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Old 09-03-2008, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I just finished my first gaming build. I was wondering if anyone here could critique and offer suggestions? I know, it looks a bit cobbled together, but I like it. I'm also running about a $200 budget for new parts.

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Operating System: 64 Bit Windows Vista/ Fedora (On Seagate Drive)
Processor: Intel Quad Core Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI LGA 775
Memory: 5 GB DDR2 (2x2 GB, 1x1 GB)
Video Cards: 2 NVidia GeForce 8500 GT
Two Hard Drives:
Western Digital Caviar SATA(250 GB)
Seagate Barracuda IV (40 GB)
Case: A+ El Diablo

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Open Case, Fully Assembled:
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Video Card Setup:
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I can offer more details if needed, along with any required pictures.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If your gaming, 2x 8500GT's are rubbish.

Go for a HD 4850, also you might need a better power supply.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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@ Redmo0n:
Ok, I'll be sure to look into the 4850. Thanks a bunch for the advice!
By the way, I don't really do hardcore gaming, like Crysis. My favorite game is Freelancer, for Windows 98. It was not fun getting it to work on Vista. >.<

@ Mobius:
Ventilation is very good, due to the 36 cm fan on the side, blowing directly on the Mobo and the Processor.
Average CPU temp while playing Freelancer: 44*C
My Grandfather is getting me a MassCool 8WA741 soon so those temps should be in the 30's in the near future.
Link:
Newegg.com - MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks


If you want a list of all the fans and sinks, here it is:
CPU: Stock LGA 775 fan and sink.
Northbridge: Stock ASUS sink
GFX Cards: 2 Antec vCool rear intake fans.
HD's: 12 cm front fan.
Exhaust: 60 mm (Can I get some recommendations for a replacement?)

Other:
1 Turbine rear intake. (I don't remember the brand or model, and it has no sticker or anything.)
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i'd get a single 4870. some wire management.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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@ Ventriac:
Ok, I'll look into the 4870. Thanks.

@ Mobius:
Well, lets see, by my count, it's got 9 fans in it. (Counting the PSU.)
And, suprisingly, no. It's not very loud at all, at least compared to some of the other 'puters I've had.


On a side note:
Look what I've found in the attic!
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To quote Luke Skywalker: "What a piece of junk!"

AND

OMG! Dual Cassette Players! Old Skool!
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Old 09-06-2008, 12:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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5GB???

why five? just leave it at 4gb and get better performance with dual channel. (theoretically....)
that and it is just un-orthodox to mix and match sizes and brands......
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@ uzi9mm:
I just removed the 1 GB card. Thanks for the advice!
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Memory: 5 GB DDR2 (2x2 GB, 1x1 GB)
He was talking about the ram, just get 2x2 GB and you should be fine. Or go 6 gigs if you are able to run dual channel.
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