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Old 03-18-2009, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is the build I am going to be building, lemme know what you guys think!!


NZXT TEMPEST - Newegg.com - NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases ----$109.99

DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS - Newegg.com - DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards ----$154.99

Radeon HD 4870 x2

XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC651 650W - Newegg.com - XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC651 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V Ver. 2.92 Power Supply 100 - 240 V cUL, CE, TUV, FCC - Power Supplies ----$109.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz - Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors ----$198.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory ----$40.99

Saitek PZ30AU Black - Newegg.com - Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Keyboards ----$34.99

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen - Newegg.com - Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors ----$499.99

Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt - Newegg.com - Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 2000 dpi Mouse - Mouse ----$62.99

SAMSUNG Black Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 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 SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners ----$23.99

ASUS Black Newegg.com - ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A3T - CD / DVD Drives ----$19.99

Tuniq TX-2 Therhttp://www.techist.com/forums/f76/new-gaming-build-203123/#post1615240mal Compound - Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease ----$3.79

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks ----$36.99

Logitech X-530 70 watts RMS 5.1 Black Speaker System - Newegg.com - Logitech X-530 70 watts RMS 5.1 Black Speaker System - Speakers ----$59.99

Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English - Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - Operating Systems ----$99.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives ----$119.99



I am also considering Windows 7 as my operating system. So it's either that or Home Premium.
What brand of 4870 would you reccomend and why?

P.S. I already ordered the RAM and CPU cooler.

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Old 03-18-2009, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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for that kind of money I'd go for i7 build
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Do you do a lot of overclocking? A P45 chipset would be your best bet if you do, and a step up from that Q6600. That DFI board is kinda lame anyways because it only supports DDR2 800.

Either of these would do the trick:
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Then pair it with one of these:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Or a Q9400 if too expensive.
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Do you do a lot of overclocking? A P45 chipset would be your best bet if you do, and a step up from that Q6600. That DFI board is kinda lame anyways because it only supports DDR2 800.

Either of these would do the trick:
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Then pair it with one of these:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Or a Q9400 if too expensive.
I've never overcloecked before but I do plan on overclocking with this build. Which of the boards would be the best? And is that Q9550 better than Q6600? Better overclocking? And last but not least, which 4870's should I get?

Also keep in mind that I have already purchased my RAM listed above in my first post, along with that CPU Cooler. Will the CPU cooler still be compatible with that Q9550? And what about the RAM with the P45 boards?
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Yup, the memory and cpu cooler will be compatible with everything. The Q9550 is a lot faster and will overclock better compared to the Q6600. If you can afford it, I say go for it, you'll get a better bang for your buck. And that Biostar TP45 I listed is a high quality overclocker, that would be my choice.

This one seems alright:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You should get this power supply instead:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
It has better quality compared to the Xigmatek you listed, because of it's single 12v rail. Plus it's cheaper.
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Yup, the memory and cpu cooler will be compatible with everything. The Q9550 is a lot faster and will overclock better compared to the Q6600. If you can afford it, I say go for it, you'll get a better bang for your buck. And that Biostar TP45 I listed is a high quality overclocker, that would be my choice.

This one seems alright:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You should get this power supply instead:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
It has better quality compared to the Xigmatek you listed, because of it's single 12v rail. Plus it's cheaper.
Will that power supply be enough if i plan to upgrade things? Say my RAM and other things?

So that 4870 is just ok? Or is it a real popular one, that performs well?

Is it easy to overclock that Biostar? What makes it better than the one I had chosen? Besides the RAM holdback?
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The Sunbeam Core Contact is better than the Xigmatek and already comes with TX-2.

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Will that power supply be enough if i plan to upgrade things? Say my RAM and other things?

So that 4870 is just ok? Or is it a real popular one, that performs well?

Is it easy to overclock that Biostar? What makes it better than the one I had chosen? Besides the RAM holdback?
Yes, that power supply will be enough power for your system as well as other upgrades. That 4870x2 should perform well, they run a little hot and are power hungry though.

I've used a Biostar motherboard before and they have nice features wthin the bios for overclocking and such. Its been proven that P45 chipsets are better at overclocking compared to X48 chipsets. They generally reach further clock speeds, with great stability.
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Yes, that power supply will be enough power for your system as well as other upgrades. That 4870x2 should perform well, they run a little hot and are power hungry though.

I've used a Biostar motherboard before and they have nice features wthin the bios for overclocking and such. Its been proven that P45 chipsets are better at overclocking compared to X48 chipsets. They generally reach further clock speeds, with great stability.
With that 4870x2, is there a way it won't get so hot? And what do you mean by power hungry?

Which is better though? That Biostar or Gigabyte? Because the Gigabyte is x3 Award Winner.
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