TECH Good $1,000 build?

MrBrotato

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Sep 7, 2005
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Ok it's been a while since I've built a computer. I spent a lot of time looking for highly reviewed items, let me know how I'm doing...

CPU, cooler:
1x Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $189.99
1x ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail $54.99
1x Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99

Mobo, PSU combo:
1x ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
1x SILVERSTONE OP850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $304.98

Video:
1x ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $169.99

RAM:
1x G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail $69.99

HDD, DVD drives:
2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $109.98($54.99 each)
2x LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15 - OEM $47.98($23.99 each)

Case:
1x Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $51.99

Subtotal: $1,005.88

Use:
WoW and Team Fortress 2, lots of photo editing, school use.

Wondering:
The motherboard and video cards support SLI which is one thing I'm interested in, is it worth it for me though? I intended on buying just 1 video card now and adding another if I felt it could use improvement. Also, I chose that motherboard in part because of the built in RAID, I intend on setting up a RAID 1 mirror with those 2 drives.
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
Wondering:
The motherboard and video cards support SLI which is one thing I'm interested in, is it worth it for me though? I intended on buying just 1 video card now and adding another if I felt it could use improvement.

first of all,...
SLI = Nvidia vid cards and nforce mobos
Crossfire = ATI vid cards and Intel mobos (which is what you listed)

worthless for WoW, great for TF2
a single 4850 can handle TF2 smoothly though, so why bother?

get a xigmatek 1283
get arctic cooling MX-2 instead of AS5
the Corsair PSUs have better prices
are 2 dvd burners necessary?
RAID 1 :greddy:
 
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MrBrotato

MrBrotato

Active Member
Sep 7, 2005
5,561
You're right, I meant to say crossfire and list only 1 dvd burner and 1 dvd drive, it is very late for me :O. What do you mean worthless for WoW? My current computer can handle WoW decently while struggling a lot with TF2.

As for the PSU, it was a combo item but I liked all the high reviews, I know I don't want to cheap out on that too much. I'll check out some Corsairs perhaps in the morning.
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
What do you mean worthless for WoW? My current computer can handle WoW decently while struggling a lot with TF2.

As for the PSU, it was a combo item but I liked all the high reviews, I know I don't want to cheap out on that too much. I'll check out some Corsairs perhaps in the morning.

WoW will not take advantage of Xfire/SLI, so its worthless.
TF2 will.

Corsair PSU units are very good.
I'd rather buy this one than that Seasonic
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
then use the money you save for a better cpu or graphics card

stay at the 750W+ range if you want Xfire.
 

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