I'm building my own computer, ?


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


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


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


Im planning on buying the hydra engine 100 a dream chip (by lucid) Otherwise, 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 need opinions on a better card, I heard a few negative reviews on this.


DVD/CD Reader-http://www. newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135176

DVD/CD Burner-http://www. newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171

Basic DVD/CD Burners and Readers. Opinions Welcome (Links removed due to yahoo's of 10 links per question limit)


What I still need -

Windows XP 64 bit.

Network card (Suggestions please.)


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-

R theese p4rts gud?

Thanks for reading,



I will not be using SLI for long, Lucid has made Crossfire and SLI outdated with their new SoC, hydra. (More info here - http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=607)

I knew that the onboard sound was pretty good, but I just wanted one more thing to brag about.

As far as dual booting vista... 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 =].

As far as the i790 having an onboard NIC, thats great news! Does it support wireless as well as wired?

Also, would you mind recommending a SSD? I've never used one before.. =/. It would be greatly appreciated.

Update 2:

I have been suggested this Power supply, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

Which would you recommend to be better?

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Your build doesn't look too bad on paper, but I'll add a few things.

    1) You don't need a NIC. The 790i's onboard is fine.

    2) 2x 9800GX2 IRL isn't that great. It's quad SLI, but really anything more than dual SLI doesn't give you much performance upgrade. With SLI since you have a SLI motherboard you're fine. It comes with the SLI bridge to use. Just connect the graphics cards with the bridge.

    I might suggest the GTX280 or 2x GTX260 Core 216 (they just released it for ~$279). The original GTX260 is also available for about $230. Definitely try to find benchmarks of quad SLI though and compare it to more recent benchmarks for GTX 2xx in SLI/tri SLI.

    I might recommend not caring that much about your OS drive. 74GB for a OS only is kind of a waste, and plus it's the old SATA 1.5 interface. Consider a 32GB SSD, it'll probably be around the same price. OCZ makes some pretty good ones. SSD have very good random seek times, which is basically what your OS does. It's also not very prone to failure.

    Consider Vista x64 for your computer. XP x64 is old tech, and you're not going to be getting DX10 (this sounds like a gaming computer). If you really need XP x64, dual boot with Vista x64.

    3) You don't really need a sound card. Integrated is good unless you need all of the advanced features available to the X-Fi card. That card isn't that good compared to the onboard. If you really want one, there's another version that comes with a 5.25" drive bay part to give you front mounted inputs.

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  • yoon
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    3 years ago

    you do not % 16gb of ram. 8gb is sufficient. Very, very very few video games use greater effective than 4gb ram. you % an i5 2500K fairly. It facilitates you to overclock because of fact it has an unlocked multiplier. this can provide ~30% overall performance improve. The build below is fairly candy and could run each and all of the video games you suggested on extremely.

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