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8/9/08 11:51:40 PM
Hi Guys, after many nights reading I'm starting to feel ready to fork out some cash.

A few notes:
The case seems to be good at keeping cool, I'm guessing that I'll be fine even with the 2 vid cards.

I'm guessing I'm ok with 750w psu, I've seen some suggest 1kw. What you think?

I like to spend a bit more on quality on stuff that comes directly in contact with me eg. monitor, keyb, mouse etc.

The wlan card seems silly esp since I'm using 802.1b, but I chose it for the atheros chipset being good for linux.

They sell the scythe fan (putting on cpu) for same price at 1k,2k,3k rpm, any suggestions?

Not sure if the tv tuner is good with linux, but I'm willing for it to only work in win.

Considering whether I should just go for onboard sound instead of forking an extra $120 for the auzentech.

case coolermaster cm 690
psu corsair tx 750 750 watt
lcd 2xlg w2252tq
keyboard logitech g15
mouse logitech g9
mouse mat razer destructor gaming mat
mobo Asus M3A32-MVP-DELUXE AMD Mainboard - 4x DDR2 / 6x Sata Raid / 1x IDE / Gigabit Lan
cpu amd phenom x4 9550 2.2ghz quad core
ram Team Xtreem 4x1GB DDR2 1066MHz CL5
gpu Sapphire HD4870X2 2G DDR5 PCIE
hard disk Samsung 640G 7200RPM SATAII
cpu cooler Thermalright TRUE Black 120
am2 bolt thermalright am2 bolt through kit
os vista 64 bit home premium w sp1
wlan D-Link DWA-547 RAngeBooster N650 Wireless LAN PCI Adapter
cpu fan Scythe Ultra Kaze 120mm Fan 2000rpm
dvd Pioneer DVR-216BK 20x Dual Black OEM with software – SATA
tv tuner Leadtek WinFast PxDVR3200H PCIEx1 - Hybrid, FM
sound card Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 Cinema
headphones Audio Technica:ATH-AD700
microphone Zalman Microphone ZM-MIC 1


9/9/08 7:02:01 AM
get an intel based system to feed that GPU. you'll have to even oc an intel CPU to feed that card. plus you won't have to buy that AM2 bracket.


9/9/08 8:56:20 AM
I probably should examine more closely my bias towards amd. Anyway, I'd probably go:
Asus P5E-DELUXE Intel Mainboard - 4x DDR2 / 6x Sata Raid / 1x IDE / Gigabit Lan
Intel Core2 Duo E8400
subtract am2 bracket.


9/9/08 2:49:07 PM
Until my current build everything I had before was AMD. Intel seems to be good value for money at the moment (never thought I'd say that) so that's why I went with them myself.

E8400 | MSI 9800GTX | Asus P5Q | 4GB OCZ 1066
500GB Sata | 320GB Sata | Coolermaster CAC-T05

9/9/08 3:37:00 PM
The last pc I built 8 years ago was an amd 1800. Even now my sisters are still playing counter strike on it. That's why I'm biased.

Hmm not many responses to this thread. Must mean the parts are a winner.

Edited by volo: 9/9/2008 3:39:43 PM


9/9/08 3:56:03 PM

Quote by volo
Hmm not many responses to this thread. Must mean the parts are a winner.

Yeah, pretty much.

Although I'd go with a quad core Intel. People get excitable about extra MHz on the dual core but forget that more and more games support quad and when they do it makes a much bigger difference: http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=770&p=0

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9/9/08 4:16:03 PM

Hi volo.

I was in the same boat as you a couple of weeks ago, the exact boat!
The last pc I made was an AMD 1800, 8 years ago :)

I ended up getting my first Intel based system, and to say i'm impress is an understatement. There's is no way in the world I'd get an AMD currently, they are slower, hotter use more power and are generally more expensive for the Intel equivalent. My opinion, DO NOT GET AN AMD!


10/9/08 1:50:32 AM

+1 for Intel instead of AMD

I'd suggest:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 motherboard
Intel Q6600 CPU
Noctua NH-U12P CPU cooler
2x2GB DDR2-800 RAM

The selected motherboard is a proven overclocker, works well, and isn't riddled with excessive bullshit that you're never going to use. You can get the R version for afew extra dollars if you believe you need onboard RAID. But otherwise, there's no point wasting the cash.

RAM: You'll get next to no performance increase with the RAM you've selected. You're also best avoiding 4x1GB configs when using overclocked RAM. 2x2GB is a more stable option. But jsut get any old brand of DDR2-800. This should cost you under $100. $85 is what you should be expecting.

Cooler: The TRUE is excellent, and by all means, feel free to get it. I recommend the Noctua as it's pretty much on par with the TRUE. Some say better, some say worse, but everyone says it's too close to lose sleep over. The good thing with the Noctua is that it's a complete package. Heatsink, fan, bolts and bits, thermal compound, etc. It runs very quiet, too. So I'd grab that.

As for TV tuner cards and linux, see:

I would probably get a Kworld DVB-T 220.

Wireless, I'd grab a Netgear WG-311. They appear t obe fairly well supported under Linux, and it's not a D-Link.

All your other bits and pieces can remain the same.


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