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May 5, 2009 9:59:37 PM

I just wanted to see if this build is decent for the price, also was just wondering if I should change anything (Ex: PSU)

I'm going to be using Windows 7 RC until I actually buy an OS or Windows 7 comes out.

SeaSonic SS-500ET 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Blade Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Since the Samsung is out of stock...)

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $667.91

Also, I was hoping to play Crysis on high settings, or something like that.

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May 6, 2009 4:23:42 AM

What's your planned display? The 260 is decent for playing Crysis at 1680 x 1050 on relatively high (not max) settings.

I'd recommend CORSAIR as a brand for your PSU, but if there's nothing bad online about SeaSonic, why not?

Lastly, will you be using Windows 7 64-bit? That's the only way to maximize your 4GB of RAM.
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May 6, 2009 4:40:01 AM

Seasonic is the company that makes Corsair PSU's, they are excellent.

If you want to get the best gaming performance for your money, here is my suggestion: Change the MB to the Asus P5Q Pro and change the graphics cards to two HD 4770's in crossfire, it maybe a little more expensive than that GTX 260, but not much maybe $20 and will blow it away in gaming performance. Get two different brands that have a rebate so they are $90 each, like that one I linked above and this one. All 4770's are the reference design right now, so there is no difference between brands besides customer service and warranty stuff.
May 6, 2009 4:42:38 AM

If you go that route however, you might want to change the PSU to a 550w-600w PSU just for efficiency and PSU lifespan's sake.
May 6, 2009 5:36:57 AM

I suggest also looking at a quad core if you want this build to serve well into the future 2-3 years. GTA4, Supreme Commander, Mass Effect, Bioshock, I think MS FlightSim. Photo editing software and encoding software (copying movies) etc.
May 6, 2009 6:39:50 AM

xthekidx said:
Seasonic is the company that makes Corsair PSU's


Except for the ones that CWT makes. ;) 
May 6, 2009 6:41:03 AM

xthekidx said:
If you go that route however, you might want to change the PSU to a 550w-600w PSU just for efficiency and PSU lifespan's sake.


2 HD4770s only use ~100W.
May 6, 2009 6:49:35 AM

Hey animal did you see we got your thead stickied? :p 

Yeah you are right, I forgot how easy the 4770 really was on power, I was thinking of how its close in performance to the 4850...brain fart. That Seasonic would work fine.
May 6, 2009 6:56:14 AM

xthekidx said:
Hey animal did you see we got your thead stickied? :p 


Yeah, about time! :) 
May 6, 2009 9:12:46 PM

Yeah, I kind of forgot to mention...this is a budget build lol, that's why I haven't chosen the best parts.
I'm really pushing it b/c when it all comes down with shipping and handling it's around $680.
xP.
Buying two video cards would be a little excessive for me...

I was thinking the resolution would be: 1280x1024, but I'm trying to get a bigger monitor.
May 6, 2009 9:27:12 PM

If you want to play crysis on highest settings, your best option is going with 2x4770 if you will get a bigger monitor.
May 6, 2009 9:37:50 PM

Yeah, but that's almost another $50. High settings isn't too bad anyway...
But how about the rest of the parts?
May 6, 2009 9:50:20 PM

The GPU's cost $12 more after rebate, the MB costs $5 more after a rebate, and you get +30% FPS in games.

The rest of the build looks fine, but I would prefer WD to Hitachi drives.
May 6, 2009 9:55:09 PM

Lol, okay I'll think about it...no offense, but I don't really trust rebates..hehe.
May 6, 2009 10:00:06 PM

Yeah rebates are kinda hit and miss, its a $10 and $15 rebate...I have about a 50% successs rate with rebates, so maybe add $15 to that for a conservative estimate of how much more it will cost you. Still definitely worth it IMO.
May 7, 2009 12:39:59 AM

If possible, you should buy an E8400 instead of the E7200. The E8400 has a 200MHz higher clock speed and 2x the L2 cache, and (I know this from overclocking a few of my computers) is one of the easiest to overclock processor.
May 7, 2009 1:22:16 AM

Just for the record, will that power supply be enough for the GTX 260?
And I'm looking into the E8400 xP
May 7, 2009 5:27:56 AM

spazatack said:
Just for the record, will that power supply be enough for the GTX 260?
And I'm looking into the E8400 xP


GTX260 uses a bit over 100W.
May 7, 2009 4:28:12 PM

Is his build mainly for gaming?

if it is then drop the E7400 and P45 motherboard for a Biostar 790GX AM2+ motherboard and a 7750 BE with a Titan fenrir or V8 etc.

It will do just as well in games and save you a bit of money, might get an extra two cores aswell if your lucky.
May 7, 2009 5:25:51 PM

I don't think the 7750 BE has unlockable cores... I am pretty sure that is only available on the newer Phenom's by mistake in the ACC programming.
May 7, 2009 5:54:46 PM

Well a few people managed to get the two cores unlocked.

the first one which hit the headlines came out with ACC and was 3ghz with 4 cores and in cpu-z said the phenom FX 7750, another one did the same thing but it was 2.7ghz with 4 cores and said amd engineering sample.
May 7, 2009 5:57:23 PM

huh cool thats the first I have heard about it. It must be very rare though.
May 7, 2009 6:00:45 PM

yeah in the same comments section I think 8 people tried it and 1 succeeded, a couple of the others were trying out different BIOS'es to see if that made a difference.

but yeah, a quad core for £50 :) 
May 7, 2009 10:01:23 PM

xthekidx said:
Any article that suggests pairing a 4870 with a 500w Rosewill PSU is garbage.

Why?
May 7, 2009 11:38:25 PM

Because the 4870 is one of the most power hungry GPU's on the market, and Rosewill PSU's are just about the worst PSU's on the market. A 500w PSU from a reputable company would be on the limit of acceptable, a 500w unit from a fifth tier company is not even close. I would never use a rosewill PSU if it could be helped, but if I had to I would only trust it to run integrated graphics at the most, no overclocking of the CPU. Rosewill PSU's blow up, and having a powerhungry GPU sucking power from it just makes that more likely. The PSU is one of the most important components in a system, you should never go cheap on a PSU.
May 7, 2009 11:56:52 PM

^
agree..
Never go cheap on PSU.
and get WD HDD. they are reliable.
May 8, 2009 1:05:05 AM

xthekidx said:
Because the 4870 is one of the most power hungry GPU's on the market, and Rosewill PSU's are just about the worst PSU's on the market. A 500w PSU from a reputable company would be on the limit of acceptable, a 500w unit from a fifth tier company is not even close. I would never use a rosewill PSU if it could be helped, but if I had to I would only trust it to run integrated graphics at the most, no overclocking of the CPU. Rosewill PSU's blow up, and having a powerhungry GPU sucking power from it just makes that more likely. The PSU is one of the most important components in a system, you should never go cheap on a PSU.

Heh, oh. That settles that.
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