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Pulling the Trigger - Need Input

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December 21, 2008 3:00:37 AM

I know you guys read a million of these threads so thanks for giving this one the time of day. Here is what I'm about to buy...

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 $189.99 (

PSU: Corsair 750W $119.99 (

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R $114.99 (

CPU: E8500 $189.99 (

Heatsink: Xiggy S1283 w/ Retention Bracket and Arctic 5

Memory: Mushkin 2 x 2gb DDR2 800 $45.99 (

GFX: EVGA GTX 280 $374.99 (

HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB $64.99 (

Optical: Samsung DVD Drive $28.99 (

Monitor: Samsung 22" $239.99 (

Besides general tips and criticism of the above combination, I would be glad to hear of any info regarding better parts for similar prices. Also, if anyone is familiar with this particular equipment and is aware of any snags I may encounter during building, please inform me, thanks in advance!

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December 21, 2008 4:15:48 AM

For an extra $4 you can get a faster drive with 140GB more capacity:

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $68.99

I'm not sold on that cooler. I'd just stick with the Xigmatek cooler and bracket.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99 - $10.00 MIR

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $8.49
December 21, 2008 4:33:15 AM

Looks good and I am guessing you will be going with Vista Premium 64-bit OS, by your ram selection. I would wait on getting the EVGA GTX280 right now. Since in about 3 weeks Nvidia is coming out with the new GTX295 card for around $499 or use EVGA Step-up program to get it.

I also figure you will be into gaming, check out the NEC Display Solutions ASLCD24WMCX-BK Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $399.99. It would work better with your graphic card selection and it also uses the S-PVA panels, which is better then the TN panels LCD monitors for viewing.

Your Asus V-60 aftermarket HSF Cooler looks ok, but there are some better HSF Coolers out there for less price.

The XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler ( which you should get the XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket also).

The Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler( comes with support bracket), which both are at NewEgg.

Also these 2 that cost $69.99.
The COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme-775 RT, which both come with Brackets and fans and also at link below.

Hope this helped you out some.
December 21, 2008 8:18:04 PM

Thanks for the input, I've decided to go with the s1283, don't know how I didn't see that one before. Does anyone have any suggestions on the rest of the build?