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Review of my performance gaming build

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November 2, 2008 12:22:19 AM

Hi everyone, it's my first time posting here but I've been checking out these forums for awhile now. I've built around 10 lower end systems before for other people and friends always under $1500 so I do know what I'm doing when in comes to building. After working all summer I decided to make my own high end gaming system. I had started looking for parts and doing research around mid September but was kinda forced into buying all of my parts last week because of the economy situation. Being up here in Canada the parts I was looking at had gone up over $350 in 2 weeks but luckily for me I was able to get at an earlier price. All of this is leading to me wondering if the list of parts I had when I bought was decent for my gaming setup. I was looking at alternatives but didn't have enough time to make a fully informed choice. Let me know if I did ok or if I made a horrible mistake somewhere :)  Thanks in advance.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550

Video Card: Evga E-GEFORCE Gtx 280 602MHZ 1024MB

H.D.D: Western Digital Velociraptor 300gb + Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1000GB 1TB

Case: Antec 900

MOBO:EVGA Nforce 780I SLI LGA775

Ram:Corsair XMS2 Dominator TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF 4GB 2X2GB PC2-8500 DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN

PSU:Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan

DvD/Rw:Samsung SH-S223F Black SATA DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW

Sound Card:Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer 24BIT Sound Card 7.1

Speakers:Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System 155W

Monitor:Samsung T220 22IN Widescreen Lcd Monitor 1680X1050 2MS 20000:1

Extra Cooling:Zalman CNPS7700-CU LGA775 S478 S754 S939 S940 Copper 1000-2000RPM 20-32DBA CPU Heatsink Fan + Antec TriCool 120MM Blue LED Case Fan 3PIN 4PIN W/ 3 Speed Switch

Keyboard: Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard USB Black Silver Amber LCD Panel Programmable Backlit Keys

OS: I have access to almost all operating systems through my school so still looking for which ones I should use, any help appreciated.

Let me know what you guys think. The are I was a little skeptical about was the heatsink fan and the video card, hadn't done a lot of research on them, let me know if I made a good choice. Final price was $2800 canadian after taxes, think I got for a reasonable price let me know on that also. Thanks again.
November 2, 2008 1:43:26 AM

I want your q9550.

I dont agree with the 7801/gtx 280. The Intel chipsets kinda suck, and the 280 is almost being outperformed by the cheaper 4870 1GB card.

I would have gone with an ASUS rampage formula and 2 4870's or 1 4870x2.

And i really dont see a huge performance jump with the 10k(or 15k) rpm raptor.

But, its still a great pc and a great buy. You better enjoy it, and overclock it.

November 2, 2008 10:17:19 AM

Yes, good advice.

If you would like more explanation, check the link in my sig.

There is also some specific parts there.
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November 2, 2008 10:47:03 AM

All ypur parts a fine you wont have any problems with them and I'd go with Vista 64 bit.
November 2, 2008 1:01:04 PM

can you send me all the parts for free expet the ram,Mobo, and case? Jk but that is a frikin sick setup man now just save up for a 24-30" monitor