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post #1 of 12
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He was looking into getting an alienware (so he has some coin to drop) but asked about building his own instead, so I threw this together for him as an alternate option.

Case
Mother Board
Graphics Card (2 of these)
Power Supply
Processor
Memory
Hard Drive
CD/DVD/Blu Ray Drive
CD/DVD Burner
Water Cooling

So what do you guys think? Overall cost is about $3000. Everything look good? Constructive criticism is greatly appreciated!
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 9500 ASUS M2N68-LA (narra3 -gl8e) GeForce 8500gt 3gb DDR2 667 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
640gb 7200rpm Sata SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology Windows Vista 300W 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 9500 ASUS M2N68-LA (narra3 -gl8e) GeForce 8500gt 3gb DDR2 667 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
640gb 7200rpm Sata SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology Windows Vista 300W 
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post #2 of 12
whats he gonna do with it? does he necessarily have to spend that much money. Why dont you blow him out with something like 2/3 the cost and make him a real happy camper? what do you think
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 GA-P35-DS3L ATi 3870 512MB 2x2GB PC6400 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb WD 640 GB Samsung Blu-ray R/W Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 2253BW DELL CORSAIR VX550 CM690 
Mouse
Razer DeathAdder 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 GA-P35-DS3L ATi 3870 512MB 2x2GB PC6400 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb WD 640 GB Samsung Blu-ray R/W Win 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 2253BW DELL CORSAIR VX550 CM690 
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Razer DeathAdder 
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post #3 of 12
I would wait out on the graphics card.... theres quite a few new models coming out that should revolutionize GFX cards, like the ATI 48x0 series. They will also be competitively priced against nVidia, so wait it out.
post #4 of 12
Might want to get 2 ATi cards or an SLi motherboard. Didn't your mother ever tell you to not buy 2 nvidia cards with an Intel chipset?
FAKE RIG 5000
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
INTEL QX9770 ASUS RAMPAGE EXTREME CROSSFIRE 2 x 4870X2 8GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR DDR3-2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
6 x VELOCIRAPTOR 300GB RAID10 5 x PLEXTOR PX-716AL SLOT-LOAD VISTA ULTIMATE X64 30" APPLE M9179LL/A DISPLAY 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
LOGITECH G15 SILVERSTONE DA1200 LIAN LI PC-A71B LOGITECH G9 
Mouse Pad
DIAMOND PLATED STEEL 
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FAKE RIG 5000
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
INTEL QX9770 ASUS RAMPAGE EXTREME CROSSFIRE 2 x 4870X2 8GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR DDR3-2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
6 x VELOCIRAPTOR 300GB RAID10 5 x PLEXTOR PX-716AL SLOT-LOAD VISTA ULTIMATE X64 30" APPLE M9179LL/A DISPLAY 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
LOGITECH G15 SILVERSTONE DA1200 LIAN LI PC-A71B LOGITECH G9 
Mouse Pad
DIAMOND PLATED STEEL 
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post #5 of 12
Harddrive won't work with that build, unless you get a SCSI adapter.

Get a WD VelociRaptor.
Blackbox.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 stock ASUS P5Q Pro Sapphire 4870 1GB 4x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB & 4x 640GB in Raid5 Vista 64-Bit 22'' Samsung 226BW & 17'' CMV 1280x1024 PC Power & Cooling S75QB 
CaseMouse
Antec Twelve Hundred MX 518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 stock ASUS P5Q Pro Sapphire 4870 1GB 4x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
250GB & 4x 640GB in Raid5 Vista 64-Bit 22'' Samsung 226BW & 17'' CMV 1280x1024 PC Power & Cooling S75QB 
CaseMouse
Antec Twelve Hundred MX 518 
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Criswell View Post
Might want to get 2 ATi cards or an SLi motherboard. Didn't your mother ever tell you to not buy 2 nvidia cards with an Intel chipset?
Why not?
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by ender475 View Post
Why not?
Because, besides Skulltrail, there is no Intel chipset that support SLI (they're Crossfire only).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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N/A 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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post #8 of 12
Does he really need something that nice? Also I would go with raid 0 500Gb 7200.11's instead of getting the scsi.
As for powersupplies I like these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256043
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139007
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 @ 3Ghz GA-P35-DS3L Rev. 2.0 Powercooler 4870 8Gb GSkill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500Gb WD+640Gb WD Lite-on 20x Vista Home Premium 64x 1920x1200 24" +1400x1050 20" 
PowerCase
650 watt OP650 CM Stacker 830 
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Q6600 @ 3Ghz GA-P35-DS3L Rev. 2.0 Powercooler 4870 8Gb GSkill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500Gb WD+640Gb WD Lite-on 20x Vista Home Premium 64x 1920x1200 24" +1400x1050 20" 
PowerCase
650 watt OP650 CM Stacker 830 
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by smokinbonz View Post
whats he gonna do with it? does he necessarily have to spend that much money. Why dont you blow him out with something like 2/3 the cost and make him a real happy camper? what do you think
I agree. I'd suggest something like a Q6600 or E8x00. Also, from what I've read, DDR3 is still pretty expensive for what you get. Switching to DDR2 ram will be way cheaper, plus you could save $100 and get a less expensive motherboard.

Additionally, Low Strife is right - you'd need a SCSI adaptor for the drive you've chosen, which is way overkill for a desktop build. SCSI drives are great for servers but you'll get much better bang for your buck by getting one of these WD 640gb drives.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

Also, does he have a monitor already? If not, the savings from the hard drive, CPU, and ram/mobo could go toward a really nice Samsung 20+" LCD or something...or if he'd be ok skipping SLI, he could take the video card savings and get 2 nice monitors for a sweet dual monitor setup.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 @ 3.0 Gigabyte GA-P45-UD3P Evga 9800GTX+ 800/1943/1200 2x2GB OCZ 1066 LV 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Vertex 2 40gb + 750gb Seagate 7200.10 Lite-On 24x DVD+-RW Windows 7 x64 LG 22" 1680x1050 
PowerCase
Corsair HX520w modular Coolermaster CM-690 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Sempron LE-1250 Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair Ballistix 1066 2x750GB Western Digital RE2 Green power 
OSPowerCase
Windows Home Server w/ PP3 Ultra 400w modular Antec 300 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 @ 3.0 Gigabyte GA-P45-UD3P Evga 9800GTX+ 800/1943/1200 2x2GB OCZ 1066 LV 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Vertex 2 40gb + 750gb Seagate 7200.10 Lite-On 24x DVD+-RW Windows 7 x64 LG 22" 1680x1050 
PowerCase
Corsair HX520w modular Coolermaster CM-690 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Sempron LE-1250 Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair Ballistix 1066 2x750GB Western Digital RE2 Green power 
OSPowerCase
Windows Home Server w/ PP3 Ultra 400w modular Antec 300 
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post #10 of 12
  • Case: I think for a build like this, the 900 is a bit small. Get the 1200.
  • MoBo: I don't recommend DDR3. Simply not worth the money. DFI LT is a nice board.
  • GPU: Wait for the new ATI cards. Going to perform really well and not excessively expensive. If you insist nVidia, get a 780i motherboard (or a 790i board if you insist on DDR3 for whatever reason).
  • PSU: coolmax? No thanks. Corsair has a very nice 1000W unit, as linked before.
  • CPU: Q6700 is the sweet spot in terms of price/performance
  • RAM: get 4GB of good DDR2 RAM
  • HDD: imcompatible indeed. Either some nice WD AAKS 320GB drives in RAID0 or a WD Velociraptor is a good choice.
  • Blu-Ray: why?
  • Watercooling: either go custom, or not at all. Plus, where are the blocks and such?

My picks:
  • Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case $214.95
  • DFI LP LT X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard $239.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply $269.99
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6700 $274.99
  • G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK $124.99
  • Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $299.99
  • LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S $30.99
  • LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-08 $139.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler $49.99
Subtotal: $1,645.87

That leaves plenty money for a pair of the new 4870's from ATI
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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N/A 
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