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post #1 of 17
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Well I finally decided to build my first super rig and decided to get it from www.ibuypower.com.

Before anyone says to me that building my own computer is waaaay cheaper, I did my homework and found out that overall it would be cheaper or cost about the same to get it from this site. I also have a warranty in case my computer blows up or something and a coupon for a free upgrade to Vista.

My first concern has to do with the PSU. I plan on eventually getting a QX6700 and an extra 8800 GTX for SLI along with a 24 inch Dell monitor. I'm not really sure if the Tagan 1100w is overkill or if a Tagan 900w would be sufficient. (Tagan 1100w, Tagan 900w, and Thermal Take Toughpower 850w are the only choices.)

My second concern is the sound card. I never really use speakers (only headsets), so I'm not sure if getting the Audigy SE would be worth the money.

If there are any suggestions or criticisms that you all may have, please feel free to say so. And as always, plus reps for those who reply.

Case ( Tagan A380 Gaming Case Black )
Case Lighting (Cold Cathode Neon Light Blue )
Power Supply ( Tagan 1100 Watt Power Supply [Quad SLI Ready] )
Processor ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600 (2x 2.4GHz/4MB L2 Cache/1066FSB) )
Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit )
Motherboard ( EVGA NVIDIA NForce 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 Dual PCI-E MB )S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB )
Memory ( 2048MB [1024MB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Corsair XMS2 Xtreme w/Heat Spreader )
Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX 768MB w/DVI + TV Out Video )
Hard Drive ( 320 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
2nd Hard Drive ( 320 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
Raid Configuration ( Raid-0 [Data Striping] With 2X Hard Drives )
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( Sony 16X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black)
Sound Card ( Creative Lab Sound Blaster Audigy SE )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Meter Display ( Thermal Temperature LCD Display Black )
Wireless Network Adapter ( Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps PCI Adapter )
Case Round Cable ( Rounded Cables for Floppy/HDD/CD/DVD/CD-RW/DVD-RW Drives )
Operating System ( MS Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition w/ Free Upgrade Coupon for Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium )
Case Round Cable (Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower )
Warranty ( Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
Cost: $2,475.15 (Including Shipping)
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post #2 of 17
Do you really need 1100W? Save yourself some money on the PSU and add a bit more to your mobo and get a Striker Extreme.. other then that, everything looks great.
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I am not happy at all with either of those PSUs... the Tagans aren't that good, and in the one serious review I saw about them, it blew up when they put a load on it that was not even close to the spec'ed limits, and Thermaltake never has been a known reputable brand for PSUs.... kind of an issue there.

I'd probably get the 'Standard Case Powersupply' and buy something like the Silverstone 850W. Would they allow you to bring your own PSU, and they install it for you?
    
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Ah I read that same review you are talking about. I am quite certain that the PSU that they had were defective because many other reviews are saying that the Tagan 1100w is a wonderful PSU.

Plus I hear that the first Tagan 1100w were defective and now there is a corrected version out. Also if the PSU blew up on me, It would be covered in my warranty. =)

And I don't really want to get the standard PSU and then replace it with the Silverstone and screw up the professional wiring. =/

So is everything else fine? Or would that sound card go to waste?
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post #5 of 17
You're looking fine otherwise.

If you mean the type of 'reviews' that just look at it, put in in a system and see if it works... well, I have seen those also.

Do know that those PSUs are build by ToPower...not the most reputable builder of PSUs.
    
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post #6 of 17
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Well this review is somewhat thorough and rates this PSU as highly recommended.
http://www.bigbruin.com/2006/tagan1100_7

The less thorough ones that received good ratings are:

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/999/
9/10 Tweaktown's Must Have Award

http://www.xyzcomputing.com/index.ph...sk=view&id=866
Good ratings except for price

http://aphnetworks.com/reviews/tagan_turbojet_1100w
7.8/10 Pretty good ratings. There are complaints such as the PSU being a bit noisy.
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post #7 of 17
I would recommend getting the PCP&C 750 Quad http://www.pcpower.com/products/view....php?show=S75Q

Also 680i is a real no no right now its having problems.
How about a P5W64 WS Professional http://usa.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...41&modelmenu=1

Or the ever popular P5B-Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131045

The reason i say that the 680i isnt worth it is that the only thing it has is SLi but you arent getting SLi right now so its not worth getting a motherboard that cant overclock well and has SATA problems.
post #8 of 17
id get a X-Fi XtremeMusic for Soundcard and a dif PSU
    
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post #9 of 17
Honestly, The build doesn't look bad at all.

1: I strongly urge switching the eVGA mobo for the Asus P5N32-E SLI. There have been more than a few documented cases of that particular mobo frying RAM for no good reason. My past experience with eVGA's motherboards left a bad taste in my mouth, as well... RAM issues seem to be their forte. The nF4 boards had memory compatibility issues up the wazoo, worse than just about any other nF4 mobo.

2: If you're comfortable with the PSU choice, stick with it. As you stated, this is a professional build, and if it nukes on you, it'll be covered. If they will add a customer specified PSU in place of the Tagan and honor their warranty, I'd go with the PCP&C Silencer 750, or their 1Kw-SR if you can stomach the price tag.

3: I'm still against recommending the X-Fi, as it's too quirky yet. In some rigs, it rocks with zero problems, in others it's a full blown PITA. ANY Audigy based sound card will do the job admirably. I've had the SE you mentioned in my rig, as well as an X-Fi, and the Audigy 4 I still have installed. When the X-Fi wanted to work, it sounded ever so slightly better, but not enough to warrant dealing with the issues it coughed up in my rig. Unless you need additional connectivity offered by a higher end model, the SE should work just fine.

4: Cooling... You didn't mention if you planned on using the stock cooling, or one of the upgrades. For the measly $54, I'd recommend the Cooler Master watercooling option. There really is no down side to doing so.
    
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post #10 of 17
I'd get a bluegears B-Enspirer Sound Card, PCP&C 1KW PSU, Lite-On SATA DVD Burner, and maybe 2x150GB Raptors or 2xSeagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDDs.
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