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post #1 of 17
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Here's the specs so far for my upcoming system and the parts I've chosen. Feel free to give input and suggestions! My goal is to overclock a little but not that much. Maybe 400 fsb if that's possible with the cpu. As for games I'm planning to play at 1920x1200 so I would need a system powerful enough to handle that.

Intel Q9450 + Noctua NH-U12P
Asus P5Q Pro
Mushkin 2x2 GB DDR2 8500 Ascent
Sapphire HD 4870
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750 GB
Antec NeoHE 550 W
Antec P182
Samsung DVD drive
BenQ V2400W
Razer DeathAdder
Qpad CT Medium
Edited by Maddy - 7/1/08 at 12:19pm
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post #2 of 17
my opinion is hold out a little longer let the market settle.
    
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E4300 Abit IP35 XFX 8800 GTS OC G.Skill 5-5-5-15 
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DVD Burner neeeeeed an LCD! Corsair TX 650W Modded icute 
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E4300 Abit IP35 XFX 8800 GTS OC G.Skill 5-5-5-15 
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post #3 of 17
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Yeah I do plan on waiting a little, in fact I have to if I want the video card I listed. I'm thinking about buying it mid July or so (or whenever 4870's come to shops).
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Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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post #4 of 17
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Not many replies so far, how should I interpret that? That all parts are good and there are no problems? I do have a few additional questions:

1. Which of the following ATI manufacturers would you recommend: Sapphire, Club 3D, Asus, Gainward?

2. For memory I have thought about G.Skill, OCZ or Mushkin. As far as I know and as far as I have read on the forums, all 3 seem to be pretty good companies to go with. Which one is most stable for overclock? Also OCZ seems to have higher quality version available called Reaper which seems to at least have better heatsink than the regular version. Is this much better?

3. Is the powersupply powerful enough?
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Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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post #5 of 17
lol, people in American sleep, you know, it's only 11AM out here. ATI's best manufacturer is Visiontek, as they have a lifetime warranty; all the other ones are for a shorter period. I use G.Skill and have no complaints, and they also have some worthy heatspreaders of their own:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231184
If those lack of reviews are scaring you away, I have the same chips, just without the heatspreaders:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166

Your PSU that you selected will be fine for a single video card, if you're trying to CF later you're going to need a more powerful model. Other than that, the rig looks fine, have at it when you're ready!
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Q9550 E0 4.04GHz EP45-UD3P 2 x EVGA 896MB 55nm c216 2x2GB Corsair Dominators 
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Seagate 250GB Sony and TSST Windows XP (SP2) Acer H213H (21.5", 1080p) 
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Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W NZXT Tempest Logitech G5 
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Seagate 250GB Sony and TSST Windows XP (SP2) Acer H213H (21.5", 1080p) 
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Logitech G15 Corsair TX750W NZXT Tempest Logitech G5 
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post #6 of 17
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Well I have ordered the parts, should arrive sometime during July (I have to wait for the 4870 a bit). I might post some pics of the assembly phase if anyone wants to see.
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Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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post #7 of 17
The Maximus II formula is an excellent choice for P45 chipset especially since it is DDR2 , P45 , not too expensive and ROG .
Edited by 45nm - 7/2/08 at 1:09pm
post #8 of 17
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I finally got my parts, I took some pics from building it.




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Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Compaq Antec CP-1000 Antec P182 Razer DeathAdder 
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QPAD CT Medium 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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Compaq Antec CP-1000 Antec P182 Razer DeathAdder 
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QPAD CT Medium 
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post #9 of 17
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Here's few more. I will report back how it overclocks.



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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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Compaq Antec CP-1000 Antec P182 Razer DeathAdder 
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Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
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Compaq Antec CP-1000 Antec P182 Razer DeathAdder 
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post #10 of 17
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How come no replies/comments? Come on folks!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Compaq Antec CP-1000 Antec P182 Razer DeathAdder 
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QPAD CT Medium 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9450 @ 3.4 GHz Asus P5Q Pro Sapphire 6870 1 GB Mushkin 2 x 2 GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 750 GB Samsung Win7 64, Xubuntu BenQ V2400W 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Compaq Antec CP-1000 Antec P182 Razer DeathAdder 
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