Rate My New (Hopefully) Great Gaming Rig

Have posted a few times, and just want to say thanks for all the advice I've received. Playing on a 1280x1024 monitor.

This is my build, basically done. I've bought everything except for a case and a cooler. I really want an Antec 900, but Don't know if they will come back into stock soon. I have also been looking at a Coolermaster 690. What would be the best cooler for this set-up?

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $136.99. Caught one when they went back into stock. Still think it is a good deal.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail $174.99. All the advice and the price point became too much to pass up. Overclock the hell out of it.

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail $39.99

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $79.99 after all the rebates.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $84.99

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $259.99. Again, got one when they re-stocked, luckily.

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $79.99

I already have drives. Might pick up a new one anyway though. How did I do?
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  1. Thats a smokin machine.
  2. Your setup is overkill for the 1280x1024 res monitor you plan on playing on... May I suggest upgrading your monitor to at least a 22"?
  3. snag some MX-2 thermal compound and an aftermarket heatsink as well.
  4. Yeah, figured it was overkill. Will probably upgrade the monitor in the next year or so. Plan on keeping the system for a while and only doing minor modifications, hopefully.
  5. Is Xigmatek the heatsink I should go for? Everyone seems to be a big fan of those.
  6. Yea they are quality heatsinks. Just remember to pick up the retention bracket and a tube of Arctic Silver 5.
  7. I have the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 , ill vouch for it, It is a good Heatsink. Apparently the sunbeam core contact is better, but it is very large.

    Go with mx-2 thermal compound over Arctic Silver 5 … It is better, same price.
  8. imo s1283 wins over the sunbeam core contact freezer because of how easy it is to install with the retention bracket
  9. That looks like a very nice rig.

    A definite +1 to a new monitor. There are some pretty cheap right now in the 22" category.
  10. Solid build. Almost like the one I just ordered yesterday except I cheaped out slightly on the CPU and mobo compared to yours - got the E8400 and gigabyte UD3R which is like $20 less than the one you listed. So if you don't care about having 2x LANs or "Dolby Home Theater®" you could save $20 there.

    Link to UD3R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
  11. The UD3R also provides no option for crossfire in case the OP wants to install a second GPU later on. And if that is the case, he might want to consider a 4870 instead of the GTX 260.
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