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December 18, 2008 8:05:24 AM

Hi there, Just want to see what everyone thinks of the build I just built. And its capabilities. Games vary from WoW to Fallout 3.



Cpu: Phenom 9950 Black Edition

CPU HSF: ThermalTake V1 W/ Arctic Silver

Mobo: GA-M57SLI-S4 Rev2.0

RAM: 4 X 1Gb DDR2800 PC6400 Crucial Ballistix Tracer DC Unganged

PSU: ThermalTake 850W TR2 60A total on the 12V

HDD: 500Gb Sata Seagate Barracuda 7200.9

CD/DVD: DVDRAM LS Drives X 2

GPU: NVidia GeForce 8800GTS 512 OC (MSI) On a 22" LG Flatronics W2252TQ Widescreen LCD

SOUND: Onboard HD 5.1 W/ Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers.

NIC: WMP300N Wireless N

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

CASE: Some Black Window Case.

K I think thats It. Any Info or criticism greatly Appreciated :)  Thanks.

December 18, 2008 8:37:50 AM

HSF wise I would go for the Xigmatek 1283, it's cheap and pretty efficient. Your choice might be good as well but I don't know of many people using this particular model.

RAM : Go for 2 x 2 Gig, it will leave you room if you ever need more memory and it will be easier to over clock if you go that route.

I think that a 850 w PSU is over kill for that built unless you planning on going SLI but honestly it wouldn't be worth it with your current choice of display. A 620w Corsair or a 610w silencer from PC & C would be plenty enough.

GPU wise I would go with a newer model something like the 9800GTX + or the HD4850.


You should be able to get pretty decent performances out of this system.
December 18, 2008 8:59:46 AM

-1 for AMD gaming build (Intel would get you better bang for your buck)
-1 For the 4 x 1 GB memory (2x2GB kits are less expensive and offer better upgrade options)
+1 for choosing a Gigabyte brand Motherboard
-1 for the oversized PSU -1 for Thermaltake brand PSU
+1 for picking a big enough HD
-1 for the old 8800 gts +1 for MSI brand
+1 for the 22" monitor
-1 for wireless gaming (adds latency)
+1 for Vista 64 -1 for Ultimate (premium has everything you will need)
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December 18, 2008 9:24:15 AM

3lvis said:
-1 for AMD gaming build (Intel would get you better bang for your buck)
-1 For the 4 x 1 GB memory (2x2GB kits are less expensive and offer better upgrade options)
+1 for choosing a Gigabyte brand Motherboard
-1 for the oversized PSU -1 for Thermaltake brand PSU
+1 for picking a big enough HD
-1 for the old 8800 gts +1 for MSI brand
+1 for the 22" monitor
-1 for wireless gaming (adds latency)
+1 for Vista 64 -1 for Ultimate (premium has everything you will need)


-1 for failing to write in coherent sentences.
-1 for being as objective as a commercial.
-1 for making assumptions about what the original poster needs.

-3 overall

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December 18, 2008 9:24:23 AM

3lvis said:

-1 for the oversized PSU -1 for Thermaltake brand PSU

Thermaltake isn't bad (I have one) but the TR2 is their budget line. The Toughpower line of PSU's is the one to get but they are overpriced, I got a deal on mine. My PSU is a Toughpower 750 and has 60A.

The hard drive you chose is 2 generations old, much slower than the current 7200.11

I agree with the others on the 2x2gb

You would be much better off with a ATI HD4850 instead of the 8800GTS

If you're not planning on overclocking then the CPU you chose is fine but, if you are, you could get much better performance for your money from a Intel based system.
December 18, 2008 3:45:40 PM

ausch30 said:


The hard drive you chose is 2 generations old, much slower than the current 7200.11

If you're not planning on overclocking then the CPU you chose is fine but, if you are, you could get much better performance for your money from a Intel based system.



Good observations here, I had missed the HHD model. I also agree with the fact that if OC is in the air the OP would probably get a better bang for the buck with an Intel based system.
December 19, 2008 8:28:04 AM

K Im going with a different build then, Ill use that one as my Secondary PC. Based On What everyone is saying here is a Different Build. (Cash Is Not an Problem for the most part. Would Like to stay Under 2000 Though)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz 6MB Cache Socket LGA775, 1333MHz FSB : 270$

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-DS3R : 145$

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 : 170$

PSU: SILVERSTONE OP650 650W : 110$ (54A on a Single 12v Rail)

GPU: MSI R4870-T2D512 OC Radeon HD 4870 : 210$

HDD : No Idea... Want Seagate Though, never had any problems with them in the past. Ideas?

CD\DVD : 2 X DVDRW + LS Already Have.

CASE: Already Have One. Just a beige Mid ATX Tower. ( 5 x 80mm Fan Places and 2 X 120mm Fan Places.)

And I need help with the cooling...
Im at 795$ right now.

Thanks.
December 19, 2008 9:15:34 PM

JakAzz425 said:
K Im going with a different build then, Ill use that one as my Secondary PC. Based On What everyone is saying here is a Different Build. (Cash Is Not an Problem for the most part. Would Like to stay Under 2000 Though)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz 6MB Cache Socket LGA775, 1333MHz FSB : 270$

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-DS3R : 145$

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 : 170$

PSU: SILVERSTONE OP650 650W : 110$ (54A on a Single 12v Rail)

GPU: MSI R4870-T2D512 OC Radeon HD 4870 : 210$

HDD : No Idea... Want Seagate Though, never had any problems with them in the past. Ideas?

CD\DVD : 2 X DVDRW + LS Already Have.

CASE: Already Have One. Just a beige Mid ATX Tower. ( 5 x 80mm Fan Places and 2 X 120mm Fan Places.)

And I need help with the cooling...
Im at 795$ right now.

Thanks.


Are you planning on overclocking? If so I would suggest changing a few things, if not I would suggest changing some things as well.

As for the hard drive I would suggest the Seagate 7200.11 I mentioned earlier. Get this, it's the newer 3 platter model which is slightly faster than the 4 platter model here
December 20, 2008 7:49:02 AM

I will probably overclock up to 3.6, so nothing TOO high.. Need help with cooler choice, been hearing Thermaltake isnt so hot anymore.....
December 20, 2008 8:10:51 AM

As I have mentioned previously, the Xigmatek 1283 is an excellent after market cooler. I have one in action and it does good. I also have a Thermalright Ultima which is another good product. Thermalright and Noctua do have a good line of products, it depends on your budget. OCZ also has a similar product as the 1283 that goes by the name of Vendetta 2. If you go with the 1283 make sure to order the back plate kit, a lot better than the push pin setup.
December 20, 2008 9:36:20 AM

Is that water cooled? Do I need water cooled if it isnt?
December 20, 2008 2:36:51 PM

JakAzz425 said:
I will probably overclock up to 3.6, so nothing TOO high.. Need help with cooler choice, been hearing Thermaltake isnt so hot anymore.....


If you want to overclock to 3.6 and you want to stick with a dual core, my suggestion would be to go with the E8400. At 1600FSB the E8400 will be at 3.6 and all you will need is DDR2 800 to run 1:1. The CPU can easily reach that at stock voltage and with the stock cooler although I still would suggest an aftermarket cooler like the Xigmatek.

Are you in the US? Where are you planning on buying from?
December 21, 2008 1:41:40 AM

for that proce range on the cpu get a q9550 man or save some moolah and get an e8400 the e8600 is a fools chip for the price, its not nessacery
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