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August 6, 2008 6:42:53 PM

I want a computer that will be easy to put together and stable, without having to mess around with the BIOS settings. I am not planning on OC'ing. Mainly used for gaming.

ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

SAPPHIRE 100242-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-12AK-GP 120mm Case Fan

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


August 6, 2008 6:55:08 PM

Looks like an overall pretty good build to me. :) 

Kudos on the 4GB RAM & Vista 64 :) 
August 6, 2008 7:14:54 PM

The build looks fine. I would say that the PSU looks like overkill if you are not planning on another graphics card or overclocking. Even with crossfire, there's a chance that that PSU is still too much.

I would suggest getting something in the 600-610 range, or even possibly less.

That could save you some $$$ in energy bills, especially if it's wasted power.

Otherwise, the components look good. Have fun.
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August 6, 2008 7:23:56 PM

I don't understand why you chose such a nice case and psu and then chose a 4850 and that mobo. You should pay less for a case and more for the mobo. If you plan on crossfire 2 4850 then you should get a 650w psu (or even less) and a x38 or x48 mobo. If you don't plan on crossfire then you should get a p35 mobo and a 550w psu with a 4850 or 4870 if you prefer. Try to chose components in same range, not a nice case, a so-so mobo, an overkill psu...
August 7, 2008 8:08:49 AM

why do people keep saying this. a 650watt or higher psu is what you really need for crossfire setups. your psu is fine. i really see nothing id change. i would however get the msi version of the 4850 it has a new heatpipe cooler that cools the card without the need for driver modification or a separate application.
August 7, 2008 4:43:36 PM

Thanks for the help everyone.
August 7, 2008 4:47:46 PM

The reason behind the so so motherboard, g-card, and memory is that I plan on upgrading these in a couple of years.

The PSU and the case will stay with me for a while and I wanted to get something that will last.


Thanks for the info
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