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Old 02-06-2008, 04:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ok, first thing, that GPU is very dated. Its very confusing, the GTS 320 and 640 are the old GTS version (G80), the new one is the GTS 512 (G92), is just another level above those two. A rough guide to graphics card performance, in increasing order of performance:

GTS 320
GTS 640
ATi 3850
ATi 3870
GT 512
GTS 512

So go GTS 512 instead in my view. Certainly don't get the 640 SSC.

Right, thermal paste... erm yes, If you can, get some aftermarket stuff. In order of preference, best first:

Arctic MX-2
Arctic MX-1
Arctic Silver 5

All will do a great job, MX-2 is prolly the pick of the bunch. Its worth spending the extra $5 or so on a good paste. Given how much you are spending on the HSF.

EDIT: Oh yes, maybe get a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 or 7200.11 model over that WD caviar.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I was confused on the GPU performance. Thanks for the clarification.

I will throw another $20 on the build to keep my chip from frying

Any other critiques? Please be brutally honest because I don't want to mess this up.


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Old 02-06-2008, 05:04 PM   #13 (permalink)
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This build is looking really good....just need a nice widescreen to put the icing on the cake!
Cooler Master CM Stacker Case
Asus P8Z68 V Pro/Gen 3
Intel i5-2500K
Cooler Master V6 GT Heat Sink
8 GB G-Skill DDR 3 1600
Asus Xonar Essence STX Sound Card
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Corsair CMPSU 850 Watt
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Crucial M4 64 GB SSD For Windows 7 64 Bit
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Andyf View Post

EDIT: Oh yes, maybe get a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 or 7200.11 model over that WD caviar.
i agree, only thing i'd change
Proc Intel 2500k
Video XFX 6950 1Gb
Display 22'' Monitor Chemei 5ms RT, 800:1 CR
Mobo Biostar Z68A+
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PSU Corsair 520hx
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HDD Hitachi 1Tb
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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So I made the suggested tweaks to the build (added an ASUS DVDRW Optical drive, a 22" Samsung WS LCD Display, the Arctic Thermal MX-2, switched to a Seagate 7200.11 500GB, the 8800GTS 512) and my build came out under my $1500 budget! (1469.89 after rebates)

Just unbelievable. I can't thank you all enough for the advice. I really thought I would be blowing away the budget. Now all I have to do is wait for the parts...
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:44 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The MOBO supports DDR2 1066, does it make a big difference that he chose DDR2 800 instead?
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Old 02-07-2008, 04:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Its more a case of 'you can spend less and still overclock good PC2 6400 RAM to PC2 8500 levels'.

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