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Old 11-07-2007, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Final Build, Please critique :)

I am going for a future proof gaming build, could you guys please help me out with anything I might need to change! thanks!

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Newegg.com - Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan - Retail

Mother Board
Newegg.com - ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Video Card
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Power Supply
Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB/CE/CSA/UL/FCC - Retail

Processor
I am either going right now, for the Q6600 G0 or the new Q9450 coming out in January.

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

Hard drive - I know I know, its expensive... I just want a raptor
Newegg.com - Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

DvD -
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail

Cooling -
Newegg.com - ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail

I am going to watch pricing and buy everything by Christmas to mid January...and build it then. I will be using Vista 64bit.
I also head Nvidia was releasing new versions of their GTS cards, I will be watching that aswell.
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Default Re: Final Build, Please critique :)

Grab a tuniq tower or the thermalright ultra extreme

both will outperform the zalman.
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Grab a tuniq tower or the thermalright ultra extreme

both will outperform the zalman.
Agreed.

Also... I wouldn't get an X38 board...
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You keep using the GameXStream.......RIPPLE RIPPLE RIPPLE... a Corsair 520 from Buy.com is cheaper than that GameXStream... and has more amperage on the 12V Rails..

no no on the x38 board.. (edit.. beaten to it..)

agreed with Aspire about the TRUE or Tuniq
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Why so much hate for the X38 board? ive been reading good reviews
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overpriced.. cheapest one is 235$ or so.. (i don't remember) and overclocking with a p35 board is around the same...
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overpriced.. cheapest one is 235$ or so.. (i don't remember) and overclocking with a p35 board is around the same...
No, the maximus formula kills any other board out there for overclocking, i've spent the last 2 weeks looking up every shred of info pertaining to the maximus formula and the only complaint to be had for this board are idiots who either got a DOA board and curse the world because of it, or are newbs who have no idea what they are doing.

I know two people who just got this board, up from a P5K deluxe @ 3.4Ghz now running stable at 4-4.2ghz. My one friend cranked it to 4.5 ghz and is currently stress testing it.

Yes, they are expensive, but what do you expect? its the striker extremes succesor.

Yes, the chipset is new, yet extremely stable and showing amazing potential.

i realise that most people on site dont recomend the newest, flashiest and inheritly most expensive system, but guys, this is a good board, you should stop bashing it. Yes its outside of most peoples budget, but for people who have no trouble spending that extra dough, hey all the power to you, you wont be dissappointed.

Btw get the SE version, more features, a couple dollars more expensive.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Doesnt the SE version have that waterblock on it? I am not planning to use water cooling, Im ordering a Tuniq Tower

And yeah I havent heard anything but great news on this board! cant wait to get it, and use the "Crazy" setting in the bios hahaha :laughing:
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ya i don't see whats the deal with this whole horrible x38 deal... i see lots of records being done on xtreme systems with x38 chipsets... until you show me otherwise.. i'm going to disreguard everything i've seen on this forum about the x38
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This is the first place I've heard people hating on the x38

The formula maximus is one of the best boards out there at the moment for clocking....right up there with the DFI P35-T2R
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