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if this is in the wrong section sorry...
first time here so dont really know where to put this...

anyways my parents used to put computers from stores....for $300-500 more then what they are worth...and on top of that its really outdated...

so i decided to make my own using cost efficients good parts.
and just wanted your guys/girls inputs and experiences.

for sure im getting a E8400 processor.
so my list so far....

Hard Drive best gig for the buck. i think...might even drop it to 500g.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136150

XFX 9600GT found it at newegg for about $140 shipped.

Asus striker II formula - not sure but im leaning to it...

memory? 1066... 2 x 1g.

PSU OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply
might do high overclock and SLI so 700w should be enough later.

HS/Fan
ZEROtherm BTF90? anything wrong with it? its pretty cheap with copper and heatpipes. it looks pretty heavy duty.

the only thing im sure is the E8400. but everything else what do you guys think?

planning to overclock the CPU to at least 3.6g if the stock speed lags for some reason.

thanks for your time.
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Looks decent, whats your budget? Give us a budget and I promise you will have build setups out the whazoo.
    
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Id go for 2 gigs of ballistix or geil, whichever you can find cheaper, and raid 0 the western digital 250gb se16 harddrives. Unless your willing to fork out 100 plus for 2 gigs of ddr3, id stick to a ddr2 board.
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Well, I will do my best to pick your rig apart, and praise you on good choices.

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if this is in the wrong section sorry...
first time here so dont really know where to put this...

anyways my parents used to put computers from stores....for $300-500 more then what they are worth...and on top of that its really outdated...

so i decided to make my own using cost efficients good parts.
and just wanted your guys/girls inputs and experiences.

for sure im getting a E8400 processor.
so my list so far....

E8400 is an awesome processor for gaming/general use. If you are interested, and can get to a Fry's Electronics (or microcenter) soon, they have Q6600 G0's for $189.99 which is like 50$ less than the egg, and like everywhere else. I believe microcenter has them for like $199.99. Good choice nonetheless.

Hard Drive best gig for the buck. i think...might even drop it to 500g.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136150

Seagate 7200.11 500GB is an AMAZING Harddrive to look into, for price and for performance.

XFX 9600GT found it at newegg for about $140 shipped.

9600GT is an excellent bang-for-the-buck card. If you want to shell out a little more cash, the 8800GT still reigns supreme in the mid-upper range bang-for-the-buck card. Or an HD3870 will treat you nicely.

Asus striker II formula - not sure but im leaning to it...

DDR3 ram = no thankyou. If your looking to go SLI, your best bet right now would be the 780i. EVGA and XFX are the only two brands I would even think about buying. Is supposed to overclock decently too.

memory? 1066... 2 x 1g.

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 are what I use and I swear by them. If your really into lights and **** you can grab the Tracers, which look cool (I lost that battle and now have a couple with dancing lights...its a decent enough POST indicator for memory lol.

PSU OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply
might do high overclock and SLI so 700w should be enough later.

In general, its more important to pay attention to the amperage/rail on PSUs than general wattage. I had a 1000w silverstone PSU that only had 35A per rail, and it struggled to run my GTS512 with the rest of my crap. I'm now using a hx520w (which has crappy Amperage output as well, but it works much better) and it runs everything happily. It just gets a little warm.

HS/Fan
ZEROtherm BTF90? anything wrong with it? its pretty cheap with copper and heatpipes. it looks pretty heavy duty.

In my opinion, there are only 3 or 4 HSF's worth looking at:
Tuniq Tower
Zalman 9x00 (insert random number/letter)
Arctic Freezer Pro 7

or the true beast of them all: the ThermalRight Ultra Extreme.

The underlined are the cheaper ones. The unbold are the gangsters of the lot.


the only thing im sure is the E8400. but everything else what do you guys think?

planning to overclock the CPU to at least 3.6g if the stock speed lags for some reason.

You shouldn't see any "lag" with a 3ghz cpu. But this is an overclocking forum, so of course you had better overclock.

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post #5 of 21
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for sure i want ddr2 unless by the end of next month the price of ddr3 drops below $100....(highly unlikely...)

memory suggestion?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220284
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227181

i was planning to get the OCZ not cuz of the price but the SLI and bran...
you guys most likely know a lot more then me so what do you think?

btw my budget is probably $1200 hopefully i'll get this set up be the end of next month...
i might get to 1500 if my parents and sis pitch in...

i'll jack the OS from a friend so that saves me like $200...

ALSO for sure im getting the 906BW 22" samsung LCD. its about $220....but it has good review and my uncle has a lot at work for me to test out.
going to ask him how much they got it for...
also 2ms response isnt bad =p only uses 45watts most 19" LCDs use 50+...


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at one time i did consider the Q6600 but it uses 95w and when OC it eats power like theres no 2morrow...always wanted to test out the new 45nm anyways...

i'll consider the harddrive.

for the video card im sticking with nvidia...9600gt has great review. if i had enough money i would get the 9800gx...but $550+ is insane... i heard someone got that in quad SLI....thats over $2000...
but heard he got Crysis at around 90 FPS at max settings....

the mobo i was referring to this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131255
790i seems to be a waste of money....

about the 780i mobo...hows the overclock on it? heard it gets hot....

my problem right now is the mobo since im building my system off it.
so is a for sure asus 780i a good deal? i can probably get it for $280 or somewhere along the lines.
dont mind paying a bit more of a good mobo if theres room to expand on it.

memory. tracers?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148070
they look promising i'll be sure to look into it.

the OCZ PSU i posted only has 18A rails?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...W+Power+Supply

anything think i should get a different one? im planning to run the 9600gt XFX off it and SLI it later.

thermalRight Ultra Extreme looks pretty crazy but aluminum?

thanks for your help i didnt expect people to help out that much so i really appreciate it!
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Crucial Ballistix DDR2-8500 2x1GB $84.99, $59.99 after mail in rebate.

I'm a ballistix fan. For me it would be either Ballistix or Mushkin RAM if I had to buy new RAM suddenly.
    
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the mushkin timing looks pretty good.
bit on the expensive side though =/

yeah i'll probably get ballistix or kingston.
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the BTF90 cooler is actually nice and does a nice job of cooling. but be carefull the entire thing is copper so it will oxidize easy.
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does anyone know if this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

power a 9600gt?
and a 780i mobo?
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Probably would, but theres definately better to be had. I'll link you a couple.
SilverStone DA650 (Single 54A rail)
Corsair TX650w (Single 52A rail)
PC&C S610EPS (Single 49A rail)

All three are excellent power supplies.
    
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