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Just a few q's on this new system I'm building

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July 3, 2008 6:46:11 AM

Here goes:

Motherboard: Asus P5Q
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU, 2.40 GHz FSB 1066MHz, or Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU, 3.0 GHz, FSB 1333MHz
RAM: Corsair 2x2GB DDR2 800MHz
HDD: Samsung 750GB 32MB cache
Graphics Card: Inno3D GF 9800GTX Overclocked PCI-E 2.0 512MB DDR3 256-bit, 720/2300MHz
or for $50 less I can get Inno3D GF 8800GT Overclocked PCI-E 2.0 512MB 256-bit GDDR3, 650/1900MHz
DVD: Pioneer 20x DVD-R
Case: Antec 'Three Hundred'
Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts 430Watt


The main things that are confusing me are:

1. The motherboard: Is it overkill?
2. The CPU: Does it really matter? I was planning on going the quad core since i figure in the next couple years games will start using the 4 cores.
3. The graphics card, I don't play at high resolutions, 1200x1024 or whatever, so do i really need the 9800, or will the 8800 perform more or less the same at those resolutions?

Thanks

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July 3, 2008 7:10:48 AM

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q
Not an Overkill.

CPU: Intel Q6600 or Q9300.
This does matter! In the future, everything will go at least quad!

CPU Fan : Xigmatek HDT-S1283, Zalman CNPS9700 or Scythe Orrochi. If you wanna OC your proc.

RAM: Corsair 2x2GB DDR2 800MHz CL4

HDD: Seagte 500GB 32MB cache or WD 640GB

Graphics Card: ASUS ATI HD4850 (in Combo with your P5Q on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Hey! This baby is better! But don't forget to update your driver, if you have realla bought HD4850.

DVD: Samsung S203B

Case: Antec 300 or 900 or 1200, or Coolermaster RC690

Power Supply: Corsair 550W
I suggest,you to use only 550W because I think that you wouldn't go for Xfire. You don't really need it for 1200x1024

Hint : Your P5Q is a P45 mobo, and P45 can only deliver 8x each on a Xfire configuration. Get X38 or X48, if you wanna Xfiring your system, and don't forget to buy a 750W PSU.
July 3, 2008 11:02:40 AM

You don't need CrossfireX for that resolution. Any 8800 class card will do. The 9800GTX will be fine for that resolution up to 1920x1200. At 2560x1600, you really want a multi-gpu solution.
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July 3, 2008 3:28:58 PM

Well I did a bit of swapping, decided to go for:


Sapphire HD4870 512M

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R as the Mobo just incase i wanted to get the crossfire going with my new choice in graphics card, probably not but maybe in the future when cards are half the price they are now, and i want a cheap upgrade it could be a good idea, but that's a huge IF down the track

(the gigabyte board is better than the P5q right? it's the same price for me)
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July 3, 2008 5:12:26 PM

Yup! darkmatter7 is right. Get X38 or X48 if you want a Xfire system.
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