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Old 10-17-2008, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first time building a computer, and I'm ready to go out and buy all the parts. I put together the following build, and I'd just like any suggestions or comments. I've heard good things about this site, and that people generally give good advice. Thanks in advance for any help.

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

•Case - COOLER MASTER cosmos S RC-1100-KKN1 - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER cosmos S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

•CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

•CPU Fan - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

•GPU - GIGABYTE GV-R487-1GH-B Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R487-1GH-B Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

•HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – Retail - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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

•PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

•Optical Drive - 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 20X DVD±R DVD Burner – OEM - 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 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

•Keyboard - Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard – Retail - Newegg.com - Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Keyboards

•Mouse - Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi Mouse – Retail - Newegg.com - Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 2000 dpi Mouse - Mouse
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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120mm coolers don't fit in the cosmos s without some cutting away from the side fan's surrounding trim. Actually my (Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks) fit horizontal, but to mount it vertically, blowing out he back of the case, I had to cut away from the side fan case.

-Right know I have my q9550 overclocked to 3.8GHZ with that cooler in the same case. Idle temps 42 39 41 38.

-Also recommend purchasing case fans.The case comes with 4 fans (3x120mm and a 240mm, while there is spots for 7 fans (6x120mm and a 240mm) I recommend upgrading the stock fans too, they don't seem to move much air.

I have 3 thermaltake red led fans accross the top. The stock red led in the front on the HD cage. I recently just customly mounted a fan above that one giving me 2 fans in the front. Dropped my case temp almost 5C. I also want to upgrade the my remaining fans to some scythe (Newegg.com - Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan - Case Fans) suspose to move a lot of air.

-also if you plan on getting a tower cooler I recommend getting one of these
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

I don't know what your future plans are, but I would recommed at modular power supply. I heard good things about this power supply.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

-Finally I love the case. But beware it is huge! I feel like I could have gotten a mid size case, but if you like me and plan on water cooling in the future then the bigger size case is nice.


Look thats a 4870x2 in the case. Lots of room, but make sure you have space for such a big case. Enjoy.
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Do you need a Retail Hard Drive? You should get a OEM hdd, really no difference except they're less expensive. And this one is way cheaper and has more storage:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

You can keep that 750TX, it's almost the same price as that 620HX and it has a single 12V rail which is better.

Other than that everything looks good.
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Thanks, that's good to know about the CPU cooler. I do want the bigger case size because I do plan to upgrade in the future. I'll probably look into replacing the current case fans, but for now, I'll probably just see about getting this computer up and running and stable before I jump into water cooling. Thanks again for the information.
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get psu from here:
CORSAIR 750w TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX - Buy.com

but looks like a good build but id get the xigmatek cooler stated in the 2nd post
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^^ The Sunbeam core Contact is better than the Xigmatek and it comes with it's own mounting system so you don't need a retention bracket.
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the only review ive seen that said that also said the TRUE came in 4th
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nice build man, bet u cant wait to set that baby up and play some games
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nice cable management, its hard to have good management with a small case, i imagine that comos is great for that.
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Thanks for the help/comments. Sounds good, I'm going to purchase the parts tonight. I'm pretty excited to get it all and put it together.
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