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Hi all,
I'm planning to build PC for gaming and do some stuff like designs and videos. I have decided what I want to buy but I need your help and suggestions or comments.

here are all the parts, From Newegg:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5Q-8GBPQ

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -OEM

SPARKLE SX96GT2048D2-HP GeForce 9600 GT 2GB 256-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L - Retail

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM

Creative Inspire T6100 76 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 32-bit for System Builders - OEM

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Other parts from xoxide.com

Apevia X-Cruiser Thermally Advantaged Case - Black

500W Apevia Super UV Reactive Computer LED Power Supply (Black)

Blue Cold Cathode 80mm Fan

Quad Blue LED 80mm Fan

Saitek Cyborg Gaming Keyboard (PK17U)

Wolf King Trooper Laser Gaming Mouse - Black

80mm Blue UV Reactive Fan w/ Quad UV LEDs

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Also, I have some questions and comments:

1- somehow I don't think I got the right power supply, so please tell me if I have to change it or if u suggest me one.

2- Will all these parts fit in my case???

3- What do think about the fans??

4- What is Yorkfield (I just don't like this word :heink: )

5- I have some OEM parts, do u suggest me buy this kind of products???

6- The video card is really cheap (2G). is there something wrong with it to be this cheap.
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I could pay $1000-$1400 and my price so far is in this range.

thanks for all ur help.
 
that baby will glow like a small sun when you turn it on .


The gfx card is fairly basic would be my concern .

Have a look at the Toms hardware system builder marathon $1250 build for january

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-2-overclock,2146.html

Its all good quality stuff and theres room in your budget for a better case . maybe an antec 900 .

It would eat any game available . , and the 9600 you have in your build would barely play 2009 games on high settings .

Dont buy vista ultimate . Its not better for home users . DO buy 64 bit premium oem

OEM is the exact same thing as retail but it isnt in the same packaging .
 
Well get tis power supply...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010
better than the one u have chosen...

And as for the graphics card, ya u r right it has 2GB GDDR2 which is way slower than the GDDR3....and by all means dont go for tat card...

Get this instead
SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $164.99
($149.99 after $15.00 Mail-In
Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810

the difference between this card and the card u have chosen is like nite n day...u will be happy wit tis one...
 

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Thank u so much
I will change the power supply as u said but I need at least 1G video card.
Any more comments and suggestions??

thanks again
 

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This hard drive is a bit cheaper than the one you have posted and is quite a bit faster. Its basically has turned into a forum favorite.
WD 640gb Black

It is a bit smaller but the preformance of the drive is quite a bit better.

Like noted above try picking up a 4850 or 4870 if you plan on doing gaming/vidoe editing. It'll improve your preformance quite a bit over the 9600.

Question for you, what's more important to you, gaming or vidoe editing? I ask because your budget is on the edge of an i7 build (IMO). if gaming is more important stick with the q9550 and get the better graphics card, if video editing is more imporant i'd go with the i7 and back down on the graphics card then to keep you in budget.
 

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Thanks kubes,
you are right about the hard drive but could find me 1T with good performance please!!
the one u told me about is 640GB, for me this is small :)

the most important to me is gaming.

thanks again
 

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This is the 1tb verison of the drive. Its a few extra dollars than the green but I still want to stand behind saying its worth the extra $10 bucks.
WD 1TB Black

Hopefuly I get the link right this time....I'm in programming mode and wanted to use curly braces in the above post ...opps.

Edit: I would say that these drives are the fastest drives in this spindel speed grouping on the market currently. Your next step up would be raptor or ssd drives.
 
Agree with the above posters. Replace the Apevia power supply with a 650w-750w Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, OCZ, Seasonic, Silverstone or other quality power supply. Check prices and combo deals, don't forget to look at other e-tailers for parts such as www.buy.com or zipzoomfly. Upgrade the graphic card to a HD4850/4870. Avoid the green version of WD hard drives for lack of performance. Go with the Vista Home Premium 64. If you have one LG burner, get a different brand for the other burner, it sometimes helps reading different DVDs. I'm not a big fan of Apevia cases, but can't find a different case in that color, You're obviously looking for an extreme lighted/looking case perhaps NZXT has one you'd like, they are quite a bit roomier.
 

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Thanks all for supporting me :sarcastic:

I'm still confuse with the graphic card, this is most important part for me and I have no experience with that. some of them 512 and more expensive than 1G, and the one I got is 2G and cheaper that a lot of 512 and 1G.
dose the GDDR make big different?

I have made a lot of changes and I will tell u about all the parts later but for now I need to know more about the graphic card.



thanks again for all ur help

 

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PC for gaming...you chose to skimp on the one component that classifies a rig for gaming, the GPU. Here is my Gaming configuration for under $1400

CPU&GPU: Q9550 and Saphire 4870x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165203

Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

PSU: Corsair 750tx (could go with a cheaper 650tx, but I like extra headroom)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

DVD Drive: LG DVD Drive (you can pretty much get anything here, they are all the same)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

Case: CM-690 (Very good cooling and very spacious, you can buy a side window for it if you like)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Vista: Home Premium 64bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

HDD: WD 1TB Caviar Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Cooler: S1283v Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=XIGMATEK%20s1283v

Comes to $1284 with shipping to me, before $75 MIR. If you want all the fancy lighting and stuff too, then you can still fit that in your budget.
 

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I guss I will go with the one that mentioned above

SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

another question: will the memory interface make big different??? will this card run all games??


I found this one too, this is 1G


HIS Hightech H485QS1GP Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ4 Video Card - Retail
 

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I think you can afford to save some cash on thekid's setup by saving money on the processor and the video card! Quad core processing isn't necessary for gaming, and is actually slower. Most games don't use multiple cores; online games never do. Something like an E8500 you can overclock easily and it will blow the socks off of the quad in gaming.

The price of the video card selected is REALLY high; bang for the buck-wise, I'd consider the Sapphire 4850 x2 from Newegg. It looks like a better bang for the buck!

With the money you save on these two changes, start saving for when the current top tier cards come down to around $200!

And you can safely scale down the power supply. Buying a higher-power version for potential future upgrades seems silly to me, given the fact that dual video card setups scale to the processing potential of the least advanced card (meaning unless you're SURE you're going to get another card soon, you don't need it. Future upgrade in a year or two graphics-wise is likely to be a completely new card, and it'll likely use the same or less wattage!). Definitely go for an 80 Plus rated supply, tho!
 

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You can definitely go cheaper than my build, but he said he was looking to spend between $1-1.4k, my build definitely fits the bill with some room to spare. The deal on the CPU and GPU though is very good. Quads will last longer than Duals, even though a high clocked dual will be better right now for gaming. I always build with the future in mind, that setup will last longer than if he went cheaper on the GPU and CPU.
 

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hi all, thanks for all ur help

but u guys gave me different suggestions, I like the idea of getting Duo instead of Quad. but the video card still giving hard time.

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail






 

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what resolution/monitor do you play at?

depending on the size and if you wan to Crossfire in the future the 4850x2 or the 4870 1gb may be a better option.

Generally the 4870 1gb GDDR5 is better bang for the buck if you want to run at resolutions of 1680x1050 and lower
The 4850x2 is better at resolutions above that.

Also though if you want to Crossfire the 4870 is a better option (the 4850x2 crossfire for 4x Crossfire is a great option but its expensive and a power hog, you will need to up your PSU if you chose that option. so the 4870 leaves the option to Crossfire a lot more safely/easily/cheaply in the future)

MAKE SURE you get the 4870 1gb tho not the 512.