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Old 04-26-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tell me what you guys think. Does it all look good or should I change something. Also should I get the NVidia 9800GTX+ or GTS250? I know they're same card but idk which one to go with.

Case: Cooler Master 690 Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

DVD Drive: 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 SATA 22X DVD±R

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I would spend just a little more cash for this hard drive.
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
$20 more 400gb of more space and 32mb cache vs 16mb.

Get the gts250.

Look at this RAM for $7 more with better timings.
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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GTS250, pretty sure it's just slightly better performing. +What Hefe said.
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Should I get the EVGA or XFX?
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I'm not entirely sure what the "core" in the XFX's name stands for, anyone know?

If they are the exact same card, the EVGA for me. It's just about brand preference. Both great brands. I've used both, but I prefer EVGA.
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Ok. Thanks for your help. I noticed that the only real difference is that the EVGA is ~18MHz higher on the core clock. So I guess I'll go with the EVGA.

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Both brands are great.
The evga has a slightly higher core clock. 18mhz no big deal.
The xfx comes with a game and is $5 more.
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Should I add an extra fan or should it be cool enough?
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3x 120mm fans in that rig is going to be sufficient.

If you have the room, adding another fan couldn't hurt.
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extra fan?

We talking the cpu cooler you have or something else?

What do you want to add an extra fan to?

Are you planing to overclock?
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