First time builder needing input

This build is for gaming and CAD. I would appreciate if you all would help me make this computer as cost effective as possible. (performance/price) I would like it to run cool, stable, and fast. Really want this bugger to last me sometime.

1000$ or less.

No overclocking

Don't need keyboard, mouse, speakers..


Here is what I came up with. Total was 950$(?) or so.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029


SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

ZALMAN VF1000 2 Ball VGA Cooler $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118037


ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive $20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135181

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200) $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231211

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


Sorry If I didn't link right..

Thank you guys~
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  1. Something else to add. Is there any new hardware that is coming out this year, that I should look out for?
  2. Intel
    Core i7 920/GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Combo $449.98 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.156589

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $93.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231225

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319

    LG Black 22X 2MB Cache SATA 22X CD/DVD Burner $24.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136152

    COOLER MASTER RC-690 Computer Case $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119137

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $89.99 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006

    MSI R4870-MD1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB with HDMI $179.99 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127413

    If you plan on overclocking you will have to add-on a better CPU Cooler
    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $26.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233003
    with
    XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 $9.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233027

    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $6.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835186020

    Total $1042.90
  3. You shouldn't need the Xigmatek or Zalman coolers if you are NOT going to overclock because it would be a waste of money. You have a bunch of great choices there. I have that same mobo and case and the 650tx psu. I'd take the extra 80 bucks you'll save from the coolers and get a bigger graphics card (for gaming) or a bigger cpu (for cad). Great job!

    edit:
    knotnut comes through with a great find on that cpu/mobo combo. His set up is much, much better for you. Also, you didn't mention whether you needed monitor because that would change things a lot.
  4. Quote:
    You shouldn't need the Xigmatek or Zalman coolers if you are NOT going to overclock because it would be a waste of money. You have a bunch of great choices there. I have that same mobo and case and the 650tx psu. I'd take the extra 80 bucks you'll save from the coolers and get a bigger graphics card (for gaming) or a bigger cpu (for cad). Great job!

    edit:
    knotnut comes through with a great find on that cpu/mobo combo. His set up is much, much better for you. Also, you didn't mention whether you needed monitor because that would change things a lot.


    I don't need a monitor and I only have windows xp 32bit. sorry I forgot to mention that. Thank you, msclman. I figured that I was a little paranoid over cooling. When I play games I get a lot of glitches and flickering on my old 7900gtx. Blaming it on cooling. I really enjoy that setup knotknut. It's definately looking more towards the future.

    *bow* thank you kind sirs.
  5. Nice build from knotknut...But here is a case+Psu combo, which has the same case and more powerful PSU , together for less...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.176939
  6. gkay09 said:
    Nice build from knotknut...But here is a case+Psu combo, which has the same case and more powerful PSU , together for less...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.176939



    Nice find! thank you Gkay~ :)
  7. Well found this Graphics card + HDD combo...they HDD not a WD Black but still the combo price is a steal...

    1. Seagate ST3640323AS: $69.99

    2. Sapphire Technology Limited 100259-1GL: $189.99

    Combo Discount: -$45.00
    Combo Price: $214.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.177807

    But if you want to stick with the WD Black, then get this card with free stalker game...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.161274
  8. And get this CPU cooler...
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    But check if it will fit you case...

    If it doesnt , get something like this...It is shorter and is a reputed company.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887020
  9. gkay09 said:
    Well found this Graphics card + HDD combo...they HDD not a WD Black but still the combo price is a steal...

    1. Seagate ST3640323AS: $69.99

    2. Sapphire Technology Limited 100259-1GL: $189.99

    Combo Discount: -$45.00
    Combo Price: $214.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.177807

    But if you want to stick with the WD Black, then get this card with free stalker game...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.161274


    Indeed It is a steal! I'll go with that VGA+HD combo for sure. :love:

    All these combos brought the price down to $976.92.
    Do you all Think that my cooling is sufficient with the case I got. (as long as I don't overclock)

    Much appreciated, everyone.
  10. well if u really want to get the best bang for your buck id recommend AMD instead of Intel, that being said heres a AMD build that fits your requirements...

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz Quad-Core Black Edition
    Motherboard: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AMD 790FX
    Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    Hard Drive: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB
    Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
    Case: Antec Three Hundred
    Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W

    TOTAL = $879.89 ($974.46 after Tax & Shipping)
  11. knotknut's build above is nice, but it's not going to do you any good until you step up to a 64-bit OS. A 32-bit OS will only be able to use less than half of the 6GB in that build. You really need to step into 2009 and either get 64-bit Vista or use the 64-bit Windows 7 beta.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99
  12. lasoski311 said:
    well if u really want to get the best bang for your buck id recommend AMD instead of Intel, that being said heres a AMD build that fits your requirements...

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz Quad-Core Black Edition
    Motherboard: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AMD 790FX
    Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    Hard Drive: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB
    Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
    Case: Antec Three Hundred
    Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W

    TOTAL = $879.89 ($974.46 after Tax & Shipping)


    Thank you for that lasoki. I'll look between the two builds when I get the money to buy it. Yarr, it's a bit pointless to have that much ram without windows vista 64-bit. That will be my last upgrade.

    Thanks for assisting a stranger in need. Y'all definitely put me in the right direction for this build
    Cheers! :love:
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