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Building new comp need advice


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vwyodapink

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*comp will be used for gaming hd multimedia basic comp uses and I am in the process of getting my bs in CIS so would be helpful to get something that more than over covers all these uses with resources to spare. If possible.

I am in the process of trying to put together my own comp for the first time. I will list the parts I have come up with so far. I have been able to decide what graphics cards though to run. It will be running Vista Ultimate 64. Dont know if this matter but the monitor will be a 42" philips hd lcd. All comments on what I have chosen is needed. I do want to have to upgrade or replace anything for some time. I also did know if I should just go the i7 route. So heres what I have so far.


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy -$30.00 Instant
-$21.99 Saving
$139.99
$88.00
1 LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136144
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy $21.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136284
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy $129.99

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136296
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy $20.00 Mail-in Rebate $359.98
($179.99 each)

Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817153053
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy -$30.00 Instant
$329.99
$299.99

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145215
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy -$10.00 Instant

$40.00 Mail-in Rebate $218.00
$198.00
($99.00 each)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9650 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115130
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info19-115-130.0.18)

1 year: $34.99
2 year: $59.99
$329.99

SONY Black & Gray Blu-ray Disc Recordable/Rewritable Drive SATA Model BWU300S - Retail
Item #: N82E16827131060
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info27-131-0601.0.18)

1 year: $34.99
2 year: $59.99
Verbatim 25GB 2X BD-R(Blu-ray) Single Branded Disc - Retail
Item #: N82E16817130011
Return Policy: Consumable Items Return Policy


This is all from newegg.com I have a few thousand to spend and want the biggest bang for my buck of course and the best for longevity in parts as far as needing upgrading. Feel free to ask any other questions you need to know.

Also need sugestions for a wifi card and a ethernet card... Should I get a sound card or use the on board one? If anyone notices anything I may have missed please let me know.

Edited by vwyodapink, 19 February 2009 - 03:28 PM.

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Hi vwyodapink, welcome to Geeks To Go!

Since you mentioned you're thinking of upgrading in the future, I highly suggest you go the Core i7 route or even the AMD route. It depends on your budget though so if you have around $1500ish, I am sure you can get a nice Core i7 setup. Intel is not making anymore LGA 775 processor so you would be stuck with this setup unless you purchase an LGA 1366 motherboard in the future to upgrade your processor.

Can you please tell us what your budget is? This will determine whether we should go the Core i7 or AMD route and which video card we should go with.

Note that there's also this Corsair 1000W Modular power supply for $299 (with a $20 rebate).

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No more than 3 grand would be nice. I was figuring I should just go with the i7 but wasnt sure so I did this setup. If I went i7 what mobo and chip should I get and what other changes would I need. Video card recomendations? I would like to run dual video cards. Other than thermal glue not being listed does it look like i missed anything? I have cables in abundance at the house so not worried about those.

Any other suggestions in changes would be awsome. Especially if it means I get a way overkill machine now were later there is good upgradability and will still be a powerful comp atleast a year from now.

Thanks so far though.
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Hi vwyodapink,

Here's my recommendation, sorry it took so long for me to reply:

CoolerMaster HAF 932 - $169.99 (its bigger than what you have but Antec 900 should be fine)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $288.99
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - $24.99
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - $288.99
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $127.99
Corsair 1000W Modular power supply - $299
XFX HD-487A-CDF9 Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $489.99

The hard drives you selected should be fine.

For sound card, you should try on-board first and if you don't like it then buy one. Its mostly recommended for audiophiles as most people would not hear the difference between on-board sound and a sound card.

With this set-up I don't see you upgrading until the 2nd or 3rd year of use, of course that will depend on what you'll be using it for down the road. I see maybe upgrading the video card 2 years from now as the technology for video cards changes so quickly. You can also do a Crossfire of that HD 4870x2 but right now, I think that's way overkill. You can save some of those money now and upgrade later on when you think you need to. With crossfire, you'll need an ATX Full Tower just like the one I recommended.

Hope that helps.
Kamille

Edited by kamille316, 23 February 2009 - 05:07 PM.

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