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Hello,
I am in need of a super computer for me, I would use this machine for video rendering, programming and gaming.. I have selected one of the best setups by looking around for many days, now I need to know if this setup is right and what case with a really good cooling should I get, what do you guys recommend me! thanks

1.Mother Board - Maximus Formula - Intel X38 Chipset
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3403369&CatId=3488

2. Memory Ram
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3424734&CatId=3361

3. video card - Standard Dual ATI® Radeon™ HD 3870 with Crossfire™ Technology
http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=703&p=0

4. case
not sure

5. Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3175961&CatId=2771

6. Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor QX9650
http://www.intel.com/products/processor/core2xe/specifications.htm

7. Ultra X3 ULT40064 1000-Watt Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2700093&CatId=2535
ThosuAsked:
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Wow !!   Very nice system :-)

That would certainly be difficult to beat.   For a case, look at the Lian Li [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112058 ] or an Antec P-182 [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129026 ]
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_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
What gary said.... WOW!

Have you had any thoughts on the hard drives, yet?
The seagate Barracuda 7200.11 one terabyte drive is looking good so far.
www.seagate.com
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ThosuAuthor Commented:
I already got those.. dvd, hard drive, backups etc.. just need to buy these new things and looking for nice case
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OK. Still a sweet system. : ))

FWIW:
You might want to think about replacing the DDR3 ram in about a year or 2, when they get the timings down a couple of notches.
Right now, the benchmarks I have seen don't show that much difference from DDR2
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... Actually ==> you CAN'T replace the DDR3 RAM in about a year or so !!

I was just looking at this again ("drooling" might be a better term) ... and the motherboard you're using (which is an excellent choice) uses DDR-2 ... NOT 3.

That's actually not bad => as coral47 noted, the benchmarks for current DDR3 aren't very impressive (due to the increased latency) ... and DDR2 is MUCH less expensive.

... so you need to change your choice of RAM modules :-)    The good news is you can buy 8GB of DDR2 for less than the 2GB of DDR3 you listed above ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144117

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>> the motherboard you're using (which is an excellent choice) uses DDR-2 ... NOT 3.

Nice catch. I saw X38 chipset, and didn't think twice about it.   : /
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ThosuAuthor Commented:
ooh man awesome, yeah 8gb is a better upgrade heheh... thanks guys!
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I assume you have an OS that will handle 8gig?    One of the 64-bit versions?
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ThosuAuthor Commented:
I still dont have the windows vista dvd but I got the windows xp cd, will that work ?
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The regular version XP or XP Pro will only use 4gig of ram (sort of)
This will explain it, and tell you how to set it up.
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/server/PAE/PAEmem.mspx

Vista is suppose to do better, but still only 4gig. And gaming with it isn't all that pleasant (I hear). SP1 is is suppose to be out in a couple of month, and should help.

XP (Pro)-64 and Vista-64 will use all 8gig, but have some hardware support issues. So you need to make sure there are drivers for the hardware you have, first.
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mmmmm....  garycase
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Thank you much.   : )
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