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So I'm looking into upgrading my current system. Few things I'm looking for is 1. Did I choose good parts for the price, 2. Are there any better choices out there and why and 3. Around that price, most up to 700ish. Any information is more than helpful and many thanks in advance ^^

First time tinkering with neweggs wish list so lets see if this works right...

Again thanks in advance!
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  1. Sorry, I am unable to view your wish list without first signing in to

    would you be willing to link a public wish list or list each item out individually?
  2. Well yeah, that would be nice.
  3. For the price you pay on the 6400+, I would actually recommend switching to Intel E7200 instead.

    This combo would work well for you and is about the same price:
  4. Pretty good build there, excellent bang for the buck.

    Get a RC-690 from, it's a little cheaper. I don't even know if the Smilodon can fit big coolers.

    This is the first time I see a thread proposing AMD CPU + nVidia GPU. It would work, it's just never happened before AFAIK. Congratulations for not being a fanboy of either, I guess. :)

    Anyway, $12 more (after shipping and rebates) upgrades that 9600GT 1GB to HD 4850 512MB. Don't let the extra RAM in the 9600GT fool you, it won't make a big difference.

    Add $4 and replace the Freezer 64 Pro with a Xigmatek HDT-S1283.
    (If anybody suggests adding a retention bracket for it don't listen, that's only needed on Intel LGA 775 boards)
  5. Oops, I just realized that the Smilodon you picked has a PSU. OK, the RC-690 is not cheaper then because you'd have to buy a PSU separately. Still, if you can do that you should, because Raidmax PSUs are not that good. There's a StealthXstream 600W for $50 here for example:
  6. Awesome thanks! Glad I wasn't set on the case. I kinda had doubts about the PSU that comes with a case and I'll be looking into getting one, more or less just like the one you linked.

    Seems like everyone is leaning towards the HD 4850, time to look up some benchmarks on both.

    Thanks again for all the info and support. The other card and tower/PSU is a change for sure. Always been a fan of AMD but I might have to look into the Intel E7200.
  7. It's very good advice to avoid Raidmax PSU's at all costs. If you decide to go with an Intel build, here is a build to consider:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $117.99

    ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $174.99 -$30.00 MIR

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $104.66 -$15.00 MIR

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $84.94 (Combo with case)

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $64.99 $20.00

    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $31.99

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $6.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM $27.99

    Total $689.53 -$65.00 MIR's = $624.53

    Don't forget a 64-bit OS to fully use all 4GB of RAM.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99

    You could also substitute an E8400 and Asus P5QL PRO and the total is $721.86 - $50 MIR's = $671.86

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $169.99

    ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $84.99
  8. That's a very nice build, especially with the E8400.

    Now, if you can add another $20 and get the P5Q Pro instead of the P5QL, it's totally worth it. It gives you the ability to add a second video card later, RAID, FireWire, eSATA.
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