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post #31 of 63
umm i dont have all the specific information but on a faster computer it runs faster and i beleive its not just limited to ram but i am not entirely sure in this regard u might want to check in the OS threads.
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First, I would like to say thank you very much for all the help I've received in the past from this great community. I'm back with a revised/updated list for the computer I've been planning on building this summer.

My goal for this case is for it to be relatively future proof since I'm a college student and won't have the ability to be updating this system that often, especially with the amount I'm dropping on it now. I play games like COD4, BF2, BF2142, UT3, Crysis, TF2, etc... I really want to be able to play these games smoothly at good resolutions so I take use of my new 24" monitor.

I'd be ok overclocking my components. However, I have only ever overclocked my 6800go gpu in the past, and nothing all that astonishing. So overclocking will be great to get the most out of my components, but I'm not willing to push anything to their limits.

Below are the components and associated products, along with its cost, and a short note with questions/comments for each component.

Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower$179.99
Sticking with the Twelve Hundred. Will just have to be wary about the dust! It's much bigger than what I need, but I guess it'll make building easier.

Power Supply
Corsair TX 750W ATX 12V Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX$94.99
Will the Corsair TX 750W be powerful enough to power this build with room for growth?

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz$299.99
Sticking with the 9450 so I can be ready when more games support quad-core and I won't have to worry about upgrading. Plus, I found a great deal via microcenter (only $300!).

Processor Cooling
Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler$49.99
Tuniq Tower since it comes with a fan so I won't have to worry about that, it has good reviews and a lot of support here, and looks cool. I don't really need the extra degrees since I'm not THAT hardcore leet, haha.

Motherboard
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard$239.99
780i mobo I'm stilling researching... While I have no intent to go Tri-SLI, I am finding better reviews on the 780i boards than the 750i boards. Will keep looking and am still open to opinions!

Video Card(s)
2x -- EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP SLI$449.98
8800GTS G92 seems to be the sweet spot. I'm still debating whether to get one now and wait, or go for it and build an SLI rig.

Memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit$144.99
Upgraded to 1066.

Optical Drive(s)
ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive$20.99
SAMSUNG SH-S203N DVD Burder$28.99
Not much to say… went by Newegg reviews.

Int. Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s$99.99
I'm still debating with the hard drives... after more research I'm still hungry for a (veloci)raptor. The speed increase just seems too great to ignore. It's a lot more expensive though. But I just don't have a need for that much space. Still open to ideas.

Sound Card
AuzenTech Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface$174.99
The prelude seems to be the way to go for good gaming, movies, and music all in one. If I'm spitting out $270 for a 5.1 system, may as well get a good sound card. I'm assuming it works well with vista.

Monitor
SAMSUNG 2493HM Glossy Black 24" 5ms DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor$479.99
Still researching monitors, it doesn't seem like there is any outstanding 24" monitor at the moment. >_< May have to settle for a 22" unless I can justify jumping to 27".

Accessories
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound$6.99
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard$79.99
Logitech Z-5500 505W 5.1 Speakers$267.99
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x64$--.--
Microsoft Office Small Business 2007$--.--


Grand Total:$2,919.84

So again, thoughts on anything? I'm ready to buy asap, so any help would be greatly appreciated! <3 Thanks all!
Umm, RAM, get the 84.99 1000MHz one, not the 1066. It's ~50 dollar difference, and you can always overclock the 1000MHz one to 1066MHz
HD, get the WD 640GB for 99.99, if you have the cash left , get another and set up RAID 0, and get another drive for backup.
TIM: Use OCZ Freeze, it works better and is the same price.
    
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post #33 of 63
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I'm happy with the 1066 RAM, I can OC that as well, and it will be more future-proof.

I just don't need that much space yet. I've heard enough good things about the raptor to feel comfortable with it. I'm definitely looking at the 640gb WD as a storage drive!

The difference between OCZ Freeze (which I've heard less about) and MX-2/AS5 is negligible to me. I'm not looking to push my cpu as much as some other people, and I won't even be "testing" the different temps.

Plus! All the parts are already on their way. Should have everything by Wednesday. Sadly, my school's bookstore is closed for a week so I'm unsure if I'll be able to get Vista in time.
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post #34 of 63
order sp1 home premum vista from newegg its like 110 for the oem and then it should ship super fast since its so small
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I just did.. Vista Home Premium SP1 64-Bit OEM DVD for $99.99.

Just to let everyone know. When all was said and done. My total cost is $2,965.42... $34.58 under budget! Wewt.

Can't wait to get it all here and take pics during the build! Like I said earlier, if anyone knows some helpful "how to" sites, please let me know!
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post #36 of 63
are you going to lap your heat sink or/and processor, add any ccfl's and fans/fan controllers, and are you going to do any case modification?
Edited by wildfire99 - 5/25/08 at 11:43am
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Don't you need a mouse?
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@wildfire99 - Yes, I bought the premium lapping kit from Easy PC Kits and will be lapping the heat sink and the processor if everything goes well with the heatsink. The case comes with fan controllers already and I will just be using the stock fans as of now. I believe it comes with all the needed fans.. if not I'll order whatever is necessary. I'm going to see how bright it is without any CCFLs, I may add some later. And I don't think I'm "ready" to do case mods, haha. I don't even know what I'd change.

@hangemhi - I already have a Logitech G9 which I'm a fan of.
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painting your case is probably one of the easiest to do coolest and cheapest mods. for about 50 bucks you can turn your case into a candy mettalic green color ^_^
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It says it has regular PCI Express x16, not PCI Express 2.0 x16. Will that hinder my g92 GTS SLI?
Yes, the 750i supports PCI Express 2.0 as stated on EVGA's website. I know since im running my 9800GTX solid right now.

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painting your case is probably one of the easiest to do coolest and cheapest mods. for about 50 bucks you can turn your case into a candy mettalic green color ^_^
Not even 50$! I spent arount 15-20$
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