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New Build: Q9450, 9800GX2, 8GB what MOBO, RAM and PSU?

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May 21, 2008 2:22:48 AM

I am planning on getting the following parts:

Q9450 with HSF $360

EVGA 9800GX2 $530

8 GB DDR2 RAM (unless anyone tells me otherwise I will be getting the cheapest PC2 6400 ram available)

PSU I have no preference but I need to know what my computer will require, I will be using as many as 4-6 hard drives but as little as one I would prefer descent service.

MOBO Anything that will work with these components and has descent service available.

Storage well that will depend on how much the other components total, I will discuss it in another thread.

I plan on using this system for doing intensive video encoding, CG rendering, video gaming photo editing. I will be running windows Vista Home Premium on this system.

Also I need to know if there will be any complications with 8GB ram and thus 64bit OS or do I jus tdo like a normal build with Vista 64?
May 21, 2008 3:13:56 AM

If you don't plan on doing SLI (which won't help your target uses anyway) look at the Asus P5E. X38 chipset supports FSB1600 and DDR2-1200 RAM. So you are good to go there.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131219
There is the link to the motherboard

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231151
G.SKill works well with the motherboard I linked you to. I use the motherboard I linked you to w/ G.Skill RAM.

No complications- 64-bit OS can address 17.2 billion gigabytes of RAM :) 
May 21, 2008 3:58:58 AM

Wow neither of those are available from my planned retailer :(  they have the CPU and GFX Card available for a total of like 125-150 less than the competitor. Also 425 is a bit more than I want to pay for mobo and ram. Any other recommendations, and I need a PSU as well. I really like the 12 usb ports tho that is great!!!

Thanks lots for your input!!!
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May 21, 2008 4:30:53 AM

Great power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

Good mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128336

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227290

If you are willing to drop that much on a video card and not match it with a good mobo, what is the point? It all depends on your total budget. Western Digital has a great 640gb drive for around $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 So it depends on how much space you need, but that would be a great place to start with storage.
May 21, 2008 5:13:03 AM

9800GX2 is gonna be old news next month.
May 21, 2008 8:27:59 PM

Who is your planned retailer? That will help :) 
May 22, 2008 1:52:04 AM

This is looking good... I am looking to reduce the price somewhat, ram processor and video card need to be what they are, but I suspect the motherboard and PSU could be replaced with something cheaper... what are the advantages of the X38 chipset why not go with one of the cheaper ones, perhaps an nvidia? Keep in mind that I don't plan on upgrading or overclocking. If I wanted to do either of those I would get a board that supports more than 8GB ram and two to three video cards in SLI and a PSU that is like 1K watts. But as it stands I need the bare minimum, unless a cheaper motherboard will significantly decrease performance.
May 22, 2008 2:03:56 AM

nVidia chipsets had have a lot of problems lately. So I would avoid them just on principle.

You can go with a P35 chipset motherboard and save money. Pick up one for around $100. Not overclocking is a shame, its easy and it is free speed.
May 22, 2008 2:59:39 PM

shadowduck said:
nVidia chipsets had have a lot of problems lately. So I would avoid them just on principle.

You can go with a P35 chipset motherboard and save money. Pick up one for around $100. Not overclocking is a shame, its easy and it is free speed.

with such CPU and GPU I won't pick a p35 chipset, anyway he is getting old and won't be so good for future upgrades take x38 or even better x48 or just w8 for new a chipset. Btw you can read reviews and get your opnion about all that...
as shadowduck mentioned not to OC is a shame... my opnion that mainboard is realy not the right component in computer to save money$,
May 23, 2008 12:57:40 AM

Oh I agree, I went x38 for that very reason. the OP was just concerned about the cost of X38 solutions.
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