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post #1 of 17
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I've decided in celebration of my new job, I'd build myself an astonishingly brilliant quad core set-up .

The specs are as follows:-
Mobo: Asus P5E w/iX38 Chipset
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Retail
GPU: XFX GeForce 9800GX2 1GB XXX Edition
RAM: Team Xtreem Dark Series 4GB DDR2 PC2-8500
HDD: Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB 7200.11
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
PSU: 850W Silverstone Strider ST85F
OS: Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Mouse (which I can't wait to get my hands on ): Razer Lachesis 4000dpi 3G Laser Mouse.
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S203D SATA DVD±RW Drive
Sound Card: Creative SoundBlaster X-FI XtremeMusic
HSF: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (New one, not same one)

(Red and italics mean I've changed the items)

This totals up to approximately £1400 (~$2800).

This is going to be a massive build for me, and this time, I'm going to build everything by the book so nothing goes wrong.

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(Current stage: Red)
(Completed stages: Blue)

Stage:-
1: Planning and Preparation
2: Purchasing
3: Received all items
4: Building
5: Testing
6: Installing OS and updating
7: Project Completion

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Target date for completing planning, necessary research, review reading, and final item deciding: 23rd May 2008
Target date for purchasing all items (not inc. extras like cathodes, general modding): 28th July 2008
Target date for build completion: 7th August 2008
Target date for project completion (inc. testing and getting fully operational): 15th August 2008

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LOG:-

27th April 02:37:-

I decided on these parts mainly because I wanted a gaming computer with extra oomph, but mainly because it's always good to be futureproofed, especially in this day and age, right? Well, I wanted it to have extra power so it can handle games like 2 years in the future, mainly because I wanna spend a LOAD on this now, then just money on up-keep and general maintainance in the up coming months and years.

I've been told it's quite a good setup , so I'm gonna be sticking by this now, and attempting to keep to my plan, and completion dates.

28th April 16:15:-

I've changed a few things now. For one I've changed Vista Ultimate 32-bit to 64-bit, so I can get 4GB of RAM recognised by the OS, I've added an 850W PSU since I'm not going to use the one from the rig I have now, and I'm now deciding on what RAM to have. I'm gonna get 2x2GB sticks instead of 4x1GB. I've also decided to buy a new ACF7 as this is now going to be a complete build from scratch, rather than taking parts off my rig now.

10th May 15:50:-

I've had to unfortunately delay this build, and all my target dates, by 1 month and a few days each (not inc. research date). This is because my new job is paying me slightly differently from what I was hoping they would .

Also, in component news, I've decided to skip the stepping up situation, mainly because the eVGA guy on the phone when I was asking about stepping up was horrid, and asked me to convert everything to euros because he was, to quote, "Too lazy to do it himself". I'm now going to get myself an XFX 9800GX2 XXX Edition GPU. I've also decided on getting some Teem Xtreem RAM for the system.
    
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Core 2 Quad Q9400 Yorkfield-6M @ 2.66Ghz Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Rev. 1.0 eVGA GTX460 SSC - 1024MB GDDR5 8GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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CyberSnipa Aluminium Mouse Pad ASUS Xonar DX & M-Audio AV30 Mk2's 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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CyberSnipa Aluminium Mouse Pad ASUS Xonar DX & M-Audio AV30 Mk2's 
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post #2 of 17
Looks good to me. Only thing however, is the 4Gig RAM coupled with the 32bit OS.. But that's nothing too major really.

Aside from that, i'd change nothing. And opt for the TT Armor over the A900.

If you've got the money to spend, then why not spend it!
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Looks good to me. Only thing however, is the 4Gig RAM coupled with the 32bit OS.. But that's nothing too major really.

Aside from that, i'd change nothing. And opt for the TT Armor over the A900.

If you've got the money to spend, then why not spend it!
Haha exactly, that's my principal !

I start my new job on the 6th May so then I can start earning
    
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Core 2 Quad Q9400 Yorkfield-6M @ 2.66Ghz Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Rev. 1.0 eVGA GTX460 SSC - 1024MB GDDR5 8GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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CyberSnipa Aluminium Mouse Pad ASUS Xonar DX & M-Audio AV30 Mk2's 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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post #4 of 17
What's Soudai Taka mean?


And you know that the entire 4Gig of ram wont be seen by Windows? It'll only show up as like 3.5 max..
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What's Soudai Taka mean?


And you know that the entire 4Gig of ram wont be seen by Windows? It'll only show up as like 3.5 max..
It means "Majestic Hawk". I name my builds now . The one I have at the moment, Hishou Hayabusa means "Soaring Falcon".

I thought Vista could see more than 3.5? I'm not keeping XP much longer.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q9400 Yorkfield-6M @ 2.66Ghz Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Rev. 1.0 eVGA GTX460 SSC - 1024MB GDDR5 8GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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CyberSnipa Aluminium Mouse Pad ASUS Xonar DX & M-Audio AV30 Mk2's 
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Core 2 Quad Q9400 Yorkfield-6M @ 2.66Ghz Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Rev. 1.0 eVGA GTX460 SSC - 1024MB GDDR5 8GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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post #6 of 17
the 64-bit editions of vista and xp can address that much ram.
    
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post #7 of 17
I'm not 100% on this, but i think even with Vista you'll need the 64bit version to use all that RAM. Hardly any apps use that much RAM anyways so even with 3 or 3.5, you should still be at the top of your game.



My pc's named the "Black Box", as the case is black, and all the PCB's inside are black.

Original, huh?
post #8 of 17
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the 64-bit editions of vista and xp can address that much ram.
But can Vista see 4GB of RAM? I see people on here with 4GB of RAM and Vista and I assume Vista can see that amount of RAM.

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I'm not 100% on this, but i think even with Vista you'll need the 64bit version to use all that RAM. Hardly any apps use that much RAM anyways so even with 3 or 3.5, you should still be at the top of your game.



My pc's named the "Black Box", as the case is black, and all the PCB's inside are black.

Original, huh?
So I'll need the 64-bit edition? Sweet .

And cool name . I name mine after birds , mainly because it sounds cool haha.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q9400 Yorkfield-6M @ 2.66Ghz Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR Rev. 1.0 eVGA GTX460 SSC - 1024MB GDDR5 8GB (2x2GB) OCZ Gold DDR2-1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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CyberSnipa Aluminium Mouse Pad ASUS Xonar DX & M-Audio AV30 Mk2's 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 7200RPM Optiarc AD-5240S DVD±RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2 x 21.5" Acer S221HQLBD - Full HD LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000 Corsair HX-750W Xigmatec Pantheon Logitech G400 
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CyberSnipa Aluminium Mouse Pad ASUS Xonar DX & M-Audio AV30 Mk2's 
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post #9 of 17
If you want to go higher than 3.5 or so then yeah, you'll be wanting 64bit Edition.

Something to do with 32bit OS's being able to see 4Gig TOTAL, including Video Cards and anything else with memory on it.. So yeah, some will be wasted.
post #10 of 17
What heatsink are you getting?
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