New build/is it a decent build.

Zalman CNPS9700 - $69.99
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q9550, 2.83-GHz - $360.99
OCZ 4Gb PC2-6400 DDR2 Dual Channel Reaper CL4 HPC Edition - $114.99
Asus® Rampage Formula x48 chipset - $309.99
Asus® Radeon EAH4870/HTDI/512M - Radeon™ HD4870 - $299.99
OCZ ModXStream Power 900W ATX 12V Ver 2.2 - $189.99


everything else im using from my old system
74gb raptor x2
300gb Seagate 7200rpm
Fatality Platinum champion series
plextor 16x +/-R dual layer
16x +/-R dual layer lite scribe LG burner.

Please rate my build, its going to be for gaming/video encoding/video editing.
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  1. Lose that CPU cooler and get the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 with the retention bracket. And definitely lose the X48 motherboard, get an X38 one for a lot less (There is virtually no difference between an X38 and an X48 chip).

    DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136045
  2. If you intend to overclock, will add a second 4870 and your display is very large, the x48 is a good choice.

    Do get the Xigmatek + bracket. It's the second best air cooler made and the bracket makes it a no-brainer. The Zalman, while you would think is a good design, does not compare in real world testing.
  3. Proximon said:
    If you intend to overclock, will add a second 4870 and your display is very large, the x48 is a good choice.

    Do get the Xigmatek + bracket. It's the second best air cooler made and the bracket makes it a no-brainer. The Zalman, while you would think is a good design, does not compare in real world testing.


    *sigh* you are aware that there's almost no difference between an X38 and an X48 chip except the $100+ price difference? X48 chips are just higher binned X38s, and unless he's doing some extreme liquid nitrogen overclocking he'll never see that little bit extra potential anyway...
  4. By the same argument, a P45 would be an even better choice. The difference in frame rates at normal resolutions, in the majority of games, is identical as you move from x38 to x48, or from P45 to x38:

    http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=761&p=6

    So, my advice to the OP would be to NOT sit on the fence. Either go for max performance or max bang for your buck.
  5. You are missing the point. X48 chips are just REBRANDED X38, so he's paying $100+ more for the same amount of performance. Where is the logic there?
  6. ok guys before this gets ugly, i would like to say that both of you are right
    The x48 chip set is better hence the price increase
    But that price increases is dramatic in relation to performance

    so now to helping mpavao81, lol

    If you don't have the money to spend go 4 a x38 mobo
    if you want to future prof your system and see best results go with a x48

    hope this helps
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