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Old 12-27-2008, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I've been out of the computer game for a while and I have fallen behind in the new technology. I am looking to build a gaming/productivity pc for by brother for under $1200 that would also be very future proof. I also expect him to do some slight overclocking but nuthing too risky. Through searching New Egg, I have come up with this build:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119047

CPU and Motherboard Combo
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115131

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188026

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231166

Video Card
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 - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130400

Optical Drive
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151173

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136073

Power Supply
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-650-PCAR 650W ATX from factor 12V V2.01 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817171014

BYTECC 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch Model SATA-118C - Retail
Item #: N82E16812270093

Microsoft CA9-00001 Black PS/2 Standard Basic Keyboard and Mouse - OEM
Item #: N82E16823109132

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488

After shipping and tax it comes out to $1218. So what do you guys think? I am mainly concerned that there will be hardware match ups that will not maximize the performance of the system. Like system bottle necks, or overkill hardware. Thanks for your help.

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instead of the CM PSU, grab the Corsair TX-750 (its the same price and much better quality)... ditch the extra SATA cable (18" is overkill and the mobo will come with everything you need because its retail) and spend that $3 upgrading that cooler from the ACF7 to the Sunbeam Core Contact Cooler... and are you seriously getting a PS/2 keyboard and mouse???? USB's the new thing! lol! also, if you wanna do some serious OCing, that board won't serve you too well (i mean, its not bad, but there's many that will go better)

the price seems a bit inordinate for that build... you should be able to build a good Core i7 system for around 1200 bucks... but i spose if you have to get the OS, keyboard/mouse, case optical drive, etc it adds up a bit... but overall, looks like a fairly nice build

also, you should note that the q9400 won't benchmark quite as well as other yorkies because its only got 6MiB of L2, but it'll do just about everything else just as well

NZXT Lexa BlackLine w/ Red LEDs | Corsair TX-750 | Gigabyte EP45-DS3P | Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 3.6GHz
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