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July 9, 2008 8:36:17 AM

so i have been keeping busy with building a new system from scratch, but i would be stupid not to have it checked by someone who actually knows what he's talking about :) 

i'm still having some doubts about some parts so i'll post the options i have in mind, but if you got a better option for me, i'm all ears :) 
keep in mind this is a gaming & multimedia rig

case : antec threehundred = 56€
antec ninehundred = 107€

psu : Enermax PRO-82+ 525W = 97€

mobo : Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 S775 P35+ICH9 S775 FSB 1333MHz PCIe ATX = 73€

cpu : Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 = 246€
( would it be wise to switch to a quadcore or should i stick with a highend dual core? for ex. )
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 = 175€

ram : 2x2048MB OCZ DDR2 800MHz CL5 = 88€

: 500GB Seagate ST3500620AS Barracuda 7200rpm 16MB SATA = 55€

: 512MB Club 3D Radeon HD4870 GDDR5 256bit DVI HDMI PCIe = 238€
512MB Club3D Radeon HD4850 GDDR3 2xDVI TVOut PCIe = 153€

i'm planning on eventually running this system on a dual boot of win xp pro sp3 x64 and windows vista corp x64

thanks in advance for the help :hello: 

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July 9, 2008 8:44:40 AM

as far as the case goes i say the 300 i have one and its amazing i think it also looks way better than the 900 and if you spend some time the wiring is amazing i don't have one cable over my motherboard.
if you are also doing multimedia go for the 9450 its beast. as far as graphics if you aren't planning on going crossfire and getting a p45,x38, or x48 i say go for the 4870

*edit* are you planning on over clocking?

what resolution do you play at?
July 9, 2008 10:27:03 AM

well i aint planning on going crossfire or overclocking or anything like that
and i'm going for a 22" widescreen.
i dont really know what res i'm gonna use, since i use a 17" laptop atm and my previous pc also had a 17" widescreen
so it will basicly be my first good pc

i built a pc before, like 5 or 6 years ago so i'm kinda out of touch with the new tech :) 

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July 9, 2008 6:34:20 PM

I agree with jpbg.

Give us a URL where you are shopping. Maybe I can find you a better PSU and motherboard and HDD for that money.
July 10, 2008 7:12:20 AM

well ok, i hope you understand german

this online store has by far the best prices i have found and makes my system a good 200€cheaper then if i would buy it from a belgian retailer

but keep in mind that i do want a pc that will upgrade well, so i wont have to buy a new psu in a year or anything like that

i'm also planning on upgrading to the new intel socket eventually ( a while after it gets released ) thats why i was thinking about a good dual core instead of a quad core
July 10, 2008 11:57:15 AM

btw : i noticed that my powersupply only has 1 pcie power connector, but if im not mistaken, the 4870 needs 2 of these, should i get a different psu or am i wrong in thinking this?
July 10, 2008 12:14:43 PM

The ENERMAX PRO82+ has 3 PCI-e power connectors (and plenty of +12V power). 1 is 6pin and 2 are 6+2pin (8) types. No problems with the 4870.
July 10, 2008 12:31:36 PM

It shows 1 6pin and 2 6+2 pin (the red connectors top right)
July 10, 2008 12:33:27 PM

That site also said:
"DX10 ready! For PCI Express 2.0 next generation graphics cards with 6+2P (8P) PCI-E connectors "
July 10, 2008 12:37:42 PM

ok then, tnx

just trying to make my way through the information jungle of pc building :) 
the only worry i have now is that the psu is at the bottom of the case, so the mobo connector might be to far away or something like that
July 10, 2008 12:59:37 PM

sweet, tnx for the help :sol: 
now i just add a can of compressed air to my order list and as soon as my paycheck comes in i can order my new rig :) 

going for the antec p182 and the dualcore instead of quad makes it about a 100€ cheaper to! and i'll have plenty of choice for future upgrades
July 10, 2008 2:12:53 PM

well according to what i'm reading the 4870 is PCI-E 2.0 so i geuss it would be better to go for that mobo

it's just a 6€ difference so thats not a problem :) 
July 10, 2008 2:43:08 PM


I've got a silly question, if you don't mind. If you live in Belgium, and order something online from Germany, do you pay the German 19 % UST, or the equivalent Belgian tax (hopefully smaller, I don't know), or neither?

Just curious. I order most of my CDs from and they give me back the 19% at checkout time because I'm in Canada and not in Germany. If you're really lucky Mindfactory might do the same for you, unless there are different rules for European Union countries.
July 10, 2008 8:27:31 PM

nope i get the 19%, not the insanely high one in belgium, thats why i chose that shop ( its been a real b*tch since my german is not so good :)  )
the only bad thing is that i have to pay a lot more transport costs.
its free inside germany, and belgium is 60€.
but thats still quite good cause i save way more then that by shopping there :D 
and it gets delivered by DHL wich is alot better then some noname company
July 10, 2008 8:31:51 PM

Oops, it's even more in Belgium then. Sorry to hear that :( 
July 10, 2008 8:49:30 PM

no matter, i live like a 30 minute drive from the border :) 

oh 2 more Q , if i want to dual boot ( xp & vista ) would it be better to get 2 harddrives?
and , is it possible with the 4870 to use my tv ( hdmi , component ) as a second screen?