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...
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.
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?
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.
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.