1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-06-2008, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1
Default 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Hey so I want a gaming machine at a reasonable price. I'm just about at my absolute price limit so upgrading any of these parts will mean downgrading another. Also I'm concerned with futureproofing my machine [hence the quad core] Just want to make sure I have what I need. So here's what I have in my cart..


CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 – Retail - $189.99

Cooling: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail - $18.99

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail - $44.99

Mobo: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $129.99

PSU: Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $59.99


Video: ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $264.99

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM - $54.99

Optical drive: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM - $22.99

Case: XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case – Retail - $119.99



Is there anything I'll need like thermal grease or extra cables? Any input would be appreciated.
__________________

mike12ophone is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 06:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
zedman3d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,852
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Change the heatsink to this for $29 after rebate ($39 without):
Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

next change the 4870 to two of these 4850's for $290 after rebate ($320 without):
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

The rest is mostly preference and/or correct but if you cant find enough to squeeze the above mentioned stuff in, your fine. The stuff you have chosen isnt too shabby at all. Good job.
__________________

zedman3d is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 06:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
Electical Engineer
 
BongWizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: OZ
Posts: 916
Send a message via AIM to BongWizard Send a message via Yahoo to BongWizard
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

i'd want lower latency on that RAM, but otherwise, do as zedman suggested and you'll be pimpin!
__________________

NZXT Lexa BlackLine w/ Red LEDs | Corsair TX-750 | Gigabyte EP45-DS3P | Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 3.6GHz
2x 2GB Kingston HyperX PC2-6400 @ 960MHz (5-4-4-13) | 3x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB HDD in RAID5
2x HIS Radeon HD 4850 @ 761/1129 in CrossFireX w/ Thermaltake DuOrbs | Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro



Got a problem?? Click Here before posting!

BongWizard is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 10:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
AKA , gt7sanremo
 
Evolv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Harrisburg,PA
Posts: 1,240
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Why get 4850's in Crossfire? The 4870 1Gb is a bad a** card. I say stick with the 4870, then just get another for Crossfire if he needs more power later on.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

Random movie quote to make you seem hip and "with it":
"Please take the chairs away. I don't like them. The big one is staring at me and that short one is being very droll."
Evolv is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 12:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
Patron
 
saltynay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: West Coast, Singapore
Posts: 5,149
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Personally I would get the Q9300 (not sure abour in the US but its a steal here in the UK atm). I would stick with a single gpu the 2x4850 will give you a better speed but crossfire is more hassle then its worth however I would get this 4870
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
__________________
saltynay is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 02:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
UA_Iron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 857
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Quote:
Originally Posted by saltynay View Post
Personally I would get the Q9300 (not sure abour in the US but its a steal here in the UK atm). I would stick with a single gpu the 2x4850 will give you a better speed but crossfire is more hassle then its worth however I would get this 4870
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
The Q6600 is a better processor than the Q9300.

I picked up a Q9550 for $229 with mobo at frys electronics, that was a steal
UA_Iron is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
Patron
 
saltynay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: West Coast, Singapore
Posts: 5,149
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Wheres your logic?
The Q9300 is newer, runs cooler, runs faster and has the potential to overclock further
The Q6600 is old, runs hot, runs slower at stock speeds but does have an extra 2mb of ondie memory but that would give little real world performance gain
__________________
saltynay is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 02:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
1337 §tatus
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern California
Posts: 574
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

i7 pwns both, and is only $100 more, and has twice the power because of HT. >:]
1337_JohnN is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 02:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
Patron
 
saltynay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: West Coast, Singapore
Posts: 5,149
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Twice the power???? every benchmark I have seen so far only has a 10-20% performance boost and is highly dependent on what program your running. Plus your missing out the hidden cost of motherboard and ram prices being extortionate.....
__________________
saltynay is offline  
Old 12-07-2008, 04:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
UA_Iron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 857
Default Re: 1st build. about to hit checkout at newegg. any advice?

Depends on how high you want to overclock I guess. You'll need a 480 FSB to hit 3.6ghz - which is hardly stable on most boards.

Though the new Q6600's seem to be neutered with their oc'ing abilities too.
__________________

UA_Iron is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Finalizing another build advice and Mobo Please Poemaster New Systems | Building and Buying 21 08-16-2007 10:20 AM
My first build...advice? Bankfishin New Systems | Building and Buying 25 07-31-2007 01:21 PM
New Build (Need Advice) msaitta New Systems | Building and Buying 23 07-11-2007 07:34 PM
Need Advice on Gaming Build < $1400 foskey New Systems | Building and Buying 25 06-12-2007 08:23 PM
New build advice needed sguffee New Systems | Building and Buying 13 04-12-2007 11:48 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.