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First time gaming build. Please review

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June 12, 2008 8:47:35 AM

I have decided to build a new pc mainly for gaming. It's the first time i'm building a pc. My budget is around $600. Here is the setup.

CPU: INTEL PENTIUM DUAL CORE E2200 2.20GHZ LGA775 - 800 FSB

Motherboard: GIGABYTE P35-DS3L

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING FREEZER 7 PRO S775

RAM: CORSAIR TWINX DDR2 6400 CL5 2GB (2X1GB) DUAL CHANNEL KIT
Graphics Card: XFX GEFORCE 8600GT 256MB 540M PVT84JUAL PCI-E
DVD RW: NEC OPTIARC AD-7191S LIGHTSCRIBE BULK BLACK

Hard Drive: WESTERN DIGITAL 250GB WD2500AAKS CAVIAR SE16 SATA
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W

Case: APEVIA X-CRUISER MIDI TOWER BK - BLACK

I'm planning on overclocking CPU around 3.0-3.2Ghz. I need your opinion on RAM's timings, CPU Cooler and motherboard for overclocking. I play World of Warcraft and Sims 2. Will the Graphics Card and CPU(1MB cache) be enough for these games? Do i need a bios update to support one of these components?

Please critique my build and let me know any change i can do for better performance.
Any help would be appreciated.


June 12, 2008 9:08:18 AM

What is your price range ?
June 12, 2008 9:12:06 AM

Around $600.
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June 12, 2008 9:48:04 AM

If you plan on pumping that cpu to those speeds, I would suggest low latency ram with fast timings. This way you have some room to work with like relaxing the timings to get the overclock your looking for. And I hate to use this cliche...I see it alot on here..."but if you have a few extra dollars" I would really look into getting the E7200 cpu. You can clock that cpu to 3.16Ghz just by moving up your FSB (9.5x333). That means you wouldn't have to mess with upping your voltage and you would't have any heat issues. It's a mild OC for that cpu.

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $48.99 ($36.49 after $12.50 Mail-In Rebate )
mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $131.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail


http://z3.invisionfree.com/kips_corner/index.php?showto... <---A budget build I am doing.

You might want to take a look at that and see if there's anything on there that grabs your eye. It's a few dollars over your price range, but that rig will run any game on high settings.
June 12, 2008 10:01:01 AM

If i were you i'd spend a little more on the graphics card. The 8600GT isn't really that fast at all, i'd look at upping to an 8800GT. Everything else looks good!
June 12, 2008 10:43:40 AM

If i go with E7200, i think i have to change motherboard because according to Gigabyte site, E7200 is not supported by GA-P35-DS3L, not until a bios update.
June 12, 2008 10:49:28 AM

Those boards (Gigabyte DS3L), are being shipped out as REV 2's (Revision 2). Which means they are already updated for the Intel 45nm chips. But that's newegg, I don't know about other venders.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
MSI P35 Neo2-FR LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

The above board comes updated with the latest bios for 45nm chips and is ready to go once you receive it.
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