Wanna help fine tune b4 I buy?

Hi everyone my first post here. Found this website while doing some research and it seems like a great place, maybe I'll kick back and stay awhile! Here's the current build I'm planning on building this month.

NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V V.2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

LG Black 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L - Retail

I plan on doing some OCing on the build. Nothing extreme (watercooling) but enough to bump performance up a good bit.

The main reason this computer is being build is to play games (of course) and to stream Blu-Ray to my 52" Samsung LCD. Both discs in the drive and blu-ray movies acquired through other means ;) and stored on the hard drive. The 52" will be my monitor NOTHING else so keep that in mind.

I am firm on the Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 I know that Intel has similar for $100 less but I want the E8600 not less.

As you've noticed I didn't list any memory because I'm having a booger of a time finding the right memory for my system. Some things I have read suggest using 800MHz DDR2 because it is the easiest to OC. I will not pretend to be an expert on memory so any advice on what memory to use would be marvelous.

Thanks in advance, and I look forward o being a member of this forum!
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  1. switch to this HDD - $75
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    RAM - $127before $30 mail-in-rebate. very good memory and basically DDR2 800 already OC'd to 1066. You might be able to OC it a little more to 1067 or 1068. ;) I have this memory, works great but I cannot get it to OC at all without causing BSOD. You really would not need to OC this memory.
    OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    Very nice build!
  2. Thanks for the reply
    Good find on the HDD! Memory looks good too.

    Anyone else have a comment on the memory?
  3. ^ Seconded. Overclocking yorkies/wolfies is best done with 1066Mhz or faster ram. You could use 800mhz, but the ram would bottleneck your o/c big time when you drop in a Yorkie.

    Replace the cpu cooler with this combo:

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
    XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail

    Not familiar with that psu make. Pick out a 650W tier 1/2 from:


    Or a 1000W if you plan to crossfire that card:

  4. Thanks for the answers! Anyone else have any ideas to improve this build?
  5. ur such a hypocrite seriously Ultima dont post here

    Change that PSU. Coolmax isnt good so go with the Corsair HX 1000
  6. Good advice, I'll be changing the PSU for sure. This is to be a high end system so I want to make sue it's done right.

    I'm still reading up on the subject but I keep reading from people that 800MHz memory is what will work with this system, but others say to use what mexpedip suggested. Any suggestions/explanations?
  7. If u intend on OCing ur computer a lot, 1066 native ram might be a good....hmm i cant say its needed, but its the peace of mind that the ram can go that high.

    If its best of the best go w/ 1066 ram if u can if u plan to OC a lot
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