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February 10, 2008 4:48:47 PM

Hi Guys,

I was planning to build a system and since I live in India, hardware parts are a bit hard to get like Patriot, Abit etc. Still I came up with the following config and needed your opinion and feed back on it. Any help is really really appreciated...

CPU: C2D E8400 Wolfdale 3.0ghz or C2Q Q6600

Mobo: MSI p35 Platinum or BioStar: TP35D3-A7 or D2A7 or Gigabite: GA-P35CD53R

Ram: 4gb Kingston DDR2

HDD: Seagate 320 gb SATA

DVD Write: Samsung SATA

PSU: Already have Corsair 620wtts

GPU: XFX 8800GT 512 mb standard edition

Monitor: LG L226wtq-bf

Do let me know your opinions and help...thanks in advance...

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February 10, 2008 8:55:58 PM

Looks good. I'd go with either the Gigabyte or MSI over the Biostar, which is more of a budget mobo
February 10, 2008 9:07:02 PM

get the Neo2-FR; it's basically the platinum, but cheaper ^^

or the gigabyte... either way, it's a cool build ^^
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February 10, 2008 10:31:26 PM

The gigabyte P35C series gives you DDR3 capability, but gives up the possibility of 8gb and costs more. I can recommend the P35-DS3R.

Memory is cheap these days. Get your 4gb in the form of 2 2gb sticks, leaving you room for expansion.

If your main use is lots of multitasking or your game is FSX, then the quad is good. Otherwise, get the E8400. Few games will make use of more than 2 cores, so why not take the higher clock speed? 45nm will run cooler also.
February 10, 2008 10:33:18 PM

but, quads are more future-proof... it's all up to you ^^
February 11, 2008 2:16:54 PM

well i have decided to go with q6600 and MSI p35 platinum rev1.1 mobo. Any suggestions on which version of XFX 8800gt should i go for?also is MSI 8800gt OC a good card?Any suggestions on the monitor which I mentioned lg 226wtq?
February 11, 2008 2:19:06 PM

go for whichever version makes you say, WOW, i have a cool card :p 
February 11, 2008 2:46:20 PM

still need suggestions....:) 
February 11, 2008 3:07:37 PM

I'm voting for GA-P35-DS3L or GA-P35-DS3R rather than MSI. The rest is OK.

Other ideas:
Add an Antec 900 case.
Upgrade the video card to 8800 GTS G92 512MB.
Get a 500GB Seagate 7200.11 rather than an older product.

February 11, 2008 3:18:38 PM

any reason for opting gigabyte mobo over msi?
February 11, 2008 3:37:04 PM

Bad reviews for the MSI, mostly. It's safer to stick with Asus, Gigabyte or aBit these days, AFAIK.

BTW, about the GA-P35C-DS3R: that's what I got these days. I don't care about the DDR3 support, but I like that it has eSATA. Very handy if using an external hard disk a lot. Still, if I needed a motherboard today I'd get a GA-P35-DS4 because it adds a second PCI-E slot and it would let me add a third monitor.

February 11, 2008 3:39:49 PM

did read bout the revised 1.1 verions of p35 platinum mobo on tomshardware...they gave it a preety good review...mmm now i think i might have to rethink....coz just placed the order for MSI...ouch!!!
February 11, 2008 5:21:30 PM

Don't worry, it's not like every MSI mobo out there is bad. They've got to have some good models too, or they'd be out of business. I've read a couple of reviews. In general, IMO, this is a good motherboard, with only minor problems.

Reviewers had a bit of trouble installing a dual-slot video card.
They also said the overclocking is weak and the price is too high.

These guys only complained about how the BIOS looks.

Anandtech reviewers like it, they just aren't very impressed with the simple BIOS and the cooling system (which gets in the way of big coolers or video cards).

As far as I'm concerned, I'd prefer something with 3 PCI slots because I need all 3.