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July 19, 2009 10:13:34 PM

Hi all, let me start by saying it's been a few years since I have built a rig for myself. I think I have a decent "paper" build but like others I'd like some advice... thanks in advance
*ahem* here's the list
Case- Antec P193 Gunmetal Gray Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I'm worried about fan clearance with this case, if anyone has recommendations that support the vid card I'm wanting I'm all ears.

Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Processor- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
I've read that WoW is more processor speed dependant than the amount of cores, thus I'm saving a little money and going with a faster dual core that I intend to overclock

Processor Fan- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
I'll probably be using arctic silver thermal grease on this.

Motherboard- ASUS P5Q3 DELUXE/WIFI-AP CH1-11 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Anyone know if this board is overclocking friendly?

RAM 4gb mushkin ddr3 1600

Video- ASUS EAH4890 TOP/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb

Pioneer Blue-Ray rom/dvd burner

Purchase date is in the next couple months hoping to keep the tower under 1400ish

Usage is mainly WoW, also watching tv I have an adaptec avc 3610 for a tv tuner

Parts not required, Monitor (I have a 46" sharp aquos that I will be using for a monitor) Speakers (have a home theatre setup) Keyboard and Mouse and Tv Tuner.

I've been looking at newegg for parts, I've dealt with them in the past and had good experiences.

I'm going to be overclocking, and eventually will probably upgrade to crossfire.

Thanks for your time and any thoughts.

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July 19, 2009 10:30:33 PM

dual core and ddr3??only I7 procesors benefit from triple channel>>also,less money for the case and more for your main components, you have a good idea of what you want but there isnt any build that cant be improve, 775 socket is almost dead, and your upgrade path is going to be replaced by new 1366 socket, I think you better of with Phenom II, i have the 955 and its a beast, as good as the q9550, if not better. how about this:

overclocking and cheap dont mix, you need a better HSF than the artic 7

you where spending way to much on a case, chances are you're gonna have less performance for better looks, dont think so, you can have both

850 watt is an overkill for a single 4890 unless you planning a CF so how about

unless you are going to use the pc as an storage build i dont think you need 1t
how about 640 caviar black ( ) it has 2 320 plates which makes it quite fast

blue ray?? well its your go but a nice dvd burner will have been better if you ask me

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July 19, 2009 10:45:58 PM

The build looks solid to me. I would recommend spending a bit more on the CPU cooler though, that one is ok, but not for overclocking. For socket 775, the zalmans are pretty nice (cnps 9700) but a bit pricey, and Zigmatek has some nice ones in the $40 price range.

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July 19, 2009 11:11:55 PM

Since you're not building for a couple months, I'd put the paper build on hold and wait till i5 gets released. Prices will change a lot when it does come out, both on the AMD and intel side. With the budget you have, you are going to get WAY more computer than you need for WoW and HTPC apps. You should be getting at least a tri core if not a quad anyway if you are going to CF or SLI (which is an option if you get an i5 system.)

If you are going to move forward with this build though, 850w PSU is overkill. 4890 CF will do fine on a 600w corsair, so to be safe, the 750 would be a good match for you.

Before I picked up an E8500, I would take a good look at AMD Phenom IIs. Reason is the upgrade path is there in the future if you need it where, as mentioned, the Core 2 is end of life.

+1 to the Xigimech HSF

Mobo will follow the CPU choosen and I'd vote you pick a different platform.

There's cheaper 4gig dual channel DDR3 kits that are Cas 7 with 7-7-7-18 timings. GSkill or Curcial I think.

The 4890 is a great card. You'll have no prob destroying WoW for the next decade with that. So unless there are other FPS games you play, I wouldn't worry to much about CF. That being said, the GTX 275 is also a great card in that price range. If you i5, then you have the option to SLI.

And don't for get an OS.

July 20, 2009 12:52:50 AM

agree 100% with skora, if you dont need the build right now, either because you need time to get the money, or what ever other possible reason< i recomened putting this project on hold,

as skora said core i5 release is almost at the corner ( )

and also the release of the new GPU's direct x11 capable ( )

if you cant wait, and are ready to build in the next 1 to 2 weeks, then PII is the only option, or either get enough money for an i7 build.