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Old 01-23-08, 01:12 PM   #27
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Default Re: I need some advice.

Get the E8400 wolfdale and don't bother with vista. Just get XP pro and foregoe the outragous price tag... put the money you'll save elsewhere.

don't bother with the 3870 cards... just buy one (or two) of these.

Get something bigger than the dell LCD. You can get a 22" BenQ LCD for around $220~$250 from newegg.

I'd also snag a 75 gig raptor hdd for your OS and the $100 500 gig western digital SATA drive for data storage rather than the seagates. Segates aren't bad drives but I just prefer WD's simply becuase I've never had one fail out of dozens of machines built using them.

Lastly, get this for your cpu.

There are tons of different choices for aftermarket heatsinks but these are considered to be at the top of the picks and it's performance speaks for itself in my system (see sig). The contact point was literally like a mirror also.
- Desktop -
4770k @ 4.45 ghz - ASUS Gryphon Mobo - 16 gigs Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866 RAM - XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 H2o Cooling - EVGA GTX 680 @1325mhz - 128 gig Crucial RealSSD C300 - 150 gig Velociraptor +2.75 Terrabytes of WD Sata 3.0 storage - 910 watt PC P&C PSU - Corsair Obsidian 650D case

- Server -
Core I7 D0 revision 920 @ 3.75 ghz - ASUS P6T Deluxe - 12 Gigs Mushkin DDR3 1600 - Corsair HX 620 PSU - Noctua NH-U9B cooler - Coolermaster WaveMaster Case

- Laptop -
MSI 16F2-012
- i7 2630QM - GTX570m @ 750Mhz - 8 gigs HyperX 1866 - 120 gig OCZ Vertex 3 SSD- 750 gig Scorpio Black - BluRay - 95% Gamut Screen - IC Diamond goop
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