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July 15, 2009 7:59:59 AM

Pretty much have decided on a system build that can satisfy my needs now, and has room for upgrading if need be. Just have a few questions.

Here's the planned build, feel free to rate/give advice. I play most civ4 and WoW, plan to play Diablo 3 & Starcraft 2.

Cpu/Mobo combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The mobo says standard ram is ddr3 1600 (oc) 1333 1066. Does this mean that I can only use ddr3 1600 if I oc it?

I also have a question about PSU efficiency, how do I need to treat this? Does 700w cut it for the system?

Thanks

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July 15, 2009 8:18:43 AM

Nah Any DDR3 1600MHZ should work fine. Good Choice on Ram OCZ is normally pretty solid stuff. Deneb X4 is what I'm building my new platform on aswell so I say good choice. WD is a hearty long lasting Drive. Good Choice again on the power supply I've heard good things of OCZ power supplies I tend to stick with antec because I've seen too many stability issues with other PSU's. And yes trust me 700W is more than enough. You could run Crossfire and have plenty of power to spare.

Did you have any plans on GFX Card?

Case?

CD/DVD Drive?

Audio Cards(Normally not necessary unless you're close to an audiophile like me...)?

Go answers for those? I can help with suggestions on em.

Altogether looks solid though.
July 15, 2009 8:30:55 AM

it means that 1600MHz is an overclock of the ram , but no worries . Have a look in the memory articles on this site . Low latency 1333 MHz ram is cheaper and just as fast [ or faster ] than almost all the 1600MHz stuff
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July 15, 2009 8:32:41 AM

Yeah, he's right. I just went with some low latency 1333. Stuff is supposed to OC very well with minimal voltage increase.
July 15, 2009 8:40:45 AM

Thermalbeast said:
Nah Any DDR3 1600MHZ should work fine. Good Choice on Ram OCZ is normally pretty solid stuff. Deneb X4 is what I'm building my new platform on aswell so I say good choice. WD is a hearty long lasting Drive. Good Choice again on the power supply I've heard good things of OCZ power supplies I tend to stick with antec because I've seen too many stability issues with other PSU's. And yes trust me 700W is more than enough. You could run Crossfire and have plenty of power to spare.

Did you have any plans on GFX Card?

Case?

CD/DVD Drive?

Audio Cards(Normally not necessary unless you're close to an audiophile like me...)?

Go answers for those? I can help with suggestions on em.

Altogether looks solid though.


Yeah for some reason I posted the HD instead of the video card :na: 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I planned to SLI another one if I ever needed to.

I do have a case and cd/dvd drive picked out based on neweggs/cnets reviews, but go ahead and suggest away. No audio card.
July 15, 2009 8:58:31 AM

Really I only recommend Brands with Cases since the design is all up to the individual when I build them for others. I like to Suggest Lian-Li, Cooler Master(My personal Favorite, Large and normally well laid out), ThermalTake, or Sunbeam(They have nifty case designs for someone who likes pizazz). I'm not so sure about the 260's I haven't seen them keeping up with other cards as well as I thought they should be. Depending on your budget for the GFX card I might recommend something slightly higher end. Like even a 4870 which I don't think is a huge price jump from those anymore seem to run circles around them in my testing. If you're stuck on nVidia though I support both sides don't get me wrong you might try for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... something like that I think the performance increase would warrant the extra price. I'll check back in the morning I'm out for a couple of hours. I'll try to keep tabs.

Sorry about the brick of text.... Honestly I am.
July 15, 2009 1:23:34 PM

Yeah that kind of a card is something I would find more reasonable for the price/performance bracket its in. Plus the board you have picked out is built especially for Xfire as is mine. Its fairly common to see that now adays since ATi got bought by AMD. And good choice in case, if you're running air cooling that thing will be a beast for airflow. Plus normally those bottom PSU mounts sometimes make cable management easier(sometimes the PSU cables aren't long enough can be an issue. Like the 4 pin CPU or 8 pin CPU.) But I checked and the cable lengths on yours should be more than adequate. Overall looking like a fairly strong build to me.
July 15, 2009 7:03:58 PM

Thermalbeast said:
Yeah that kind of a card is something I would find more reasonable for the price/performance bracket its in. Plus the board you have picked out is built especially for Xfire as is mine. Its fairly common to see that now adays since ATi got bought by AMD. And good choice in case, if you're running air cooling that thing will be a beast for airflow. Plus normally those bottom PSU mounts sometimes make cable management easier(sometimes the PSU cables aren't long enough can be an issue. Like the 4 pin CPU or 8 pin CPU.) But I checked and the cable lengths on yours should be more than adequate. Overall looking like a fairly strong build to me.


Feedback is much appreciated. Do you have any recommendations on fan controllers and case temp displays? Or can both be controlled through applications?

I plan on leaving the blue leds for looks, but going to replace the other two 120mm with:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/de12pfexhisp.html

July 15, 2009 9:46:25 PM

I don't really run Either of those I do my monitoring with Everest! It monitors all my HDD's Vid Cards CPU's(With heat on each core) all the goodies. But the most recent fan controllers I've used in a build were thermaltake and they did a good job of allowing you to adjust internal fan speeds. Sorry but I don't really have any recomendations on the LED Case Displays I've never been a fan of em.

I checked out that fan. It looks pretty Solid. 1st PC Corp seems to be the name in high CFM fans but god at what a cost 64DB thats nuts! If you're aim is to make your computer breath that will deffinately do it but I Only run 115CFM Fans cause I can't stand to have a blaring fan...
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