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Case - Antec 900

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811129021

 

SPU - OCZ GameXstream

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341002

 

CPU Heatsink - Tuniq Tower

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835154002

 

Motherboard - Abit IP35 Pro

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813127029

 

Memory - GSkill 2GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231114

 

Video Card - EVGA 8800 GTX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130072

 

Hardrives - Seagate Barracude 320 GB x 2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148140

 

Sound Card - Fatality X-Fi

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16829102005

 

DVD Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106072

 

What do you guys think? Not sure which processor I'm going to go with, depends on how much more he wants to spend. Comp will be used mostly for gaming. Price range is around $2k or maybe a little less...

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I would personally NOT go with thoes HDDs, I have two of them in my main rig atm and absolutely hate them.

 

They randomly click, one has already died and been RMAed, one gets insanely hot, performance is NOT like my 250GB version at all. Both of my current drives are showing signs of failure and I havent even owned them for 6 months. (and again one of them has even been out for RMA and replaced)

 

On top of all this I WANT to run them in RAID 0, but I have to toos that idea away due to the massive errors and corruption they give. Idk if RAID was in the plans or not, but that's just an additional heads up.

 

Funny thing is one of my old WD KS series 250GB drives was faster than these in RAID 0 at EVERYTHING, and my Seagate 250 of the same series is faster than the single WD. Take these out of RAID and they are STILL worse than any other modern HDD that I've used. I persoanlyl havent figured out a means to scrap the damn thigns and get some real drives back in this system without loosing too much money. My server needs a decent sized RAID 1 array, but hell I dont think im comfortable even with two of these keeping my important data.

 

Most here that ahve read my HDD posts in the past have read me praising WD and Seagate about their drives, now i find seagate selling what feels like the crap leftovers from their Maxtor buying with service to match. ($20 for a crossshipping RMA...come on) I really dont want tp spend all 5 years of my seagate warranty shipping these damn things and their replacements back to them.

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i adore my two 250gb barracudas. haven't had any probs :P

 

everything else looks good man. perhaps a 680i board if he decides to overclock and have a completely braggable system? :)

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http://www.storagereview.com is a good place to see what the best picks are for harddrives, you can find your own best by comparing the stats on all types of benches, temps, noise, etc

 

My personal favourite has to be the Hitachi T7k family

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i adore my two 250gb barracudas. haven't had any probs :P

I love my 250GB aswell, however my 320GB ones with the same model number he linked are steaming piles of crap.

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I'd avoid the abit and lite on. both are utter forms of dung

 

 

gigabyte, dfi or EVGA make better motherboards, and for optical drives the TSST (samsung / toshiba) are hands down the best optical drives on the market

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I think I actually read about the abit board here on these forums. It was just something different I was going to try. But you guys are right, I'm going to go back and use an EVGA board. As far as the harddrives, I was just planning on using one for the OS and games, and the second as a backup/documents harddrive. I am running 2x250GB in my current rig, and just thought the price for the 320's would make them worthwhile. I'll check into it more. Thanks for the advice.

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HSF: Are you doing it for the blue LEDs? I seriously hope not. A few bucks more will get you the Ultra-120 Extreme and a noticeably cooler CPU.

 

RAM: For the money you're paying, there are much better options. Crucial Ballistix for $50 after rebate, for example. The Crucial uses D9 chips while that crappy G.Skill uses crappy ProMOS chips. ;)

 

Video Card: You do realize that an overclocked 8800GT will beat a GTX, right? The GT is also single slot, draws much less power, and only needs a single PCI-E connector. And did I mention that they're half the price?

 

HDD: You can go from 320 to 500 for $15 more. Just in case math isn't your thing, that's a 56% increase in capacity.

 

Sound Card: X-Fi = good, Fatality = OVERPRICED CRAP! Buy directly from Creative. I got an X-Fi XtremeMusic for $50 + shipping. It came with a factory warranty and everything. Just watch their ebay listings.

 

Another vote for Hitachi.

 

But, ABIT? I thought Abit was a terrible mobo brand to go with, am I wrong? OP: I don't know, so wait for someone to correct me.

Depends on what you buy. The good old IC7 and IC7-G were the best mobos of their time and the IP35 Pro is great too. That said, pretty much everything in between sucked. :rolleyes:

 

I think I actually read about the abit board here on these forums. It was just something different I was going to try. But you guys are right, I'm going to go back and use an EVGA board. As far as the harddrives, I was just planning on using one for the OS and games, and the second as a backup/documents harddrive. I am running 2x250GB in my current rig, and just thought the price for the 320's would make them worthwhile. I'll check into it more. Thanks for the advice.

The IP35 Pro is a great mobo! Why don't you read the hundreds, or likely thousands, of reviews online (including one here on OCC) instead of listening to a couple people that are pissed off at a particular brand because they bought a bad product.

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