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December 6, 2008 8:48:44 AM

Hey guys,

I'm putting together my first system and having read through a lot of posts, I've decided to go with this setup:

Case: Antec 300
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
MB: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
DVD: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB
PSU: Antec EA650 650W ATX12V

~$850 before rebates.

I'm under the impression that if I want to get the most out of this system, I should look into overclocking.
I'm not sure, however, what kind of cooling solution I need/should go with. Reading up about the better cooling solutions, they all seem to be really heavy and really big. Will I have to worry about that with my MB/Case combination?

Any other recommendations for more bang for my buck are also welcome.

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December 6, 2008 1:59:49 PM

Good build, pretty much any aftermarket HSF will work with that case/mobo combination. Check here for reviews of different coolers.
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
The Xigmatek S-1283 (get the bracket also...out of stock right now) and the Sunbeam Core Contact get good reviews for cooling and surprisingly good numbers on quiet with fans on lower setting.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

December 6, 2008 2:16:45 PM

very nice build!
great price : performance ratio.
OC that beast!
xigmateks1283+sunbeam core contact are the most popular but are the more difficult ones to install...but welllll worth it.
ridiculous temps, but they're very large, so let's hope your case isn't a miniatx.
depends what u want out of your HSF, if cooling if priority, those two above are the best at what they do at reasonable prices...if u want a quiet solution...go for scythes....check out frostytech!!!
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December 6, 2008 2:23:39 PM

yeah, xigmatek is 20 bucks cheaper than the same performing thermalright model.
you might also try overclocking first with the stock cooler, see how far it can take you before deciding buying a new heatsink
December 6, 2008 2:53:19 PM

zodiacfml said:
yeah, xigmatek is 20 bucks cheaper than the same performing thermalright model.
you might also try overclocking first with the stock cooler, see how far it can take you before deciding buying a new heatsink


Please don't.

If you want to Overclock your E8400, get yourself an aftermarket cooler. Sure you could possibly OC your CPU and let it run really high temps (albeit possibly below the "thermal limit"), however lets keep in mind the warmer your CPU runs, the more wear that it develops. Not like you'd keep it that long... but why?

Get either the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 as suggested above, or that Sunbeam Core Contact (same thing just more pipes I think). If you get the Xigmatek though, I'd suggest the same as suggested above. Get the bolt-on kit for Intel motherboards. You'll be glad you did. :) 
December 6, 2008 8:28:17 PM

Hey guys,

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go with the Sunbeam Core Contact, since it's in stock at the moment.

Hopefully it won't be that painful to install!
December 6, 2008 8:43:19 PM

I bought and installed a thermaltake tribe water cooler for $59 at 3btech.com my cpu now runs 15-20 degrees cooler wow! it's simple to set up. I have a 4 video series on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrpJ0lG4pGw

My first videos so they are not very good and its my first expierence with water cooling but im VERY happy
December 7, 2008 7:43:55 PM

^ That's NOT a good water cooling set up. The pump is known to break in little time as 6 weeks.
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