Help me pick a Motherboard and RAM!

Thanks in advance.

This will be the very first time that I will be building a PC.

I am having a difficult time choosing the proper motherboard and RAM combo.

My budget is between $800-$1000 US.

I will be using this PC mainly for the MMORPG Warhammer and dabbling in FPS/RPG type games. I don't feel dual video cards is a must but I would like the option in the future should I change my mind.

This is what I have come up with so far. Nothing I have chosen is set in stone so please tell me what you think.

Case PSU Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156209

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102760

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036


Thanks again!
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  1. P45 for single video card. X38/48 if you plan to run crossfire.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

    800mhz ddr2 if you plan to run cpu at stock or overclock up to 3.6ghz. 1066mhz ddr2 if you oc greater than 3.6ghz.
  2. p45 is more than fine for 95% GPUs out there in crossfire. it has 2x pice2 8x which is same as 2x pcie1 16x. Or if that means little- trust me, its enough.

    Not that I'd recomend using sli/crossfire/x2 cards for any reason other than playing on 30" monitor.
  3. eodeo said:
    p45 is more than fine for 95% GPUs out there in crossfire. it has 2x pice2 8x which is same as 2x pcie1 16x. Or if that means little- trust me, its enough.

    Not that I'd recomend using sli/crossfire/x2 cards for any reason other than playing on 30" monitor.

    It's fine for 3000s or earlier, not enough for 4000s. See benchmark:
    http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1472/7/page_7_benchmarks_crysis/index.html
  4. thank you for the replies.

    I just have a few more questions about motherboards.

    When it lists the memory standard as DDR2 1200 does that mean i have to use DDR2 1200 ram?

    Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146726 be a good choice for the P45 or x38/x45 motherboards?

    Also what's the difference between the x38 and x45 motherboards?
  5. frostrazor said:
    thank you for the replies.

    I just have a few more questions about motherboards.

    When it lists the memory standard as DDR2 1200 does that mean i have to use DDR2 1200 ram?

    Would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146726 be a good choice for the P45 or x38/x45 motherboards?

    Also what's the difference between the x38 and x45 motherboards?

    No it does not. You can use slower ram.

    Performance is the same. The only significant difference is in crossfire support. If you plan to use cf or possibly upgrade to cf in the future, get x38/48. If you don't plan to use cf, get the cheaper p45.
  6. You can look up the list of known compatible models on Gigabyte's website. Although p45 in general is one of the least picky chipsets in term of ram compatibility. They should all work.
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