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August 13, 2008 1:07:13 AM

Can someone recommend me the type of ram I'll need and a mobo for this processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775

I'm getting many many varied answers. The guy at the PC shop tells me I should buy 1066 ram and this ASUS P5K PRO LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

I really don't know what to do. I'm about to give up on the project as everyone has their own idea. Some people even tell me to wait a few years for quad core to drop in price.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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August 13, 2008 1:24:24 AM

You came to the right place.

We can set you up, and with a great deal of agreement ;) 

You only need to look through the 100s of threads here from people just like you, then make a list of parts and we'll look it over.

Before I can get you started though I'll need to know several things:

1) How you will use the PC.

2) The size of your monitor.

3) Your budget.

4) Any old parts you are hoping to reuse.

August 13, 2008 3:05:02 AM

I'm reusing the harddrive it's a Sata 3.0 300 gig

I'm reusing a XFX 8600 GTX card

My monitor is a giant 22" monitor/lcd combo

My budget is around 600, I'm not looking to buy the last and the greatest, but the best for what I can get.
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August 13, 2008 3:11:56 AM

Ok and you are keeping the case? what case and PSU do you have?

Spending too much on 1066 RAM, you do not need it.
August 13, 2008 3:13:51 AM

I should mention that your monitor really wants a stronger video card. We'll see if we can fit that in too.
August 13, 2008 3:14:17 AM

My case I have now is an Antec P180

My current proccesor is an Athlon 64 3700 san d
August 13, 2008 3:14:55 AM

maybe a new video card is all I really need
August 13, 2008 3:15:06 AM

sorry to tell you davers, 22" is no where close to being giant. =/

the pc2-8500 he told you to get was a total rip off, he was trying to milk you for what you have...unless your going to overclock liek a beast, and i doubt it seeing your budget

ddr2 800 should me MORE than capable of handling your processor's needs, hell, even ddr2 667 is a fine choice... ddr2 1066 will not show any performance increases, but it'll cost more thats for sure

$65 after rebate, great ram btw, should work fien with your mobo

your not gonna add two cards right? ever? your better off getting a p43 motherboard

your proc choice will do great with games,

and a 4850 should do fine on your resolution... which is 1680x1050 if im not mistaken... you'll be able to run most games on max... this is all assuming that your psu is a good one, even if it isn;t, you should have enough money left over to get a good 650watt psu
August 13, 2008 3:15:35 AM

I want to try playing some of the new dual core games like assassin's creed.
August 13, 2008 3:16:40 AM

DDR 800 is fine?

Dang, that'l work well.
August 13, 2008 3:17:23 AM

The MB is good, but at that price you could do a bit better. let me see what I can do.
August 13, 2008 3:18:16 AM

Oh, and I need you PSU (Power Supply Unit).
August 13, 2008 3:21:22 AM

I have a 500 watt cooler master, I believe!

August 13, 2008 3:23:52 AM

the ram i picked has tighter timings, but that corsair should work fine too i guess.

trust me, the asus p5k pro is pretty much useless unless your gonna add a second card... than you should go with a p43 moherboard with one pcie x16 2.0 slot
August 13, 2008 3:24:43 AM

Throw in the 4850 of your choice. Well under 600.00 still... maybe even room for a PSU upgrade.
August 13, 2008 3:24:53 AM

How would the Kingston Value ram compare to the OCZ and Corsair?
August 13, 2008 3:28:09 AM

Well, I only put it there because of your budget. The Reapers are nice, and a good deal if you mail the rebate off instantly. Just depends on where you end up budget wise.
August 13, 2008 3:30:33 AM

eklipz has a good list there for the price. I would prefer the P5Q pro because that leaves you with more upgrade options and I prefer ASUS ;) 
August 13, 2008 3:34:46 AM

Davers said:
I have a 500 watt cooler master, I believe!

If you can get a look, or even post a pic of the label on the PSU it would help. It's no good getting a bunch of new parts if the PSU is not up to the task.
August 13, 2008 3:35:14 AM

options he may never use, only get that motherboard if yoru confident you'll never get a second card, it got good ratings on newegg, and is pretty cheap... i would feel pretty confident in that purchase, even if its not asus

and your on a budget, so you won't always get that brand name that you want

even if he'll upgrade to a second 4850, he would need a better psu... i think his cooler master should be up to the task though...even if there is a small amount of headroom, he won;t get a decent psu for under $80 thats not similar to what he already has
August 13, 2008 3:38:55 AM

Ok, say I decide to spend a bit more and go with the ASUS board (or something else of a similar nature), but I've heard some upsetting things about saphire brand cards. Can you recommend something else?

And, I will only have 1 graphics card!
August 13, 2008 3:52:45 AM

it might cost a bit more, and ill admit i dont kno much about psu's, so you should go to the psu section of this forum and let them shed light on that issue