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First Build - just need a little advice before beginning

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August 18, 2008 11:27:58 PM

Hello everyone,

I've been looking for a good computer related forum for a while, and this seems like a great one.

Anyway, after a couple weeks of reading and comparing different parts, I think I have a general idea of what parts I need and what I want out of my new computer I am going to build.

It'll be in the 1000-1300 dollar range; it will be used primarily for gaming, guitar recording, music/movies, and other general/basic uses. Initially, I will be running everything stock, but in the future, I look forward to learning about and attempting to overclock...

Since this is my first build, I just wanted some input to make sure I essentially picked out the best parts for my price range. Furthermore, I wanted some help to make sure all the mentioned parts are compatible.

The specs:

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q-E

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler Master RC-690 with 550W PSU (It's between this and an antec 900. I am leaning towards this.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: see above (case)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon Tocix HD 4850 (not sure if this is the best one to go with or not)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel C2D E8400 Wolfdale

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 4gb 1066 (PC8500)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 500GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

F/HS: ARTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And 2 dvd/cd rewritable drives.

Since my knowledge is limited, for my purposes, am I going overkill with anything? ...or maybe I should upgrade something?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, it seemed like the general consensus is that the HD4850 would be a better buy than a 9800GTX. Do you agree?

I know there are many threads with similar questions, and I have read many of them. I just wanted some input on my own particular build.

Thank you so much for any help!!!

P.S. - Please let me know if there is anything I am forgetting.

Also, should I get a fan for the HD4850? I've read that they have a tendency to run very, very hot.

Thanks!

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August 19, 2008 5:35:59 AM

One more thing, I am going to be using a 24 inch monitor between this computer and a playstation 3. Any suggestions which monitors to check out?

Also, because of the the size of the monitor/resolution, should I be looking into the HD4870 instead of the 4850?

Please don't flame me for the noob questions!!

Thanks
August 19, 2008 5:56:39 AM

Definitely go for the 4870. Youll need it for those high resolutions.
August 19, 2008 6:17:52 AM

if you have the mooney you could buy another 4870 and buy 1 hard drive and two gigs of ram to safe some mooney and later buy another 2gig and if you wants to save even more mooney u could have 6400 instead of 8500 the ddr2 800 is very economic and fast (just a suggestion) hope this helps ..either if you wanna keep that way is still a great gaming rig
August 19, 2008 7:09:21 AM

Pretty good build, here's a few ideas.
Get 2x2 GB of DDR2 800 1.8v instead of the 1066. I've been trying to check www.asus.com for their qualified vendors list, but as usual asus is down for such things. (it's one thing i really hate about Asus)
The E8500 is only $20 more expensive, a good bang for the $20.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you do a lot of video editing, you may want to spend the extra $$ on a quadcore. The Q9550 just had an impressive price drop.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's a good choice for a 4850, overclocked and with a factory cooling solution. Worth thinking that for another $70 you can get a HD4870 which has a better cooling solution and 20-30% more power.
August 19, 2008 3:47:03 PM

Are you planning to do crossfire in the future?
Since I will plan to do the same as you with the pc (also have a 24", monitor off course).

August 20, 2008 1:55:50 AM

Thanks guys.

I decided to go with the HD4870 and DDR2 800.

I may eventually do crossfire when the single GPU is stuggling to play certain new games.

But for now, I'm planning on running stock with a single GPU. ...then eventually overclocking and maybe doing crossfire.

Thanks for the replies guys.

I mainly also just wanted to know if this seemed like a decent build for the money.

Thanks!!
August 20, 2008 7:08:44 AM

will the 550W power supply be enough?

I just want to double check in case I am wrong.

thanks
August 20, 2008 7:19:27 AM

get a 750W PSU as you will needed for extra graphics card like you said.

get a better cooler btw.
August 20, 2008 7:26:31 PM

Thanks for the advice so far. I appreciate it.

Any advice on a better cooler? Should I also get a fan specifically to keep the video card cool?

Thanks
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