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Hi, new to the forum and the PC build/OC scene, I went to my local PC shop and here's what I got/recommended for USD1,250 (converted to USD currency as easier for everyone to interprete) - some listed are not the best parts according to recommendation in the forum as there is only limited brand/model availabile (brands chosen in view of less problem if RMA needed). Note that I have not done OC before and the rig is mainly for gaming so need advice if the build is good/solid for gaming like Crysis and ease/robust to do OC by about 25% (24x7).

Motherboard: MSI P7N Zilent SLI (incl. Zalman 9500LED CPU Cooler) = $232
or Motherboard: MSI P35 Neo (incl. Zalman 9700LED CPU Cooler) = $195
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 = $210
RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 PC6400 = 2 x 2GB kit (4GB total) = $113
Graphics Card: Winfast Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX = $355
Hard-disk: Segate 500GB ~ Sata2 (32MB cache) = $116
DVD-RW Drive: SATA LiteOn = $39
Case + PSU: Cooler Master 590 + Real Power 550W = $184 (includes 7 fans for chasis)
Total = $1,248
I am using a 19" Samsung LCD (1280x1024) now, but may upgrade to Asus 22'' WideVW222U $321 in a few months time. Whether to SLI, will depend on the price drop for 9800GTX and the need to do so with a new monitor.

The plan is to OC by 25% of CPU speed, i.e. CPU 3.75 and FSB 1666 (will the above memory take 833 at 1:1?), any higher will be a plus.
I plan to place the order next monday, so, any advice if I make any mistake would be good... Thanks in advance.
Edited by chickenworm - 7/5/08 at 4:08am
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post #2 of 9
It looks good to me bro I think youll be good with that RAM...

However, I suggest going with something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148183

At this site it is cheaper and you can find another site with it about the same price and it should be better than the one you have picked... This one will definitely OC well...

Also with that CPU you will definitely be able to get a 25% OC... That is what Im at right now and it takes it like a champ
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A 25% oc may be possible without any voltage increase.

And yes that memory shoudl easily take DDR-833. Good DDR2-800 can usually get into the 1100s.
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post #4 of 9
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Thanks guys, that was quick!

I will try and see if I can get my hands on those! Unfortunately, as I am out of the States, can't use Newegg (too costly with shipping and difficult if need to do RMA). Btw, the alternative my local shop offer me is Corsair XMS2 6400C4DHX D2 4-4-4-12 (at $139! for 4GB) - will this be better than the Kingston HyperX and do as good as the Crucial?

Sorry, I am second guessing myself...
Asus P5K PRO + Xigmatek RED SCORPION-S1283 ($200) - a better buy?
Edited by chickenworm - 6/6/08 at 9:58am
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post #5 of 9
Way too much money on the mobo and vidcard. Buy a ds3l for $100 or a Asus p5k for $130. An 8800GTS is identical in performance to a 9800GTX and costs about $220.
    
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again thanks. Will reconsider the motherboard.
As for 8800GTS, for some reason, where i am, these are priced almost the same as the 9800GTX with no more than $15 difference.
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parts arrive and complete build.
Edited by chickenworm - 7/5/08 at 4:09am
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Thanks to all who advised on my new build parts, I have got all parts now as below and have just finished building it - tested stable at 3.6GHz and currently running at 3.85GHz, leaving it stress test for stability... Will post pics and final OC results as well as benchies later in the week....
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor
Xigmatek RED SCORPION-S1283
Gigabyte EP35-DS3
Leadtek GTX260
Corsair XMS2 6400-2048 800Mhz, 2x1GB (2 pair, 4 sticks)
Seagate Barracuda ST3500320AS 500GB, 32MB Cache
ASUS DVD-RW 20X SATA II
Cooler Master CM690 Casing
Cooler Master Real Power Modular 520
Total = just under USD1,300 (including all extras like TX-2 thermal paste, extra case fans, etc.)

Btw, initially I change the stock casing fans and replace them with as well as one extra 120mm high speed fan (90 cfm) on the CM690, but this has a negative effect of producing loud humming noise proabably caused by the resonance of the fan's high rpm - therefore, I have to put back the slower stock casing fans on a couple of fan mount to stop the humming, anyone has this problem before?
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Below are the temps reading during stress test, appreciate experienced members to let me know if there's anything I need to worry about (the Northbridge looks kinda high to me):
Tempreature (idle) - CPU 32'C, Northbridge 55'C, HDD 40'C, GPU 55'C
Tempreature (max load) - CPU 56'C, Northbridge 60'C, HDD 45'C, GPU 65'C


Note: The above is without OCing the GPU; am doing a bit of OC with RivaTuner and got to 660/1100 @ 69'C (3DMark06 = 16693), will post more later.

Btw, some photos of the rig (sorry about the quality - took them with my mobile):



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