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December 26, 2008 1:58:51 AM

Feedback please!

Case- Antec 900

Cpu – E8500

PSU- Corsair 750w

HDD- Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

GPU -SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Mobo- ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail

CPU cooler – Xigmatek s1283

Ram – CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (cas4)

Thermal compound – Arctic silver 5

Belkin anti-static wrap

DVD burner – Samsung Sata

OS – Vista home prem. 64bit

Surge protector – Belkin

Total: $1250

-The 4850 x2 feedback on newegg is quite limited. From what I see, the 4870 X2 wouldn't be worth the extra $160, but I could be convinced otherwise.

-I choose the asus P5Q pro mobo, but the gigabyte EP45-UD3P is better in some respects. I hear the P5Q pro has an easier to use BIOS, but the UD3P is easier to OC and has fewer overheating issues. However, I am inexperienced with using any BIOS, and OCing isn't something that's vital. Is the P5Q pro the best choice for my needs?

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December 26, 2008 2:35:19 AM

with about 100-150 more you could go for the i7 easly
December 26, 2008 2:51:24 AM

I don't trust tower coolers on CPUs. Make sure you find benchmarks somewhere for that Xigmatech. I have a Zalman's CNPS9700, and it keeps my E8500 freaking frigid.

The anti-static wrap really isn't needed. Just make sure you touch something metal every once in a while, and you're fine. You can plug that PSU in and keep it off. The PSU is now grounded, so you can just touch that every once in a while. I work in a chemistry lab, so I just knick latex gloves because it looks cool building computers with fancy gloves on. It's not really needed though.
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December 26, 2008 1:44:51 PM

Thanks for the feedback.

Given the price difference between p45s and x58s, it'd cost more than $150 to go with an i7. Wouldn't I get a better bang for my buck upgrading to a 4870X2 ($160 extra) than going the i7 route?
December 26, 2008 8:35:11 PM