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July 4, 2008 4:10:35 AM

Okay well, after a few months of dreaming and messing around on the boards, I will be pulling the trigger as soon as the money goes through in my bank, which is in about 7 2hours. Needless to say, I'm kind of excited.

I wanted to save more money for my PC, but summer is almost over and I need to game. Plus I figured I can buy a cheap video card now and replace it within the next months.

This is the last post I make about PC configurations, I swear. lol.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield

*EDIT*ASUS Radeon HD 4850




Western Digital VelociRaptor

Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit


Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

RAZER RZ01-00170100 Banshee

Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Just wanted some replies and opinions on what everyone thinks. The total comes out to about $1,800 without rebates included. Is everything compatible? Any improvements? Does it look good to go?


Oh and I forgot to ask, what is some good thermal paste?

*Changed video card to the 4850 you guys suggested. Added thermal paste.

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July 4, 2008 4:46:04 AM

First of all, don't get the 8800 GT. Get a ATI 4850, it is much better. Second of all i would recommend you get rid of that Hard drive and get something different. I don't think that a VelociRaptor is going to be much better then a $100 hard drive. I hear that the WD6400AAKS is quite popular. So i would go with that or one with a 32mb cache. You can put that money you save towards a 4870 video card, or even get 2 4850s.
July 4, 2008 4:56:19 AM

Change videocard, the hard drive is fine if you have the cash, are you planning to overclock, since you got that mobo?
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July 4, 2008 4:58:18 AM

no, maybe sometime, but its not on my list to do. im fine with stock.
July 4, 2008 5:13:33 AM

I just bought a velociraptor (haven't installed it yet) but I think if you can appreciate what it does for you then go for it. Graphics card side I agree, get a 4850 to start with. Only about $10 more after rebate than the 8800gt and it performs much better. Otherwise, things look great.
July 4, 2008 7:00:09 AM

If you're not overclocking, just get a P35. It's a lot better price:quality ratio.

Also, ditch the quad core processor since you said it's for gaming. It's really not worth the extra money, an E8400 will do you just as good if not better.
July 5, 2008 1:28:47 PM

You should really get rid of your stock cooling. Also, your dvd drive seems to be out of stock.
July 5, 2008 2:56:48 PM

I'd get the Western Digital 640gb. It's really fast, and a couple hundred $ cheaper! Check out reviews around the web.

I'd get at least a P45 with TWO PCI-E 2.0 16x lanes for your motherboard. Both will run at 2.0 x8 speeds, but that should be enough for two 4850's in Crossfire (if you want to add a second one at some point). FYI though, it's heavily debated right now whether or not 2.0 x8 will actually bottleneck 4850/4870 cards... Tweaktown seems to think so. So if you plan to Crossfire for sure and have the cash, x38/x48 may be the way to go.

Xigmatek heatsink if you plan to try overclocking the processor - which you should definitely do! It's pretty easy to get to 3.2Ghz with DDR2-800 memory.

Samsung 22" 2253BW has a 2ms response time. Best gaming LCD out there right now IMO.

Good luck!
July 7, 2008 3:52:48 PM

well my ram isnt in stock, anyone have good ram suggestions that are equal or greater than the corsair dominator?

also, anyone have a half decent dvd/cd/burner they might reccomend?