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Looks like this board has been quiet lately, and so have I on the boards in general, so I'm going to try to kickstart both with my plans for my new home-brew PC in this board. I'd love to hear any comments on it.

Quick background: I have built my own pc's after I bought my first one about 15 years ago. I very nearly decided this time to just buy a pre-built pc after having a lot of troubles with my latest, but once I got those issues solved and realized there aren't that many good offerings out there, I decided to go the home-brew route again.

My goal with this new pc is to have a crazy fast cutting edge machine that will play FPS games silky smooth, be small enough to comfortably carry to LAN parties, and be as quiet as possible with minimal fan noise. Here is what I'm plannin' on:

Intel Quad core QX9650 CPU
- Pricey, but awesome tech (no silicon), and awesome fast

Asus P5E motherboard
- 8 phase power for cool high efficiency, and Asus makes the most solid boards

4GB Corsair DDR2 RAM
- DDR3 is still stoopid expensive, and you don't get all that much higher performance... for now

Gigabyte 8800GT 512MB video card w/heatpipe cooling
- Factory overclocked to 700Mhz

WD Raptor 150GB drive
- Small, but the fastest home drive available

Lian-Li PC-A05B case
- Smaller than normal, lightweight aluminum at only 12 lbs, and looks sweet

Zalman 750W power supply w/heatpipe

Thermalright 120 Ultra Extreme heat sink
- Gotta love the name, but this thing is supposedly the coolest of them all

Vista x64
- Going to try it out just to see how things go with gaming. Also the only way to see all 4GB of memory, and it seems to run smoothly here at work

Optical drive, no floppy, some sound absorbing foam, Creative X-fi card

That's about it. I can't wait to build it, should be sick fast.
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