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Hello all. I am going to attempt my first complete building of a new system - from scratch. I've done major overhauls before - replace mobo, ram, video card, drives, etc, but never a who system from scratch. <br />
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My goal is to build a nice machine that I can toy with overclocking (noob overclocker) and run without hiccups 24/7<br />
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I've been researching what I want, and this is what I have come up with - to date. (all prices are from the egg).<br />
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P5B-Deluxe Asus Mobo ($187)<br />
E6400 Conroe ($220)<br />
Corsair Mem XMS2 - 2 x 1 gig (5-5-5-15)($280-$50) or (4-4-4-12)$280<br />
Asus X1900XT 256Mg Video card ($270)<br />
Rosewill RP5502.01 ($62)<br />
Artic Cooling Freezer 7, pro ($32)<br />
Artic 5 Thermal paste ($5)<br />
Windows Home Media Edition ($90)<br />
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($80)<br />
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Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($80)<br />
Unchosen case<br />
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What do you think? <br />
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1. Now, for the questions. The Mobo says that it needs 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 RAM, but I've been seeing people use the 4-4-4-12 RAM. Will the 4-4-4-12 Ram work and is it worth the extra $50? <br />
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2. Will the PSU support everything sufficiently? <br />
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3. Which HD is better and why? Is the Perpendicular Recording something better than that of the WD? <br />
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4. Anything that I am missing? <br />
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Thanks for your thoughts,<br />
O
 

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Looks like a pretty good system there.<br />
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The system boots RAM at 5-5-5-15 or whatever, it will run RAM with other timings fine once you set them manually in BIOS. Trust me, I didn't spend $350 on these RAM modules for nothing <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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I would go with the Seagate, I am a fan of Seagates.....good product, high quality. <br />
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That PSU should run everything fine, 550w, 18a on both 12v rails......I'm just not sure of the quality of Rosewill's PSUs. That's one area you don't want to skimp on either.<br />
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When you say Windows Media Edition, you mean the Media Center? Skip it......you'll be better off with Home or Pro and some good quality 3rd party Media software......you'll have to buy 3rd party software anyway, so no reason to get Windows MCE.
 

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Ok, so you would recommend the 4-4-4-12 RAM (Corsair)? <br />
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What PSU would you recommend? I dont mind spending around $100 on one if I can get a good one. <br />
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Also, I'm assuming this board would support another x1900xt in the future - if i desired? - Is that correct? <br />
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As far as the OS, I just want to find the cheapest, most reliable one out there. I don't particullary lhave a need for the MSO home media version, but the media version is only $10 more than the standard home version. Do you have any recommendations? <br />
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As for good power supplies PC Power & Cooling is pretty much top dog, I would imagine that this one would run everything you have listed above plus another GPU in the future: <br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703005</a><br />
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Some other good ones are probally gonna be things like OCZs:<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002</a><br />
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And SeaSonics : <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817151027" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151027</a><br />
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Personally I just bought one of the new Corsair Modular PSUs from ZZF for $116 with free shipping and I Love it. My first Modular PSU, plus it it a huge step up from my cheap Thermaltake that I had before.:<br />
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<a href="http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=373100" target="_blank">http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=373100</a><br />
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I LOvE my Freezer 7 Pro. Just a note of advice about that is it comes with an application of the AC Thermal Paste already on the heatsink. I would advise using that as it is nearly impossible to reapply the past as well as it come from the factory. I upgraded my Mobo recently and had to reapply the AC thermal Paste and I am getting about a 10c increase in temp with the same Freezer 7 and Proc so go figure.<br />
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I personally prefer the WD HD. i just did a Raid 0 of those exact WDs you have listed there. I have always used WD, but you would probally not notice any difference going with seagate of WD.
 
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