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Help and ideas on my first build $2kish

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February 27, 2010 1:48:41 AM

First i just wanted to say hello and that i have lurked and been on this site for a while and totally love it.

Thought i would post this and have some people that really knows their stuff take a look

also 2 Yate Loon 120mm x 25mm Fans in push pull for the mega

i want to try my hand at oc'ing a bit on this rig.. think thats about it

anything else i might be missing?
or thoughts in general?

thanks alot

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: around what it is now would be optimum

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photoshop, maya, zbrush, illustrator, painter. reason, flstudio, gaming, movies. so mostly art stuff and making music =D

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: dont need a mouse or speakers


OVERCLOCKING: yes Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just want it to last as long as possible with minimum upgrades =D

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February 27, 2010 5:24:21 AM

thanks blackjello i updated the wishlist and also filled out the proper "asking format"

let me know if you can think of anything else..

also.. this will be my first build ever so... i dont wanna miss something.
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February 27, 2010 5:31:36 AM

looking good. Looks like you did a lot of thinking before posting...
February 27, 2010 5:37:24 AM

my old pc died yesterday and i had nothing but time on my hands reading and researching..

also.. the mega comes with thermal paste right? on newegg the pic looks like it does but other places didnt show this.
February 27, 2010 6:09:43 AM

Better RAM

It may come with its own brand of thermal paster but I would use Artic Silver.....or at least order some just in case.

Since money does not seem to be an issue you would do better with 1 hard drive for storage and a SSD for your C: drive.
February 27, 2010 6:28:41 AM

ocz freeze is better the acrtic silver
February 27, 2010 3:13:03 PM

Case / PSu - This combo is $50 cheaper, cases are equivalent (each with their own pluses and minuses) but the CP-850 is a superior PSU both electrically and acoustically.

Memory CAS 9 for $165 ? I'd do CAS 7 for $25 more or if it's a budget killer, CAS 8 is only $140

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and LX from Seagate are good choices but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


Monitor - Only 1680 x 1050 ? This is full HD screen but jump on it as they don't stay in stock long. (outta stock) (one left in stock)

Would recommend against AS5 dues to its 200 hour curing time which amounts to about a year of normal use according to
Important Reminder:
Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired.

pick a TIM from the top few here:

I use Innovative Cooling's Diamond 7 karat Thermal Compound

Some accessories for ya Megahalems

No. 1 above is the TIM
No. 2 above is a pair of HS fans specifically matched in rpm to the design of the Megahalems.
No. 3 above allows your fans to be controlled by the MoBo.
February 27, 2010 9:29:20 PM

oh i decided to stay with the case and pcu.. do i really need a pcu at 850?
oh and also i think i dont need a sound card but if i eventually do ill just get it then. and not now
February 28, 2010 4:05:22 PM

anything else i think im going to order it today.. gettin excited
is that the best 120Hz monitor also? that thing looks really promising amazing i didnt ever hear about it in my 120Hz searches.

thanks guys
March 1, 2010 4:38:04 AM

obsidian86 said:
ocz freeze is better the acrtic silver

got some numbers on that?
March 1, 2010 6:26:21 AM

dreadrok said:
ok lets try this..

and for the mega

anyone know another good place to use besides newegg.. in the past couple hours some items went outta stock =(
looking to ordrer this and have it running asap


Not to be a copy cat but could you repost or send me your wish list its pretty much exactly what im looking for and when i click on the last link it says its unavailable