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New PC to be built - appreciate opinions/suggestions

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August 29, 2008 6:38:36 PM

My current pc went bottom up this week and left me attempting to play Vanguard with a relic =P In addition to that, the relic doesn't run Corel Draw and Paint well at the same time, nor Office. So I need to build a new pc. I have looked through the other posts about builds and gleaned the following hardware. I am recycling my sound card, dvd rom/writer, and case. (The case could possible be changed, if one is suggested that would work better with particular hardware size issues. It's a no remarkable name that is 5 years old)

I have Nvidia forever and have loved them (and had no issues with my 7600 in VG) but have been told by everyone that plays Vanguard to go with an ATI card

I would welcome suggestions for a power supply that is reliable and able to not only handle the current components, but would be ok, if one, such as the video card was later upgraded. There are so many, and so very many opinions about them.

Thank you!
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ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5D - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 30, 2008 1:27:27 PM

I know this is not a brand you have heard of before, but it's well reviewed by people who know what they are talking about:

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

That will power 2 4870s comfortably, with excellent safety and durability margins. It's an excellent deal for the level of quality.

You do not need 1066 RAM unless overclocking A LOT. Only buy 1066 if the price is very good indeed.
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August 30, 2008 1:33:19 PM

Proximon - ok, which ram would you recommend? I have not been planning on overclocking.


Prox & Auscansukus

This is the PSU I have currently sitting on my newegg wishlist:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Is it sufficient?
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 30, 2008 1:35:45 PM

Also, a vanilla P5Q is not a crossfire board. P5Q -E, Pro, or Deluxe are versions of the P5Q that do crossfire.

Crossfire on P45 chipsets tends to be 2-4 frames per second less than crossfire on x48 boards, at 1680x1050 resolution.... So P45 boards are a good choice for most. If you need higher resolutions or bragging rights, then go x48.

If you were not thinking about crossfire, then a plain P5Q or one of the P43 versions would be fine.

If no crossfire, possibly the best 600W PSU you can buy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 30, 2008 1:52:33 PM

I do not currently plan on doing crossfire - although it would seem that for $10 more the P5Q-Pro leaves that option open for me at a later time.





Is this a better ram choice?
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
August 31, 2008 2:38:11 PM

Thank you very much for your help Proximon! :)  I really appreciate it.
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