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Old 06-28-2008, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I'm new around here but im going to building my first computer EVER in the coming months and i was wondering what everyone thinks! Please post any problems/issues, concerns, or comments about this build! Thanks everyone

Case: Antec 900
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CPU: Q6600
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Mobo: EVGA 750i FTW
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GPU: EVGA 9800 GTX
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

RAM: 4gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer
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Hard Drive: Barracuda 7200.11
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Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Burner
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PSU: Corsair 620HX Modular
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CPU Fan: Zalman 9700
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Chipset Fan: Cooler Master Fan
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Operating System: Vista Premium 64-bit
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*Please note: I will probably be getting the EVGA 9800GTX+ when it comes out instead.
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Old 06-28-2008, 11:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Heres my recommendations..

Get a Xigmatek 650w Instead of the Corsair 620hx

Get a Xigmatek Rifle instead of that Zalman 9700, it performs the same for a lot less

I don't recommend Crucial Ballistix Tracer, because its supposed to be cheap 1-sided RAM

How about a NZXT Tempest Case instead of the 900

Also about the board and GPU:

HD 4850 is already out and will outperform the 9800gtx, and around the same as HD 4850... and if you want expansion you can get a Crossfire board like a P35 or X38/48 and is better than a meh SLI Chipset..

or you could get a 9800gtx+ with a 750i FTW if you prefer nVidia
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I see you have done some research already, although the 9800 is a waste as the 4850 is cheaper and around the same performance (sometimes better sometimes worse).

If you plan to oc i would recommend a rifle instead of that zalman.
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Heres my recommendations..

Get a Xigmatek 650w Instead of the Corsair 620hx

Get a Xigmatek Rifle instead of that Zalman 9700, it performs the same for a lot less

I don't recommend Crucial Ballistix Tracer, because its supposed to be cheap 1-sided RAM

How about a NZXT Tempest Case instead of the 900

Also about the board and GPU:

HD 4850 is already out and will outperform the 9800gtx, and around the same as HD 4850... and if you want expansion you can get a Crossfire board like a P35 or X38/48 and is better than a meh SLI Chipset..

or you could get a 9800gtx+ with a 750i FTW if you prefer nVidia
wow! thanks vern i wasnt expecting a response that fast! lol

the reason i chose the zalman and the tracers is that i was uber jealous of the lights lol but you're right: i should probably look for performance rather than having an eye candy rig.

the tempest looks exactly like the 900! idk the only thing i don't like is that the led's on the front aren't nearly as bright as on the 900.

i think i will wait until the 9800gtx+ is out and see some benchies between the 4850 and that to make my decision

thanks again for the constructive response
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We got some dude

The Next-Gen Review Thread!

So far AnandTech, Guru3d, Firing Squad and some other place have sent out some...

but if you're really interested in case appeal you could a cathode or something to make it look cool
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oh sweet
well i didnt have time to read thru it all but from what i saw, the gtx+ and the 4850 performed close to the same.
i prefer nvidia over ati from what i have seen over the last few years, so i think i am going to go with the gtx+

if i were to get an intel chipset though, what would you recommend that is around the same price as the 750i ($200)?
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Probably an Asus P5E or DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS or DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RS
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