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Hey guys,


This probably goes under purchase advice, but wanted to make sure I had all questions answered before I order this system.. HEre's my build:


DVD Rom - BenQ Black ATA/ATAPI DVD Burner With LightScribe Model DW1655 - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16827101008


Case - COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01-E1C Silver Case without Power Supply - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811119023


HDD - HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822145087


GFX Card - eVGA Geforce 7800GTX 256-P2-N527-AX Video Card - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130254


PSU - OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJSLI 520W Power Supply - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817711002


CPU Fan - ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16835118115


Thermal Grease - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16835100007


Memory - mushkin eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820146397


CPU - AMD Opteron 170 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103586


MoBo - DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813136166


Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card - Retail - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16829102188


I'm getting other stuff like sound system monitor os etc, but this is whats relevant. This will be a first time build for me.. I know I can follow all the instructions ok, but want to make sure 100% everything i'm ordering should be compatible with the expert board.. I chose expert over the ultra-D for two reasons.. 1) I hear the power handling is better, and 2) I might go sli later on.


So questions are..


1) this build should work with expert ok?


2) Do I need to order any other cables? like the hdd is oem.. would I need to order sata 2 cables? or will the expert have them?


3) This PSU is listed as the best for expert boards.. This really is a nice power supply? It will handle the overclocks well?


4) I know read read read is the best policy, and I plan to, but any other advice before I take this road?



Thanks a lot guys, i'm just waiting on replies here before I hit the order button!

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That is a nice case but the Stacker is better for air and for mod to Watercool. The space in a full tower seems wasted but you can get around in it. You can get airflow where you need it. If you are intent on OCing and game playing then any way to reduce teemps is priority one. The chipset, PWMIC, GPU and CPU are going to be furnaces as heat sources.

Do not forget the Floppy drive, I know you seldom need it but that one time. Make sure you have a PSD2 Keyboard and Mouse. There will come a time when you'll have to have it. There is no official support at DFI for 939 Opterons. There will be some problems such as BIOS support specific to the Opteron. You'll find that sometimes there will be non-responsive memory dividers with the Opteron.


You laidut a nice rig. Welcome. If you need assistance just yell. Don't be afraid to PM the Monitors, they are just here for us.

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system looks damn good, and everything looks fine! just make sure you follow the initial-build guide in the stickies, and also make sure that the last thing you install is the Xfi soundcard, AFTER everything else is stable!


You may also look into the Zalman 9500 or Thermalright SI-120 for your HSF solution rather than the 7700, but that's up to you and how you have interpreted the zillions of online comparisons and reviews.


please be sure to stop by and post your results, EVEN IF the whole system works great! (positive posts are always welcome!)



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Newegg rocks but if you havent shopped around you might be spending more than you need to, For example an OCS powerstream 520 is $25.00 less at Monarch.


Nice selection of components....you'll be fine.

that is very true... the rig in my sig was built through 10 seperate orders from 8 different vendors just a few weeks ago! I saved a bundle just by shopping around! I was even able to pick the exact stepping I wanted for my Opty by going through Dave Graham instead of the large retailers... GOOD STUFF!

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