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August 14, 2008 10:27:51 PM

Hello. I've done some research and come up with a build I think will suit my needs (gaming). I won't write a budget as translating prices from Swedish kronor to dollars is a pain. I just want you to look at the parts and tell me if everything looks nice and reasonable. Here it is:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3,0GHz

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD4870 Dual-DVI 512MB

RAM: Corsair XMS2 DHX TwinX DDR2 PC6400/800MHz CL4 2x2GB

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-550VXEU 550W

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 16MB 500GB

MoBo: Asus P5K Pro

DVD-burner: Samsung SH-S203P

Case: Chieftec Giga GX-01B

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit


I hope it looks okay :)  Thanks for checking!

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August 14, 2008 10:39:15 PM

i think it looks great man
August 14, 2008 10:46:38 PM

Asus P5K Pro is a p35 mobo, you would only be able to run your 4870 at PCIe 1.0 16x which is equivalent to PCIe 2.0 8x speed. Benches have shown about a 5 to 10% decrease in performance when running not at the full 2.0 16x speed.

If you care about that and dont plan on Crossfire then you could go with a P45 or P43, the P43 boards can be found for around $100 now the same price as your Asus P5K Pro.

If you do plan on CF then a x38 or x48 would allow you to run 2 slots at PCIe 2.0 speed, but you would spend around $200 for that.

If you wanted to overlock I would suggest geting an aftermarket cooler.

your build looks good though, have fun.
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August 14, 2008 10:46:44 PM

Very nice. Have fun with it.
August 15, 2008 12:04:16 AM

I agree with omicron, try to fit a P43/P45 motherboard into your budget to take full advantage of the HD4870
A very good build though, all solid and all compatible
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