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Build for $950. Thoughts, Suggestions?

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September 28, 2008 3:35:20 AM

Hi everyone.

After struggling along for years after a terrible power failure that fried my motherboard 2 years ago :pfff:  , I've finally decided to ditch my pentium 4 system for something a tad bit more modern.

The build listed includes no hard-drive, and includes windows Vista -32 bit in the price. I have a perfectly good hard-drive that's brand new that was left over from a friend's build. (320 gig Maxtor 7200 RPM). After about a year of lusting after new builds with the new amazing, more "budget-priced" cards, starting with the 8800 GTS, I've decided I can't live without a Radeon 4850.

The motherboard listed was chosen with the mindset that in several months, I may pick up a second 4850 for crossfire. The Q6600 is supposed to be a ridiculously good over-clocker, from what I understand, and anticipate having no trouble getting it to 3.0 gig.

Any input/suggestions would be fantastic.

Without wasting more of your time, here's the system.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail -184.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail -65.99

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail -144.99

Palit XAE/48500+T352 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail -169.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail -49.99

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM -23.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit English 1pk for System Builders DSP OEI DVD - OEM -99.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM -5.99

Grand total: $935.91
September 28, 2008 4:34:24 AM

You can save some money by going for the Corsair 750w psu and get a better case with the money. Otherwise it looks like it should be a good build.
September 28, 2008 4:44:27 AM

No, keep that PCP&C PSU, you might save a few dollars with another unit, but with this one you get the best of the best as far as quality is concerned. (Corsair TX series are designed by Channelwell, not Seasonic).

I would suggest to get another HD 4850, the Palit one is cheaper, but comes with no crossfire bridge or HDMI-DVI adapter, so if you ever want to hook an HDTV to it or do crossfire you'll have to buy them separately (And the Crossfire bridge will run you for $10 alone).

GIGABYTE GV-R485ZL-512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Other than that, get Vista 64, the 32-bit version is only for legacy support for older CPUs to be able to run vista, you should definitely get 64-bit OS or you'll be kicking yourself a few years down the line when you're in need of it and you have to shell another $100 for a new OS. (Remember that OS hardly drop in price) I use Vista 64 myself and couldn't be happier.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM

Everything else looks great, you did a good job. Might need an aftermarket cooler if you're planning to OC that CPU, a fan favorite seems to be Xigmatek HDT-S1283 w/ retention bracket. This final critique is just my thing, but I found Arctic Silver Ceramique to be more effective than Silver 5 (runs my stuff about 2-3 C cooler), but it has a slightly longer curing period for you to see the results.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

XIGMATEK ACK-I7753 Retention Bracket For 4 heatpipes model only - Retail

Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM
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September 28, 2008 4:52:40 AM

For that build with 2 crossfired 4850s, i'd be very happy with this 610w PC Power and Cooling power supply.
That said the Corsair is a great unit as is a PC Power and Cooling 750w.
I agree with emp about the 64 bit Vista and his cooler choice.
I prefer RAM that runs at 1.8v like this Mushkin DDR2 800
but getting picky. Nice build, good sense.
September 28, 2008 5:57:23 AM

id swap out the Centurion case for the CM 690
slightly bigger, psu sits at bottom, comes with 2 12cm fans and space for like 4 more and has decent cable managing allowing you to run the cables behind the mobo and has cable collectors to keep the ones in front tidy

+1 on switching to Vista 64bit

+1 on getting an aftermarket cooler, you will need it to OC, the stock intel heatsink/fan is garbage

i personally use this one

all you need is a 12cm fan such as this
to stick onto the side of the cooler

edit: sh!t the cooler is out of stock, but yea the one the poster above mentioned is basically the same thing :) 
September 28, 2008 2:27:04 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. Hoping to get this ordered this evening!