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August 23, 2008 6:34:58 PM

This is my first attempt at a build. Please let me know if I've overlooked any incompatibilities and if this will explode when hooked up. Also, money isn't that big of a concern, so let me know if I can make any big improvements for a little more dough.

Graphics Card: GeForce 8800 GT $220
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X38-DS4 $200
Processor: E8400 $170
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W $110
RAM: Mushkin (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 $115

I guess all I have left to decide on is a case, a hard drive, and dvd/cd drive, but I don't think I can go too wrong on those decisions.

Thanks!

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August 23, 2008 6:47:52 PM

You have a SLI video card in a Crossfire motherboard. Why did you pick that combination?
Your PSU is sized for two top end video cards - but your motherboard/video card combo (CF motherboard/SLI GPU) says you might not be using 2 video cards after all.
August 23, 2008 7:02:18 PM

It won't explode, but there's room for some improvements.

HD4850 - $180 (that 8800GT is really expensive, most of them are sub-$150)
or
HD4870 - $280 if you game at higher resolutions and money isn't so much of a problem
GA-EP45-DS3L - $100 (unless you plan on doing some serious crossfire in the future, in which case you'd be better of with a X48 - $250'ish, give or take)
CPU & RAM - ok
PSU: ok, or get a Corsair 750TX, enough for a crossfire with two 4870's and really silent
The case is up to personal taste, Antec and Lian Li make quality ones.
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August 23, 2008 7:09:22 PM

$220 for an 8800GT?? that's not a good deal at all. if money isn't a problem, then you should get a 4870. it's way faster than an 8000GT. other than that, the build looks fine.
August 23, 2008 8:27:28 PM

Couple of comments:

- Defiantly change the graphics card. ^+1, ATi is a good choice.

- Gigabyte board will serve you well.

- Reduce the PSU. PC P & C are a very good make but overkill in wattage. Try the Silencer 610 or a Corsair 620HX or TX. You may find the Corsair is cheaper also. (600W will be ample!)

- DDR2 1066 is not worth the extra over DDR2 800. Optimum to run 4Gb and 64bit operating system. Mushkin seem a good bet, but shop around different makes - Corsair, Kingston, Geil.

Hope that's useful.
Jeremy
August 23, 2008 8:48:39 PM

^^+1 on the ATI GPU
^+1 on the DDR2 800
August 24, 2008 1:39:08 AM

Thanks for the responses! I think this new config will be much better. Let me know what you think.

Graphics Card: HIS HD4870 $290

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q P45 $140 (this leaves the possibility for crossfire in the future, even though I will only have the single HD4870 initially)

Processor: E8400 $170

Power Supply: Corsair 650TX 650W $110

RAM: Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 $70
August 24, 2008 2:31:38 AM

*gives the thumbs up* That looks pretty solid to me. Consider a cheaper HD 4870, though.
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