Originally Posted by Hussein19891
Get a cheap Athlon X2 and wait until Deneb releases. Just save your money and get a 920 or 940 around release. But stick with the rest of your build.
Yeah I initially chose an X2 6000+ but a major reason I'm leaning towards the phenom is this combo deal: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
which saves me $50 so really there's not much of a price difference, plus I'm just overall interested in trying a quad-core CPU out. Still, thanks for your input, I'll check the 6000+/6400+/perhaps some intel core 2 duo's and see how much cheaper they would be.
Originally Posted by Nagasama
i think it is a great build for that much money.
maybe go with the sunbeam core contact cooler or the xigmatech s1283. both perform better than an AF7.
prepare for the intel onslaught, BTW. but i think its a good build.
Hmm yeah I've heard both of these names thrown around before, I think in newegg comments and such. They're both extremely highly reviewed, so I don't think I can go wrong with either (though I agree they do look better than the Arctic Freezer). I'm thinking the Core Contact Freezer, as there are a lot of complaints about the pushpins used to connect the Xigmatek to the motherboard (a lot of people were recommending this retention bracket: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK ACK-I7753 Retention Bracket For 4 heatpipes model only - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
). So I think the Sunbeam's my best bet. Do you guys think this is correct?
And yeah, I'm admittedly quite surprised at the lack of Intel-based animosity in these replies, for which I thank you!
Originally Posted by saltynay
Looks good I think deneb is going to come inbetween 775 and i7 by intel but on the cheap so it would be a good way to go.
I would get a second small drive for your Os and main programs as 1tb is a lot to just lose and by moving windows to different drive you will greatly reduce wear and tear as the paging file is basically constantly being written to in windows.
Psu is a bit ott unless your planning to go sli/crossfire in the next few years about 500W should be fine.
Ram is also ott unless your water cooling a 800mhz pair will be cheaper and better.
Ahh sorry, I forgot to mention that I already have an old 32GB (or so) 10kRPM velociraptor, which I do plan to take out of my current computer and run my OS off of. Do you think that's sufficient? You definitely have a point about the power supply, but the 750TX is really really cheap right now ($70 after M.I.R) in fact it costs less than the 520W Corsair. Plus, I do want to keep the Crossfire option open so it works. Regarding memory, I was hoping someone would say this. So is this the best I can do then: Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
(Corsair (XMS Series) TWIN2X4096-6400C5)?? It's $25 after M.I.R, so I'll be saving $25. I'm open to further memory suggestions though, I really don't understand timings and clock speeds and all that stuff when it comes to memory. So thanks.
So right now I've replaced the CPU heatsink/fan with a Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer and the 1066 memory with Corsair 4gb 800. Do you gus think these are good decisions overall? Another thing I was wondering was whether a WD 640GB Hard Drive (Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
) would be faster than the 1TB, as I've heard that the 320GB platters were faster than the 250GB ones or something, so do you guys think it would be better to just get the 640GB for $30 less? I doubt I'll really use the space, though you never know, it couldn't hurt.
After the changes in memory and the CPU cooler the grand total after shipping and Mail-In Rebates is $768. If I switch to the 640GB HD, it will only be $738 which sounds pretty impressive IMO.
I've also edited the first post to reflect these changes (not the HD though).
Thanks to everyone who replied!!