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Old 12-26-2008, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I'm about to order parts and build a new computer, mostly for gaming and various engineering software used by my school. Mostly for gaming though! All parts are listed below, minus a power supply, which brings me to my first question.

What kind of power supply should I get? Wattage I'd be safe with? Number of 12V rails needed? for below components.

And also, if anyone has suggestions to the items listed below, they would be greatly appreciated.

Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases (includes 120mm and 80mm fans)

Hard Drives: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives and a 120GB Western Digital that I'm currently using now

DVD Burner: 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 with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Floppy Drive: A Sony one for emergency boot purposes, which I'm currently using now

Monitor: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 2232BW+ Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1(1000:1) - LCD Monitors

Power Supply: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Memory: Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

CPU/Processor: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Heatsink: Newegg.com - ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Motherboard: Newegg.com - EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Video Card: Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Mouse: Current Logitech MX500 I'm using

Keyboard: Generic Logitech office keyboard
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A Corsair 650tx would be great...

um, Drop that e8500 for an e8400, the CNPS for a Core Contact Freezer... drop the 750i and go with a better board like a P45..

Do not get the superclocked version of a GPU, OC it yourself (unless its the cheapest..) maybe a HD 4870 1gb or 512mb.. around the same price but that GPU is still solid too
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A Corsair 650tx would be great...
I agree. That was about the wattage I was leaning towards and the Newegg filter I did brought it up as one of the 3 top-rated, the first having 3 12V rails, which I probably wouldn't make use of.

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um, Drop that e8500 for an e8400, the CNPS for a Core Contact Freezer... drop the 750i and go with a better board like a P45..
From your analysis, am I correct in assuming the extra 0.16GHz isn't worth the extra $28? Is that even noticeable? I also want to keep the nVidia 750i board since I'm getting an nVidia card. A few people have told me the system just runs smoother when you match the two. What's your reasoning behind the heatsink?

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Do not get the superclocked version of a GPU, OC it yourself (unless its the cheapest..) maybe a HD 4870 1gb or 512mb.. around the same price but that GPU is still solid too
I was also recommended by others to just OC myself so I will probably change that. Probably sticking with an nVidia card though because of the above reasoning.
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The HSF I recommended is better in general, and comes with the best thermal paste that is cheap

And the people who you talked to, are either referring to a past generation, or do not know what they are talking about.. or both..
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i'd say the board is fine if you're looking to sli later on down the road. you picked out the FTW edition so that's a good start.

secondly ditch the hdd and pick up a 7200.11 seagate instead. faster drive.

also i'd recommend thinking about a solid 24" monitor instead of a 22". A little bit more but I'd say its well worth it and with that card you'll be able to max out most games and have them look big and smexy.
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i'd say the board is fine if you're looking to sli later on down the road. you picked out the FTW edition so that's a good start.

secondly ditch the hdd and pick up a 7200.11 seagate instead. faster drive.

also i'd recommend thinking about a solid 24" monitor instead of a 22". A little bit more but I'd say its well worth it and with that card you'll be able to max out most games and have them look big and smexy.
I thought it was a 750i? not a ftw.. when I plug in the Google search for the ftw.. no go
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the A1 model at the end is the FTW.

also if you look on the box pic's its the ftw
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Epic Fail.. I didn't notice the A1..
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haha. it's aite little dude
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i'd say the board is fine if you're looking to sli later on down the road. you picked out the FTW edition so that's a good start.
I did a filter without necessarily having an nVidia chipset and a bunch of Intel chipsets came up with more/better reviews. Is there really a noticeable difference between the nVidia and Intel chipsets?

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secondly ditch the hdd and pick up a 7200.11 seagate instead. faster drive.
Seeing much lower reviews on this one and probably won't use the extra space, so I think I'll pass.

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also i'd recommend thinking about a solid 24" monitor instead of a 22". A little bit more but I'd say its well worth it and with that card you'll be able to max out most games and have them look big and smexy.
Also, I couldn't find a 24" LCD in the 2-3ms range. I want as little shadowing as possible so the fastest response time is real important to me. I doubt I'll miss the extra 2" THAT much . I'm upgrading from a 17" CRT.
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