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July 8, 2008 3:55:27 AM


I'm most likely going to be building a new computer in the next few days, and need some suggestions! I want it to be a gaming machine, but I probably won't be doing too much overclocking, as this will double as our family computer as well. I'm shooting for spending less than 1000. Here's what I'm thinking:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
(seems like a good case, and there's a rebate on it now - I was also considering the Antec Sonata III with the power supply that comes with the case)

Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail
(This was a combo deal with the above case, and it looks like a good power supply)

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
(choosing between this one and the q6600 - a lot of people seem to think that the e8400 is better for gaming, at least in the short term)

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
(this is the part I'm least certain about - I've heard Gigabyte boards are good, but any other suggestions are welcome!)

GIGABYTE GV-R485-512H-B Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
(I may crossfire this card some day, but not yet)

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
(cheap ram but it looks like it does the job)

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 - Retail
(I just need any old dvd burner here)

Some version of Vista for ~$100

Also, I may be pairing this with a 24" widescreen monitor (which I know will push me over the budget, but I'm not counting the monitor :)  ) and am wondering if the 4850 will be enough to run a monitor of that size in a decent resolution?

Thanks a TON for any input you can provide - this site is great!

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July 8, 2008 3:59:02 AM

If you are planning to crossfire, I would go with an x38 or x48 mobo.
July 8, 2008 4:29:07 AM

Great, I'll take a look at those x38 and x48 boards. One I found is this one (but it might be a little more than I want to pay):

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Do the x38 boards do PCI Express 1.0 and the x48 do PCI Express 2.0? Does that make much of a difference yet?
July 8, 2008 4:52:23 AM

Like Shadowthor said your motherboard choice (which is a very good one) doesn't do crossfire. It's a great single card motherboard though. If you aren't going to do crossfire then that power supply is way overkill. the Antec Sonata with the 500w Antec Earthwatt that you mentioned in your post would be a better choice.
The X38 and X48 are the best choice by far for crossfire, all the X38 and X48 have the PCIex16 2.0 If you go with the X38 or X48 then the 850w and the antec 900 would be fine......heavy in the PSU department, but fine.
July 8, 2008 11:17:09 AM

Yeah, I was thinking about going a little lighter on the PSU, and maybe even choosing the Sonata III - I was a little worried about airflow with the sonata vs. the 900, but I'm sure both of them would be fine in my case.
July 8, 2008 11:31:17 AM

I suppose I could get the Sonata III and use its power supply, but still get the x48. Then if I ever wanted to crossfire, I could always upgrade the PSU at that time. Does anyone know if the Sonata III is large enough and has enough airflow to handle two video cards like the 4850?