Good $1,000 build?

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  1. MrBrotato

    MrBrotato New Member

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    Ok it's been a while since I've built a computer. I spent a lot of time looking for highly reviewed items, let me know how I'm doing...

    CPU, cooler:
    1x Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $189.99
    1x ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail $54.99
    1x Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99

    Mobo, PSU combo:
    1x ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    1x SILVERSTONE OP850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $304.98

    Video:
    1x ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $169.99

    RAM:
    1x G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail $69.99

    HDD, DVD drives:
    2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $109.98($54.99 each)
    2x LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15 - OEM $47.98($23.99 each)

    Case:
    1x Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $51.99

    Subtotal: $1,005.88

    Use:
    WoW and Team Fortress 2, lots of photo editing, school use.

    Wondering:
    The motherboard and video cards support SLI which is one thing I'm interested in, is it worth it for me though? I intended on buying just 1 video card now and adding another if I felt it could use improvement. Also, I chose that motherboard in part because of the built in RAID, I intend on setting up a RAID 1 mirror with those 2 drives.
     
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    first of all,...
    SLI = Nvidia vid cards and nforce mobos
    Crossfire = ATI vid cards and Intel mobos (which is what you listed)

    worthless for WoW, great for TF2
    a single 4850 can handle TF2 smoothly though, so why bother?

    get a xigmatek 1283
    get arctic cooling MX-2 instead of AS5
    the Corsair PSUs have better prices
    are 2 dvd burners necessary?
    RAID 1 :greddy:
     
  3. MrBrotato

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    You're right, I meant to say crossfire and list only 1 dvd burner and 1 dvd drive, it is very late for me :O. What do you mean worthless for WoW? My current computer can handle WoW decently while struggling a lot with TF2.

    As for the PSU, it was a combo item but I liked all the high reviews, I know I don't want to cheap out on that too much. I'll check out some Corsairs perhaps in the morning.
     
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    WoW will not take advantage of Xfire/SLI, so its worthless.
    TF2 will.

    Corsair PSU units are very good.
    I'd rather buy this one than that Seasonic
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    then use the money you save for a better cpu or graphics card

    stay at the 750W+ range if you want Xfire.
     
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