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Gameing Pc, first build ever. any thoughts?

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July 18, 2008 7:46:12 PM

All the items are off Newegg. i have been doing lots of reading and i think this should be a decent build. biggest concern is the motherboard being to much? i may try SLI in the future, but not triple or higher.

NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Update MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Update XFX GX260NADDU GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Update CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail

Update AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6400CZBOX - Retail

Update CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

Update ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Update ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Gonna try to reuse my last hard drive, a friend told me i should be able to, same with dvd drive.

Thanks for any input.

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July 18, 2008 8:32:17 PM

Why not get a E7200 and a P45-DS3R?

Also the GTX260 is over priced. Get a 4870. And why are you getting a nVidia GPU when you can't SLI on that board?

PSU and the RAM are good choices. Also swap out the HSF for the XIGMATEK S1283 (+ the bolt in kit). Do you plan to OC?

one more thing, make your wishlist public.
July 18, 2008 9:43:41 PM

get the 4870 beats the gtx260 and now only 259.99 after rebate

basically +1 for Shadow and if your not over clocking stick with that cooler you got and if not get the XIGMATEK S1283 (+ the bolt in kit)

and although i used to prefer amd i go with however gives me the best bang for buck and i suggest the e7200 and over clocking it to at least 3.2 and that way its fast and uses way less energy than your current cpu choice(45nm)
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July 19, 2008 2:20:51 AM

Buying an AMD CPU is like giving to charity...w/out the write off.
July 19, 2008 8:10:05 AM

Cool, thxs for the input, i for some odd reason would still like to stay with nivideas Graphics, but intel may be an option, i will have to look in to that.

I am not sure about the Overclocking, havn't done it but i don't suppose it would hurt to try a little.

the wishlist is public, last i knew.. i fixed link

So, whats the biggest differance between AMD and intel chips? and thoughts on a good Motherboard?

July 19, 2008 5:07:58 PM

AMD = Won't OC easily
Intel = Easily OCs beyond 3Ghz for most, if not all of the CPUs with the correct motherboard.

For good motherboards (if you don't need SLI) get a P45-DS3L or if you need SLI get a 780i based motherboard. If doing CrossFire get a P45-DS3R or a ASUS.
July 19, 2008 6:52:42 PM

Hmm, i am more intrested in Overclocking the 260 ..

But i suppose its not to difficult to do the CPU. and u say the E7200 can OC to 3.2 without to much trouble? or to make it easier.. how is the E8400? that already starts at 3.0

Also for that fan, whats the + bolt in kit?
July 19, 2008 7:28:44 PM

link dosn't work w/o your pass, need the link to the public view.

i looked at the motherboards stated above does anyone have a link to one that would work best with either CPU mentioned and my case, with what? 5-6 fans..
July 19, 2008 8:16:06 PM

intresting, is that motherboard work with a 260?

i do think i will switch to the fan that u all have used.

so really i need to decide on a processor/ Motherboard, and make sure everything works for it.

thxs all for the input so far, very helpfull
July 20, 2008 2:49:42 AM

what motherboard would be better for a E8400

or at least whats the differance between the 2

ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard - Retail

both look pritty good, just wondering what others think from above
July 20, 2008 7:18:51 AM

Yes, that motherboard works with a 260, but I'd also advise you to reconsider the HD 4870. It outperforms it and it's cheaper. If you stay with the 260, though, you won't be able to SLI with that motherboard. About the normal vs deluxe, the deluxe has more features which are generally agreed to be worht the extra premium.
July 20, 2008 5:15:18 PM


Also for that fan, whats the + bolt in kit?

I was reffering to the bolt in kit for the S1283. It is much easier to install the bolt in kit than mess with the push pins. It's worth the extra $3-7.
July 20, 2008 6:10:35 PM

dont be a fanboy get the 4870, out performs and cheaper.
intel processors are better than AMD ones right now.
July 20, 2008 6:43:15 PM

+1 for Intel CPU
+1 for 4870 - (you would be a fool to get the 260!!) - Asus x48 mobo's with the intel chip sets are fantastic.
+1 for the S1283.

The 4870 OC's really nicely too - even with the stock fan right now it can be OC'ed to 790 core and 1100 on the memory with minimal work.