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Old 06-15-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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I am making a new computer and haven't gone this route before. I need help on confirming my cart to make sure all the parts are compatible with each other and will work nicely. I am going to overclock eventually but not right away, that is why i don't have a cooler yet, also i am going sli but again not right away. please help me check it out by clicking the links and making the cart then looking it over. thanks i appreciate it.







my friend is getting me a seagate 500gb hard drive for free, but if not i am getting this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136260

also i wasn't sure on the cooling system whether to get the tuniq tower, or go with water cooling? if you had any suggestions on which is the better way to go.

please check everything out and tell me if they are all compatible with each other. thank you so much for your time.

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Old 06-15-2008, 09:06 PM   #2
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All of the products you selected are compatible and that will be one kick ass computer.

Your list is just missing an operating system and optical drives, otherwise you're good to go.

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Old 06-15-2008, 09:25 PM   #3
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Tuniq Tower!!! Water cooling is expensive and a pain to maintain. Although it does look pretty cool.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:48 PM   #4
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thank you for the feedback! it is so helpful and making me feel more confident about this rig. i might post some pictures later on not sure if anybody would care though haha. but i already have 2 drives and windows vista ultimate sitting here next to me. please people write more though i really appreciate it

Maybe this will save people time: this is what my cart looks like----

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case

EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 SSC 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 Video Card

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard

ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1100 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Windows Vista Ultimate


DVD R/RW & CD-R/RW Drive
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:03 AM   #5
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Are you actually going to use two or three video cards in SLi? You're already getting a dual GPU card, what's the reasoning behind the 790i?

Why two optical drives?
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #6
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OK, first. DDR3 is no use on an Intel platform because of the bandwidth limiting FSB. The supposed extra bandwidth that DDR3 brings is no use as the FSB bottlenecks. For example, say the FSB speeds is 400MHz, that's 12.8GB/s of bandwidth, which is equal to DDR 800. Increasing the memory speed will bring no performance increase due to the fact that the FSB is not "wide enough".

The Q9450 uses a 8x multi, meaning that to reach it's maximum overclock, you are going to need DDR 1066 to be sure you're getting the CPU's full potential.
DDR2 is so cheap ATM and it's the sensible choice as DDR3 is not worth it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166

And as you won't be going SLI, you can be rid of the Nvidia motherboard (I detest Nvidia motherboards). You'll get much better stability and overclocking potential with an Intel chipset: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136045

And it's not really worth paying extra money for a factory overclocked card, just buy the standard clocked version for cheaper and do it yourself: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130338

I like the HDD though

Oh, and one last thing, the PSU is overkill. Even when the whole system is overclocked, it will pull 350W max. A good 600W will be more than enough: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817815001

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