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May 28, 2009 11:41:31 PM

So I need help with this build.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible
BUDGET RANGE: < $ 1000, but can stretch to $1200 if need be(US Currency)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking, Gaming, Internet, Emails, etc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: The Fragbox http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163071&Tpk=falcon%20northwest%20fragbox

And a Zalman fan if it can fit in there. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046



OVERCLOCKING: Most likely not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Either

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it to not be loud. Lots of multitasking on this and be able to run games on highest settings. Maybe also an extra fan/water cooling system
May 29, 2009 12:18:33 AM
May 29, 2009 12:32:01 AM

What you're asking for at that price is impossible. Here is my suggestion for a build at the price point you specified:

Case: Cooler Master CM690 - This is one of the quietest cases I've ever owned. Hook up a few extra 140mm fans and you get exceptional cooling with virtually no noise at all.

CPU: Core 2 Duo E8500

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS9700

Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro Turbo

Video Card: HIS Radeon 4890

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 x 1. If you find you need more than 4GB of RAM after doing this build, you can buy another set and stick it in.

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

Optical Drive: LG 22X SATA DVD Burner

Total before taxes and shipping: $996.91
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May 29, 2009 1:21:34 AM

The_Prophecy said:
What you're asking for at that price is impossible. Here is my suggestion for a build at the price point you specified:

Case: Cooler Master CM690 - This is one of the quietest cases I've ever owned. Hook up a few extra 140mm fans and you get exceptional cooling with virtually no noise at all.

CPU: Core 2 Duo E8500

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS9700

Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro Turbo

Video Card: HIS Radeon 4890

RAM: OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 x 1. If you find you need more than 4GB of RAM after doing this build, you can buy another set and stick it in.

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB

Optical Drive: LG 22X SATA DVD Burner

Total before taxes and shipping: $996.91

Good looking build, except he wants mATX. I agree the CM 690 is an exceptional case for the price, but its a full sized tower, hardly portable.
May 29, 2009 1:46:11 AM

xthekidx said:
Good looking build, except he wants mATX. I agree the CM 690 is an exceptional case for the price, but its a full sized tower, hardly portable.


If it's portability he's looking for, why not go for a laptop? A mATX case may be lighter and less bulky than a standard ATX case, but you're still packing around a desktop which is a pain in the a$$.

The other issue one runs into with mATX cases is cooling. The OP said "ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it to not be loud. Lots of multitasking on this and be able to run games on highest settings. Maybe also an extra fan/water cooling system". Games at the highest settings means a high end video card, which doesn't mix well with a mATX case.

He is going to run into cooling issues if he goes that route, unless a liquid cooling system is in place. This makes even your mATX build hard to achieve.
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May 29, 2009 6:38:26 AM

Well i have actually made a hobby/side business from SFF/Lanparty gaming boxes DIY so allow me to share my experiences:p  This is a project log of rigs i have managed to document :p 
http://forums.vr-zone.com/troubleshooting-zone-technica...

Your casing selection is too expensive for what it offers IMO but with the config below under $1k is possible possibly with Vista HP 64 but definitely if using Win 7 RC ^^



$676.16 with ship less MIR


Not seriously OCing stick to stock HSF or that Zalman suggested maybe also Scythe Shuriken?
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May 29, 2009 4:20:05 PM

Another alternative is to start with this month's $600 SBM build, but use a Q9400 and maybe improve the video card.
Or, use the $1250 SBM machine, but use only one GPU to bring the price to within budget.
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