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post #1 of 16
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Ok, this will be my first complete build and i spent the better part of a month picking out and researching what i needed and i budgeted myself for $1200 max

Components are as follows (keep in mind i'm in Canada so some items may be a little more)

Case - CM 690 - $79.73
Hard Drive - WD 640GB SATA2 - $92.99
Thermal Compound - OCZ Freeze Extreme - $11.99
Mobo - EVGA 750I - $199.99
O/S - Vista 64BIT (home premium) - $113.85
PS - Corsair TX750W - $124.99
DVD Burner - Liteon LH-20A1S - $34.19
Memory - G.SKILL 4GB DDR2-1000 - $99.99
Cooler - Xigmatek HDT-S1283 - $35.49
Video Card - EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GTX - $199.99
CPU - E8400 - $199.99
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Grand Total (before taxes and shipping) - 1193.19

i'll be reusing my old monitor, keyboard, and mouse seeing as there only 6 months.

I also went with the xigmatek cooler over a vendetta2 because from what i can see they have very comparable results, esp with the thermalright bolt thru kit (also on order, just not listed)

everything is already on order and i should have and be able to put it together next weekend and start some benchmarks


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Edit
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I've decided to take everyones advice and went with a stonger video card
the order is now updated from an 8800gt to an 9800gtx

and no, i wont go with the ati cards, for 2 reasons.
1, my last 2 ati cards burnt up on me
2, nvidia has better driver support in linux (incase i ever switch over to linux again)
Edited by meccros - 6/23/08 at 1:20pm
post #2 of 16
Looks like you did a great job with planning this build. Everything looks good.

Only advice would be to look into the 4850 because it is a bit more powerful than the 8800 and will give you awesome results.

Looks like an awesome build though!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS 4850/4870 4gb Gskill 1000 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Vista x64 CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W Undecided.HELP! 
Mouse
G9 
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E8400 DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS 4850/4870 4gb Gskill 1000 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Vista x64 CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W Undecided.HELP! 
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G9 
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post #3 of 16
geez 12 bucks for thermal compound

i'd exchange that for the 3 dollar kind, and put that extra money into a 4850 or 9800gtx+--a little graphics upgrade will go a long way

also, maybe you could cannibalize a hard drive / dvd drive from an old comp? good way to save some cash
post #4 of 16
use the extra 50 bucks for a 9800GTX at 199
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 64x2 6000+ 3.25 GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 XFX 7600GT 2x1GB GSkill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB 7200.10 Seagate SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP Pro 22" Samsung 226BW 
PowerCase
Eartwatts 500W NZXT Apollo Blue 
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AMD 64x2 6000+ 3.25 GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 XFX 7600GT 2x1GB GSkill DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB 7200.10 Seagate SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Windows XP Pro 22" Samsung 226BW 
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Eartwatts 500W NZXT Apollo Blue 
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post #5 of 16
yes if you are getting a 750 motherboard look at the 9800GTX
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 5000 x2 Black Edition  BioStar 790GX 128M BFG 9800GT 1024 Mb 4x1 GB's of random thingies  
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
300GB Maxtor  Windows 7-U 64bit HP 19"  Logetech 
PowerCaseMouse
400 watt silver stone  Ultra Grid Logitech 
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AMD Athlon 5000 x2 Black Edition  BioStar 790GX 128M BFG 9800GT 1024 Mb 4x1 GB's of random thingies  
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
300GB Maxtor  Windows 7-U 64bit HP 19"  Logetech 
PowerCaseMouse
400 watt silver stone  Ultra Grid Logitech 
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post #6 of 16
take hd4850 better then 9800gtx
post #7 of 16
It's not a bad build but there are a few things that I would have done differently such as get a 4850. I'd make you a revised build list but it seems that you already ordered.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400@4.05ghz DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS Radeon HD 3870 X2 G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
250GB Vista Premium x64/XP Pro SP3 Samsung 226BW G15 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
CM690 G5 Steal Pad 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
250GB Vista Premium x64/XP Pro SP3 Samsung 226BW G15 
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CM690 G5 Steal Pad 
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post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
hard drive is non salvagable (40 gig) and no dvd burner (internal cd-rom and external cd-burner :/)
Edited by meccros - 6/23/08 at 1:22pm
post #9 of 16
I would get a 9800GTX for 199.

And instead of getting a 750i ftw, i'd go for the 680i.

Great choice on PSU, CPU e8400's are amazing, and the case.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
ok, i've taken everyones input, thought it over, and decided to go with the 9800gtx instead of the 8800gt,

I placed the order late friday night so it hadn't been processed yet when I called them first thing this morning to updated the video card, but as of now it's finalized, i'm happy, and feel it's well ballanced for my needs
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