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Hello all. This will be my first foray into computer-building from scratch. The rig I am building is mostly for gaming, is under budget constraints, and will be overclocked little by little til its peak (So i dont fry everything, as that would be a big problem for me... I wouldnt know how to tell which parts are broken )

The current build I have in mind is posted below. I currently do not have a power supply unit. Please suggest on what voltage / psu would be optimal and not too expensive, but reliable.

Also.. I want to configure the 2 hard drives for RAID 0. Now, im not sure if theres anything else I need other than the 2 hard drives for that. Is everything included in the box? Or is there another part I need to buy to configure them for RAID 0?

Also, any help or suggestions in improving the build below would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!

Case: Antec 900 -http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811129021 - $125

MB: EVGA 680i LT http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813188015 -- $160

Graphics: EVGA 8800GT Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130303 -- $290

Q6600: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115017 -- $280

G.SKILL 4gb (4x1GB) DDR2 800 - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820231098 -- $110

Seagate 7200 rpm 250gb x 2 for RAID 0 -- http://http://www.newegg.com/product...82E16822148262 -- $140 (Do i need something to make it RAID 0?)

ASUS DVD burner lightscribe - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827135157 -- $31

Creative Sound Blaster Xi-Fi Xtreme Gamer - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16829102006 -- $80

Zalman 9700 CPU cooler - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835118019 -- $60




Right now its almost at $1400 without tax or shipping. Im hoping to keep this build under $1800 or 1900 with tax and shipping included. Im also thinking of possibly SLI-ing video cards (8800 GT or 8800 GTX in the future), so a PSU that might support that and has all the holes for the wires to go into would be very helpful.

EDIT: I also dont need a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers as I have them from my laptop. I also have some sort of 30+ inch HD TV of some kind as a monitor, so it would be important to have the video card or mb that works with that. I tried plugging it into my 3-yr-old laptop and it comes out weird or broken, so i hope to use it for the new desktop instead.
First Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 @ 3.0ghz Asus P5E x38 8400GS Foxconn 4gb ddr2 800 G.Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x 250gb 16mb WD RAID 0 Vista Home Premium 64-bit 27" Viewsonic Widescreen HDTV/LCD Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
PC Power and Cooling 750w CM 690 Logitech G5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 @ 3.0ghz Asus P5E x38 8400GS Foxconn 4gb ddr2 800 G.Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x 250gb 16mb WD RAID 0 Vista Home Premium 64-bit 27" Viewsonic Widescreen HDTV/LCD Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
PC Power and Cooling 750w CM 690 Logitech G5 
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post #2 of 9
your mobo supports raid 0... if you're asking whether or not you need extra connectors or anything, the answer is no... just set up the hard drives as you would any two not set up as raid... the rest is software provided by your mobo

as for the PSU, I would consider something around a 800+W if I were you, especially if you plan on SLI-ing two 8800s later on

my suggestion would go towards something like the OCZ gamexstream 850W

some might even suggest more Watts.. but I think this is what you should be aiming for
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by killa_concept View Post
your mobo supports raid 0... if you're asking whether or not you need extra connectors or anything, the answer is no... just set up the hard drives as you would any two not set up as raid... the rest is software provided by your mobo

as for the PSU, I would consider something around a 800+W if I were you, especially if you plan on SLI-ing two 8800s later on

my suggestion would go towards something like the OCZ gamexstream 850W

some might even suggest more Watts.. but I think this is what you should be aiming for

what is raid 0 i dont get what ui guys mean by raid 0
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel pentium 3 863MHZ dell mx 4000 384 ram 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
20GB western d windows xp sp2 logitech cheap 
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logitech 
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20GB western d windows xp sp2 logitech cheap 
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logitech 
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what is raid 0 i dont get what ui guys mean by raid 0
It's a way you setup the hard drives for more performance. Raid 0, 2 or possibly more hard drives act like one and you get more performance. But if one hard drive would fail you loose both. And, theres more types of raid also but raid 0 seems to be the most popular.
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what is raid 0 i dont get what ui guys mean by raid 0
RAID 0 means that the data that is read and written is split up or "striped" across two hard drives. Say you have a file, it gets split up by the RAID controller into let's say 10 different parts for a very small file. The when the file is read 5 parts will be read from one drive and 5 from another, therefore making your read and write performance almost twice as fast as a single drive. Although your access times will be around the same speed, maybe a little higher because of the added latency from splitting the files up. You also have twice the likelihood of data loss resulting from a hard drive failure, I just backup my files and take the risk!
X99 Glory Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 5930K @ 4.4GHz Asus Rampage V Extreme MSI Lightning 290X Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB Pioneer BDR-2209 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2407WFP Rev. A02 Ducky Legend Black w/ White Backlit Vortex Caps EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W Phanteks Enthoo Primo White 
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Logitech G502 Proteus Core Func. Surface 1030 Asus Xonar Essence STX 
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Intel 5930K @ 4.4GHz Asus Rampage V Extreme MSI Lightning 290X Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Hitachi Deskstar NAS 4TB Pioneer BDR-2209 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 2407WFP Rev. A02 Ducky Legend Black w/ White Backlit Vortex Caps EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W Phanteks Enthoo Primo White 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G502 Proteus Core Func. Surface 1030 Asus Xonar Essence STX 
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post #6 of 9
Get a Tuniq Tower 120, its $15 cheaper and as good/better as the zalman 9700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001
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Will an Antec 900 have room for the mobo and 8800 GT and a Tuniq Tower all together? I believe it is only a midsize case. Im worried about parts not fitting.
First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 @ 3.0ghz Asus P5E x38 8400GS Foxconn 4gb ddr2 800 G.Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x 250gb 16mb WD RAID 0 Vista Home Premium 64-bit 27" Viewsonic Widescreen HDTV/LCD Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
PC Power and Cooling 750w CM 690 Logitech G5 
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First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 @ 3.0ghz Asus P5E x38 8400GS Foxconn 4gb ddr2 800 G.Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x 250gb 16mb WD RAID 0 Vista Home Premium 64-bit 27" Viewsonic Widescreen HDTV/LCD Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouse
PC Power and Cooling 750w CM 690 Logitech G5 
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Originally Posted by Duckydude View Post
RAID 0 means that the data that is read and written is split up or "striped" across two hard drives. Say you have a file, it gets split up by the RAID controller into let's say 10 different parts for a very small file. The when the file is read 5 parts will be read from one drive and 5 from another, therefore making your read and write performance almost twice as fast as a single drive. Although your access times will be around the same speed, maybe a little higher because of the added latency from splitting the files up. You also have twice the likelihood of data loss resulting from a hard drive failure, I just backup my files and take the risk!
or if you're worried about HD failure go RAID 5. it's only 1 more HDD to make it rebuildable incase of a failure. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID_5#RAID_5
RAWR
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Home Server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4790k msi z97 gaming 7 gtx 760 4gb 32GB GSkill  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Hitachi 2TB Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Vizio M492-b2 Logitech Wireless  Corsair HX620 NZXT Phantom White 
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i7-4790k msi z97 gaming 7 gtx 760 4gb 32GB GSkill  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD Hitachi 2TB Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Vizio M492-b2 Logitech Wireless  Corsair HX620 NZXT Phantom White 
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post #9 of 9
Zalman 9700 is too expensive for what you get IMO. Get a tuniq Tuniq LED or TT ultra
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz 24/7 MSI P67 GD55 Gigabyte GTX 1070 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB, 3TB HDD, 1TB HDD Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 64bit Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell S2716DG 1440P 144hz Gsync TN Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB 1080p Projector (110") Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF3 Edition (orange) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 Corsair 400R Steelseries Rival Steelseries QCK+ 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DG Astro A40 V Moda Crossfade LP Logitech Z5300 
Audio
Denon 1909 + 7.1 infinity surround 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
A6 3420 HD 6520G 8GB 500GB 5400RPM 
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15.6" 1366x768 Generic with numberpad 
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i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz 24/7 MSI P67 GD55 Gigabyte GTX 1070 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128GB, 3TB HDD, 1TB HDD Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 64bit Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell S2716DG 1440P 144hz Gsync TN Hanns G 23" 1080p 60Hz Epson Pro Cinema 9500UB 1080p Projector (110") Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF3 Edition (orange) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 Corsair 400R Steelseries Rival Steelseries QCK+ 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DG Astro A40 V Moda Crossfade LP Logitech Z5300 
Audio
Denon 1909 + 7.1 infinity surround 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
A6 3420 HD 6520G 8GB 500GB 5400RPM 
MonitorKeyboard
15.6" 1366x768 Generic with numberpad 
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