New Build Critique Please

Hi All,

I am trying to finish up my build and would like some critiques.

Recent Purchases

Q9450 - Got it for $250 at Frys B&M

CPU Cooler
Zalman 9700 Led- Got it for $49 at Frys B&M

Vista Ultimate 64bit W/ free 150 GB HD -Got it for $169 at Frys B&M

Items Thinking Of Purchasing

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard -(retails $149 -$30 for combo)

ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (Retails $199.99 - $5.00 - $30 rebate)

These two above items are on combo sale right now.. you get $30 off plus the gpu has $30 rebate. Sound like a decent deal for combo?
Any other type of Mobo I should consider? (I would rather not spend $200+ for mobo if I don't need to)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ($199.99 -$36.00 = $83.99)

CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) ($126-$17 = $109 - $30 rebate = $79)

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) ($137.99-$10 = $127.99 - $35 rebate = $92.99)

Is this a good ram to choose? I am not sure what to get for ram. Options to pay a little more and get DDR2 800 or 8500.

And I need some sort of Lighstcribe DVD burner

Recycled Parts

Dell 2407 Widescreen Monitor

Antec P180

Raptor 74gb HD

500 GB HD backup

X-Fi Fatility Sound Card

I will be using my rig for gaming, photoshop, work related stuff, email, web browsing,etc..

Critique on!
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  1. Anything above DDR2800 is worth only for overclocking. Any major brand (Corsair, OCZ etc.) is OK.
    As for the mobo, get a x38/48 instead of the p45.
    You should also consider spending some $ on a good PSU. What do you currently have inside your P180?
  2. and get the xigmatek rifle cooler 120 with ur build as its cheaper and performace is top-notch!!
  3. Looks like a good build. Personally I've always used Corsair memory. But seems like most folks on Toms I see use OCZ lately. So it can't be to bad.

    I agree on checking your PSU to make sure it's capable. Though probably anything like 480w or above would run you with a single GPU, but you might look into that more.
  4. Currently I have a Enermax Noisetaker 2 600w power supply. I don't intend to upgrade it right now, since I think it should be sufficient.
  5. galta,

    You think the upgrade to x38/48 is worth the +/- $75-150?
  6. If you have any plans of crossfireing in the future, x38/x48 will be worth it. If not and you plan to stick to one GPU the P5Q is a good choice.
  7. People already answered the question on x38/48.
    The thing is, with such a nice cpu/gpu, it would be a shame to prevent some future CF because of some extra dolars.
    Unless, of course, you're sure you won't need it.
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