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July 19, 2008 4:28:53 AM

Hey Guys,

Building a new system and would like some input. Current system is so old, no longer upgradable thus starting from scratch.

CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L

MEMORY: OCZ (OCZ2RPX800EB4GK) PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth 4GB (2x2048) Dual Channel please feel free to comment on this choice as I don't understand the latency numbers for memory, I know lower is better but have always used OCZ and have never had any problems

Video Card: 4850 for sure, was considering ASUS due to 3 year warranty, but read somewhere that the VisionTek cards carry a lifetime warranty so may spring for a 4870 by Vision Tek

PSU : Antec TP3-650 TruePower Trio 650W that I'll be installing in an older Antec Case, will buy a P182 next paycheck

HD: Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer

Need advice on CPU Cooling.. and my memory choice.

I went with the P45 chipset so I could keep costs down and will likely upgrade to a Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 when they come down in price in Feb or so and will also be able to add a second 4850/70.

This will mainly be a gaming rig, mostly for MMOs and FPSs. Running a BenQ G2000W 20" LCD but will likely upgrade to a 24" when I go C/F.

Thanks in advance for input.


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July 19, 2008 4:48:13 AM

Different hard drive, get the WD 640, little pricier, much better.
If you go cross fire you might need a bigger power supply.

A lot of people recommend the 750W corsair one.
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July 19, 2008 5:04:55 AM

If you plan to crossfire, definitely need to change mobo to an x38 or x48.
July 19, 2008 6:03:10 AM

The question is not IF I C/F, it's when =) .. I was going to upgrade to a x48 MB, likely a Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4, but while I wait for prices to come down I'd settle for a inexpensive no frills M/B like the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L.

On the topic of PSUs, again, going with Antec due to good experiences in the past, so maybe adjust my choice to Antec TPQ-850 850W but Corsair TX Series TX750W is $30 cheaper and seems to have good reviews. Again, planning on going to Crossfire in the near future.

Any comments on the VisionTek cards? Should I just pocket the coin I save on going with the P45 M/B and just stick with the Asus or Gigabyte 4850 or is the 4870 worth the premium? Remember, I'll be buying a second vid card to match in the near future.

As for the WD 640, it's only $20 more, may as well spring for it.

Thanks for the comments so far


July 21, 2008 2:28:17 AM

In my first post, I outline a modest gaming rig, with the intention to upgrade the mobo to an x48 in the future and add a second 4850/70.

I've been reading about the impending launch of the 4850/70X2 in August. Am I correct to assume that I'll be able to use this card in the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L with full PCI-E 2.0 x16 support?

If this is the case then will it be unnecessary to upgrade to the Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4. Is this correct or am I missing something here?

July 21, 2008 3:10:18 PM

Why spend the $$$ for the P45 chipset now and then spend additional $$$ for the X38/X48 mobo later? Unless you are sure to get your full investment back on the P45, you'll most likely lose money in the long run.