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    Gaming / HD Movie System

    I am building a gaming and HD movie system and I would appreciate any advice or suggestions on the below build:

    System Core
    Motherboard: XFX nVidia 780i
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz) or Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Quad-Core 2.66GHz
    RAM: 2 x OCZ DDR2-800 Reaper 2048MB w/ Heatpipe Cooling
    Video Card: 2 x XFX GeForce 9800GTX 512MB
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX PCI-Express

    Storage
    Hard Drive: Western Digital SATA VelociRaptor 300GB
    CD / DVD: Lite-On Blu-ray Burner SATA (black) w/ Software

    Case / Cooling
    Case: Antec P182 (Gunmetal Finish)
    Power Supply: Corsair TX 650W Power Supply
    CPU Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (775) & Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound
    Case Mods: AcoustiPack Acoustic Composite Sheets & Smart Drive 2002C Enclosure for VelociRaptor

    Software
    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32 or 64-bit?
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    What resolution do you game at? Unless its 1900x1200 or higher get a single 8800GTS 512mb instead, the 9800GTX is just a slightly overclocked 8800GTS 512mb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyReaver View Post
    I am building a gaming and HD movie system and I would appreciate any advice or suggestions on the below build:

    System Core
    Motherboard: XFX nVidia 780i
    Good choice for since you want SLI
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0 GHz) or Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Quad-Core 2.66GHz
    See comments bellow
    RAM: 2 x OCZ DDR2-800 Reaper 2048MB w/ Heatpipe Cooling
    I haven't heard much about how well this OC's but it should be fine. I have never cared for the Reaper's due to the cooling solution, just to much potential for future clearance issues. I would go with G.Skill and just a little air flow will keep them cool enough.
    Video Card: 2 x XFX GeForce 9800GTX 512MB
    New cards are coming this month, wait if at all possible. Otherwise you may look at the 8800GTS, your not losing hardly anything in performance and are saving a lot. Although budget does not appear to be a concern,
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX PCI-Express
    Not my one of my areas of knowledge, I'll leave it for others to comment on.

    Storage
    Hard Drive: Western Digital SATA VelociRaptor 300GB
    I/m jealous. The WD 640GB drive would make a nice companion for storage.
    CD / DVD: Lite-On Blu-ray Burner SATA (black) w/ Software
    No clue on this one either.

    Case / Cooling
    Case: Antec P182 (Gunmetal Finish)
    Nice quiet, yet breezy case.
    Power Supply: Corsair TX 650W Power Supply
    Might want to look at something a little larger if you end up with the next gen cards. They look like they are going to be power hungry. For 9800GTX's it is fine, I would drop down to a 620HX for the modular capability.
    CPU Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (775) & Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound
    Go with something a little better if you get a quad. TRUE, Tuniq, Zerotherm 120mm are all good coolers
    Case Mods: AcoustiPack Acoustic Composite Sheets & Smart Drive 2002C Enclosure for VelociRaptor
    From the early hands on previews it is shaping up to be a very, very quiet drive. The HD mount may be unnecessary. You may also want to look into replacing the case fans. The Tricools are very quiet on low but move very little air. On medium and high they are just to loud for me. I really like the Scythe Slipstreams. Go for one of the lower RPM models for a nice CFM/Db ratio for a good price to boot.

    Software
    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32 or 64-bit?
    It depends. My defacto answer is 64bit. But look at your software and hardware you plan on using and make sure there are no driver or other known problems. Some older periphials and some software(even some recent stuff) may have issues. Most things that will have trouble not just with 64bit but Vista in genereal
    Microsoft Office 2007 Basic
    You have certainly done your homework. I honestly cannot remember the last time I have seen a build thread this thought of and researched. Well done.

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    mine? The first post I ever posted.

    IN regards to the sound card, it's good though it does not support EAX5 for games. If you care about this feature, go for the azuen audigy 7.1 sound card.

    for cooling, get yourself a custom made wc setup and never turn back! Also, I rather the MX-2 over TX-2.

    IMO, vista 64 or xp 32. One thread talked about random crashes of 32 vista. I'm using the 32bit vista but it works fine for me. Perhaps I'm one of the lucky ones?

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    Only problem I have had in Vista is with nVidia cards.

    First problems was 3d mode caused freexing/crashing. Was told it was because I had an ati card in the machine before.

    Reinstalled Vista and got a couple of BSODs but once I updated its been smooth ever since.
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    Which version?

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    Iniitally was V32 ultimate, but I reinstalled with 64bit. Updated and no problems yet (keeps fingers crossed)
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    So the tread I've mention is true!

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    Looks good, but I'd skip the 9800GTXs in favor of 8800GTS-512s though. Not much gain for a bunch more money. I'd even think about getting an EVGA or BFG 9800GX2, it'll perform the same as a pair of GTS or a little worse than the GTX, and cost somewhere in the middle. I think they're down to $480 after rebate now. That way, you can step up to a GTX 280 or 260 in a few weeks. Also consider bumping up to the TX750 since you are going with an SLI mobo..
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    If he lives in a place where they cost the same, I'll say go for the 9800gtx. In my place, that's the case.

    But if not, yeah, go with evga and step up.

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    9800GX2 would be a better choice, and the e8400 is the way to go, higher clocked dual cores > lower clocked quad cores for most stuff
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    Game Backup HDD ----- 3TB WD Green
    Misc Storage HDDs ----- 5x 2 T.B SAMSUNG F4 5400 RPM 32MB
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    what about 2 9900gtx after step up?

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    Wait until the 4xxx X2 cards. (imo)

    Supposedly cheapo, or you can get a 3870X2 or two 8800GT's for ~$300.

    Change burner to Samsung SH-203B or SH-203N if you want Lightscribe.
    Cheap 2x1GB kit (G.Skill or your favorite, they are all mostly $50)
    or
    G.Skill $85 4GB kit
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    Hi All,

    Thank-you for all of your help and advice. I have narrowed down my build to the below items. I made a few adjustments to bring the final price sub 2k, there are also about $100 in mail in rebates that expire 6/16, so I have a few days for any tweak recommendations

    Oh, and I will eventually be getting either the Radeon 4870 HD X2 ($499ish) or the GTX 280 ($600ish) ; unless the god's intervene on my behalf.

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    Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $139.99
    XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard - $249.99
    XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB - $179.99
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply - $129.99
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz - $194.99
    OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) $109.99
    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA - $299.99
    LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-08 - $139.99
    ASUS Xonar D2X 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - $149.99
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit - $179.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - $3.79
    (3) Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fans -$26.97
    ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 CPU Cooler - $49.99

    Subtotal: $1,855.65
    Last edited by GreyReaver; 06-05-08 at 08:15 AM. Reason: tweaked some components

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    Just a suggestion. Add another hard drive for storage of movies and music and data. Makes back ups much easier and in case of issues, you don't lose all the data you've spent so much time ripping.
    Plus with new games, they are gonna suck your drive dry. Mass Effect is 12g installed. Won't take many of those plus OS and utilities to fill a 300g drive. Each movie you rip in standard def is 5-8gs hi def is 18 -25g. get my drift?
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    What display and audio are you hooking this up to?
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    I would probably scrap the burner in favor of a Blu-Ray player. As far as I know the Blu-Ray players can still burn DVDs.

    What are you using for a monitor, just curious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom10167 View Post
    I would probably scrap the burner in favor of a Blu-Ray player. As far as I know the Blu-Ray players can still burn DVDs.

    What are you using for a monitor, just curious?
    Scrapping the bluRay burner for just a player was my thought too.
    I'm using a 22" Samsung LCD HDTV Monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgreenjeans View Post
    What display and audio are you hooking this up to?
    I am using a Sony DF IR-5000, which are infrared Surround Sound wireless Headphones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgreenjeans View Post
    Just a suggestion. Add another hard drive for storage of movies and music and data. Makes back ups much easier and in case of issues, you don't lose all the data you've spent so much time ripping.
    Plus with new games, they are gonna suck your drive dry. Mass Effect is 12g installed. Won't take many of those plus OS and utilities to fill a 300g drive. Each movie you rip in standard def is 5-8gs hi def is 18 -25g. get my drift?
    I will eventually add the Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $109.99
    Last edited by GreyReaver; 06-05-08 at 07:48 AM. Reason: entered exact component

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