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Old 06-14-2008, 03:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a CPU, CPU fan, GPU, mobo, PSU, ram, and thermal compound. I Would like to keep the build under $800...This is what I have so far, but Im looking for some constructive criticism.

CPU- FRYS.com*|*Intel

CPU Fan- Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

GPU- Newegg.com - ECS N8800GTS-512MX GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Mobo- Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

PSU- Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40C EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Power Supplies
or Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies

Ram- Newegg.com - mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Thermal Compound- FRYS.com*|*Artic Silver

This is the setup I have so far. I am most unsure of which PSU to get, and which ram to get. I have XP so I only need 2 gigs.
The total for all of this is only about $770 shipped. Please let me know if I made any mistakes in choosing pieces.
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Old 06-14-2008, 03:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is this a good build?

Maybe get this thermal compound
Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease
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Default Re: Is this a good build?

This board was just released but should be quite good, it natively supports 400fsb so overclocking should be a breeze. Also it has a PCI-E 2.0 slot for future cards.

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

And personally, I would go with an E7200 if you are just going to be using this computer for gaming. Quads are great for benchmarks and video encoding, but in terms of gaming they are not fully implemented yet...and when they are they will be even cheaper so you can just upgrade.

..and go for the PC Power & Cooling psu

One last thing, if this cooler is available before you place your order it's definitely worth the extra 2 dollars over the Xigmatek:
Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So you are saying that Mobo is essentially the same thing as the P35 except it supports higher FSB, making it a better overclocking board?

Well, im of the type of person who will buy a pretty decent computer all in one shot, every 2-3 years. I dont really plan to upgrade anything on this computer once its built, until I do a complete overhaul on the system. So I figure I should get the quad.

Ill check out that CPU fan, currently sold out on newegg but Ill try and look elsewhere.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is this a good build?

haven't seen that HSF before, guru.
you have heard good things?
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I researched it a little but, I dont know how reliable FrostyTech is, but they rate it as the best cooler on the market right now for temperature.
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interesting. i have it set to auto notify from newegg.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have it under my wish list.. it shows this

ETA: 7/1/2008 11:15:00 AM

I dont think ill be able to wait that long myself. =/
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