5:52:53 PM

bump
September 21, 2008 6:21:23 PM

U probably dont need the Maximus....its a lot of money for bling (i got it cause i love parents (they owed me a lot of money so they paid for the build)

The P5Q-E will OC just as far and is much nicer on the pocket. Also u can get a combo with the HX 1000 which takes $30 off.

If u are not CFing, then dont get the 1000. The 850 variant is much better b/c the 1000 is just an overwattaged 850 = less stability. A good 750 PSU will hold that build easily
September 21, 2008 6:25:14 PM

Silverion77 said:
U probably dont need the Maximus....its a lot of money for bling (i got it cause i love parents (they owed me a lot of money so they paid for the build)

The P5Q-E will OC just as far and is much nicer on the pocket. Also u can get a combo with the HX 1000 which takes $30 off.

If u are not CFing, then dont get the 1000. The 850 variant is much better b/c the 1000 is just an overwattaged 850 = less stability. A good 750 PSU will hold that build easily



are there any real risks/dangers associated with using a 1000w PSU with this build? because as much as i think i wont, i might actually need to CF in the future....

but then if i might CF... i should get an X48...

So i should go with the Rampage Formula?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


September 21, 2008 6:27:23 PM

A 850 could also take CF (a good one at least). They always overshoot on calculators for PSUs.

Any dangers/risks....no not at all. If u have the money get a 1000 its just that specific Quattro is the same 850 that they just made to do 1000 watts and when loaded that high it starts to lessen on ripple and regulation.

But u should seriously check out the P5Q-E if it has the features u need with the HX 1000 combo. but again its ur build
September 21, 2008 6:46:05 PM

Silverion77 said:
A 850 could also take CF (a good one at least). They always overshoot on calculators for PSUs.

Any dangers/risks....no not at all. If u have the money get a 1000 its just that specific Quattro is the same 850 that they just made to do 1000 watts and when loaded that high it starts to lessen on ripple and regulation.

But u should seriously check out the P5Q-E if it has the features u need with the HX 1000 combo. but again its ur build


Yeah i've looked at the p5q-e, its just that i want to spend a bit more on the mobo to get one that is slightly more futureproof, i dunno...

Right now its looking like either:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


on one hand, the rampage allows for better CFing.. which i may need to do year(s) from now (i cant buy a new mobo / rig every year...)

on the other.. the maximus is really user friendly and a breeze to OC, but has 8x CFing..

unless someone has a better (read: future proof) choice :/ 


edit: my friend is strongly suggesting the maximus II, saying that a single GPU solution will be fine as long as PCI 2 is still used, no CFing will be really needed
September 21, 2008 7:15:24 PM

the P5Q-E IS THE Maximus....it isnt any more future proof exact same features. same overclocking its all bling....and i kno im a hypocrite that just bought one i kno....rofl

But im telling you...yes the Rampage is for CFing and IF u intend on doing it get that, but in terms of single gpu the P5Q and Maximus is the exact same thing.
September 21, 2008 7:23:59 PM

Silverion77 said:
the P5Q-E IS THE Maximus....it isnt any more future proof exact same features. same overclocking its all bling....and i kno im a hypocrite that just bought one i kno....rofl

But im telling you...yes the Rampage is for CFing and IF u intend on doing it get that, but in terms of single gpu the P5Q and Maximus is the exact same thing.


ah, alright cool lol.


but hey, nothing wrong with bling :D 
September 21, 2008 7:30:24 PM

of course not nothing wrong with bling. I got it cause 1) It was all money my parents owed me and 2) If i H2O cool the Maximus has a special block so i dont need to replace all the stinking heatpipes, SB cooler, mosfet coolers etc. It just goes right where the NB is
!