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November 6, 2008 5:10:40 AM

Hello all.

I want to buy a new gaming pc. Here is my choice.


1. Is this at all a good choice?? (the price is not the matter)
2. What motherboard is a good choice for that??? (I want to oc a little)
3. What power supply can hold the system stable and works without problems?
4. What cpu cooler would be a good choice? Cool and silent if both possible.

Thx to all.

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November 6, 2008 5:42:08 AM

Look at the cooler reviews here at They rate them both for cooling and for quiet. If you're using a single HD4870 then go with a P45 motherboard. Asus or Gigabyte.
Look for RAM that is DDr2 800 1.8v it will be fine for you and less hassle for a beginner
any good quality 550w or above power supply, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Antec , Seasonic or OCZ.
Good recommendations by chechnyan
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November 6, 2008 5:51:55 AM

Is there any problem with the memory i choose?
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November 6, 2008 6:55:07 AM

Not really, it's just that it's DDR2 1066 and requires 2.1v to reach it's timings. It will be a slight bit faster once set in BIOS , but may cause a bit more hassle. Unless you're going for a serious overclock, the DDR2 800 would be fine for you.
your call
November 6, 2008 11:30:29 PM

1. I would change the RAM, Dominator is expensive and its 1066mhz which has no real benefit unless your a super clocking or want to run any other ratio than 1:1. As suggested by dirtmountain 800mhz will be great and cheaper.

2. P45 is a good choice still gives you crossfire if you need it as well ;)  Asus P5Q is a good range (P5Q-e is best feature/$$ board)

3. Corsair 620W is a nice choice agreed.

4. If you want silent you want a 120mm fan, and as suggested the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 is one of the best out there and cheap ;)  others would be Thermalright Ultra 120 and Tuniq towers (you need a big case though.)
November 7, 2008 6:59:10 AM

Thank you all for your help.
November 19, 2008 2:16:48 PM

i am building a gaming computer this chirstmas. is this good? can it play CRYSIS on VERY HIGH?

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 Video Card - Superclocked Edition, 1GB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, FREE Special Edition EVGA Precision Overclocking Utility, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core Socket LGA775, 2.83 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB, 12MB L2 Cache, 45nm (Retail Box) (BX80569Q9550

Asus Striker II NSE Motherboard - nForce 790i SLI, Socket 775, PCI-Express 2.0, 3-way SLI, 45nm Support, USB, eSATA, RAID, Firewire, DDR3 Memory Support

Ultra X3 ULT40064 1000-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM

Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)
November 20, 2008 1:34:03 AM

That RAM wont work with that board for a start.
November 20, 2008 1:56:20 AM

And i dont understand why going for a Quad if your only GAMING. An e8400ish would suit you better. OC better and no need of quads for gaming. Read a bit of benchmarks you'll see.
February 3, 2009 12:18:57 PM


I got Intel core 2 quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
(nVidia) FXF GTX 260 896mb VGA card
4Gb of RAM
1 cd drive
Asus P5Q motherboard
and Antec sonata III with the 500w PSU

I gonna buy Noctua NH-U12P cpu cooler
and will try to overclock my cpu to 3.5 - 4GHz

Do i need a new power supply???

Right now my vols are something like
3.3V = 3.29
5V = 4.97
12V = 12.01
Something like that :D