New E8400 Build. need help with components.

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New E8400 Build. need help with components.

Post by kuroshouten » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:56 am

I'm building a new computer finally. I've been stuck with my old P4 for a little over 5 years now, and it's dying. It was a 2.6 ghz from gateway, and an ATI x800AIW PRO. at any rate i've been out of the computer building type of deal since forever (even though my original box was from gateway, over the 5 years i replaced everything except the cpu (yes even the floppy drive)).

So basically I want your opinions on the parts i've selected. I'd like to make an E8400/E8500 (preferably 8500... but i don't know when those will come out, and i've heard of some problems with OC'ing it due to boards not supporting the .5 multiplier). anyway here are my parts:

Case: Antec Solo <----- only part that will not be changed. i got it a while back on a killer deal. after rebate it only cost me $26
Mobo: Asus P5E X38 ... 6813131219

Ram: OCZ Titanium XTC 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800 ... 6820227271

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-620HX ... 6817139002

Graphics Card: BFG 8800GTS ... 6814143119

HDD's: 2x 500gig Samsung Spinpoints ... 6822152052

CD/DVD burner: Samsung burner w/ lightscribe ... 6827151154

CPU: E8400 ... ia=BA24501

CPU HS: Thermalright Ultra 120 Exreme 120mm Scythe S-Flex 1600 rpm fan ... 16580.html

Intake Fans: Nexus 92mm Real Silent Case Fan x2 ... 16284.html

Exhaust Fan: Noctua NF-S12 1200 rpm Ultra Silent 120mm Fan ... 16585.html

I've noticed that i've gotten positive pressure with this setup of fans, and i'd like for it to be a negative pressure setup. Any suggestions on how to make that happen?

So basically i've got roughly $1,800 to spend on this computer, and I want to make sure that it can run well, and that these components will run nicely together. i'd like to Overclock some because i've heard the E8400 OC's very nicely. If you can think of any parts that are better or if there are any costs that you think may be able to get cut please let me know. Please let me know of any suggestions you have for me. Thank you everyone.

-edit- i'd also like to mention that this rig will be used mostly for gaming and photoshopping. So if its not 100% silent, its still fine by me (cuz when i'm playing games its not going to matter too much). I mainly just want to get rid of my old case's noise that's horrible (open window w/ metal mesh and a bunch of generic brand fans that make cr@p tons of noise). I just don't want to hear it when i'm sleeping (as this will be a 24/7 type of rig).

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Post by CA_Steve » Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:49 pm

Your PSU power is a tad overkill. My 2.5Ghz e4300, P35 mobo, 8800GTS 384, 2 HDD, 1 ODD system only uses 220W while gaming, 180W in idle graphics/100% CPU mode (running Intel TAT), and ~135W idle. I can't imagine the x38 + e8400 would be all that different..except for what adders the x38 draws.

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Post by Wibla » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:19 pm

The 620W is fine, atleast its a corsair... having some breathing room is always nice :)

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Post by kuroshouten » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:49 pm

for the most part i'm just concerned of the case fans and creating negative pressure in the case. I've been told the Antec Solo is made for Negative pressure (more air out than pulling in). I'm just wondering what kind of setup of fans can i use to achieve this feat. With the components i've chosen should i be looking into getting extra sound-proofing materials? thanks in advance for the replies

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