Buying a new crazy sick PC, opinion required?

By X1950XT ยท 59 replies
Mar 30, 2008
  1. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    I didn't forget the mouse, I chose the S 510.

    Does their "Custom Code" expire after 24 hours or something because I can't get it to recognize 38766 and my link redirects me to the main page or something?

    :/ It's not empty for the price and I'm not going to argue, good luck with your decision.
  2. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Okay i'll think about it :D

    Hmm the psu is just 500W?
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Yup it's "just 500w", and it's probably 20%-30% or more than you actually need.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Some financial advice...

    I just threw together a $3000 system on their website and their 48/mo price was $89/mo. I did the math and that's 50% of the value of the system ADDED to your bill just for the privilege of making payments. They must be charging REALLY high interest rates... over 20% APR.

    You are a fool if you are choosing this company because they offer financing. They will be 'robbing you blind' in a financial sense. If you don't have the money to buy a $4000 system up front or in a few payments, then don't. If you HAVE to, find alternative sources or financing. And of course, if you have plenty of money to toss around, then just pay for it up front. :)
  5. soulkolektor

    soulkolektor TS Rookie

    oh WOW, i just made a dumba$$ out of my self, LOL.
    must have imagined that S infront of ATA. oh well i can see it all clearly now
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    IMO, buy all your parts off another site like Newegg, ClubIT or ZipZoomFly and get them all assembled at your local computer store for a minimal fee. You'd have a far bigger range to choose from and would be able to get much better parts than those in ExtremePC's catalog, while also saving money in the process.
    It's quite possible to build it yourself as well, if you're willing to go that way.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Well, I'm thinking he might be from Canada. If that's the case, things like Newegg are off-limits.

    If you live in the U.S though, definitely consider Newegg if you're looking to save some money. :)
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    In that case,, and are the top hardware sites for Canada IMO.
  9. resu

    resu TS Rookie Posts: 172

    tbh id listen to what these guys are saying .. n i have to agree with em

    it seem s like youve got access to the money and you seem to want a brag-factor rig...
    could be wrong tho

    urm i know this may sound stupid but why have you gone with 32-bit vista over 64-bit??

    i guess the ultimate question taht seems to still be unanswered is (unless ive skipped a few posts lol)

    what are you gonna be using this computer for?

    for gaming .. then, like whats been said before you can build cheaper
    actually unless your gonna be ultra multi-task or doing alot of 3ds max renders etc then personally i dont see the need for such a powerful build...

    but then again im like that with alot of things lol
    why buy NOS if your not gonna race...? lol

    anyways good luck and i hope you get the build you want :D
  10. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Wow thanks i hadnt noticed that!

    Too bad i cant buy from newegg im from canada :(

    And i dont have 2000-3000$ cash to give right away...

    Maybe ill buy a computer part by part from some other place...

  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Ok this post already looks done but.. just to make another post...
    What zenosincks said, yeah that powersupply is over it, try this one:

    Also yes, Your ram speed should match you processors FSB, even more so with intel core 2 duo CPU's. Since you don't need DDR3 ram with the q6600's 1066, just use a cheeper board and buy DDR2 1066.

    I would probably go with the q9300 with an FSB of 1333 so you can buy faster RAM. There happens to be some really fast DDR3 PC-3 10666 ram for $90 per gig and cas latency 6!

    This just came out but... i think it would be cheeper and faster to do tri-9800 GTX's
    And really you DO NOT NEED SO MUCH POWER!!!!!! not unless you plan on running a server with like 10 hdds!! (i actually have no idea how much power hdd's take)

    Im sorry you can decide but really you willing to pay $4000 for a pc? at least TRY to save some money and go with $3000 max mabye a little more if your not going to upgrade or anything for a while.

    oh yeah and yes you are getting ripped of.
  12. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Yeah thanks for your opinion hellokitty :)

    I have decided on a PC with good specs and performance comparable to the 4000$ one i wanted to buy and it just costs me 1800$ CAD!!! Cheaper than newegg!

    But the only problem is they charge tax but cpretty cheap shipping so it costs totally about 2000$!

    ASUS Striker II Formula 780I SLI LGA775 ATX DDR2 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI 1394A GBLAN Motherboard
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM. $99.88

    Samsung Spinpoint F1 Series HD753LJ 750GB SATA2 7200RPM 8.9MS 32MB 3.5IN Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Wrty

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box

    Zalman CNPS9700 LED Copper CPU Heatsink 110MM Fan LGA775 AM2 S939 1250-2800RPM 19.5-35DBA Blue LED

    OCZ NVIDIA SLI Ready XTC PC2-8500 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

    Logitech Mx Air Motion Sensing Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse 2.4GHZ LI-ION Battery

    Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard Usb Black Silver Amber Lcd Panel Programmable Backlit Keys

    OCZ GameXStream 700W ATX12V 24PIN SLI Ready Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

    ASUS 16X DVD-ROM Drive SATA Retail Box W/ Black & Beige Faceplates

    NZXT LEXA Blackline ATX Case Black 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Temp Display Window Front USB & Audio


    Shipping Method Xpresspost - $84.54
    Estimated Shipping & Handling: $84.54

    Total: $2,040.72

    What do u guys think bout this build!
    I think its pretty cheap for the good parts and I don't really care if it's 100-200$ more than i need. I just need to save a little bit more and i'll get it!

    I'm going to install the parts myself and i chose them with the help of you guys :)

    Thanks zeno and others!
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Now, that is a 100% improvement from your original $4k build as far as performance:cost goes.

    The only two things that I can spot right away (which aren't a big deal at all), the cost of the RAM is quite a bit more than Newegg (maybe that's all you have available, I don't know) and you don't need a 700W PSU. Other than that man, it looks solid in my opinion and I'm sure you'll be happy with it especially considering the amount of money you've managed to save :D.

    Good luck with everything, and you're welcome :).
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    oh LOL heh i didn't see the second page heh...

    well anyway nice job realizing that $4000 is too much lol
    I still look down upon the 9800X2 as it is sortof a rip off as price to performance goes... but then again its still the most powerfull GPU or rather GPU's so i guess if you like it! (i looks fat to me lol)
  15. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    :) Thanks!

    I'm from canada so i can't use newegg becuase they don't ship internatonally :(

    Well theres only 20$ difference in price for the RAM i guess and for the PSU it's on sale so its about the same price as a 600W GameXtream one, maybe 10-20$ more so ya know 100 more W for 10-20$ isint a big diff :p

    So yeah i guess it is a good build and i'm gonna buy it soon :)

  16. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    LOL haha it does look fat :p

    Come to think about it... I'll prolly change my name to 9800GX2 when i get it rofl :p
  17. Ranij93

    Ranij93 TS Rookie

    Nice computer.. if i should buy that computer to my contry it would cost like 5000-6000 $

    Good luck with your computer =D
  18. KoLAddict

    KoLAddict TS Rookie

    I'm the last person to be giving advice, but I'll share my opinion as well.

    From what I understand, SLI 4 vid cards together only works on games if they support that. From what I know, not many (if any) do, so you're better off getting one more powerful one and saving money. You can always SLI multiples of those later on.

    Another thing I've decided, is it's best to build your rig with upgrade capabilities. Like leaving room for more vid cards or RAM later on, that way as games require more, all you've got to do is buy another stick of RAM or another graphics card, which will cost less by then since they will have aged.
  19. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Um look i posted another rig im making in a post in this topic somewhere im not buying the 4k$ PC anymore
  20. Condor

    Condor TS Maniac Posts: 388

    assemble it and tell us your result =]
    make some video while you're putting it together. lol
  21. X1950XT

    X1950XT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Sure condor but in 2-3 months when i save up enough money to be able to buy it!
  22. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    I didn't realize there was a 3.00GHz Quadcore out a few months ago either? =S

    I dropped my Q6600 Quadcore and switched over to the Core 2 Duo E8200.

    From all the benchmarks I saw, most agreed the Core 2 Duo outperform the Quadcore in gaming. I don't care about the rendering, and file tasks that quad's own at, so I don't bother with a quad anymore as my pc only does gaming and minor office tasks.

  23. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    There will be new and better releases by the end of May, and again in September as the march of technology and marketing drums onward... all synchronized with sales linked to graduation gifts.
  24. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    SLI requires an SLi-compliant board, which are quite expensive. The 9800GX2 works in any PCI Express board.
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