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November 19, 2008 12:31:53 AM

I'm building a new mid-range PC and I wanted some advice and criticism over what I'm wanting to put into my system.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

I would like to stay under $1200 and would love to cut costs while keeping performance up. I'm already set on the Intel Processor and the Graphics Card though. I also want at least 4GB RAM.

I already have an OS and mouse and keyboard.


Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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November 19, 2008 1:10:52 AM

its pretty good as a mid range pc, still i would go with a 780i (better in every ways + upgrade possibilities) and a 280 gtx cause i got a 260 and the 280 is better.

the rest is pretty good
November 19, 2008 1:44:37 AM

I didn't see any memory.
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November 19, 2008 1:50:03 AM

Actually, get the GTX 260 Core 216, its a little more, but a lot better than the regular 260 & for $200+ less than the 280, it isnt really far behind and can easily be overclocked to be BETTER than a 280 for a lot less.

As far as ram, OCZ Reaper is a good choice and has a decent rebate... Corsair Dom. is a good choice too and comes with a memory fan.

The case you picked is nice but give the Antec Twelve Hundred a look, it cost the same and is pretty nice.

Other than that, Good build.
November 19, 2008 5:49:41 AM

I've said it before, i'm a cheap bastard, i'd go with a Coolermaster 690 for $75, use the money to get a better cooler and 2x2 GB RAM. www.frostytech.com

Hard drive ??
November 19, 2008 12:43:46 PM

kurtyboh said:
if you want to stick with the ocz mirror finish ram get this instead...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... little cheaper same capacity, and leaves room to add in the future.

nah, actually, I just saw that was the cheapest 1066 RAM for 240 pin. I don't care about how it looks.
November 19, 2008 12:53:42 PM

are you gonna oc hardcore, like cpu overe 4ghz? otherwise your never going to use the full potectionof the 1066 and if youre not going to use it why pay for it?
November 19, 2008 7:27:23 PM

kurtyboh said:
are you gonna oc hardcore, like cpu overe 4ghz? otherwise your never going to use the full potectionof the 1066 and if youre not going to use it why pay for it?

Probably not. I plan on OC'ing to about 3.4-3.6ghz. Is the system I'm building look capable of that? Do I need to change anything around to make it be able to handle that? Also, what speed ram should I get then? Any suggestions for cheap RAM that is good quality?
November 19, 2008 8:03:38 PM

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

or

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $57.99 -$20.00 MIR

I'd pick up a WD6400AAKS HD.

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... $69.99

You might also want to get a better cooler to make sure you make it to your 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz goal.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99 $10.00

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.49
November 19, 2008 9:13:11 PM

I like shortstuff's recommendations and for $250 GPU I'd rather get the 4870! It's faster and just a better card, IMHO. I'd also consider getting a p45 based mobo, especially if your going to stick with just 1 GPU. The $75-100 savings can be used elsewhere or just saved for other upgrades later.
November 19, 2008 11:05:28 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

or

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $57.99 -$20.00 MIR

I'd pick up a WD6400AAKS HD.

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... $69.99

You might also want to get a better cooler to make sure you make it to your 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz goal.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99 $10.00

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.49

I'm good with the HDD, it'll work fine for me. For RAM, i'm trying to get a Latency of 4, but would 5 be that noticeable?

Also, I heard that the cooler you are showing me is a bit large. It wouldn't interfere sizewise with the GPU right? I mean that GPU is HUGE!

November 19, 2008 11:08:52 PM

lunyone said:
I like shortstuff's recommendations and for $250 GPU I'd rather get the 4870! It's faster and just a better card, IMHO. I'd also consider getting a p45 based mobo, especially if your going to stick with just 1 GPU. The $75-100 savings can be used elsewhere or just saved for other upgrades later.

Eh, I've been looking at benchmarks and as far as i'm concerned, the GTX 260 core 216 is pretty good for the price. I'm sorta a nVidia fanboy anyways (Have an ATI Radeon at the moment though).

Also, why do you recommend the p45 over the 780i? I'm a n00b, I don't really know the difference except for SLI readiness and different clock speeds and stuff. Could you point me in the right direction of a MOBO that you'd recommend that is compatible with the rest of my system so far? (and with 4GB DDR 2 ram? 2 x 2GB)
November 20, 2008 5:06:08 AM

Nevermind42592 said:
I'm good with the HDD, it'll work fine for me. For RAM, i'm trying to get a Latency of 4, but would 5 be that noticeable?

Also, I heard that the cooler you are showing me is a bit large. It wouldn't interfere sizewise with the GPU right? I mean that GPU is HUGE!

What do you mean you're good with the HDD? I didn't see one listed in your build. The HD is always a bottleneck in a system. I would not recommend using an old HDD in a new build. The WD6400AAKS is a very fast drive for only $70.

The G.Skill RAM I linked above is CAS 4 RAM. It doesn't get much better than that RAM. CAS 4 at 1.8v is awesome!

The Xigmatek cooler is big, but will not interfere with the GPU.
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