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October 3, 2008 9:44:58 AM

Core2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz / LGA775 / 1333 MHz / 6MB / 45nm
GA-EP45-DS3R P45+ICH10R
Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB SATA-II 32MB NCQ or... the WD Caviar Black 1TB 32MB?
Silencer 610 EPS12V
Reaper HPC 4GB 1066MHz (2GBx2) 5-5-5-18

Using windows vista ultimate

So not sure about which hard drive, also need a case (wouldnt mind a cheesy lit up one if it was good) and a video card. What do you guys think? Thankyou.
October 3, 2008 12:11:10 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Seagate-Barracuda-1...

Black reads faster whereas Cuda writes faster. I don't think you can go wrong with either, but Seagate offers 5 years warranty. I have dealt with their RMA. Top notch. Paid only 1-way shipping. Got a sealed refurb for my old dead drive.

The build is solid. What's the gpu?
October 3, 2008 2:56:28 PM

Pricewise it's tough to beat the Antec300 case right now, good cooling and available a www.buy.com for $45 with free shipping or $54 from newegg free shipping. Comes with 2 120mm fans and can fit a couple more. Graphic card the performance/price king right now is the HD4850 at about $170 or $140 after rebates. 9800GT at about $110 or the 3870 or 9600GT at about $75 after rebates.
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October 3, 2008 3:22:59 PM

Thankyou very much, for the case I dont mind going up to $100, for the graphics card $200 if it will make a really big difference. What do you think?

Also is the WD green 640 gig close enough to the black 1TB in speed to justify just getting the green?

With that setup is it possible to use 800 ram instead of 1066? Would it be a bad idea?

Thanks
October 3, 2008 3:35:40 PM

ddr2 800 will be fast enough for stock and slightly OC'ed speeds. if you plan to heavily overclock then get the 1066
October 3, 2008 3:57:03 PM

+1 for Dirtmountain. Case and RAM are particularly good choices.
October 3, 2008 4:01:07 PM

How much is that Dual Core costing, because i'm fairly certain you could get a quad for not ten bucks more... And that would make the system more future proof and the four cores would probably be used in new games such as Farcry 2 and the like..


Your processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Comparable Quad: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

While it does have a lower clock speed, that Q6600 version has been known to go up to a stable 3.0ghz at least with its stock fan. If that aint good enough you could get a new processor cooler (about 20-40$) and then overclock it even more.

Besides think of it this way, in a few years everything is gonna be multithreaded.. will you have more power with a 6ghz (total) Dual core or a 9.6 ghz (total) Quad core?

And +1 to dirtmountain. He knows what hes doing :D 
October 3, 2008 4:04:16 PM

Good suggestion from damiano.
dirtmountain said:
Pricewise it's tough to beat the Antec300 case right now, good cooling and available a www.buy.com for $45 with free shipping or $54 from newegg free shipping. Comes with 2 120mm fans and can fit a couple more. Graphic card the performance/price king right now is the HD4850 at about $170 or $140 after rebates. 9800GT at about $110 or the 3870 or 9600GT at about $75 after rebates.

As to the vga card. Assuming that games are the primary use of this PC, read this article, and see where you fit on the charts for good/best possible gameplay.
http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?page=vga_charts
The sweet spot is probably the 4850 or 9800GTX+ at about $170.

All 7200rpm drives will perform about the same. If you get a very large drive and use only the faster outer 10%("short stroking"), then it can perform better.
The best performing hard drive strategy would be a WD velociraptor for the first 150gb or 300gb of your requirements, followed by a second large cheap drive for storage and backups.
If the velociraptor price is too much for you, then a single large drive is not much of a downgrade, and the difference will not be important in games.
For more info on drive performance go to www.storagereview.com and access their performance database.
http://www.storagereview.com/Testbed4Compare.sr
Look for benchmarks that reflect your real applications, not the synthetic data transfer ones.

I like the cpu, psu, and mobo.

DDR2-800 ram from a quality vendor will perform about as well as anything faster, or with lower latencies. The difference in applications or fps is on the order of 1%.

Do you really need ultimate? There are very few features that a single home user would want, compared to home premium. Go to the Vista web site for a side by side comparison of features. You can always unlock the ultimate features later by an online upgrade.
Do get the 64 bit version.

October 3, 2008 4:13:25 PM

get the e8400 and overclock it to 3.6 then that will be great also get an HD4850 even though I like Nvidia more the 4850 is a great card and it's faster than my 9800GTX =(
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