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October 14, 2008 11:53:40 PM

Hello everyone, I'm planning on building a new system and wanted some opinions and suggestions from more experienced techs.
This will be my 2nd home-built system so please feel free to correct any problems or retarded mistakes I've added to this rig. My budget is about $1400, it is going to be a gaming rig.

Let us begin!

Case: APEVIA X-TELSTAR-BK Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144184

My Mobo: EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026

My CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

My RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory -- I'm getting 4 sticks 2gigs each, 8 gigs total.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104062

My PSU: ZALMAN ZM850-HP 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379007

My Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 -- Buying 2 of these, SLI for sure hehe. Maybe later on I'll do Triple.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339

My CPU Cooling: Thermaltake CL-W0121 2U Drive Bay Water Cooling System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106108

As the days go by I will be adding alot more goodies to this system, as far as the other accessories, hard drive, cd-rom, sound card, they are all already with me so I didn't bother mentioning them. I do have the amazerful Logitech Z-5500 making my neighbors crazy also. :p 

So tell me what you guys think, I am human and I do make mistakes, it's only gonna be my 2nd time building a new system so cut me some slack. Have at it fellas.

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October 15, 2008 12:12:06 AM

Uh, your board can't do tripple SLI, it's only got two PCI-E slots. I wonder if it's possible to SLi the 9800GTX with the 9800GX2, I guess I'll google it latter. I'm pretty sure you need a 780i based board for tipple SLi. Personally I'd go with an MSI or ASUS 750i board over that EVGA. Then again I also think you're better off going with a P45 based board and a Radeon 4850 instead.

October 15, 2008 12:15:27 AM

Well overall it is a good build but I do have a few suggestions....

1) I would drop the 750i board and get either a good p45 or an x38/x48 board.

2) With your crossfire enabled board, get 2 4850s, or get one 4870 now and crossfire later.

3) Regardless of board/gpu choice I would drop that water cooler without a doubt. A high end air cooler will get you more overclock at 1/3 the price.

-The money you save on the water cooling will allow you to upgrade to the x48 board and 48xx gpu.

Whether you consider my suggestions or not, you still have a solid build.


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October 15, 2008 5:03:53 AM

+1 for the x38/x48 chipset Intel motherboard, 4870 GPU, and air cooling.
October 16, 2008 1:22:05 AM

k I made some modifications. Would you take it just like this or make some modifications of your own?

Case: XCLIO A380BK Fully Black High Gloss Finish
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103010

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

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145197

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

PSU: ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817379006

Video Card: HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4870 512MB -- I'll buy a 2nd one later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236

CPU sink: Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink -- I have this at home already, just listing it anyway.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835109125

Like I said before, all other accessories I already have, just listing the major components. So would you take it or change anything?
Budget is still $1400.
October 16, 2008 2:13:19 AM

Well I think that as one of the above posters said, if you dont get a water cooler but get a nice case and good air cooling system you can save lots of money. Also since you have some money on your hands I would get a motherboard with an FSB of 1600mhz and to add on to I would get a processor that supports that FSB and R.A.M that is about 1333mhz or more. I am not sure, but is your processor 64-bit, becuase I would get a 64-bit becuase they definatly work much faster then 32-bit ones especially on harsh programs.
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