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First Build - Need suggestions

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August 4, 2008 8:29:46 PM

Alright guys I'm planning on building my first PC at the end of august and I was hoping i could get some input on my choices.

The main uses for this PC will be gaming and regular internet browsing. I rarely ever do any video editing.

My budget for this build is $800 since i'm currently in university and between tuition fees, bus tickets, and food, this is all i could put aside for my build.

I know my budget is smaller than most of the other builds that i see on this forum but i would still like my pc to run games at good settings and not require any upgrades for a while.

Also I'm looking for a PC that I could easily overclock once performance starts lagging.

Alright, so here is what i have so far:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Video Card:
ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Power Supply
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache

Total price = About $780

I'm not sure if this setup will be able to use crossfire with 2 4850s.

I don't really want to have a crossfire setup so I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how i could get a 4870 into my system becuase that is the card that i really wanted to get.

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August 4, 2008 8:51:44 PM

All good choices. Yes it can do Crossfire.

Get a P5Q Pro, save $20.

Upgrade to 2x2GB RAM and to WD6400AAKS if you can.

Stick with the HD 4850, it's better bang for the buck than the HD 4870. To get a HD 4870 on that budget you'd have to make cuts elsewhere, like getting a crappy PSU or a case with bad cooling, or a slower CPU, etc. You're really better off with what you've got now.

Edit: OK, if you insist, you can have a HD 4870 on that budget if you get a GA-EP43-DS3L and a Sonata III with 500W PSU.

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August 6, 2008 3:01:44 AM

Thx for the replies guys, and yes aevm I was thinking abotu going with 4 gigs of RAM but i'm not sure if it will show much gain in my gaming or day to day use since i don't do much picture or video editing.

Uh yea I guess i'll stick with the 4850 then. I was thinking that instead of having my system able to do crossfire, i could save some money and get a single 4870 since i would prefer to have a single current gen. card in the future rather than have a pair of older cards. Note: I'm not sure that this mindset is correct and what the disadvantage of it is. If anyone knows please tell me.
August 6, 2008 1:52:47 PM

No worries, there's no "correct" mindset. Just personal preference. In some games a pair of HD 4850 will beat a single HD 4870, while in others the single HD 4870 will win. Not that it really matters - performance and price are very close anyway.

August 9, 2008 2:36:55 AM

Ok great thanks a bunch for your help!

I guess i'm all set for a new PC now :D