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August 10, 2008 4:16:21 AM

I helping a friend build his new comp....

We went through newegg and picked some parts, what do you guys think?

He wants to be able to run Xfire later on, upgrade to a nice fat quad later, and maybe some slight overclocking...

He also would be playing various games on the system...

Thoughts!? Tips!?

Your help is always appreciated!

Parts List:
DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB)240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

ZALMAN ZM750-HPContinuous 750W

Vista Home Premium x64

LG DVD-RW Combo thingy

Cheap Case....HE picked it

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August 10, 2008 4:52:00 AM

link doesn't work, it would better if you posted the possible build, most ppl don't click on the links.
August 10, 2008 5:00:24 AM

Looks good, though personally I would get the 4850 from a manufacturer that has a longer warranty. Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, and Visiontek all have at least a 3 year warranty. This MSI model actually comes with a Zalman heatsink and should help with the temperatures considerably: (doesn't come with a crossfire bridge though)
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August 10, 2008 7:55:14 AM

Just Edited the Post please...check it out!

August 10, 2008 8:22:05 AM

couple of things to ponder on...

you can go with a corsair 750w... that'll be $20 less.

The Arctic cooling you chose isnt the one that'll work with your spec... specifically its the Freezer Pro 7...just in case u didnt notice...

If He is going to do mild overclocking... Id say yes... go with the corsair 750w vs the zalman and save the bucks...

FOr mild overclocking he wouldnt need the x48... id stick with dfi for intel chipsets...and go for their x38 model... and you will save -40 dollars there. (id say p45... but for xfire the x38/x48 or unmatched)

If you dont mind.... the Adata 4gb is like 75 -78 @ 5-5-5-18 timings... however... but he would not notice anything with the timings compared to that of the Mushkin model.

Thats close to enough difference for you to substitute the 4850 for a 4870.
The cooler really is a lot better on the 4870...and 4850s in crossfire ARE HOOOOOTTTTTT. 1 alone is fairly molten... but they are improving idle consumption (specifically a fix that clocks the 4850's down to 100mhz in idle windows environments)..right now they are still at 500mhz which leaves them pretty hot..

EIther way the 4870 is a decent amount faster and the gddr5 lets you get a good portion better performance @ higher resolutions...

lastly... for a mild overclock...which you cant go to high with only the arctic cooling... but to secure the 4870 in the budget... you could think of replacing the e8400 with an e7200... as they both have 9x multi....the 7200 has 3mb cache/vs 8400's 6mb (but both are great overclockers)...the 7200 would do 4 ghz easily... ***not recommended with that cooler however****... but i honestly think saving the $50 bucks on the processor and accepting the very slight hit in performance degradation from the 3mb cache... vs the great increase with the upgrade to a 4870 is well worth the difference...
August 10, 2008 12:01:18 PM

X48 kind of overkill? :??:  idk...also RC690/C690 instead of that sunbeam? other than that, looks good to go!
good luck :) 
August 10, 2008 3:08:40 PM

Just swap the Zalman PSU to a PC Power & Cooling 750 or a Corsair 750. Both of those are of quite a bit higher quality than the Zalman.
Also get a XIGMATEK S1283 + bolt in kit.