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I have spent the afternoon on site here in AUS attempting to build a high end gaming PC only to find at the end the company that will build it won't review the components for compatability. That's fair enough given the lower cost however I know enough about computers to be at bestdangerous. I was hoping somebody could review what I have so far and let me know what's missing / is not compatible or what should be replaced.

Here it is:

1 18821 Antec P182 Performance One Black ATX Mid Tower NO PSU, 11 Drive Bays 222 20.18 222

1 23287 Corsair TX-750 750W ATX Power Supply, 140mm fan, Dual PCIE Graphics Card Connector 200 18.18 200

1 22769 Intel BX80569QX9650 QUAD CORE X9650 LGA775/ 3GHz/ 12M L2 CACHE/ 133MHz FSB 1687 153.36 1687

CPU Cooler:
1 327 Zalman CNPS9700 LED (Copper) CPU Cooler, 2-Ball bearing, Multi Socket 79 7.18 79

Graphsics Card:
2 32232 Gigabyte GV-R485MC-1GH RADEON HD4850, 1GB, DDR3, PCIE2.0, DSUB, 2xDVI, HDTV 345 62.73 690

1 27155 eVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 nForce 790i Ultra SLI, 1600(O.C.)MHz FSB, DDR3-2000, 3x PCIE, SATAII RAID, 517 47 517

RAM: (I know nothing about RAID or SATA or SCSI)
1 26338 Corsair TW3X4G1600C9DHX 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) XMP DDR3 RAM, 2x240-pin DIMMs, Non ECC Unbuffered, 9-9-9-24 274 24.91 274

Hard Drives: (do I need the combination here...following a i-site recommnedation)
2 31425 Western Digital WD1500HLFS VELOCI RAPTOR/ 150GB/ 10000RPM/ SATA/ 16MB CACHE/ 3.5" 297 54 594

2 13504 SEAGATE ST380815AS CUDA7200.10 80GB 7200RPM 8MB SATA II 3.0Gb/ s NCQ 5 YR 73 13.27 146

1 19433 Pioneer BDC-S02BK Blu-Ray Combo Drive, SATA, Black, Retail with Cyberlink Software 172 15.64 172

Sound Card:
1 9310 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro, 7.1, 24Bit Crystalizer/ SoundFont 259 23.55 259

Additional Fans
2 24408 Noctua NF-S12-1200 120mm 1200RPM Sound Optimised Fan 27 2.45 27

1 26034 MICROSOFT WINDOWS VISTA ULTIMATE 32bit DVD-OEM 1/ PK SP1 316 28.73 316


1 5594 HighPoint Rocket Raid 454 4 channel IDE (ATA133) RAID Adapter with RAID5, 32bit/ 33MHz PCI 126 11.45 126

ETHERNET: (high speed???)
1 4399 D-LINK DFE-550TX PCI Bus 10/ 100M Network Card With Wake-On-Lane & DMI. 55 5 55

1 12986 Sunix PCIE USB 2.0 Card, 4 External + 1 Internal Port PCIE-U25 79 7.18 79

I guess I don't need the absolute best but am attempting to build something that's very fast and will last for a few years.

Thanks in advance.


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Hi Bondi9999 and welcome to the forum

You don't need the Raid controller or the network card both of these functions are built into the motherboard.
The raptor drives IMHO are not really needed with a Sata HD and at least 16meg cache on the drive you really talking about milliseconds of loading time saved for a high dollar amount. And I would make the hard drive at least 250Gig, 500Gig is becoming the norm today.
The board also has USB controllers to hook up to the front of the case and rear usb ports built in so unless you a large amount usb device to hook up you don't need the usb add in card.

I would not buy a TriSli motherboard to use ATI video card on you paying top dollar for a Nvidia SLI chip set when you need a Crossfire chipset to run dual ATI cards

Lastly for what your spending here you may want to have a look at the new i7 core intel quads and a X58 motherboard

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Frequent guests on this forum have repeated noted that for present day gaming, the Core 2 Duo such as the E8400, E8500 and E8600 will give you more bang for your bucks. The present day games show improvement with the quad core. If you are doing extensive video editing and calculations, then the quad has an advantage.
For what you are proposing, you might as well look at the 4870 cards. Both Asus and Sapphire have cards with Heat Sinks to minimize the heat generated.
You could also save some money by returning to the DDR2 systems with the P45 or X48 platforms that will save you substantially and would only in extreme OC, would you appreciate the difference.
Check out the onboard sound system before you invest in the card since it is much better than previously.
The benefit of a 10000 RPM HD is minimal at best.
Lastly, you have done significant research. Why not build it yourself? With the help of the internect and this forum, you would not have any problem. You would then have pride in the system that you have created.
Good Luck!
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