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I am building a computer for a neighbor who wants it all! This is my prelim setup:

•Processor:
Intel Pentium D 955 Extreme Edition
3.46Ghz 2x2mb L2 cache, 1066 Mhz FSB, HT, Presler
http://www.pricegrabber.com/p__Intel...sor,__16194079
$980

•Motherboard:
ASUS P5WD2-E Premium
975X, 8GB DDR2-800, 2x PCIe16, SATA 3.0
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=4209
$240

•Hard Drive
Western Digital Raptor
150GB, 10K RPM, 16mb cache, RAID0
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=4200
$282 x 2 = $564

•Graphics Card:
XFX Nvidia 7800 GTX
512MB DDR3 Ram, PCIe, core 580 Mhz, 24 pipelines
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=3999
$749

•Memory
Patriot PC-6400
2x512MB Extreme Performance Low Latency, 4-4-4-12
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=3893
$116 x 2 = $232

•Sound Card
Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102190
$185

•Disk Drives:
PLEXTOR Beige DVD Burner
16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 8M Cache SATA DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131351
$100 x 2 = $200

•Power Supply:
PC Power & Cooling TURBO-COOL 850SSI T85SSI
850W, SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...C-pr1c3grabb3r
$450

•Case:
Gigabyte 3D Aurora
1 front 120mm, 2 back 120mm, Water-cooling ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811233004
$150
•Cooling:

Swiftech H20-220 APEX ULTRA
http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0
$260
Swiftech MCW60 VGA Water block (with RAM sinks)
http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0
$64
AeroCool XtremeTurbine-Black 120mm
31dBA, 90cfm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835129245
$15 x 3 = $45

Total:
$4119 for parts

Edit* Sound card and Videocard are possibly changing (X1900XTX)
 

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Originally Posted by UberN00B

Why would your neighbour need 2 DVD Burners? lol waste of money IMO.

It would be senseless to get the fastest DVD burner there is (SATA2.0). And then get a slower DVD drive to read from..... It would ruin the faster DVD drive in a burning situation.
 

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Looks good but how about a 1900XT(X) for the video card and an AMD X2 CPU?
In the dual core battle between Intel and AMD, AMD blows away Intel in almost every aspect.
 

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Looks good but how about a 1900XT(X) for the video card and an AMD X2 CPU?
In the dual core battle between Intel and AMD, AMD blows away Intel in almost every aspect.

Buyer is a computer noob... Wants Intel, anyways, I am also more familiar with Intel. I do not want to go off and expierement with AMD on someone elses money, ya know...

As for the GFX... I am confident that the 7800GTX is better.
 

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http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=29229 or
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Finally, for a change, it is rather easy to judge this card. The Radeon X1900XTX is a good step forward in ATI's development and it does kick Geforce 7800 GTX 512 in the performance nutz. It won't kill it stone dead but it scores faster in almost every single game or scenario. It is specially faster in very important FSAA 4X and 8X Aniso as these are the settings that someone who buys such games should be playing at. It is a simple choice: if you are not an Nvidia fanatic and you prefer to have the fastest card around the Radeon X1900XTX should be your choice. If you are the proud owner of Geforce 7800 GTX 512 card you are fine you still have a very good card, a good competitor to ATI's X1900XTX but not a faster one. The Radeon X1800XTX is behind those two but it can still give you a nice performance.
 

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Originally Posted by Jazino

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=29229 or
Conclusion
Finally, for a change, it is rather easy to judge this card. The Radeon X1900XTX is a good step forward in ATI's development and it does kick Geforce 7800 GTX 512 in the performance nutz. It won't kill it stone dead but it scores faster in almost every single game or scenario. It is specially faster in very important FSAA 4X and 8X Aniso as these are the settings that someone who buys such games should be playing at. It is a simple choice: if you are not an Nvidia fanatic and you prefer to have the fastest card around the Radeon X1900XTX should be your choice. If you are the proud owner of Geforce 7800 GTX 512 card you are fine you still have a very good card, a good competitor to ATI's X1900XTX but not a faster one. The Radeon X1800XTX is behind those two but it can still give you a nice performance.

Never! I love Nvidia! heh, I will consider it... What is the pricetag on a X1900XTX?
 

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I will consider that as a possible alternative. I will first do some additional research.
 

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Drop the PSU and get a Seasonic S12-600 for $149, PLENTY for even two of those systems and also for the sound card, get the Fatal1ty there is NO difference unless your friend will be recording audio that he will be making or he really needs that external audio box thingy
 

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Cpu: FX60
VGA: SLI 7900GTX
RAM:G.Skill DDR400 RAM 2-3-2-5 timings Stock
MOBO:Asus A8n SLI DELUXE
HDD: 2xRaptor2 10,000rpm 16mb cache HDD In RAID 0
Case: Lian LI Warrior, Black
PSU: Hiper Type-R
Cooling: Koolance Aquian Water Cooling
the rest (fans, cathodes, and look accessories) is ok
 

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Originally Posted by fiendofmine

Cpu: FX60
VGA: SLI 7900GTX
RAM:G.Skill DDR400 RAM 2-3-2-5 timings Stock
MOBO:Asus A8n SLI DELUXE
HDD: 2xRaptor2 10,000rpm 16mb cache HDD In RAID 0
Case: Lian LI Warrior, Black
PSU: Hiper Type-R
Cooling: Koolance Aquian Water Cooling
the rest (fans, cathodes, and look accessories) is ok

We have already established that the buyer wants Intel.
 

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Originally Posted by Remonster

Drop the PSU and get a Seasonic S12-600 for $149, PLENTY for even two of those systems and also for the sound card, get the Fatal1ty there is NO difference unless your friend will be recording audio that he will be making or he really needs that external audio box thingy


Good advice, I am not really familiar with sounds cards.
 

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Originally Posted by fiendofmine

Valcano Waterblock/heat sink
disk drives and sound cards are good


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Originally Posted by pauldovi

Total:
$4119 for parts

He's already spending a crapload on the system, If i were you I would get the 955EE, better Ram and Overclock the shizzel with phase change.

+ super fast 74gb raptor or something would do for the OS then you'd be better off getting an array of slower disks for storage, 2X 300gb SATA in RAID 0. depending on how much storage the guy needs. Or if budget permits get a couple of those new 500gb Sata 2 16mb cache beasts.

I think you could approach 5GHZ each core with phase change tho. If he wants the best of the best then I'd say that'd be it.

I'm not an Intel fanboy either, I prefer AMD although the 65nm tech and 4mb cache is hard to beat!

How Rediculous does he want the system to look tho? phase change is pretty ugly unless you get that Vapochill case, or something similar where its built in underneath a full tower.

Just my 2 Cents.
 

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He's already spending a crapload on the system, If i were you I would get the 955EE, better Ram and Overclock the shizzel with phase change.

+ super fast 74gb raptor or something would do for the OS then you'd be better off getting an array of slower disks for storage, 2X 300gb SATA in RAID 0. depending on how much storage the guy needs. Or if budget permits get a couple of those new 500gb Sata 2 16mb cache beasts.

I think you could approach 5GHZ each core with phase change tho. If he wants the best of the best then I'd say that'd be it.

I'm not an Intel fanboy either, I prefer AMD although the 65nm tech and 4mb cache is hard to beat!

How Rediculous does he want the system to look tho? phase change is pretty ugly unless you get that Vapochill case, or something similar where its built in underneath a full tower.

Just my 2 Cents.

Unfortionately I have never dabled with phase changing and I am sceptical to expirement with someone elses money. I would love to get one for my system, and once I have it, and know how to use it, I would be willing to install it.

I am not going to OC this, just to the AI overclocking that is standard on ASUS motherboards. You might thing that the watercooling is stupid though, but that is what the customer wants!

The memory I found is pretty good memory, but if there is something better please point me in the right directions!
 

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Originally Posted by OJX

Looks good but how about a 1900XT(X) for the video card and an AMD X2 CPU?
In the dual core battle between Intel and AMD, AMD blows away Intel in almost every aspect.

Thats why you overclock the Presler to 4.0GHz+
 
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