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First time build (critique and amend as needed)

post #1 of 25
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This is my first attempt at building a rig, and I was hoping to get some input on how and where I could do better. I am going to be using it mainly for gaming.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e8500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115036

Video Card: Sapphire HD 4890 1gb OC-Edition (Combo w/ cpu -$25)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102831

Mobo: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128358

RAM: Mushkin 4gb ddr2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146785

Hard Drive: WD Caviar 640gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319

PSU: PC Power and Cooling 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341011

Optical Drive: LG Black DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136152

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9700 110mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118019

That's pretty much it. For my case I already have an xClio Windtunnel .
Edited by XSVFizz - 5/9/09 at 6:24pm
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8500 GB ep45-ud3p Sapphire HD 4890 OC edition mushkin 4gb 
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WD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung 22x DVD burner Win7 Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750w 
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xClio Windtunnel Advanced 
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e8500 GB ep45-ud3p Sapphire HD 4890 OC edition mushkin 4gb 
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WD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung 22x DVD burner Win7 Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750w 
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xClio Windtunnel Advanced 
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post #2 of 25
id try to grab a p5n-d or a 750i mobo wise.

and this cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608003
post #3 of 25
you made the right choice on mobo you won't be dissapointed with the UD3P it's freekin sweet!
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e7400 @ 4Ghz (500x8) Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P MSI 8600GT Fanless OCZ DDR2 1000 4GB (2x2GB) 
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post #4 of 25
Everyones posts will be personal opinion so id say its fine. For the same kind of money though you could change the CPU to a Quad. Maybe something to consider.
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post #5 of 25
pretty good for a first attempt, what games are you going to be playing on it?
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Corsair K90 Thermaltake 800 watt Velocity Micro Cyborg Rat 7 
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Corsair K90 Thermaltake 800 watt Velocity Micro Cyborg Rat 7 
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post #6 of 25
for $25 more you can get the 1tb caviar black + free software.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.189886
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60GB OCZ Vertex 2 + 1TB WD Black LOL Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 23" Asus VG236H 120hz + 3D 
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AT101W Seasonic X-750 - MDPC-X Single Sleeved Lian-Li V354 Brushed Aluminum Microsoft x5 
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60GB OCZ Vertex 2 + 1TB WD Black LOL Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 23" Asus VG236H 120hz + 3D 
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post #7 of 25
I have to say, over all, it looks like you put some thought into this build. There's just two things I would point out for consideration;

As someone else said, you could get a quad instead for around the same price and while you don't need it now (for gaming) it would be a good investment into future games.

Also, that PSU isn't certified to crossfire with the card you currently have picked out. That's fine if you only ever plan to run one card, but if you were considering Crossfire in the future, you might want something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006 which is about a $10 difference and has already been proven capable of it.
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post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I am going to switch the PSU to the Corsair 750w. I have considered getting a quad, but I decided not to, as I will probably upgrade to a better quad cpu later on. I will be playing TF2, CS:S, and other FPSs
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8500 GB ep45-ud3p Sapphire HD 4890 OC edition mushkin 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung 22x DVD burner Win7 Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750w 
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xClio Windtunnel Advanced 
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e8500 GB ep45-ud3p Sapphire HD 4890 OC edition mushkin 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Caviar Black 640gb Samsung 22x DVD burner Win7 Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750w 
Case
xClio Windtunnel Advanced 
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post #9 of 25
I cant believe no one mentioned the Zalman. I saw one mention a different one but no reason why.

I like you was really liking the looks (and especially the fact it didnt cover up any dimms, us AMD people know what Im talking about, for some reason no matter what board, the dimms are just too close to the socket) I heard a long time ago that the Zalmans were awesome..

Well its apparent that they are highly over rated and now obviously over priced. They just cant keep up with us overclockers. They are pretty but a no-go.

Go with a Xigamtek 1283v or any revision, or a True. The rifle coolers are just stand up great coolers.

That Noctua is one ugly mofo, but it works its tail off for you. Thats a great option as well. Why they put that hideous shroud and blade on that nice rifle cooler we will never know, but the fan itself is a very good one. Recommend carefully picking out a different fan for it.


oh and I 2nd the corsairs. magnificent!
Edited by -Muggz- - 5/10/09 at 9:42am
    
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2x 74GB Raptor 16mb/WD Caviar Black 640GB 32mb Sony 20x DVD multi Windows 7 x64 24" Dell Gloss Black 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 74GB Raptor 16mb/WD Caviar Black 640GB 32mb Sony 20x DVD multi Windows 7 x64 24" Dell Gloss Black 
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post #10 of 25
I was going to say I think the Zalman 9700 is overkill for your CPU, the 9500 series is 50 bucks and keeps my AMD 7750 @ 2.97 between 32C - 43C. Ive never seen it go above 43C under testing.
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|Samsung 960 EVO +2x 1TB WD Black| LG Dvd Multi |Noctua DH-14| |Windows 10| 
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|Asus 144hz 24" hotness| |Apple Aluminum Wired| |ABS SL-1050, 1.05kw, 87a| |CoolerMaster 690 NV Edition| 
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