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Building a PC, here's the part list, what do you guys think?


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JohnathanF

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Questions below.

CASE
AeroEngine+
ATX Mid-Tower Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811196025

MOBO
ASUS Rampage Formula
LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131284

CPU
Core2 Duo
E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115036

CPU FAN
Arctic Cooling
Freezer XTREME Rev.2
http://www.arctic-co...d..._42&mID=245

GPU
GeForce GTS250
EVGA 01G-P3-1155-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
http://www.newegg.co...001G-P3-1155-TR

GPU FAN
Arctic Cooling
Accelero Twin Turbo Pro
http://www.arctic-co...d...=2_&mID=379

RAM
Corsair Dominator DDR2 1066 4GB (2 x 2GB)
240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145256

RAM FAN
Arctic Cooling
Arctic RC Pro + Turbo Module
http://www.arctic-co...d...39_&mID=456
http://www.arctic-co...d...39_&mID=125

HDD
1TB SATA
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136284

OS: Windows XP, maybe SP3 or Black or something. Dunno yet but I'm not going near Vista/7.

Only 4GB because that's all XP can handle, only DDR2-1066 because of the mobo memory standard.

Anyway, my question(s):
Do any of these parts clash in any way? Should I change anything because it won't work, or work as well as it could?
I'm not looking to change any parts because of price. I know there are cheaper options.
Do you think this setup will be good?
Also, would a 750W power supply be enough for this rig? http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139006
Keep in mind I also want to eventually add a decent sound card, network card, 4 devices for the drive bays including a Blu-Ray burner. And quite a few things plugged into the USB's at almost all times.

Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Edited by JohnathanF, 23 November 2009 - 03:14 PM.

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Hi!

First of all I had this CPU E8500 and same cooling Freezer XTREME.And I was happy how my CPU was running and with cooling.
Now it all depends what will you be doing with your comp. like gamer pc or graphics 3D or video editing... You chosen good components for your comp. but I would change CPU E8500 and take Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz price is same at newegg and it's better and more powerful than E8500. Only thing that E8500 is still better is for playing games in this moment but in 2010 we'll probable see some games able to use all 4 cores so I think it would be a better choice to go with Q9400.Next if you are planning on overclocking this ASUS motherboard is great E8500 should easily be able to go to 4GHz with this motherboard and cooling, mine did with DFI DK P45 motherboard, your ASUS is better.Q9400 will go to 3.6GHz easy and your memory RAM is great no need for memory cooling heatsinks are same as mine on DDR3 Dominators and they aren't hot at all.If you still want it you should get official Dominator cooler.WD Black is great and fast.Graphic card GeForce GTS250 not bad but this one is better XFX Radeon HD 4870 it's faster and has faster GDDR5 memory and the price is same as GTS250 and you don't need a cooler for this card stock cooler is fine.Power supply is great Corsair TX 750W will be more than enough for your comp. actually Corsair VX 550W is more than enough but if you want 750W go for it.And one more thing since you want to install Windows XP 32bit version will recognize only 3-3.2 GB RAM, 64bit will recognize all 4GB RAM.
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Well from a guy thats' still getting advice on my build thats soon to come, i've been deployed for the past 3 months with nothing better to do but research all my computer parts and compare everything from high end to low end, and even different versions of the same part by the same company. And I can at least pass on the first questions everyone is going to ask before they make any recommendations. Whats your budget and what are you using it for? Do you plan on overclocking? Are you going to be using a lot of media applications, or want a gaming rig? (or both?)

I've changed my views on vista now that its been out for a bit. For the sake of "future proofing" (which everyone will probably jump on that quote because there's really no such thing) Vista 64 bit can be had on newegg for $89 right now. That at least allows you to add more RAM later if you need to. And you get a free win7 upgrade. It seems like they've resolved a lot of the issues from when it first came out. I actually like vista better than xp now. especially when you get into wireless networking and things like that, life is a million times easier on vista than xp. But thats just my preference. The OS is totally up to you.

I will say that you've got a pretty serious motherboard there. Although with the rebate, you can't really beat that price. I would almost recommend (with some back up from the community here) to go with an i5 setup. Newer technology, and better performance for the exact same price (give or take $10-$20)

Try this for your PSU: PSU Calculator

That PSU will give you more than enough juice for your current build + some. Good thing there's no such thing as overkill on a power supply. I'm no expert but most people will tell you that how many Watts a PSU has is either a very broad guideline or an almost useless measurement to what you will actually need.I guess your biggest rule of thumb is don't go under 20A on the +12v rails. With that being said there's some sick deals going on in the newegg world, and the PSU you have picked out for that discount is an extremely good deal.

Video card is OK. Play with the combo deals a bit. My i5 + gtx 260 combo is actually cheaper than your C2D and GTS 250.

You'll probably have to pick a new case. people are struggling to fit in cards that are 9 1/2in long and most of the new mid-high end cards are 10.5in long. I'm sure people will try to recommend you to the coolermaster 690 or an antec 900. They seem to be the favorites in all the forums and websites i've went through and they cost about the same.

Just some things to think about from what i've researched out. There's really nothing wrong with your set-up at all and should get you playing all the modern games with relatively high settings. (most games you'll be able to max out depending on the resolution you like to play on)

In the words of Lavar Burton, "But dont'take my word for it"
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Everything I listed comes out to 1000 something I believe, but my budget for this PC is over 2000, so.

And as far as what I'm gonna be doing on it, I am a gamer, yes, but I hardly play many PC games, the ones I do play are low to mid, crazy graphics-wise, and that's at max settings. The most I'll be doing there is playing some N64, PS1, arcade, Dreamcast, DS emulators, etc. lol.

However, I am going to be doing some heavy audio editing, making music, some photo editing, watching high def movies, maybe even some video editing, and I want everything just to run smooth and instant. So I figure I will need a really good CPU/GPU combo. I appreciate all your input, you guys are awesome!
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I was search around and I found this let me know what you think!
Here you go this is from Newegg:

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $149.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives -Bare Drive $109.99

HP 2509m Black 25" 3ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor - Retail $269.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... - Retail $169.99

RAZER Lycosa Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail $79.99

RAZER Lachesis Banshee Blue 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - Retail $79.99

G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD - Retail $194.99

RAZER Goliathus Gaming Mouse Mat - Fragged Speed Edition - Omega S - Retail $14.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $268.99

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail $278.99

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail $77.89

LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner Model WH08LS20 - Retail $169.99

POWERCOLOR AX5850 1GBD5-MDHG Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $309.99

TOTAL
$2201.76

You can do heavy audio-video coding, photoshop, 3d modeling, playing all new games with no trouble!
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