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About to pull the trigger... please critique

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September 29, 2008 2:34:36 AM

I think i have all bases covered. Before I hit order, I was hoping to get any last minute criticism or advice. My budget was 1500ish, but that is flexible. I will be using Vista 64, and plan to add another 4 Ram, a second optical drive and another hard drive in the future, but for now i just want to get this running.

Will be using on a 24" monitor to game, as well as will be doing a bit of video editing.

Thanks for the input. At this point I would even welcome a flame or two to get a little feedback.

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
$6.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$199.99

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:p 5Q-E
$154.99

VisionTek 900250 Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$549.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$179.99 -$50.00 Instant $129.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail
$324.99

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail
$82.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$84.99

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
$26.99

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #:HDT-S1283
$36.99

Subtotal: $1,598.90


Ill listen to any and all advice... im a pessimist at heart and just wait for mistakes to happen.



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September 29, 2008 4:16:53 AM

It's perfect. Just don't forget the thermal paste.

Oh wait, look for a retail DVD burner. They are usually 2 bucks more and will come with useful software ;) 
September 29, 2008 2:37:47 PM

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Will be using on a 24" monitor to game, as well as will be doing a bit of video editing.


How about that for a change? A disturbing # of posts don't mention the use of the pc and expect us to determine if the build is right. At least, anandtech lets you use a template of questions for posting a home build.

I strongly suggest you get 8 gigs of ram right now as the prices are the lowest. If you wait long enough (say, 6 months), the prices will be jacked up due to DDR3 going mainstream.
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September 29, 2008 4:17:46 PM

Umm I would get a cheaper P5Q version, since getting a board with two PCI-E slots running at x8/x8 is pointless if you're planning to run crossfire on such a powerful card. Basically cut back to a cheaper version of the P5Q or get an X38 if you're planning on dropping another graphics card in crossfire in the future.

ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 29, 2008 11:45:38 PM

There are many other, good reasons to get the P5Q -E. Improved chipset cooling, better power management, better BIOS, eSATA, dual Ethernet ports, better LAN controller.... That's just off the top of my head.
September 30, 2008 12:29:27 AM

Proximon said:
There are many other, good reasons to get the P5Q -E. Improved chipset cooling, better power management, better BIOS, eSATA, dual Ethernet ports, better LAN controller.... That's just off the top of my head.



What about the P5Q Pro?
September 30, 2008 1:21:34 AM

thanks for the input. i would have forgotten the thermal paste and been irritated when it all arrived and i had to stare at pieces rather than jumo in to assemble.

i also like your idea with the ram.. getting it now

thank you all again

September 30, 2008 1:21:51 AM

The Pro doesn't have the features of the -E, but it certainly has more than the vanilla P5Q.

Actually, if you are certain you will not overclock and will not ever need crossfire, the P5QL-E is even less money and has all the features of it's P45 brother, just no crossfire support.
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