How does this Rig look ??

Let me know what you guys think.

Will be used for Gaming, Video encoding, DVD burning and general PC use.


LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - QTY 2 (Raid 0)

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - QTY 2 (8GB total)

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
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  1. The build looks good. My suggestions would be to step up to the GA-EP45-UD3P so you have the option of crossfire later on. The PSU you selected will run two 4870's, so you might as well leave that option open.

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $136.99 - $20.00 MIR

    Do you really need Vista Ultimate? Vista Home Premium works for most people.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99

    Here's a link that compares the different versions.
  2. good call on the MB and OS. Dont need the additional features in Ultimate and I like the option of adding another 4870 later. Thx
  3. I would personally go for a Q6600 and a Core Contact. Also, there is a real good deal with a ASUS P5Q PRO and A Q6600 for 300 and a 15 MIR.
  4. I just came across the Core 2 Quad Processor Q9300 for 179.00...hmmmm

    I'll have to do some research and see how well it OC's.
  5. Multiplier not very high and less cache than Q6600 so you should be able to push the Q6600 higher than the q9300. The pentium 4 HT Mobile 552 in a desktop with a nice HSF probably was an overlockers dream with a multiplier of 26 and it being a laptop chip.
  6. agreed...can push Q6600 higher but that doesnt always mean better performance. Have been reading tons of forums with the debates on E8500 vs Q6600 vs Q9300. I do agree though, the 9300 is much harder to OC due to FSB (if I am correctly understanding what I am reading). The extra cache in Q6600 would be beneficial for gaming as well.
  7. Oh yeah that combo ended :( but the P5Q PRO is still cheaper than that Gigabyte.
  8. What's a core contact?
  9. Sunbeam CORE Contact cooler.
  10. Just wanted give a shout out to all at Toms Hardware !!! All the forums and the feedback have been enormously helpful. Here is the Rig I'm going with (Already placed the order) woohoo!!! I think it has a nice balance for some OC'ing, some gaming, some video encoding, and the ability to upgrade/add some components in the future. Still need to get Vista 64-bit. I have a buddy who owns a PC repair shop so I'll see what kind of a deal he can do for me on the OS ;-)


    1 x ($136.99) MB GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P P45 775 R - Retail $136.99


    1 x ($59.95) CASE ANTEC|THREE HUNDRED BK RT - Retail $59.95


    1 x ($239.99) VGA SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL HD4870 1G R - Retail $239.99


    1 x ($109.99) PSU|S75CF 750W RT - Retail $109.99


    2 x ($49.99) MEM 2Gx2|GSK F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B R - Retail $99.98


    2 x ($64.99) HD 500G|ST 7K 32M SATA2 ST3500320AS - OEM $129.98


    1 x ($23.99) DVD BURN LITE-ON|iHAS120-04 20X % - OEM $23.99


    1 x ($5.99) CPU THERMPASTE|AS5-3.5G % - OEM $5.99


    1 x ($36.99) CPU COOLER XIGMATEK|HDT-S1283 R - Retail $36.99


    1 x ($8.49) CPU COOL XIGM|ACK-I7751 R - Retail $8.49


    1 X (179.99) Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz - Retail $179.99

    Total = 1032.33

    Thx All !!
  11. good looking parts list, let us know how it build up!
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