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Old 12-14-2008, 12:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So i finally get to build myself a new computer. Let me know what yall think. I am open to suggestions too.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066
GFX: ASUS Radeon HD 4870 X2 (Tri-fan cooler)
PSU: Corsair 750TX 750W
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640GB
Case: Antec Three Hundred
DVD Burner: Samsumg 22X DVD burner
Heatsink: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (with bracket)

I am trying to stay in the 1300-1400$ range.
I will be using this computer for both gaming, video editing, work, ...
I am using a 19" LCD, but plan on getting a 22-24" in the near future as well.

Thanks for any comments.
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To justify the cost of the 4870X2. You should get at least a 24" monitor. Anything lower then that and a single 4870 performs almost as well.
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Get 6400 ram (800mhz) like the G-skill pi blacks better value for money and in the uk atleast the 4870x2 is more expensive then two single 4870 cards even though the single cards give better performance.
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With that budget you could get a nice i7 rig.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT CPU Heatsink (Socket LGA 1336) - FrozenCPU.com

You will lose a little bit of graphics power but that will make a better system overall. It will especially help you with the video editing. The i7 will be good for that.

Total: $1351
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**** you pinscher I was just working that out and got sidetracked by lovely coffee :P Thats a good build the only issue would be if the true fits in an Antec 300 they are exceptionally large heatsinks. Also if you have that much cash it may be worth waiting 3 weeks for the release of the new nvidia range if nothing else it will drive down prices.
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Wait for the GTX295? Also due to AMD's new chips, Intel might drop the pricing on their i7's. But chances are they won't. Because in all honesty they don't need to. Unless AMD's new chips are crazy cheap.
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**** you pinscher I was just working that out and got sidetracked by lovely coffee :P Thats a good build the only issue would be if the true fits in an Antec 300 they are exceptionally large heatsinks. Also if you have that much cash it may be worth waiting 3 weeks for the release of the new nvidia range if nothing else it will drive down prices.
the true is actually quite small compared to other heatsinks like the tuniq, and yes it will fit in very easily, even a tuniq fits in a antec 300. hey pincher, thats pretty much our build from the other day xD
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I struggled to fit my ultra extreme into a full tower lian li as part of the frame prevented me sliding it on with the mobo tray and then a frame support was in the way of trying to connect it after so that had to be removed and replaced after the hsf was in and secure. Plus my mobo heatsinks have probably meant that its not quite aligned. The true and the ultra extreme are different sizes I have realised my mistake that threw me off said true but meant ultra
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The True shouldn't have a problem fitting in the 300.
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the true is actually quite small compared to other heatsinks like the tuniq, and yes it will fit in very easily, even a tuniq fits in a antec 300. hey pincher, thats pretty much our build from the other day xD
haha ya its pretty similar. I wanted to give him a better case, but he doesnt have a whole lot of money to spare. Especially once tax and shipping is factored in.

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