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Old 10-01-2008, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please help me with my first build. I've done a lot of research, but I just want to know if there's something I missed or a better deal somewhere.

I want to keep the cost around $1000. A 320 GB HD is more than enough for me and I don't want a more expensive case unless there's something wrong with mine (i.e., not enough ventilation).

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
169.99

Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX
103.74 before rebate at buy.com

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
189.99

POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5-PPH Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
289.99

Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
89.99

LG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X 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 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech - OEM
24.99

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
59.99

Rosewill R220-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
26.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
29.99

Total 985.66
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Change the ram to these:

Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Change the psu to this (that one is overkill and very expensive):

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Change the cooler to this:

Newegg.com - XIGMATEK XP-S964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Everything else looks good. With the extra saved from the psu you could always get a gtx280 instead.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The ram looks exactly the same. Is there a reason besides the rebate price?

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I'd rather not deal with push pins for my first build
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Well the ram he suggested was the same but with a better sink on it, and it ends up being cheaper so why not.

Change your motherboard to this (you can keep the one youve chosen, its okay, but usually we reccomend this because people have had a lot of success with it, if you cant fit it in your budget dont worry about it.):
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Then, change your 4870, to two 4850's:

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards ($279.98 for both)

You should have a great system.
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The ram i suggested has better timings.
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The ram i suggested has better timings.
And that, i just skimmed over it and couldnt notice that small change from a 6 to a 5. lol.
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Thanks meat_helmet and zedman3d. I think I'll keep the 4870 because I'm planning to buy a second one later.

I'll buy this setup at the end of day unless someone has more changes.
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iyeah dun get dual 4850, not worth it. but i rekon this palit looks good
Newegg.com - Palit AE=4870S+0452 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
seems to have a nice cooling setup, might wanan think about gettin it since the 48670 have sum temp issues. but either way these issues are easily solved because ati set the fan speed to like 30% for sum reason, and chnage it to about 40% and temps are fine
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Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
I just dont trust a biostar board for long term use
and for 10 bucks more after rebate, better psu
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Stick with a single 4870 rather than crossfire 4850s.

Also, THESE are the reapers you want.
Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory 4-4-4-15 which run 4-4-4-12 just fine.

BTW, the AF7 uses pushpins also. I have one on my media pc. Although its a lot easier to mount than the stock intel heatsink.
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So true, why was i thinking it was 1066mhz memory he was after???

For 800mhz you shouldnt buy anything more than 4-4-4-15 as its standard.
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