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January 30, 2009 1:53:25 PM

This is my first gaming build so bare with me. I wont be ocing so thats not an issue. Any comments will sure help!

CPU- Q9400
Case- NZXT Whisper
Motherboard- EVGA or XFX 780i
GPU- EVGA or XFX or Palit 9800gxt+ (2)
PSU- Corsair 750w
Hard Drive- WD 500GB
Memmory- OCZ SLI 4GB DDR2 800
Vista 64
Extras- LG BLU-Ray, Zalman CPU Cooler, LG DVD burner,
Extra case fans.

Any suggestions welcome.

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February 2, 2009 5:29:21 PM

How about i7? Or is that over your budget?
i7 supports both Crossfire and SLI.

i7 920
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution
6 gig g.skill ddr3 1600 cl9
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3
February 2, 2009 5:36:43 PM

dp38104 said:
This is my first gaming build so bare with me. I wont be ocing so thats not an issue. Any comments will sure help!

CPU- Q9400
Case- NZXT Whisper
Motherboard- EVGA or XFX 780i
GPU- EVGA or XFX or Palit 9800gxt+ (2)
PSU- Corsair 750w
Hard Drive- WD 500GB
Memmory- OCZ SLI 4GB DDR2 800
Vista 64
Extras- LG BLU-Ray, Zalman CPU Cooler, LG DVD burner,
Extra case fans.

Any suggestions welcome.


Not bad.

You can probably cut costs with a 750i motherboard.

Even better, forget 9800GTX+ SLI and the nVidia MB and get a P45 and a GTX 280.

There's a PC Power & Cooling 750W at Newegg that may save you a few bucks, and it's even better than the 750TX.

Why the NZXT Whisper + fans. I'd just get an NZXT Tempest.


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February 2, 2009 5:40:34 PM

Get RAM rated at 1.8V, Mushkin, G-Skill, Corsair or Crucial.
February 4, 2009 2:00:58 AM

I have been doing some research and am leaning towards the i7. Can't decide between the gtx 260 or rob a bank and get the gtx 295. Is it really worth it. All of the benchmarks I've seen it seems to be close when you factor cost.
February 4, 2009 2:52:48 PM

If it's for playing GTA4 or FSX then it's worth spending more on CPU (i.e. i7 and the obligatory X58/DDR3 for it) even if it means cutting back on the GPU (i.e. GTX 260). If it's for other games, you're better off IMO with a cheaper CPU/MB/RAM setup (E8500, P45/DDR2) and putting as much money as possible in the GPU (GTX 295 or at least HD 4870 X2).
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