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Old 08-11-2010, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is my setup list for my quad-core system that I am working on. Any suggestions to make it better? Everything that has (Have) next to it I'm not looking to upgrade. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!

Tower 169.99 (Have)
Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Processor - 148.99 (Have)
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80580Q8200

Motherboard - 124.99
Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory - 90.99
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

Hard Drive 54.99
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Graphics 99.99 (Have)
Newegg.com - XFX PVT98GYDLH GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply 84.99
Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

DVD Drive 23.99
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

Monitor (Have)
22" LCD Flatscreen Monitor

Operating System - 99.99
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

Anything I'm missing? Im getting a keyboard and mouse from a buddy of mine. Thanks for the help!

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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just my suggestion, up to you if you wanna take it:

ditch the lga775 build, there are better options for the money. for only a few bucks difference, going with an amd build would get you better performance.

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Newegg.com - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Newegg.com - G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

those should only cost a few bucks more than what you currently have listed.

if you want to stick with an intel build, go with an i3 or i5 quad.

a 4850 would also be a better buy for the money than a 9800gt.
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He already has the CPU, Muffin, so the die has already been cast unless it can be returned.

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hm, i guess i misinterpreted his post.
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Go with the 800gb WD caviar greed HDD, and try to find mobo with DDR3 RAM. I agree with muffin man, if you cna, then return CPU and go with AMD for medium-budget system,but otherwise mainly try to find DDR3. One of the problems with Core 2 is that it's so outdated.
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@Fatclown: Thanks for those links, probably gonna go with the combo package with the power supply. (I already own the dummies book

@Muffin & Redfish: I really wanted to go with the i3, i5, i7 setup, but at the time money was an issue and I had to go with the quadcore. I need this computer for school in the next 2 weeks, so I went with the LGA 775 build, will get me up and runnin while still somewhat decent.

Gonna start ordering these items soon. Probably tonight, if anyone has anymore last minute suggestions, please provide ill be on all night.
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