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Time to rebuild my box

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September 28, 2008 9:34:29 PM

Hi Folks:
It is time to rebuild my desktop ~5 years old
I'm not a "techie" and I don't keep up with hardware advances between builds, but I do write software and I feel obliged to build my own machine
Probably going to replace just about everything except the case(Lian Li server case) and the speakers.
I am not a "Gamer" -- lots of video though
Will have Two Monitors -- A 22" mitsubishi crt and a flat screen that is yet to be determined
This is what I have chosen so far:

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive(2)

ASUS ENGTX260 TOP/HTDP/896M GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF

SILVERSTONE OP1200 1200W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS My Cinema-PE9400 Combo TV Tuner Card

Any incompatabilities here -- all recommendations welcome

Thanks

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September 29, 2008 8:28:35 AM

It has been 5 years hasn't it? :) 

Things have changed in the PSU area. Your choice is really overkill. Even if you are buying to last 10 years. For a single video card build get the Corsair 750TX (still overkill but I know you want no less). If you want a crossfire PSU get the Corsair 1000W.

The only time 1200W would make sense is with quad SLI.

Get a 1GB 4870 instead of the GTX260. If you did decide you needed a second card in the future, you could add it to your crossfire board that way.

On the board... it's really overkill for you as well. It's a great board for a gamer running crossfire. You would be just as happy with a P5Q -E... great MB cooling, eSATA, firewire, RAID. All the features you need, just not a high end gamer board. You could even spend less and get a P5QL -E. The P5Q -E would accomodate a second video card also, if you felt the need... it just wouldn't have as good frame rates in games.

RAM: You don't need 1066Mhz. It will make no difference, and indeed you will not use it at all. the only time you need 1066 is if you push the front side bus past 400Mhz... which I doubt you want to do.

You actually only NEED 667Mhz RAM. However, it's best to get 800Mhz because of the price and because you never know... maybe in 5 years your poor cousin will want to buy your system and OC it a bit to get a year or two out of it.

Excellent RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Good timings, low voltage.

If you are going to go another 5 years before the next build, get an after market cooler.

Xigmatek S-1283 and the separate bracket, along with some Arctic Silver 5.





September 29, 2008 11:21:06 PM

Thank You, Proximon
I appreciate the effort you put into the evaluation.
The P5Q-e may be the better board as I need the extra sata ports - 4 sata hard drives and 4 sata removables
Thanks again
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