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April 4, 2008 8:08:33 AM

Hey,
I'm building a new gaming pc
here are the specs:

cpu- Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Box
mobo- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
memory- G.Skill DDR2 2048MB (1024MBx2) 800Mhz CL 5-5-5-15 NQ
gpu- Palit nVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB PCIe
case- GIGABYTE Triton Black
hdd- western digital wd2500ys 250gb sata2
power- is 430W enough?

will this pc stay for 2-3 years? i don't want it to start all the games in very high.. i just want it to be able to play the games for 2-3 years...
should i upgrade something?
Is the kind of the RAM and the HDD good?
thx

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April 4, 2008 8:21:41 AM

Looks good to me :)  Except for the PSU, 430W is too tight IMO. Get at least 500W for your 8800GT. If I'm not mistaken, the 8800GT wants 450W as minimum requirement. And get a good/wellknown brand for your PSU. It will pay. If you get bad PSU, you'll put your expensive parts in risk.
April 4, 2008 8:33:20 AM

antas said:
Looks good to me :)  Except for the PSU, 430W is too tight IMO. Get at least 500W for your 8800GT. If I'm not mistaken, the 8800GT wants 450W as minimum requirement. And get a good/wellknown brand for your PSU. It will pay. If you get bad PSU, you'll put your expensive parts in risk.


thx for ur quick reply :) 
is Cooler Master eXtreme Power 500W psu good?
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April 4, 2008 9:21:15 AM

That will be sufficient IMO

Btw, regarding the RAM, if you have more budget, get 2x2GB instead of 2x1GB. Esp. if you're planning to use Vista. Today's games require more and more memory, as for the moment 2GB is adequate but about on the edge ..
April 4, 2008 9:23:57 AM

Sounds like it will be a nice system. I'm a fan of the DS3L. Good features and the P35 overclocks nicely.
I agree with antas, definitely go for more power. If I recall the video card will want at least 22 amps, maybe even 26, depending on the manufacturer, and who you talk to. Also...I know it would cost you another 75.00 or so, but why not go for the Western Digital 750 GB HDD... model ends in AAKS i think. Excellent drive, very fast and roomy :)  Kinda sounds like a car doesn't it? Anyhow Toms gives them a glowing report. Good luck with your new build! :hello: 
April 4, 2008 2:58:05 PM

antas said:
That will be sufficient IMO

Btw, regarding the RAM, if you have more budget, get 2x2GB instead of 2x1GB. Esp. if you're planning to use Vista. Today's games require more and more memory, as for the moment 2GB is adequate but about on the edge ..


actually i don't have more budget :)  and i don't think that i will use more ram than 2 gb :) 

random_2 said:
Sounds like it will be a nice system. I'm a fan of the DS3L. Good features and the P35 overclocks nicely.
I agree with antas, definitely go for more power. If I recall the video card will want at least 22 amps, maybe even 26, depending on the manufacturer, and who you talk to. Also...I know it would cost you another 75.00 or so, but why not go for the Western Digital 750 GB HDD... model ends in AAKS i think. Excellent drive, very fast and roomy :)  Kinda sounds like a car doesn't it? Anyhow Toms gives them a glowing report. Good luck with your new build! :hello: 


i already have 120 gb hdd so + 250 gb = 370 gb.. i don't think that i will need more than this hdd
April 4, 2008 3:43:34 PM

Finally someone is using their smarts.
Just a few minor alterations.
Corsair 550 watt PSU
2x2gb RAM
freezer pro 7 HSF
April 4, 2008 5:58:18 PM

rsetter1 said:
Finally someone is using their smarts.
Just a few minor alterations.
Corsair 550 watt PSU
2x2gb RAM
freezer pro 7 HSF


as i told before, i don't have a lot of budget right now to get more ram :) 

freezer pro 7 HSF, is there a need for this if i'm not going to OC anything for now?
April 4, 2008 6:11:54 PM

If you are not overclocking, you do not need an aftermarket cooler. You can use the stock Intel cooler.
April 4, 2008 6:43:16 PM

Why not pick E8200 (it's cheaper than E6750 where I live and it's 45nm).
I second the Corsair VX-550 PSU.
April 4, 2008 7:04:37 PM

What OS ?

2 GB or XP / 4 GB for Vista

Those hard drives are dinosaurs. Current ones are at least 35% faster.

WD6400 and Samsung F1 run neck and neck on most benchmarks but Samsung has 32 MB cache to WD's 16. Both have 3 year warranty. However, WD has been doing very poorly on reliability of late .... see below.

Seagate is a hair below the Samsung F1, has 32 MB cache, and 5 year warranty.

I build for "work 1st" and gaming 2nd, so I choose the Seagate's.....if it was purely a game box, I'd go Samsung.

WD Reliability Performance as per storagereview.com database.

http://www.storagereview.com/WD1500ADFD.sr?page=0%2C9
"According to filtered and analyzed data collected from participating StorageReview.com readers, the Western Digital Raptor WD1500 is more reliable than 12% of the other drives in the survey that meet a certain minimum floor of participation."

http://www.storagereview.com/WD7500AAKS.sr?page=0%2C6
"According to filtered and analyzed data collected from participating StorageReview.com readers, a predecessor of the Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS, the Western Digital RE2 WD5000YS , is more reliable than 4% of the other drives in the survey that meet a certain minimum floor of participation."

http://www.storagereview.com/1000.sr?page=0%2C7
"According to filtered and analyzed data collected from participating StorageReview.com readers, a predecessor of the Western Digital Caviar GP, the Western Digital Caviar WD4000KD , is more reliable than 5% of the other drives in the survey that meet a certain minimum floor of participation.
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