Need some advice on my build

Hi everyone,

I'm set to build myself a new computer at the end of the year. The one worry I have is my power supply. I bought a really nice modular power supply a year or so back that I have been itching to use. The only problem is it is only 620W. Do you think I would have a problem powering the below in addition to another 500GB hard drive?

1) ($139.00) Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

2) ($249.99) MSI P7N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard with SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio

3) ($299.99) XFX GX260NADDU GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

4) ($319.99) Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550

5) (2x$87.99) OCZ Platinum Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10004GK

6) ($179.99) Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive)

7) ($59.99) ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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  1. Your money would be much better spent on a different motherboard and graphics card. The X48/4870 combo really can't be beat at the moment.

    GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $224.99

    POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5-PPH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $299.99

    I own that Zalman cooler and it's nice, but the newer coolers cool better and are quieter.

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

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $6.99

    I would just stick with DDR2 800 RAM. It will allow you to push the Q9550 to 3.4GHz.

    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $76.99 -$20.00 MIR

    Edit: I also don't see a PSU in your list. has an amazing deal on the Corsair 750TX.

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX TX 750W Power Supply Retail $103.74 -$20.00 MIR
  2. I just bought the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle and I am a believer. It is about the size of a PSU. I've use Artic Freezer 7 before and it was barely better then stock cooler. This Xigmatek, is running my e8400 "C0" @ 4.2 29 idle and 54 load.

    I definately wouldn't buy anything Nvidia at this time.
  3. If you're building this machine at the end of the year, I'd say check back then. A lot of things are going to change with the new releases of the CPU and shift towards DDR3 standards.

    If you're buying the setup now, I'd swap in a
    Asus P5Q-Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $139.99 - $20.00 MIR
    Palit Radeon HD 4870 x2 Video Card - Retail

    I would also just get Duo Core like the E8400, if the computer is meant mostly for gaming purposes. Quad cores are not worth it since they're actually slower for games. Quad core optimized programs are extremely rare in numbers and most applications that support it won't be out in the next 2 years, by then your CPU would be obsolete anyways quad or not.

    The only real benefit I see from quad cores right now is that they run better in benchmarking softwares (helps with your e-peen). Sure it'll make some video editting or file compressions a little bit faster, but it's like reducing the time it takes from 1 minute to say 50 seconds. Worth twice the money? I'd say no.
  4. Thanks everyone, I appreciate the help.
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