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Piecing together a new system slowly

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August 10, 2008 8:02:23 PM

I'm going to be building a gaming system and I am not really up to date on what's what or what is the best bang for your buck. My last system recently died and I'm hobbling by on a board and CPU a friend gave me from when he upgraded his and his wifes system's. I play WoW and may play some other MMO's in the future and I plan on running the system on a 32in 1080p TV something like a Sharp Aquos (to be purchased soon) if that helps any. I will be using some of the parts I already have and replacing them slowly (ie my IDE HDD, CD/DVD, Case and PSU). So here is current build thoughts I am trying to stay around $700 for right now


Mobo: Asus P5K/EPU (I do not know if this is P45 or X48 but I have read alittle on that and would like the better of the two as I do plan on running two cards in the near future)

CPU: Core 2 Quad Q6600

This will be bought first and for what I've found searching its around $300 for the board and CPU

Memory: OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (currently under $200)

Video Card: Unknown (I know I want a card around $200 I can later pair with a second card and I am partial to Nvidia)

This would be enough to get me up and running again decently. I will be running Win2k for a little bit so I'll only install 4 of the 8 gigs of ram while waiting to buy Vista on another paycheck. Then upgrading to a new Sata2 HDD and CD/DVD shortly after that. Then to finally be followed by a second matching video card.

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August 10, 2008 11:47:14 PM

That sounds like a little bit of overkill for WoW, but its your money not mine :kaola:  . Anyway, if you really are dead set on going nvidia, go with either an 8800gts G92 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and with that one you could step up to a gtx 260 instead of going sli, or go with a 9800gtx+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . But honestly the ATI hd4850 is the best choice for anything sub 200$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Its fifty bucks cheaper after MIR, and really does kick everythings ass. Honestly, 8 gigs of ram, a q6600, and xfire 4850s is gonna rip any game you have to pieces.


BTW: I have an 8800gts g92 and LOVE it
August 11, 2008 5:38:59 AM

are you partial to nvidia for the same reason i am their drivers just tend to work?
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August 11, 2008 6:16:50 AM

The P5K board you list is a P35 board and does not run dual video cards well, if at all.

At the resolutions you need and the price you want to spend, you do NOT need an x48 board, which some will tell you is needed.

At the resolution of 1920x1080 of your TV a P45 in crossfire will be all you should need.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1472/6/intel_p45_vs_x...


Get an ASUS P5Q Pro for about $150.

Buy one 4870 now, for well under $300.00, and pair it with a second later.

And finally, P45 and x48 are CROSSFIRE boards. They support dual ATI cards like the 4850. They are NOT SLI boards. They will not support two nVidia cards like the 8800 GTS
August 11, 2008 8:57:57 AM

Yeah I've had trouble with ATI and their cards working right in the past and even a current card which I could not get to work right under Linux. So I went to a Nvidia card for now. I will certainly follow the advice on the ASUS P5Q PRO board and just suck it up again with ATI. Looks like I can get a board and a cpu for about $320 or so searching a few sites.

I'm only seeing the 4850's for just over $150 and the 4870's for just under $300
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