Building my own computer, But I need Advice!

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IamSwift Posted: Sun, Sep 21 2008 7:47 PM


Hey everyone, 

I am building my own pc (first time building my own) and I just wanted to make sure Im getting the most bang for my buck. If you see any thing that isnt compatible, or there is a better part thats not insanely expensive, I would seriously appreciate it. 

If Im going to be spending around 3 grand on a computer, I just want to make sure everything is right.


Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I will be mounting an additional 120mmx25mm fan on the side vent. Need sugestions for best fan.


Processor- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

I plan to overclock to 3.0ghz


Motherboard- EVGA 132-YW-E179-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard


Hard drive 1 (Files/Storage) - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


Hard Drive 2 (OS only)- Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive

Was suggested to check out a 32 GB SSD. Anyone have an SSD they would like to suggest? (I heard ocz was best)


Power Supply - ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ700 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply

I have been suggested that CorsAir is better, Compare and contrast the one I have chosen with this one-


Memory (RAM)- Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

(I will buy another kit in the future, but after PC is built)


Graphics card 1- EVGA 01G-P3-N891-AR GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Same Card as Graphics Card number 2


Graphics card 2- EVGA 01G-P3-N891-AR GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB (512MB per GPU) 512-bit (256-bit per GPU) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

I will not be using SLI for long, Lucid has made Crossfire and SLI outdated with their new SoC, hydra. Until I buy it, (will not be released until mid '09), how do I setup SLI and what parts do I need?


Sound Card- Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series

I know that the onboard sound is pretty good, but would it be better to buy a sound card anyway? Which is better?



DVD/CD Reader-

DVD/CD Burner-

Basic DVD/CD Burners and Readers. Opinions Welcome (as well as suggetions for better models)



What I still need - 

Windows XP 64 bit.

Suggested to dual boot Vista 64 bit with XP 64 bit... 

I hate vista, Its not so much that it sucks, its just Im used to xp.. But I guess I will have to change sooner or later anyway, so I'll just suck it up and buy both =].


Network card

(Only if the onboard NIC does not suggest wireless, if it does support wireless, Im not buying a seperate NIC.)


I am open to all opinions and suggestions. 

If you see a problem with my current setup, please let me know. As far as I can tell, all of these parts SHOULD be compatible, but as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

If you know of a part that would be better suited for my setup- Please tell me. My price range for this build is around $3,000.00 but I can manage a bit more if necesary to improve peformance.


Bottom line- 

Would you change any of these parts if you were building a pc?

Thanks for reading,  



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As far as fans go if you get a fan controller then just buy the fastest fans you can.

As for the harddrives. If you go SSD wait for the intel drives to show up. They are leaps and bounds better than anything else. With just 300GBs you might get cramped for space later on. I would add a big drive for videos, pics, and music. Things that don't need a fast drive.

I would go with the coarsair PSU. They make great PSUs.

Everything looks great. You have done your homework. I like Vista. If you use it everyday you will miss some of the features when you boot into xp. That said minus DirectX 10 there is no reason you need to move up to Vista.

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IamSwift replied on Sun, Sep 21 2008 8:21 PM

There is a fan controller built into the case, but it controls the 4 fans that came with it.

Will I be able to use that fan controller to control the fan I have installed? Or will I need to buy a seperate fan controller?

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A seperate one I think. I don't have personal experience with that case.

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IamSwift replied on Sun, Sep 21 2008 8:29 PM

Thanks a bunch, I think I will go with the Corsair PSU, Ive heard too many good things about them not to.


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rapid1 replied on Sun, Sep 21 2008 9:24 PM

I would say grab an antec 1200 if you don't mind full towers. I like the 4870 better as a video card it outperforms the Nvidia 260 on everything the 280 on a good bit do it wipes the floor with the 9800 but should'nt be much more if not cheaper. You can also grab a 4870 x2 for as much or less than two and it outperform the 260 x3 and performs pretty much even with the 280 x2 and has a lower power requirement and 1gb DDR5 per gpu so 2GB ddr5 per card. It also performs cooler being a single card with 2 gpus and 2GB of ram. However that power supply is nice or a Hyper 860 or better if your going X2. As far as the SSD goes I think intels's ssd outperform's all currently...but OCZ's gen 2 ssd's perform decent and also supertalent has out some brand new ones I think are decently priced and may perform pretty close to Intel's. As far as RAM Patriot seems very nice great reviews to but I don't personally have any exp with them I like OCZ ram. If your going wireless Newegg has specials on wireless o wireless N Linksys and a Dual Band Trendnet Router which has gotten great reviews 

  I ordered one of these. It's Dual band capable and gigabit all the way across plus 5 or 10 cheaper than the Linksys with great reviews and free shipping on both. I think they are running some deals on HD's and Ram to if you catch the sale. Although you will have to change your MB to an X48 or X58 I think I would suggest a MSI there X48 seems to do very well across the board, I think its the Platinum or Diamond edition. This board also has awesome onboard cooling to add and is considerably cheaper than the board your looking at. but you'll have to search that one look for the one with DrDOS2 cooling I think it is. By the way it has 4 pci Xpress graphics card slots if I'm thinking of the one I think I am....................

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Any particular reason you getting an burner and a reader?

Also like Rapid said you should look into the 4870x2, its a great card. If you sticking with you current set up though i would go for 850w to give some head room for the OC. Also i didnt see an aftermarket cooler for the CPU either. Look into the Scythe Ninja rev B or a large 120mm cooler.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Sep 22 2008 12:43 PM

 I own a couple of Antec 900's, one with a Q6660 OC'd to 3.0Ghz.  I'm only using the fans that came with the case.

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