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Never built a PC before - please review my gaming build

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January 23, 2009 5:38:29 PM

Please review my build and let me know if I'm ordering incompatable parts or over/under doing anything.
I'm basically trying to build a machine that will easily play MMORPGs such as Vanguard, EQ2 etc...

Appreciate the input!


DVD
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
Case
LIAN LI PC-60BPLUSII Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Graphics Card
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400

Total price = $787.92

Also, as a side question, I have somewhat of a professional desk set up where the PC fits into a cabinet that has a solid front door with a vented slatted back. Is it a good idea to house a machine such as this build in an area such as this?
January 23, 2009 6:09:26 PM

Looks good.

Some people prefer different brands but the general mix is fine

The weakest point would be the hard drive . A western digital black series is a lot faster and since seagates 7200.11 drives have been having issues the WD is the best buy right now


PC's need air flow for cooling . Wherever it is it needs ventilation . Please dont close it in a small cabinet.
January 23, 2009 6:36:47 PM

the hard drive he chose isn't affected by the firmware fix firstly, and secondly the firmware fix has worked flawlessly for me. you would probably benefit from a bigger hard drive though, unless you really don't need the space. but remember, you won't use what you don't have. I used to have a 120GB hard drive and never wanted to fill it up so i would have extra space just in case. so i never really went over 85GB or so. but now that i have a 500GB hard drive, i'm using 260GB of it.
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January 23, 2009 7:33:03 PM

tabbakh looks like a good build to me,a lot of the same parts I have. I went with bigger psu for future upgrades psu power every thing in that pc.


also to the question about the desk I have a oriental Computer Armoire.with slots in the back where the case goes and I have had no problem with it I don't run my pc 24-7 and I aways have the doors open when its on hope this helps you out.
January 23, 2009 8:27:39 PM

Looks good.

Note: DO NOT INSTALL THE DES Software!

If OCing:
XIGMATEK S1283 + bolt in kit or Core Contact.

Also see:
GUIDE: Overclocking On EP/P35-DS3L
Most of the BIOS settings and OCing theory is the same for all Gigabyte boards.
January 23, 2009 11:43:42 PM

Looks good but 1 suggestion, If your spending That much on a case and you want something a bit more flashy with Really good airflow i recommend this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Its a really good case and its the same price, Plus it has all the essentials and a good trusted brandname. But it will Light up blue So if u sleep in the same room it may be a bit bright, but lights always look cool, and its got a side panel so u can look at your beautiful new PC when your done building it. :D 
January 24, 2009 12:27:13 AM

I would go for a better PSU for upgrading the graphics (in which case I suggest you go with ATI for xfire, check out the Saphire 4850) like the corsair 750tx, they are on super-sale right now at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Saphire 4850 1GB, about the same price as that 9800 GTX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Check out this review comparing the 4850 to 9800 GTX
http://techreport.com/articles.x/14967

I second the notion for the WD Caviar Black 640GB drive they are faster and much more reliable than seagate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To offset the costs, you could go with the Coolermaster 690 case. Its wide so it will fit just about any air cooler, and has good airflow.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do not stick you PC in a cabinet, it will overheat.
January 24, 2009 12:41:26 AM

+1 for the 4850 (Note: In some games the GTX out performs the 4850 at certain resolutions.)
January 24, 2009 12:52:08 AM

The changes I suggested comes to a total of $786.92 before shipping and handling, and before MIR (-$60), which will more than compensate for the shipping costs.

That is also without any combo deals, you could probably find some combos and save yourself like $40 or more on top of that.
January 24, 2009 12:53:56 AM

Shadow703793 said:
+1 for the 4850 (Note: In some games the GTX out performs the 4850 at certain resolutions.)

But the 4850 usually comes out on top. Every card will have 1 or 2 games that it performs better in than the other company's competing card.
January 24, 2009 11:12:11 AM

Another +1 for a WD 640 GB drive and a 4850. You may want more power if you think about upgrading, but that's up to you.

Nice job with the initial choices. Good luck on the build.
January 24, 2009 2:23:57 PM

I would definitely go with the WD 640gb hdd, a 750W pc power and cooling or corsair tx psu, and an hd 4870. The extra $25 spent on the graphics card gives you tons of extra performance. Just my .02
January 24, 2009 2:52:49 PM

Thanks for all the input.
I'm going to upgrade my PSU to the Corsair 650W. Based on the feedback and more research, I agree that I should get the WD HD, so i'm switching out to the Caviar Black 640GB model.

I also just read about the upcoming Lian Li PC-A05N case that I think I'll wait to buy in March (?) when it's hits the stores. I think the reverse air flow will be ideal for my particular office space set up.
January 24, 2009 5:18:50 PM

Lian Li case fanboi huh? Well I guess you can't be faulted for that...they are probably the best cases around...

Get the 750w PC P&C its the same price but a better supply, after the mail in rebate its cheaper. There is no reason not to do this. It won't use more power just because its bigger, in fact it will probably use power more efficiently and give you lower power bills. With the 650tx you are stuck with one graphics card, which you will have to replace every time you want to upgrade. Just buy the PSU now and wait until march for the rest of the stuff cuz the deal on those 750w PCP&C PSU's will not last at newegg.
January 24, 2009 11:46:44 PM

From Wikipedia:
Fanboy is a term used to describe any individual who is devoted to a single subject in an emotional or fanatical manner, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession.

I've never created a custom PC in my life, so i have no reason to be "hopelessly devoted" to one manufacturer over another.
The reason I like the looks of Lian Li cases is that they are clean and professional looking as I am an adult.
January 25, 2009 1:02:10 AM

Chill, it was just my ill-fated attempt at a joke. I meant no offense by that, I was just saying you seem quite fond of them, which is not a fault at all. Lian Li's are awesome cases, but a bit overpriced in my opinion. However if that is the look you want, then by all means go for that Lian Li case. Also, Most people looking at spending $800 on a PC wouldn't be spending over $100 of it on the case, so it just seemed somewhat disproportionate to me.
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