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First time Gaming Build

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August 30, 2008 5:58:39 AM

Long time reader of the boards and am finally taking he plunge into building. I could use a little help and advice, so here we go.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not real sure about the OS, I've read a lot about the differences about 64 and 32 vista but I'm not sold on either. Any pointers and help are appreciated.

Thank you

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August 30, 2008 6:30:47 AM

Looks very good to me however change the RAM to a DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-x or lower timings.
And the change the motherboard to a P35 board(if u want single card) or X48 board(if u want dual cards)
August 30, 2008 7:14:19 AM

I agree with Maziar about the RAM, but not the motherboard. I think an upgrade to a P45 Asus board with 2 - 2.0 PCIe x16 sockets at 8x/8x would be a good way for you to go. This Asus board for $140 would give you a chance at crossfiring the 4850 in the future.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would also go with this HD instead of the Hitachi one for an extra $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm still pretty happy with XP, i haven't had any major problems with my Vista systems, but it is a resource hog. If going with Vista get the 64 version.
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August 30, 2008 7:24:05 AM

Thats a P43 board he has choosed not P45,also PCI-E 2.0 doesnt make a noticeable difference.
August 30, 2008 7:32:33 AM

Running the 4850 on a PCI- E 1 wont cause occasinal Crashes? Thats what everyone has been warning me about but if it won't do that I don't see a problem.

Only thing being is I might upgrade to 2 card setup in the near future. A X48 or P45 would benefit me better in the long run?
August 30, 2008 7:38:45 AM

Maziar is right that if you're going with a single graphic card then a P35 motherboard would be fine for the 4850. You could also drop your power supply to a 500watt unit and still be good and save a chunk of money. If you want to crossfire in the future then a P45 with your OCZ 700w power supply would be a good setup. A link showing crossfire with different boards
http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=761
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