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January 16, 2009 2:50:21 PM

I have built computers before but others have always picked the parts for me. This is the first time I have picked the parts and I need some advice. Will this work? Should I remove, add, or replace something?: All items are from new egg

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case
Item #:N82E16811133021

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817703009

Two of: SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820609306 4GB Total

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115041

EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813188025

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896-P3-1267-AR Video Card
Item #:N82E16814130400

Sony Optiarc Black 5X Blu-Ray DVD ROM & 12X DVD Burner SATA Model BC-5100S
Item #:N82E16827118020

Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive)
Item #:N82E16822136296

Western Digital RE3 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #:N82E16822136294





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January 16, 2009 2:59:19 PM

Switch to the S75CF, it's cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

LOL at spending $306+2*$78 on MB+4GB of DDR3. Switch to eVGA 750i $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026
and this 4GB DDR2-800 kit for $50:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

The 750W PSU can handle two GTX 260W cards, not ideally but it can do it. No way it can take 3 cards. That means 750i is enough, you don't need 790i or 3 PCI-E x16 slots.

Check out the WD6401AALS disk too.

I don't buy Sony in any color shape or form. You can buy a good DVD burner from somebody who doesn't ship spyware and rootkits with their products, you know, like Samsung or LG.
January 16, 2009 3:14:44 PM

Ok I will take a look at it thank you.
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January 16, 2009 4:58:31 PM

aevm said:
Switch to the S75CF, it's cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

LOL at spending $306+2*$78 on MB+4GB of DDR3. Switch to eVGA 750i $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026
and this 4GB DDR2-800 kit for $50:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

The 750W PSU can handle two GTX 260W cards, not ideally but it can do it. No way it can take 3 cards. That means 750i is enough, you don't need 790i or 3 PCI-E x16 slots.

Check out the WD6401AALS disk too.

I don't buy Sony in any color shape or form. You can buy a good DVD burner from somebody who doesn't ship spyware and rootkits with their products, you know, like Samsung or LG.




Thank you so much for your help. Here is what I changed my computer to. Let me know what you think. Also all these parts will work together correct. Do you think I should buy 8gigs of RAM or is $4 enough. Also do you think this case will work.



Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16811133021

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - M
Item #: N82E16822136296

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136319

EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI
Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130400

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341011

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 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231209

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188026

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 l
Item #: N82E16819115041

LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L - Retail
Item #: N82E16827136133



January 16, 2009 6:02:53 PM

That should work very nicely.

For best results, add Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM ($100 at newegg). With XP you wouldn't get DirectX 10. With a 32-bit operating system you'd see about 3 GB of your RAM, even less with two video cards.

Between 4GB and 8GB of RAM...

If you have a 32-bit OS buy only 4GB because anything more will not be accessible. You can still install 8GB, you just won't see most of it.

If you use the PC for work too, and that work involves large files (Photoshop, video editing, databases, Visual Studio, etc.) get 8GB.

If it's just for gaming, read this article. My impression from it was that 8GB is only a little better than 4GB in the games they tested.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/07/08/is-more-memory-better/5

If in doubt after all this, get 8GB. The difference is only $50 after all. If you discover next year that you need more RAM it might be hard to find the exact same model again, and mixing models can cause instability.
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