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Old 04-07-2009, 12:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default E8400 build

this will be my first pc that I built on my own for gaming and music production
tell me what you think and how I can cut costs and gain performance

thanks, apreesh

-Thermaltake Spedo Advance
-E8400
-EVGA nForce 750i mobo
-EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 GPU
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W PSU
-CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)w/fan
-RiDATA NSSD-S25-32-C04MPN 2.5" 32GB SATA II SSD for OS and Certain Programs
-WD Caviar Black 640gb for everything else
-LG dvd drive
-ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

all built on newegg for a total of $1,119.92

I plan on upgrading to nehelam i7 when it is more affordable, tell me what you think!
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My suggestions/choices:

-I would use a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard (after using this LGA775 board, I look to nothing else, and I used evga 780i/evga 790i/asus 790i/asus x48/asus p45/biostar p45/msi p45)
-Swap the ram for something cheaper such the G-skill set for $40 flat (you do not need the extra memory speed, and memory can take quite the temperature beating)
-Rid the SSD, honestly 32GB ain't worth it even if you are gonna put your OS and games on it (wait for SSDs to become more mainstream, when they do, you will wonder why you ever paid so much for a 32GB drive)
-I dislike the AC Freezer 7 and would rather use a Xigmatek S-1283 (both AC-7s I used are too loud and can't hold load temperatures)
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Agreed, get a nice P45 board, which will compliment that Wolfdale a lot better.

Don't get Dominators, they're overpriced. This ram will overclock just as well:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

And you can cut down that psu to a Corsair 550, your system won't consume that much power.
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For that much money, if you were willing to spend some more, I would get an i7. I know you are waiting for it to get cheaper, but it's not going to happen anytime soon, and you'll have to buy new mobo/cpu/ram, it will get pretty expensive.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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And you can cut down that psu to a Corsair 550, your system won't consume that much power.
He does plan on upgrading to i7, and might want to SLI or crossfire.
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edited my list here's the new rig


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this will be my first pc that I built on my own for gaming and music production
tell me what you think and how I can cut costs and gain performance

thanks, apreesh

-Coolermaster HAF
-E8400
-ASUS Striker II 780i SLI mobo
-EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 GPU
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W PSU
-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
-WD Caviar Black 640gb for everything else
-LG dvd drive
-XIGMATEK HDT-D1284 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

all built on newegg for a total of $1,065.91 which is about $80 less than original

I plan on upgrading to nehelam i7 when it is more affordable, tell me what you think!

thanks for all the advice I lost the SSD and dominator's but exchanged the mobo for a better one and still saved about $80!

I can't wait to finally build my own computer
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edited my list here's the new rig


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this will be my first pc that I built on my own for gaming and music production
tell me what you think and how I can cut costs and gain performance

thanks, apreesh

-Coolermaster HAF
-E8400
-ASUS Striker II 780i SLI mobo
-EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 GPU
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W PSU
-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
-WD Caviar Black 640gb for everything else
-LG dvd drive
-XIGMATEK HDT-D1284 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

all built on newegg for a total of $1,065.91 which is about $80 less than original

I plan on upgrading to nehelam i7 when it is more affordable, tell me what you think!

thanks for all the advice I lost the SSD and dominator's but exchanged the mobo for a better one and still saved about $80!

I can't wait to finally build my own computer
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Get some different ram..I had that ram and it wouldnt even run at specs.
Go with this Newegg.com - Patriot Viper 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 &#40;PC2 8500&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
I have these and they will run at 1100 all day!!
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Spend 5 more bucks and get this kit instead of either the other G.Skill or that odd Patriot set...

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 &#40;PC2 8500&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Though I still say for that much money, you might as well spend a little more and get an i7 build. But that's just me.
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