Gaming build, looking for mistakes

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: few days
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW gamer, Online auto racing, general web use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have Samsung 245BW, keyboard, mouse, etc.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: new to this so probably Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm open

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet is good, otherwise I'm looking for a machine with some built in future and stable trouble-free operation

The primary goal of this post is to find errors in the build, I'm not concerned about a few dollars one way or another. I believe the current build comes in between $1100 and $1200 w/OS.

Thanks in advance for your comments.



Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-117DBK - OEM

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
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  1. Very nice build. No mistakes that I can spot, but I'd change a couple of things:

    Download the Windows 7 RC instead of buying Vista (saves you money now, and in the future when you probably would have upgraded to 7 anyway).

    Get an Antec Three Hundred instead of the Rosewill case (this is probably preference).
  2. Never heard of the case before, why not go for an Antec Nine-Hundred Two.

    The M4A79 isn't all that good as a board, may as well go with a Crosshair II for the bang-for-buck performance.

    The Crosshair II is NVidia territory, get a 275 or two in SLI with each other.

    Up that PSU to a Corsair 800HX for future workability.

    Go with the Phenom 955 X4 3.2 GHz BE. It's AM3 so flash the Crosshair II to the latest BIOS.

    Switch from G Skill to Corsair Dominator DDR2 PC-8500

    Samsung Spinpoint F1's give far better performance per dollar/pound than the Caviars.

    Do whatever you want with the DVD drive.

    Go with Vista Ultimate 64, you may as well...

    If you're into overclocking but dont want the hassle of manual watercooling loop setups, go for the North Q Siberian Tiger cooler, if you fancy an air cooler thats a little easier to install go for the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 PRO V2.
  3. The build looks good once you ditch the Rosewill case. I'd also ditch the IDE DVD burner for a SATA model. I don't know why they even sell IDE drives any more.

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187 $23.99
  4. Thanks for the quick comments. I didn't notice that the DVD was IDE, I'll fix that.
  5. What is your power supply?----NVM i am blind
  6. put a sata dvdrw
    you can only use 2x 4850x2s so i dont see a need for 4 pci-e x16
    pcie 2.0 x8 = x16 no bottleneck
    antec 300 has a top fan which i would suggest for any gaming rig
    dont know if you plan to change the multiplier on that 940 but maby you should buy
    945/955 so you could just switch out cpu if you move ddr3 board one day
    that cpu cooler can only be oriented to blow air up or down not out the back
    i would recommend Sunbeam CR-CCTF

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-xigmatek_6.html#sect0

    recommended mainboards
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130191
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131368
  7. according to the reviews I've seen on the 4850X2, there are driver issues. It a powerful card, but I'm not sure you'll be
    able to get your money's worth outta it. The reviews I've seen for it are 2 or 3 eggs outta 5. NOT a good sign..

    I recommend looking at a 4870 x2, if price is no object. Pricewise, I would actually consider going with 2 hd4850's for about 200 after rebate. Although for WOW, one hd4850 is more than ebough.

    Read the reviews on the hd4850X2
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