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Rate My New (Hopefully) Great Gaming Rig

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December 1, 2008 9:19:30 PM

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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December 1, 2008 9:32:05 PM

Thats a smokin machine.
December 1, 2008 9:33:44 PM

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"?
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December 1, 2008 9:35:45 PM

snag some MX-2 thermal compound and an aftermarket heatsink as well.
December 1, 2008 9:36:13 PM

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.
December 1, 2008 9:36:50 PM

Is Xigmatek the heatsink I should go for? Everyone seems to be a big fan of those.
December 1, 2008 9:38:04 PM

Yea they are quality heatsinks. Just remember to pick up the retention bracket and a tube of Arctic Silver 5.
December 1, 2008 9:43:24 PM

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.
December 1, 2008 11:05:53 PM

imo s1283 wins over the sunbeam core contact freezer because of how easy it is to install with the retention bracket
December 1, 2008 11:07:51 PM

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.
December 1, 2008 11:25:18 PM

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:
December 2, 2008 12:37:22 AM

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.