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hello everyone, hopefully i can get some constructive criticism (or maybe just "YOU IDIOT WHAT ARE YOU THINKING lol), but yeah in a nutshell, this is my first attempt at a building a system from scratch... so im expecting some goof ups on my end, hence the reason im posting here trying to fine tune what i have allready, basically i have 2500 to spend, with a little wiggle room, give or take 100$ i think what i have laid out here is pretty good so far... but im sure its far from ideal for the money im spending, could probably get a better setup from asking people who know... (you guys/gals) anyways, this rig is going to be strictly for gaming, no video editing, no anything, i just want to make new games look pretty and max out my fps... anyways i think thats enough, i look forward to whatever help/flames you all send my way

Mobo $220 XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard

CPU $350
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Processor BX80569Q9450 - 2.66GHz, 12MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Yorkfield, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan (could use a few suggestions on aftermarket cooling for eventual overclocking)

Ram $132
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

GPU $570x2
XFX PVT98UZHDU GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CD/DVD drive - could care less, no real preferance, gonna run about $30.

HDD - $115 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case/PSU 290$ (combo deal, thanks newegg)
XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

XCLIO STABLEPOWER 1000W ATX 1000W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO

OS -
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM - 170.00

subtotal - $2417
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I'd consider getting the

if you have an eligible license of a previous version. It is not tied to your motherboard like an OEM license & you can do a clean install with it.(Stupid link bug)
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i'd consider getting the Upgrade version of vistaUpgrade version of vista if you have an eligible license of a previous version. It is not tied to your motherboard like an OEM license & you can do a clean install with it.(Stupid link bug)
very good point, thanks! i forgot about that entirely
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hello everyone, hopefully i can get some constructive criticism (or maybe just "YOU IDIOT WHAT ARE YOU THINKING lol), but yeah in a nutshell, this is my first attempt at a building a system from scratch... so im expecting some goof ups on my end, hence the reason im posting here trying to fine tune what i have allready, basically i have 2500 to spend, with a little wiggle room, give or take 100$ i think what i have laid out here is pretty good so far... but im sure its far from ideal for the money im spending, could probably get a better setup from asking people who know... (you guys/gals) anyways, this rig is going to be strictly for gaming, no video editing, no anything, i just want to make new games look pretty and max out my fps... anyways i think thats enough, i look forward to whatever help/flames you all send my way

Mobo $220 XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard

CPU $350
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Processor BX80569Q9450 - 2.66GHz, 12MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Yorkfield, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan (could use a few suggestions on aftermarket cooling for eventual overclocking)

Ram $132
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

GPU $570x2
XFX PVT98UZHDU GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CD/DVD drive - could care less, no real preferance, gonna run about $30.

HDD - $115 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case/PSU 290$ (combo deal, thanks newegg)
XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

XCLIO STABLEPOWER 1000W ATX 1000W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO

OS -
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM - 170.00

subtotal - $2417
Looking good.

Notes:
- The Q9450 doesn't give any real advantage over, say, a Q6700. Save the money here.
- Overkill on the RAM. Newegg has G.Skill DDR2 1000 RAM for $85 (4GB kit).
- Make sure the DVD is SATA... gets you rid of that IDE cable
    
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im not sure about that psu and the 9800GX2. do you have quad-sli in mind? if you do then 9800gtx tri-sli would be better imo and cheaper by around $300. ($780 for 3 9800gtx'es and $1140 for two 9800GX2s). if you do have sli in mind then id suggest a PCP&P 1000 watter or a silverstone/ if you dont want to sli then an 750-850 watter will do. corsair tx750 or the silverstone da850. about the quad, i think u'd get better value for money with a q6600 or you can go all the way and get a qx9650 if moneys not a problem. and if ur not gaming quads arent that necessary. e8500 perhaps? or wait a few weeks and get the e8600 which is supposed to be clocked at 3.33ghz.

EDIT: just saw the $570x2 part hehe.
Edited by Brythe - 5/15/08 at 11:22pm
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Looking good.

Notes:
- The Q9450 doesn't give any real advantage over, say, a Q6700. Save the money here.
- Overkill on the RAM. Newegg has G.Skill DDR2 1000 RAM for $85 (4GB kit).
- Make sure the DVD is SATA... gets you rid of that IDE cable
I agree 100%, 45nm quads just aren't that great, hopefully they will improve with future revisions. The G.Skill kit is great, i've got it in my computer.
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The Corsiar HX1000w is a great PSU, it's modular, and it is tri-sli certified, you should consider it.
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post #8 of 24
If you can afford it, get the Quad. Simple. It's the better PSU, and heck, in gaming... who notices the difference between a 3.6GHz Quad and 4.0GHz Dual (nobody that is).

XCLIO makes some pretty darn nice PSUs, and I have no real reason (yet) to diss the 1KW PSU they make. Heck yeah, there probably are better PSUs (my fav. is the 1200W Silverstone Zeus... I'd pick that one over PC P&C any day, but that's $400 for the PSU alone... )
    
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im not sure about that psu and the 9800GX2. do you have quad-sli in mind? if you do then 9800gtx tri-sli would be better imo and cheaper by around $300. ($780 for 3 9800gtx'es and $1140 for two 9800GX2s). if you do have sli in mind then id suggest a PCP&P 1000 watter or a silverstone/ if you dont want to sli then an 750-850 watter will do. corsair tx750 or the silverstone da850. about the quad, i think u'd get better value for money with a q6600 or you can go all the way and get a qx9650 if moneys not a problem. and if ur not gaming quads arent that necessary. e8500 perhaps? or wait a few weeks and get the e8600 which is supposed to be clocked at 3.33ghz.

EDIT: just saw the $570x2 part hehe.
yeah i did have quad sli in mind , i have heard that about the 9800gtx tri, but am kinda still researching it, from what ive read (so far) quads sli is actually a touch better, but i dont really know. (hence my post here) anyways yeah. as far as power supplies? yeah not a clue there, ill look into what you said, i would just like to have enough to power quad or tri SLI and give me enough headroom to upgrade and or overclock at some point... thanks for the input!
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