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Okay, so here's my build... opinions welcome...

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December 6, 2008 6:14:45 PM

Hi. Thanks for all those that posted in my earlier thread about "First post, new build". I have built a few computers in my day but I want (for myself) a nice, fast, economical rig that won't go out of date in 2 weeks. So here goes.

Case: Apevia X-Dreamer ATXB3KL - 420w
I like the case as it's clean, no windows (leave it on usually at night and don't want to go blind). Option for up to 4 fans (only 80mm, but I'm not a big gamer so...)

MB: P5Q SE P45 16GB 1200/1066/800

Video: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support

RAM: 4 GB (for now, to see how Vista will handle it, MB lets me go to 16) 800mhz PC6400 (2x2GB)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz 1066fsb (still flip flopping for the E8500, but I love the Quadness of it all and the OC abilities - also thougt of the Q9550... but the Q6600 seems tried and true bang for the buck best).

CPU Cooler: TT Silent 775D

Drive: Seagate SATA 500gb 32mb cache (x2 RAID) or 1TB solo

OS: Vista Home Premium 64 SP1 (have Vista Home Basic on the laptop and don't mind it)
And a bunch of fans for the case (3 extra 80mm).

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December 8, 2008 10:28:13 AM

What are you trying to accomplish here?

The video card would not be a good choice at all.
TH guide Dec 08

80mm fans are loud. Avoid them. NEVER buy a power supply with a case, except for Antec, because they package actual quality PSUs with their cases.

This has the look you want, but pricey. It's a cheap knock-off of the more expensive Silverstone cases, but decent.

Antec 300
Well built simple case. Good price, and you can add fans as needed.
I suspect you'll want this one. Has the cooling and price you need. Fairly clean look.

Antec EA500W is all you need for a PSU, but this one is on sale and a good price:
December 8, 2008 12:50:12 PM

I also suggest going for something else than a 9500gt. Maybe an hd4850? For the hdd, I suggest a WD 640gig (faster, bigger, about the same price).