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December 20, 2008 10:21:48 PM

I've been looking around and this is what I came up with, I don't know if i went a little over board with these items ex: the cpu and gpu. This system is mainly for gaming ex: world of warcraft and others. Any input you can give me would be great, I also could get good deals on xps systems through my job so if you think an xps730 or xps 630 can out perform this let me know. First time building a computer ><.


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-$59.95

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive-$54.99

ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850-$149.99

PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C-$104.99

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800-$49.99

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard-$144.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor-$189.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit-$99.99

Thats bout $950.00 with shipping so anything we can do to lower the price a little and still give me some great performance would be great. Again first time builder so I am very new at all this coming off an emachine lol so everything is an upgrade. Thanks in advance!

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December 20, 2008 11:50:20 PM

Buying the case from www.buy.com and the HD from www.zipzoomfly.com will save about $20.

Here's a cheaper option for RAM, especially if you take the MIR into account:

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45.99 - $20.00 MIR

Here's a couple motherboards that will also save a little bit:

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $15.00 MIR

or

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $136.99 - $20.00 MIR

You did a great job picking components by the way!
December 21, 2008 1:26:00 AM

+1 to all of the above.

If you buy that PSU at newegg it's only $70 after rebate, IIRC, not $105.

If you really have to, you could also get a cheaper CPU with only 2 cores and save a little more. Still, the Q6600 is very future-proof so try to keep it if you can.
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December 21, 2008 2:43:04 AM

Thanks a lot for the advice guys definitely staying with the quad core for future upgrades but the combo deal seems the way to go with that. Thanks for pointing out the power supply, wont mind nabbing that seeing as there the same price. And im buying that case from buy.com as well, one thing i was wondering is if I over clock the cpu to round 3.0 GHZ nothing to crazy is an added fan to cool it necessary?
December 21, 2008 3:06:27 AM

Q6600 at 3.0 GHz on the stock cooler? It's doable, sure.

Or, you could get the Q6600 OEM instead of retail (i.e. no stock cooler, $180 instead of $190 at Newegg) and add a $27 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. That would lower the noise and the temperatures, and you might get even 3.2 GHz.
I found a Newegg reviewer using Antec 300/GA-EP45-UD3P/Freezer 7, so we know they fit together.
December 21, 2008 1:20:57 PM

^ Why the Freezer Pro? Get the XIGMATEK S1283 + bolt in kit for a bit more. Much better then the AC7.
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