|09-15-2008, 02:40 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Second Opinion on a Build
I have this build for a gaming computer based around a 23" HD apple cinema display that I already own. http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html
This is what I have so far, but I would like some more opinions on it from people with more experience building than I have. Also, if you see anywhere where I am being redundant or could save some money without sacrificing too much performance, please let me know.
DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813136045
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116072
(2x) SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102770
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231098
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817703009
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119047
Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136098
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151173
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] %20nirvana
Thanks for you help
|09-15-2008, 09:14 PM||#2|
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Join Date: May 2007
I would make a few changes.
MB: Asus p5q
CPU: E7200 or if you can afford to, a e8500
Video: 4870 x2
DVD: Either a lite-on or asus dvd burner
And you won't need the heatsink unless you plan on overclocking.
It's coming....just you wait.
|09-15-2008, 10:12 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: eastern nc
The Centurion 5 has a top mount for a PSU. If you use a big CPU cooler and ever need to pull the power supply for any reason, then you've got problems.
I'd look at cases with a bottom mount for the PSU.
And gaming will still run up the CPU temps so a big cooler is a good idea. I wouldn't use the Zerotherm Nirvana though. I have one, and it is an excellent cooler as far as keeping the CPU goes, but it sits low and cantilevers to closely to most NB heatsinks. No room for a fan or a cooling mod if you ever feel the need.
A ZALMAN 9500A would probably do the job for you. Thermalright has some great ones, mainly used for overclocking, but if you went that route, a 120E or an HR01P would keep that chip frigid.
I'd get an E8600.
Two good reasons. It's the latest, fastest C2D and they have managed to get the temperature sensor quirks out of it. Price isn't bad considering what it is.
The only performance gain you would see by using a 4870x2 instead of a 4870 would only be visible in system benchmarking. Since you aren't going to be overclocking, you won't need that much firepower. A 4870 or 2 1GB 3870s in Xfire will provide you with hours of gaming satisfaction.
I'd go with Seagate hard drives. They don't clunk like WDs.
If you're not overclocking or don't have much experience in a BIOS, then you won't need a DFI. You'll swear you'll never build another PC again when you finally get everything dialed in and the system is running.
A P5Q PRO would be a good motherboard choice for you. Good board and the setup is easy to figure out. Pretty straightforward on most of that. It's a lot less expensive too.
That's about all that I can think of right now.
Good choice on the power supply.
DFI LP LT X48-E8600-Thermalright HR01 Plus-GeIL Esoteria PC2 6400-Sapphire HD3870 Xfire-Seagate Barracuda Drives-Antec P182-XP Pro
ASUS P5Q Deluxe-Q6700-TRUE BE-Noctua Fan-Corsair Dominator C5DF-Sapphire HD4870T-WD Black Drives-CM690-Windows 7
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