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Yet another check my build before I pull the trigger...

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December 5, 2008 2:18:20 PM

Before I buy I want to make sure im not missing anything (compatability, bad buys, better deals ect...) This will be a personal machine to play MMOs like WoW, some stuff in Photoshop ect... Nothing to extreme.

Budget - $700

Keeping/Have -

Case - Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Variuos SATA HD's
Some 1TB HD, not sure of model
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - x2 Acer AL1917ABMD Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor

DVD/Writer

XP OS (have access to any OS through work if you think I should move to another)

New system -

MB - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

**EDIT** I have no idea what happen, post cleaned up
**EDIT 2** Added HD info
**EDIT 3** Add more HD info (I have some 1TB HD), new ram based on suggestion and added cooler, added monitor info

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December 5, 2008 2:20:33 PM

wow.

please try editing that and cleaning it up.

from what i can tell it looks good, but whats your HD?
December 5, 2008 2:45:48 PM

Change RAM
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Consider better CPU cooling HSF
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
add retention bracket
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket $8.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The bracket ^ has been out of stock.
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December 5, 2008 2:46:19 PM

I really like the build. Personally, I'd go with the Western Digital 640gig hard drive. It'd only cost $75.

Great PSU, awesome processor, very decent mobo, nice GPU (what monitor are you going to use btw?). I'd also prefer Mushkin DDR2 800 RAM, myself, if you plan to OC that e8500 at all, since it is a great CPU to OC.

edit: didn't see that you forgot a HSF. Either go arctic cooler 7 pro, or with a zalman, or a xigmatek 120mm, as knotknut suggested. Some have trouble with the Zalman, so perhaps consider one of those, or even the sunbeam "Core Contact Freezer".
December 5, 2008 2:59:10 PM

Very nice; looks like it was edited to account for knotknut's suggestions, but what's there now looks good, and not worth nitpicking.
December 5, 2008 3:02:59 PM

Yeah, I did edit it when I noticed knotknut's post. Thought I'd throw in some suggestions too.
December 5, 2008 3:11:24 PM

Yes, Very nice +1

Come back when your system is finished with a report.
If you have ANY question dont hesitate to ask.
December 5, 2008 3:15:51 PM

In the recent $625 System Builders Marathon they used that HD4850 card, got good results, but Paul commented on how noisy it was . The Asus TOP HD4850 might be a better choice and it's cheaper right now at $130 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

either way, good solid build.
December 5, 2008 4:00:19 PM

Thank you all, I took your suggestions for the different ram/GPU (great info about the noisy card) and added a cooler.

I knew you would find me something better!
December 5, 2008 5:08:37 PM

No,
!