Hi, please help me with my first-time build. Frankly, I don't even know if this stuff will even work together. I plan on using this to play on a 28 inch monitor with 1920*1200 native resolution. Will mostly be playing things like CoD4, WoW, Crysis, etc. I guess I'll have to run Vista since they're screwing with XP now, but don't really know.
Also, please let me know if I'm forgetting some vital part of the machine. I have the peripherals, but I almost forgot to put the hard drive in there, so god knows what else has slipped my mind.
Thanks for your help!
Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: Solo
Item #: N82E16811129018
$99.99 -$20.00 Instant $79.99
Want a case that will hold everything without getting too hot and is not too terribly big as my manhattan bedroom is tiny.
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-EP35-DS3P
Item #: N82E16813128083
$164.99 -$10.00 Instant $154.99
I have no idea whether this is the best motherboard for me.
2) Do you plan to SLI/Crossfire? If not lets get you a NON SLI/Crossfire board.
3) The 8800GTX Vid card is not really worth the extra cash, It is the fastest card right now however the GT 512mb card can be purchased for $200 and is marginally slower. (If money is not issue, GTX is faster/better)
4) Processor… you really want the E8400 or Q6600, I for one like the Q6600 as it is every bit as fast in games as the E8400 and the 4 cores make it better in some, also in general use the Q6600 is dominant.
If you overclock, pick up ASUS P5E with DDR2 support, along with a good cpu cooler such as thermalright ultra 120 extreme and a Scythe 60cfm+ 120mm fan, then you're golden. Even on stock cooler, up the fsb to 333 to get 3ghz out of the quad.
If P5K is too expensive, grab ASUS P5K-E which is slightly better than P5K in terms of overclocking.
Lastly, for 1 GTX, a brand name psu with 450w & 30a is sufficient. A bigger psu will last a bit longer. 550-600w is the sweet spot.
1) phew, thanks.
2) I don't really know what that is, so I'll do whatever you think is best.
3) I kind of have to get the gtx because my little brother has it and if I don't get it, he'll make fun of me. Also, I feel like with the 28 inch monitor I'm getting, I should go ahead and get a faster gpu.
4) Unfortunately the 8400 is sold out at newegg, which I'll probably use exclusively because of their financing options. It seems to me like a 3.0ghz dual might be better for games than a 2.4 quad, but then I don't really understand the difference between the 8400 and the 6850 above.
I don't really plan on overclocking initially, since I hope the parts will be enough to play today's video games on max or close to max settings on the 1920*1200 resolution. However, when games start getting greedier, I'll probably turn to OCing.
How is this board?
ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: P5E
Item #: N82E16813131219
You don't have to o/c the Wolfdale which is pretty fast for most everything at stock.
The difference between e2/4/6xx0 & e8x00 is that the 1st are 65nm and up to 1066mhz fsb whereas the latter are 45nm & 1333mhz fsb. Also, the cache is 6mb on e8400. Also, some new features. Go to intel site for details. Just search e8400 for example.