Picked my CPU. Help me decide on everything else

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  1. Ebtromba

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    edit: see post 24 for final build



    Never actually built a pc from the ground up before, although I have changed out some (minor) parts from time to time. Time to build a kick-ass gaming/multimedia machine from the ground up.
    For my processor, going to go with the Core 2 Quad Q9550 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    Already have a hard drive, (fairly new Seagate 500gb) as well as a monitor, keyboard etc. I also have a kick ass external sound card.

    I just need the guts of the system- a mobo, graphics card, PSU, case, ram and everything else.

    I have tentatively decided to use a GPU with a NVIDIA chipset, although anything beyond that I am rather lost. I was thinking of this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150310
    looks to be pretty badass, and it comes with COD4. But again, I really am not sure. I don’t want to spend more than $350 or so on the graphics card, unless someone can make a case for me to do so.

    PSU/mobo I am totally clueless. But I do know I don’t want to skimp here. Potroast, et al, I am talking to you..

    I will likely go with 2x2Gb of ram, and yes I know 32 bit windows won’t see all of it.

    Find me a case that kicks ass. The graphics card I suggested is pretty big, so if I went with that I’d need a big ass case to accommodate it, I reckon.
    I guess that’s about it. many thanks in advance.
     
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    PSU has to be Corsair HX series.

    Not sure on mobos and I like lian li cases.
     
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    so 860 watts not enough?
     
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    IMO, stick to DDR2, there's no real benefit to going to DDR3 yet, expensive and not any faster than DDR2.
    For the power supply, holy overkill. You don't need that much power unless you're running 3 or 4 high end video cards. A 600W from PC Power & Cooling will be plenty.
     
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    word, how about this 620 watt with the 3 big assed rails

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002

    I like the price better too
     
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    It's not only the wattage that matters. The brand is very imporant. The quality of the power delivered is just as important as the max W.

    Not sure about that PSU myself. But I know a 650W Corsair will be fine for your rig and is half the price.

    $240 on a PSU is mental imo
     
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    I just built a new computer and here's what I ended up with:


    - E8500 3.16ghz Core 2 Duo
    - Asus P5Q-E
    - 4gb Corsair XMS2
    - eVga 9600gt
    - Thermaltake w0129ru PSU (600w)
    - Samsung SH-S223Q DVD Burner
    - Spare WD Caviar 60gb HD (Going with a 640gb once I have the $$)
    - Zalman CNPS9700LED CPU fan
    - Antec 900
    - Windows XP Pro
    - Samsung 2253BW (ordering a 2nd when I order the HD)
    - NEC 15" LCD (from an old computer, couldn't resist hooking it up)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    thanks guys.

    why hasn't jolly told me what to do and think yet. i guess its still early in the west
     
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    not sure,... but he doesn't post here anymore or he got banned for posting in this subforum :dunno:
     
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    Lian Li :love:

    I couldn't afford one when I built my PC. Antec P180 for me :hs:

    Where is potroast? Was he eventually banned from posting here for being a faggot?
     
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    man this forum has died
     
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    same with other pc forums
    most people consider current hardware, boring.

    new nehalem chips and mobos, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, SSDs, 802.11n finalized, etc... all are just around the corner.

    imo,... it's just stupid for a new build right now, specially with that kind of budget.
     
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    :mamoru: While Corsair PSUs are quite good, PC Power and Cooling has pretty much held the bar for the industry for a very long time.

    :werd: For a system with a single GPU and just one HDD 650W is more than enough. I'm going with a PCP&C S610EPS myself. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005
     
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    I also bought a P5Q-E mobo. So far its working very well. Although at the moment the only thing I've done is run memtest to see where my RAM is stable at.
     
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    if i were you, id go for a ati 4870 vid card... they're relaly the best option right now.
     
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    Don't need to tell him, he's looking at the best. :wavey:
     
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    it seems this could be said all the time. I see your point, but now is a good time for me to do this. and I'll still end up with a very capable system, I think.

    I have made a couple big changes.

    final build -

    cpu- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    mobo- ASUS P5Q-E
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131296

    power supply - CORSAIR 1000HX 1000W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007
    a little overkill?? a lot overkill? perhaps. Remember not shown are the 2 hard drives, and potentially down the road two RAID 1 arrays of 4 total hard drives. and perhaps some rudimentary to moderate overclocking in the future. this fucker will surely not be stressed in the least

    GPU- ASUS EAH4870X2 Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121269
    pretty much the best single card solution right now. but with greatness comes great power consumption and heat.

    LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106265
    is there any reason to go IDE for the drive? I assumed not...

    ram- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    case- LIAN LI PC-A70B Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112141
    I know, absolutely massive, but I think needed for the giant video card, according to the reviews I have read.

    and the two drives I have on hand that will go in immediately are these -

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148298

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

    both have 32Mb cache :coold:

    let the insanity begin
     
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  25. XR250rdr

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    Drives don't use that much power. You will still be perfectly fine with a 650W PSU. Those big ones are for the guys that want to run tri-SLI rigs and stuff like that.
     

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