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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by geostone, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. geostone

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    Hello,

    I am going to be building a new multi purpose desktop and would like to get your thoughts on my choices so far. First let me give you the basics

    Budget- want to keep cost to $2,000 or less

    Purpose- The primary purpose is for entertainment, I am deployed at the moment and this will be my movie and gaming system. That said, I have always wanted a system that I could push to the limits as far as overclocking and benchmarking go. I also want to keep the option open to add water cooling at a later date. The CPU is a toss up between the E8500 or a Q6600. Which would be better for overclocking / benchmarking?

    So here goes my choices so far~
    Total so far-$2,103.92

    Case-Thermaltake ArmorPlus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133056

    Motherboard-ASUS Striker II Extreme
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131274

    CPU-Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

    PSU-APEVIA WARLOCK POWER ATX-WA1100W 1100W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148037

    Video card-SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102768

    RAM-CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145197

    HDD-Seagate Barracuda 250GB (this is where I chose to cut cost)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148261

    CPU Fan-ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU COOLER
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    Monitor-Acer P244Wbii Glossy Black 24" 2ms HDMI 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009154
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  2. aharvey

    aharvey New Member

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    get rid of that PSU. go with a PC Power and Cooling or Corsair PSU. ~600w looks like it would be a good place to start. and you might as well look into a 4850 for your GPU.

    Just My Thoughts
  3. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

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    I'd say for the size of that monitor,and your budget get a ati 4870 x2.You will need a powerful card with that monitor,i dont think a 4850(maybe 2 would) would be enough on its own.

    Plus for mostly gaming,go for the E8500,if you multitask(or are badgered into it)a bit,get the q6600.
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    ^^ good call on the 4870x2, i didnt pay attention to the size of his monitor. with the larger GPU's you might want to think about a stronger psu as well, especially if you go for 2 4870x2's
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    Downsized the monitor to a 24" ans I think I can live with what I have posted above but I am still very interested in hearing any more thoughts that you may have.
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