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July 6, 2008 5:19:22 AM

Hello, I'm new to these forums, but would be most appreciative if any of you would be so kind as to rate my planned build that I will hopefully make this coming August.



Motherboard: Asus M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe Nforce 780a SLI Socket AM2+ onboard VGA HDMI audio ATX Motherboard
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/144554

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ (3.2 GHz) Socket AM2 L2 2MB (2x1MB) Retail Boxed Processor
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140714

Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Case With CM eXtreme Power 460W PSU
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135101

HDD: Seagate ST3250620A 250GB Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache (Two of these)
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/115413

RAM: OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC with LIFETIME WARRANTY
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/116755

DVD Drive: Sony DRU-190S 20X DVD±RW DL & DVD-RAM Serial ATA - Retail Multi Bezel & Nero
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142274

Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145524

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128332

Monitor: GNR TS902W TFT 19" Monitor 300 cd/m2 850:1 5 ms 16:9 Multimedia DVI-D/VGA
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/116840/


Any and all opinions or ideas are appreciated. I do have some questions though;

1) By choosing Windows XP x64 Edition, will I have compatability issues with my hard drives or other componants?
2) The total price for this build is around 800GBP / $1500-ish; how is this price for the things I am getting?

As mentioned above, any help will be gladly recieved, thank you for your time.

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July 6, 2008 5:50:58 AM

everything is fine but i prefer another processor e7200
July 6, 2008 6:33:09 AM

You have a SLI motherboard, but are using an ATI graphic card. Although it would work fine as a single card GPU, you wouldn't be able to add another card for SLI. If you want to use just a single graphic card then you could save money by going with a P35 or a newer P43/P45 motherboard. If you want to go with a crossfire set up then go with a X38/X48 motherboard.
about the same price for an Intel X48 Gigabyte motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145368/show_product_speci...
about the same price point, better Intel CPU E8200 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139967
I would stick with the XP 32 bit or if you want 64 bit then go with Vista
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July 6, 2008 7:21:03 AM

I would get a different PSU than the one that comes with the case, I don't think 430W is sufficient.

For the OS, get Vista 64bit, it is compatible with DX10(XP is only compatible with up to DX9)and you can get up to 8GB with Vista 64bit, there's not really anymore bugs or problems with Vista.

If you're planning to overclock, get an aftermarket CPU Cooler and some thermal compound.

Also, follow dirtmountains suggestions for the mobo.

Good luck with your build!
July 7, 2008 2:32:55 AM

After revising my choices, I have come up with this selection, please let me know what you think about it;


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 iX48 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145368

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Socket 775 (2.66GHz) FSB1333 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139967

Case: Coolermaster Elite 330 Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127584

PSU: Arctic Power 700W PSU - With PCI-E, 4x SATA, 20+4, ATX12V, 8pin +12V Connectors
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124927

HDD: Seagate ST3250620A 250GB Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache (Two of these)
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/115413

RAM: OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Platinum Performance CL5 (5-4-4-18)
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132904

DVD Drive: Sony DRU-190S 20X DVD±RW DL & DVD-RAM Serial ATA - Retail Multi Bezel & Nero
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142274

Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145524

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - Licence and media - 1 PC - OEM - DVD - 64-bit - English
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123067

Monitor: GNR TS902W TFT 19" Monitor 300 cd/m2 850:1 5 ms 16:9 Multimedia DVI-D/VGA
Link: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/116840/


I took onboard the advice about processors and mobos and I chose a non-PSU case and got a 700W supply for it. Then I moved over to 64-bit Vista and bumped up my RAM to 4Gb.

1) How is this new system now; can you see any compatibility issues?2) Taking say Crysis as a benchmark, how well should it perform with this build?

Again, thank you for your help!
July 8, 2008 2:37:05 AM

Just a little bump in the hopes that more people will rate my build :) 
July 8, 2008 2:53:43 AM

I would go with the E8400 instead of the E8200.
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