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1st system build. No $$$, big dreams...

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June 26, 2008 4:18:49 AM

I've just finished putting together my first custom system for the express purpose of running photoshop and lightroom with no waiting around. I also want a very upgradable platform. (so... x38 or x48 over p35?...)
I would love input on any of the components, especially memory speeds vs. fsb... I've never overclocked in my life so even pc26400 seems daunting for me on an e8400...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
CPU: E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Video: EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
HD1: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA
HD2: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
Optical: SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA
PSU: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW (w/ 2 fans: 80mm & 120mm)
OS: Windows XP Pro

Should I not even try to overclock get the most out of my pc2 6400 ram and just go 1:1 with pc2 5300?

Thanks so much.

Please be gentle.
June 26, 2008 4:33:01 AM

you can't go with pc2 5300, you need at least DDR2 667. to pair with that processor.
June 26, 2008 4:35:47 AM

power supply needs changed to corsair.
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June 26, 2008 4:37:06 AM

shadowthor said:
you can't go with pc2 5300, you need at least DDR2 667. to pair with that processor.


Oh...
I didn't notice the two different kinds of ddr2 667. What is the difference between pc2 5300 and pc2 5400? they're both 667.

June 26, 2008 4:40:45 AM

BadMannerKorea said:
power supply needs changed to corsair.


Is that just preference or you know something about that Rosewill PSU?
June 26, 2008 4:42:33 AM

trigga1230 said:

Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)


shadowthor said:
you can't go with pc2 5300, you need at least DDR2 667. to pair with that processor.


Ram seems fine to me. 800Mhz will allow a good OC
Yeah, change psu. Corsair is a good chioce.
8800GT is now a little outdated. Its fine if u get a really good price, but id look at an ATI 4850. (Cos i just got 1:) )

Otherwise it should be fine.
June 26, 2008 4:45:28 AM

the corsair psu is known to be of a very good quality. rosewill power supplies, frankly put, suck. horrifically.
June 26, 2008 4:50:39 AM

trigga1230 said:
Is that just preference or you know something about that Rosewill PSU?


mrmez said:
Ram seems fine to me. 800Mhz will allow a good OC
Yeah, change psu. Corsair is a good chioce.
8800GT is now a little outdated. Its fine if u get a really good price, but id look at an ATI 4850. (Cos i just got 1:) )

Otherwise it should be fine.


But the Rosewill has cool blue lights...

I'll get over it. How about the CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2?

June 26, 2008 5:02:02 AM

build looks mostly good, just dont shop for a psu by price. pick a good model like you would a cpu. just dont want to see a new system blow up due to a $50 psu
June 26, 2008 5:36:08 AM

You want a good quality psu, because when crappy psu go out, they usually take some components with it.
June 26, 2008 5:57:49 AM

Why is the 8800GT outdated? Outside of crysis what can it not run? We are benching graphics cards against other graphics cards and that is fine but think about why you want to have the 200 dollar card vs the 100 dollar card? Crysis is really the only game that takes advantage of this technology and the gameplay sucks hard so it is really only a test of your system. An 8800GT will last you quite a while maybe a year playing the best games at full and you can always upgrade. The 4850 won't last much longer and costs 2x as much. Newegg has http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for 130 after MIR and it also comes with company of heroes. The 4850 is apparently 20% faster at 200% cost. Both will be fine for photoshop.
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