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New Computer purchase, please comment.

Post by Soliex » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:58 pm

Hey Guys, been a while since I've been crawling around on these forums.

I need some advice or simple confirmation if this is a decent build for computer gaming.
ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor w/ ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

2 X OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel

Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive 32mb Cache

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive

2 X SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Post by Darkstar » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:03 pm

Looks good! as long as you dont plan to mirror 2 different speed hard drives.....
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Post by Nobahar » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:07 pm

To save you some money maybe you want to look at legit deals for the fatality OCZ ram, lower frequency but not sure what the latency on that ram is.

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Post by Soliex » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:09 pm

Darkstar wrote:Looks good! as long as you dont plan to mirror 2 different speed hard drives.....
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The Raptor is for my precious games :P

I'll take a look at that Fatality OCZ ram, thanks for the heads up.

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Post by smack323 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:10 pm

you can save yourself some money and get a dual core instead of the quad. If your gaming it wont make a noticable difference.
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Post by vbironchef » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:11 pm

Why not wait for the new Intel chips to come out? Should be in a couple of weeks.

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Post by Soliex » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:13 pm

vbironchef wrote:Why not wait for the new Intel chips to come out? Should be in a couple of weeks.

Not exactly sure, I'm a little hesitant to purchase new technology. I usually wait for 2nd generation.

How much more better could it be?

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Post by vbironchef » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:16 pm

Apoptosis says it kicks butt! That's good enough for me.

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Post by Darkstar » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:16 pm

alot :)

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Post by Soliex » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:17 pm

I dont plan to run 2, 3 or even 4 Video cards, which I hear that it is great at doing.

I havent been able to track down simple and specific information about them, usually a 12 page review that I dont have the time to read and sift through. Im at work right now. Have they announced a price at all?

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Post by DMB2000uk » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:22 pm

I'd recommend swapping the Seagate 640GB drive for the Western Digital 640GB one. Model number WD6400AAKS, i've not heard anything about the Seagate, but can personally reccomend the WD (I have two)

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The performance is really something, but there is the downside that you will need to get DDR3 to run it (as the first lot of boards are DDR3 only as far as I know).

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Post by hnzw_rui » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:30 pm

Personally, I'd drop the Raptor, too. I'd go with either the Velociraptor or WD6400AAKS or WD6401AALS.
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Post by Darkstar » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:36 pm

I use Seagate ES drives in all my builds (even workstations) and have not had any problems.

interesting article on the Seagate and WD raptor with raid or not;
http://www.breakitdownblog.com/western- ... r-no-raid/

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Post by hnzw_rui » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:03 pm

True, but the Seagate drive you chose is a desktop class drive. Reliability of AS models is 10^14 compared to the NS/ES models' 10^15. The only advantage of the Seagate is the 5 year warranty, which the new WD Caviar Black line also has.
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Post by Soliex » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:25 pm

Hrm.. I guess I will wait until the i7 is released. Look at the price difference and then decide. It may drop the price for the processor I have selected above.

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Post by Skippman » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:45 pm

Sounds good to me!

My only beef is I'm an ATI fanboy and you went nVidia. But other than that, it's all good. Is your PSU the modular one?

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Post by Soliex » Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:48 pm

Nope, its not modular. It does however have a single 12v rail which is something I desire. I did find a modular one but the company who makes it is unknown in my book.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817256044

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Post by Skippman » Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:17 pm

Silverstone's been around for a while. Can't say they've made a huge name for themselves though. I think you made the right choice.

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Post by pwcmed » Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:31 pm

You can pick up a VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS for 159.99 after a rebate. The 640 gig WD WD6400AAKS drives are pretty good too. I read somewhere that the WD6401AALS is even better.

I just picked up SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 and couldn't be happier.

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Post by Soliex » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:24 am

I have another thought I would like to run by you guys, and thanks for your input so far.

I've been using XP since It's release. I have yet to upgrade to VISTA simply because I havent heard much good about it.

However, I do want to utilize more than 3.2GB of RAM and Dirext X 10 is something I would like to see and use.

I would still be using the current system configuration up top.

I do also have a few things on my current computer that I didnt really legitmatley purchase. I heard about this Black Screen thing that some people have been getting, is that related to the pirated stuff?

I will however be purchasing the Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit from newegg If I am to get it.

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