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Old 07-02-2009, 12:48 AM   #1
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looking to build a comp for under $800
requirements:
-must be vista friendly
-must be intel core 2 quad (ive looked i7 is too expensive for me)
-no liquid cooling, my last attempt was a disaster, anyone remember thermaltake bigwater?
-must be under 1000

objectives:
Purely gaming
Overclocking friendly
User friendly

I'm going to be salvaging a couple of my components from my last comp including:
dvd drive
Antec Neo HE 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103941
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701
thermaltake tsunami
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133133
21 inch gateway 1680x1050 res monitor

What I will be buying:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128358
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115041
G.SKILL 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122
EVGA GeForce GTX 275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130475
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

My concerns:
I dont know S*** about computers, cars are really my thing. I looked this up in the last week or so. I'm completely oblivious to the trends in gaming currently.
The GPU I picked has had some warnings about size, and it seems it will fit in my case JUST barely.
The motherboard ram and GPU were basically picked based on customer reviews on newegg. I have no idea how credible those reviews are.
Sound, not overly concerned with high quality sound, just need something that can power some headphones or a low-mid quality 5.1 set up. Should I be looking at a sound card or will onboard sound please me?

What can you guys tell me?
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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Everything seems good, if you can swap out that Arctic Silver for some mx-2 or tx-2, it will work a lot better.

Also all that on a 550 might be pushing it, but since it is Antec it should do fine.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:53 AM   #3
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Yeah It seems like a solid build.
You should consider AMD P2, but if you are set on a core 2 quad then fine by me. The P2 could save you a bit of money though.
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AMD FAN BOY *cough*
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AMD FAN BOY *cough*
I know, just bringing up the option. Like I said, it is up to the OP.
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Nice selection of parts. Looks to be a very nice build.

You really wont need the Arctic Silver 5 as the Arctic Cooling heatsink comes with pre-applied thermal paste.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:02 AM   #7
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How come you don't want to use Windows 7 RC?

It seems to be very good right now.
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You can buy an i7 system for that price.

i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130227

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Old 07-02-2009, 01:03 AM   #9
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Ooh. Not bad.
Go with Rohan's build then...still Windows 7 is worth considering.
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Ooh. Not bad.
Go with Rohan's build then...
But it's not an AMD setup foothead.
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