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Please check my parts list before I buy this Friday.

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February 16, 2009 10:42:32 PM

Hi all. I am nervous and extremely psyched that I am building a gaming rig again. My current is a P4 2.4, 512 , ATI Radeon 9800. Obviously only old school gaming possible here...long live BF1942! Anyways, please let me know if you see any potential incapadabilities, especially with RAM, mobo and CPU. Or any other tips. I want to make it as easy as possible. Don't have much time to trouble shoot problems. Thanks a lot. Wish me luck.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, browsing web, listening to music, burning cd/dvd

BUDGET: $1300 give or take a hundred

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS



OVERCLOCKING: (Nervous I might jack it up) Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 1440x900 but once the wife absorbs the shock of the computer price I will get a new 22" to 24" monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($59)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($199)
XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail ($260)
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail ($139)
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail ($289)
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail ($144)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($79)
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM ($25)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM ($6)
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail ($69)

That is all I could think of. Again, quiet and easy of assembly is what I am looking for. Thank you.


February 16, 2009 11:23:43 PM

yeah, everything there works. not sure what you want from us though xD good luck!
February 16, 2009 11:31:47 PM

I wanted to know if any of the parts listed above have a know potential for conflicts, if there are other RAM modules that may be better or faster (lower latency), if there may be some other component that would be quieter or faster for the same basic cpu fans, if I am missing any parts. That kind of stuff.
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February 17, 2009 1:48:21 AM

everything looks great. if your not overclocking, i don't think i'd spend $70 on a cpu cooler. i would upgrade to the antec 900 though. i have no experience with the 300 but i have the 900 and i'm really happy with it.
February 17, 2009 3:55:01 AM

The Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 is a quieter cooler, as is the Xigmatech 1283.

I would also consider an HD4850x2 or GTX280 video card. They would handle a 24" upgrade better than the GTX260.

RAM timings make very little difference.
February 17, 2009 11:09:00 AM

Looks like you've done your homework. Very solid build so far. If you don't feel confortable overclocking the stock heat sink will work just fine. As for the thermal paste. It might not be a bad idea to still get it and replace it with the stuff that comes on the stock hs.

For your ram choice you might want to consider:
Save yourself about $30 bucks. Good quality ram as well.

These are only some small nip-picks at your parts. The current list works just fine. The tips that I commented about are nothing more than helping you to save a few bucks. I think you'll be happy to find out gaming will be a whole different experince for you now. So its good be excited!!
February 17, 2009 12:14:34 PM

Thanks a lot! I will switch the Carsair RAM for the G.Skill and the GTX 260 for the GTX 280. Does the xigmatek 1283 fit the i7 socket? I didn't see it.
ZOTAC ZT-X28E3LA-FSP GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail Free Call of Duty 5 game w/ purchase, limited offer ($314)

I appreciate your time and advice:)  Will post pics once I get everything.

February 17, 2009 2:22:35 PM

I decided to dump the cpu cooler and swap the Antec 300 for the Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail. When I am ready to oc I'll pick up a better cooler. Seems like the 900 is highly rated on Newegg and looks very sweet.

February 18, 2009 2:51:23 AM

oneof10 said:
Does the xigmatek 1283 fit the i7 socket? I didn't see it.

This one.
February 18, 2009 4:02:57 AM

theAnimal said:
I'd go with this RAM since it's rated at lower voltage.

That RAM runs at lower voltage because it's not as fast (CAS 8 vs CAS 9). Up to 1.65v is safe for i7.
February 18, 2009 10:46:00 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
The price on this DDR3 1600 CAS 8 RAM is great:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $130.99

Are you sure that RAM is good? Out of 6 reviews, 4 of them are average -poor.
February 18, 2009 10:51:47 AM

theAnimal said:
This one.

Wow...great price. Although it is a little noisier than the V8 (30.1 dBA compared to 17 - 21dBA.)

This is exactly what i was hoping for as far as tips and advice. Thanks again everyone. Only 2 more days till I order from Newegg. I finally get to use the Fallout 3 game I bought and cannot play.
February 18, 2009 12:41:18 PM

oneof10 said:
Are you sure that RAM is good? Out of 6 reviews, 4 of them are average -poor.

I wouldn't base your decision off of Newegg reviews. I've been using G.Skill RAM in recent builds and have been very impressed with it.
February 18, 2009 3:59:27 PM

oneof10 said:
Wow...great price. Although it is a little noisier than the V8 (30.1 dBA compared to 17 - 21dBA.)

Manufacturer noise ratings are almost never true.
February 18, 2009 4:08:21 PM

theAnimal said:
Manufacturer noise ratings are almost never true.

Then what do you use to compare products?...THG review articles?
February 18, 2009 5:11:10 PM

oneof10 said:
Then what do you use to compare products?...THG review articles?

THG and others. silentpcreview is good for noise-related reviews.
February 19, 2009 6:03:41 PM

I have a choice between OS's. I have always used XP and love it. Vista is available to me also. I have heard a millions reports about Vista crashes. Which is better for gaming with the rig described above? Is XP more stable? Better FPS?

February 19, 2009 6:11:07 PM

That's going to open a whole new can of worms. Try not to be one of the people who avoids Vista because they "heard" is sucks.

Vista is a very stable OS, especially since SP1. The FPS between Vista and XP are essentially the same now. I highly recommend 64-bit Vista Home Premium for any new build. I personally use Vista on two personal computers and every recent new build. I haven't had any stability or compatibility issues with it at all.
February 19, 2009 6:15:48 PM

Yea, I am trying...that's why I asked:)  Thanks.
February 19, 2009 6:23:08 PM

If you're going 64bit, Vista is the way to go.
February 19, 2009 7:18:58 PM

Pick up vista. You'll be happy. XP SP2 is losing support anyways.
February 19, 2009 9:09:00 PM

I can't seem to find much around here comparing the two OS's for gaming. Are there any reviews/articles?
March 5, 2009 10:38:10 PM

She is done and is a beaut! Here come the pics like I promised :love: 
March 6, 2009 12:32:34 AM

This is my old computer I replaced.

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The beautiful box labeled "NEWEGG" arrived...

This is where I used an elastic string to suspend my HDD to improve sound insulation.

March 6, 2009 12:42:36 AM

It seems to work well so far at keeping down any extra vibrations.

Finally the culmination of the build...the video card.

My attempt at cable management.

Lights on.

Finished product:


Thanks for everyone's input.

March 6, 2009 2:03:17 AM

Looks great. Thanks for the picture post. Best way you can say thanks :) 
August 12, 2009 12:03:30 PM

I sold my antec 900 case to a friend for 60 bucks lol.