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December 31, 2008 8:58:44 PM

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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December 31, 2008 9:07:09 PM

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.
December 31, 2008 9:15:37 PM

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
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December 31, 2008 11:03:57 PM

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.
January 1, 2009 4:43:10 AM

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.
January 1, 2009 5:55:12 AM

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.

January 1, 2009 6:33:28 AM

Oh yeah that combo ended :(  but the P5Q PRO is still cheaper than that Gigabyte.
January 1, 2009 6:36:09 AM

What's a core contact?
January 1, 2009 6:36:43 PM

Sunbeam CORE Contact cooler.
January 2, 2009 3:13:20 AM

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 !!
January 2, 2009 9:23:45 AM

good looking parts list, let us know how it build up!