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Need advice on my next build

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September 29, 2008 1:40:26 AM

I'm putting together a new build and I'm not really sure what I'm doing. I mostly browsed through threads trying to put together what I prefer, and here's what I have so far:

===case=== $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

===ram=== $62.99
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

===GPU=== $273.98
Radeon HD4870

===Mobo=== $119.99
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

===Cooling=== $36.99 + $6.99
Cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
Retention bracket -

===CPU=== $324.99
Intel Q9550

===HDD=== $67.99
Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

===Disk Drive=== $29.99

Also I'm still missing a PSU, does anyone have a good recommendation to go with what I have?


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September 29, 2008 6:24:00 AM

Corsair or Thermaltake. At least 550W.

BTW, what are you building the rig to do primarily? If it's gaming, I'd say you're overcompensating on the CPU.

Anyway, good luck with the build.
September 29, 2008 6:33:15 AM

On the hard drive might wanna check out the wd640

Thats the flavor of the month (well last couple of months) as far as hard drives go.

And for the gpu I would get the same card but made by visiontek

Diamond has a meh reputation, and a terrible warranty.

and heres a solid power supply from one of the better reputation makers

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September 29, 2008 6:47:05 AM

I think it's a good build as is.

Corsair 650TX would be a great match... more power than you need, but that just gives you some longevity and ensures it will run cool and quiet for years to come:

The Case is OK, but for the money the Antec 300 is better:

If you want to save a little, the Antec 650W that comes in a combo deal with the case is NOT as good as the Corsair, but it IS adequate.

The WD 500 AAJS is not a great choice for speed. The 640 AAKS would be a better choice if you can swing it.

Your CPU is fine. Adequate speeds in non-multithreaded games and programs and a screamer in places that can use the extra cores. Yes you will not use the extra cores much today, but that is the direction things are going. Next gen Intel will have even more cores ;) 

don't forget the thermal paste.
September 30, 2008 2:19:53 AM

Thanks for the help!

I'm using the rig primarily for gaming. I know that quad core chips won't be utilized for the most part, but I do a lot of multitasking (compiling a programming project in the background while gaming while browsing the web, etc.) so I'm not too concerned.

The power supply linked by dcm looks like a good deal but I think I'd rather go with a corsair PSU.

As for the hard drive, case, and GPU, I'll make those changes. Thanks again!