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September 26, 2008 2:03:48 PM

I was on yesterday and up till 3AM figuring this out.

This machine will be for gaming primarily and pulling photos off my camera and music listening secondarily. I've combine two computers needs into one.

My budget is now 2500-3000 Dollars. I have a Samsung 22 inch monitor and soundcard picked out which takes about 350.00 and Windows Vista Ultimate 64 for my OS at about 164.00. Leaving 750.00 for external storage/backup drives, keyboard, mouse and tweaking my list.

I won't be overclocking, so is the fan necessary?

I know my CPU is an extravagance but hows the rest?

2 OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK 209.98

1 Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Computer Case 129.99

1 Foxconn P45A-S LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
Motherboard 119.99

1 EVGA 512-P3-N975-AR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-
bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
Supported Video Card 129.99

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI
Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Power Supply 129.00

1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-
Core Processor Model BX80569Q9650 549.99

2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
3.0Gb/s Hard Drive mirrored 269.98

1 SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SHS223F
23.99

1 ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling
Fan/Heatsink 41.99

Total 1605.89
September 26, 2008 2:10:13 PM

i really think you are just throwing away money on that processor...
September 26, 2008 2:44:08 PM

^+1

Get a Q9550 instead, it's only 0.17GHz slower, but 225$ less. With that money, get a much better video card, the 9800 are only rebranded 8800 (G92) so far from "top tech". If you take the 130$ you were planning on putting in the 9800GT and add the 225$ you saved, you get 355$ and are about 35$ short of affording a 280GTX...

The extra fan isn't necessary if you don't overclock, Intel ship retails processors with a fan already and my guess is that they made sure it wouldn't let the CPU die within the 3 years warranty :p .

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September 26, 2008 2:50:43 PM

Yeah I know your'e right and at the end of the day I'll probably settle on the 9550 or even 9400. Everything else is okay?
September 26, 2008 3:05:48 PM

i agree with the others...

get a little slower CPU and use those funds on a better GPU
September 26, 2008 3:05:59 PM

Everything else seems perfect, just look at neweggs combos to see if you couldn't find other ways to save more money ;) .

Since the PC will mostly be for gaming (1680x1050 I presume), I do strongly suggest you get a better video card. At least a 4870 or 260GTX unless you only do very light gaming.
September 26, 2008 3:22:07 PM

Seems to me like he should get the 1GB 4870 with that board, or maybe even two since he can crossfire. It says it does 2x16, but probably its 8x8 in crossfire. Still, atleast that leaves room for upgrading.

I would only really buy an Nvidia card if I had an Nvidia board, because I would be obsessed with upgrading. Couldnt add another nvidia card to that P45, so may as well get the ATI card and do crossfire in the future.

8GB seems a little ridiculous at the moment. I know its cheap, but why not get 4 GB now and see how it works before you get 8. I feel like 8 would be overkill unless you are doing some really hardcore computing.
September 26, 2008 3:26:50 PM

Thanks, my original thinking was for 2 260GTX, but everywhere I looked sli boards 780i, 790i weren't thought too highly of.

My gaming would include crysis, crysis warhead, oblivion, hellgate: london and I like graphic quality as much as game play. I liked Halo and Doom 3 on my Gateway P4 infinitely more than on XBox and Xbox 360.
September 26, 2008 3:30:38 PM

I wouldn't crossfire on P45 board, the performance loss over X48 can be significant and I think it's less of a hassle to get a 4870x2. I suggested the 280GTX simply because you can get one fairly cheap (<400$)and it IS the strongest single GPU card out there so you get no SLI/Crossfire scaling issues.
September 26, 2008 3:42:54 PM

Zenthar, sorry to have to ask, what scaling issues? My current card is radeon 9600, in a P4 hyperthreaded Gateway with 512MB ram, not counting my macbook.
September 26, 2008 3:59:13 PM

By scaling issues, I meant that not all cards/technology gain the same boost from having multiple GPU. In some games, the gain from adding a second GPU can get close to 100% (doubling performance), but in others, it can get close to 0% and in some rare cases (most often early-release bugs or driver issues that get fixed over time) lower performance. That is why a single 280GTX could be an interesting option (and you don't need NVidia board for single-card setup).

I suggested the Nvidia card simply because of your original 9800GT choice, ATI cards are great too. If you don't want to go as high-end as the 280GTX, I would suggest a 4870.
September 26, 2008 4:08:22 PM

Price is not a problem, so if I switch to a 280GTX. everything else on my list will support it and it sounds like it will support a Samsung 22 inch monitor as well.
September 26, 2008 4:19:03 PM

If money is no issue, you can also take a look at 4870x2. Look here for many review links.
September 26, 2008 4:37:58 PM

Yeah you need a better video card. I think the easiest cut to make is on the CPU or to only get 4GB or RAM and then get the other 4GB latter. That should allow you to get a 4850 1GB or even a 4870 which will be a huge improvement over that 9800GT. Well, considering you haven't used all your budget yet on this build just swap the 9800GT for a Radeon 4870 1GB. With that board you can crossfire it with another 4870 1GB, or even a 4870X2 for 3-way if you put in a PSU with more watts, down the road.
September 26, 2008 4:55:24 PM

Wow will the rest of my dream machine support the 4870X2 and should I upgrade my monitor to a 24inch Samsung?
September 26, 2008 5:42:45 PM

If a Q9550 cannot support the 4870x2, not many will :p ; it's the 2nd fastest Intel CPU available (excluding the overpriced "Extreme" line).

As for the 24", I would put it reverse, if you would like the 24" monitor, then the 4870x2 is definitely the way to go, even more if you want to enable AA/AF in Crysis (see here). On a 1680x1050 22" monitor chances are the 280GTX would perform a bit better.

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