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Looking for Feedback - Quad Core Basic Gaming Build

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July 3, 2008 4:53:53 AM

Hi

Just looking for feedback on the system I'm going to build. I'm not a hardcore gamer but I want to play moslty flight sim x and COH type games. I'm not playing Crysis so I don't need to push the envelope. I'm not planning on Crossfire.

I have a 22" monitor and already have Vista Ultimate 64 bit.

I'm not going to overclock and want this to last a while. I've searched this forum extensively and already taken advice with my picks.

Here is my build

-New Egg wishlist Matt 1-

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R485-512H-B Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Questions:
1. Will the motherboard be ok with a 45nm Quad? I'm a little confused on the whole P35/P45/X48 comparisons.
2. Will the case's PSU (500w) work for my setup (4850 no crossfire)
3. Is the case big enough for for the 4850
4. Does the mfr of the 4850 matter?
5. I'm not OC'ing, will the retail cpu fan be alright.?
6. Does playing on a 22" require more horsepower in the GPU?

Thanks in advance for the feedback.

1st time poster, be gentle...

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July 3, 2008 5:31:54 AM

1) Yes the P45 chipset natively supports 45nm processors so you are ok on that.
2) The PSU is adequate. Requirements for 4850 is 450 watts. Without an overclock, you should be fine.
3) Case should be big enough
4) MFR doesn't matter too much right now as all cards are reference design(ATI specs, no special cooling/clock speeds) Only thing that is different is warranty and support.
5) Without OC you should be fine with stock HSF. If you find you are running too warm then add on something after the fact, but you should be fine.
6) Depends on the resolution of your monitor. Should be fine, but if you have a higher res monitor, you might not be able to run all the eye candy.
July 4, 2008 2:04:18 AM

So I'm thinking if a 4850 requires 450w then a 500w might now be very efficient. Any power supply recommendations..

BTW, I found the Q9450 at Microcenter.com for 299.00
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July 5, 2008 7:21:46 PM

Bump

Just got a Q9450 retail for 249 at Frys. Pretty Sweet deal.

So would P35 work ok for this or would you go for P45 Motheboard?

July 8, 2008 12:10:08 AM

So I'm pulling the trigger tonight but I have a few questions:

I'm not going to crossfire the 4850, will this power supply work? I like the fact that its modular for airflow purposes.

Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-520w-sli-certified-modu...

-Would you get a Seagate HD with a 30mb buffer or the WD posted above 16mb?


July 8, 2008 2:28:53 AM

I would have went with the P45 mobo if you haven't ordered yet. That psu is fine. Get the WD 640, it has better performance despite lower cache.
July 8, 2008 4:16:56 AM

Thanks, I'm going with the ASUS P5Q P45.

July 8, 2008 4:21:57 AM

wat's the differenc between the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard and the ASUS P5Q P45?
July 8, 2008 4:26:34 AM

I have been on both companies websites trying to find out info about each. Asus seemed to be more of a fit but I am probably not the guy to ask.

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