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Wanna help fine tune b4 I buy?

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October 9, 2008 11:40:37 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131284

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115054

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118020

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V V.2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159072

ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121269

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133

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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October 10, 2008 7:36:43 AM

switch to this HDD - $75
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Very nice build!
October 10, 2008 2:29:43 PM

Thanks for the reply
Good find on the HDD! Memory looks good too.

Anyone else have a comment on the memory?
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October 10, 2008 2:58:13 PM

^ 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:

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10...

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

http://game.amd.com/us-en/crossfirex_components.aspx?p=...™%20HD%204870%20X2
October 11, 2008 12:43:08 AM

Thanks for the answers! Anyone else have any ideas to improve this build?
October 11, 2008 5:43:38 AM

ur such a hypocrite seriously Ultima dont post here

Change that PSU. Coolmax isnt good so go with the Corsair HX 1000
October 11, 2008 6:58:48 AM

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?
October 11, 2008 3:20:18 PM

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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