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Old 05-06-2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about building a new computer. This will be my first build and I want to run my parts list by you guys and hopefully you can advise me/give me any tips that could help me save a lot of frustration.

Here are my parts:

XFX MB-N780-ISH9 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813141005

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115043

GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144118

XFX GeForce 8800GTS (G92) PVT88GYDF4 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150261

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135157

ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1100 1100W Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817814012

RAIDMAX SIRIUS ATX-701WB Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156060

XIGMATEK XP-S964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233005

ZALMAN ZM-F3GL Green LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118022

EVERCOOL CL8035/LD3 Green LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835119023

LOGISYS Computer CLK15GN 15" Green Deluxe Sound Activated Cold Cathode Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16800888072

Running on: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

Plus this monitor: SAMSUNG 906BW Black-Silver 19" 2 ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001094

I had someone help me pick out parts, but he and I had a bit of a...disagreement along the lines. Can you guys look that over and make suggestions please? Total for that would be over 2,000$ and I don't want to end up with crap after spending that much. By the way there would be two video cards and two harddrives and the guy said something about like RAID or something to make the harddrives act as one.
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looks pretty good. A bit overkill with the powersupply though. You could save a lot of money by going with another psu.
For example this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341008

ohh and next time try to include links for the products, makes it a lot easier for us.
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Sorry. I'll add links if I can edit the original post. Forgot to check before I clicked new post. The thing that turned me on to that PSU was the modular cables. Seems like that would keep the case a lot cleaner looking.

Here is one that I just found. The other person said Zalman is a good name and all this PSU's reviews are positives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817379006
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that psu will be great too.
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Sorry. I'll add links if I can edit the original post. Forgot to check before I clicked new post. The thing that turned me on to that PSU was the modular cables. Seems like that would keep the case a lot cleaner looking.

Here is one that I just found. The other person said Zalman is a good name and all this PSU's reviews are positives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817379006
The PSU isn't really overkill. It's pretty efficient. As long as you can fit it inside the case then by all means stick with your choice.

Or try one of these:

http://www.be-quiet.net/be-quiet.net...websiteLang=en

Very well rated.
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yeah but it's 1100W. It's not like you are going to use that much power. I doubt that his build would reach 700w even if all of the parts were under 100% load.
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yh but if he gets a 700W PSU the it has to be 100% efficient which isnt likely so 850 - 900 is about right but that PSU is ok and if you wonna add a few hardrives maybe SLI in the future it allows u alot of expansion
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I doubt that his build would reach 700w even if all of the parts were under 100% load.
No, it would draw 350W absolute maximum.
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yh but if he gets a 700W PSU the it has to be 100% efficient which isnt likely so 850 - 900 is about right but that PSU is ok and if you wonna add a few hardrives maybe SLI in the future it allows u alot of expansion
Efficiency isn't the amount of it's rated power the PSU can output. It's how much or how little it wastes converting the power from the socket and distributing it along the 5V, 3.3V and 12V rails.
500W with 30A+ on the 12V rail(s) is more than enough for that build
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I don't know if I was really clear in the first post, but I want to have two 500 gig harddrives linked together to act like a 1tb harddrive and then two video cards. I'd rather end up with an overpowered rig than an underpowered rig. The guy I was building with said that the original PSU was TOTAL overkill.
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SLI could run fine with a good quality 500W PSU, the E8400 is 45nm and it doesn't sound like you're overclocking so it would be perfectly safe.
Have a look at this: http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
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