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Old 05-15-2008, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Custom Rigs (Advice, Suggesstions, Or Opinions Please)

Hey everyone im planning on getting a custom rig, i have all the parts that i would like in my rig finilized but would like some thoughts on what yall think about it and any suggestions on what i should add or replace so.

Heres the parts

Motherboard
EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813188025


Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115043
$279.99

Operating System
2Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16832116493


Memory
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820227293


Hard Drive
2- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822148298


Graphics Card
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130339


Sound Card
Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16829102014


Power Supply

SILVERSTONE OP850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE OP850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, cUL, TUV, FCC - Power Supplies


Case
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811119138


Fans
3-COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-12AK-GP 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835103024

Burner

LG 22x DVD+-R Burner IDE
Newegg.com - LG 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 IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't get the 790i and DDR3 RAM.. there isn't much of a difference between DDR2 and DDR3 at the moment.

A 780i - 750i FTW (3 and 2 way SLI) and OCZ Reapers or Crucial Ballistics is a good pick. - That is ONLY if you wish to go SLI... I would recommend another motherboard if you don't want to go SLI...

Note: The 780i does still have some bugs in it's system.

You do not need 850w of power to run this rig.. I think a 500+ will be plenty... (not SLI)

As far as the CPU goes.. I would pick the Q6600... The Q6700 is a better choice now though because it went down soo much in price and it has 10x multiplier... They both overclock extremely well. Both of these CPUs beat the Q9300 in many tests I have seen.

As far as that GPU goes.. I would wait until August if possible.. (Early - Late Q3 of this year)
Prices should go down a lot as NVIDIA unleashes the beast it's been keeping in the cage behind the puppies...

* For the sound card.. what you have selected includes X-RAM which only helps compared to as 2-3 frames at the most intense situations.. not much at all. The ONLY thing besides X-RAM that the Fatal1ty offers is the SOFTWARE... the software for this card is rocking awesome totally transforming music.. As I say I believe that sound is 70% Software and 30% hardware

Note that some of Creative's products have had problems converting to Vista.. Lets not forget that Vista was really buggy before SP1 and now a ton of these issues have been fixed allowing products, such as this sound card, to better connect with the operating system thus taking out some driver errors...

This card has a lot of potential, though I wouldn't recommend it as a solid device because it does have a few bugs in it's system.

ALSO:

What size monitor will you be using? 22", or bigger..?

Are you going to overclock?
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I agree with Stealth, get the Q6600 or 6700. Never the Q9300. Also, the DDR3 memory is not needed unless you just want to throw your money away and not have any left for games and other cool stuff. The sound card I would not recommend. Creative has been known for a long time now to have faulty Vista drivers and bad support.

A good solid power supply for what you would need would be either the Corsair 650tx or 750tx depending on if you will be doing SLI or not, either one of those should do you fine.

Other than that, I like the build. I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan of the Cooler Master cases.
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Motherboard
EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813188025
get the 750i SLI FTW by eVGA

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115043
$279.99

get the Q6700 cheaper and faster and higher multiplier u will be able to overclock it 3.6GHz everyday

Operating System
2Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16832116493
get Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - Operating Systems save money

Memory
OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820227293


Hard Drive
2- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822148298


Graphics Card
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130339
dont get the 9800GTX. get 9600GT, 8800GT, or 8800GTS SLI.

Sound Card
Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16829102014
not necessary but if u want to waste some money u can


Power Supply

SILVERSTONE OP850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE OP850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, cUL, TUV, FCC - Power Supplies
get a corsair or power & cooling

Case
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811119138
get a GIGABYTE 570 Full tower

Fans
3-COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-12AK-GP 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835103024

Burner

LG 22x DVD+-R Burner IDE
Newegg.com - LG 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 IDE 22X DVDR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
get an ASUS 20X SATA for $32
follow what stealth said
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How about this PSU for my comp,

OCZ GameXStream OCZ1010GXSSLI 1010W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CSA, CE, CB, FCC, RoHS

Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ1010GXSSLI 1010W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CSA, CE, CB, FCC, RoHS - Power Supplies

Would that be enough power for it and will it fit in the case even though its atx12v/eps12v and the cosmos case takes atx?
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How about this PSU for my comp,

OCZ GameXStream OCZ1010GXSSLI 1010W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CSA, CE, CB, FCC, RoHS

Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ1010GXSSLI 1010W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CSA, CE, CB, FCC, RoHS - Power Supplies

Would that be enough power for it and will it fit in the case even though its atx12v/eps12v and the cosmos case takes atx?
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Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S610EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Power Supplies

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agreed that PSU (the GameXStream) has ripples

but try out this PSU

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies
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