First time Gaming Build

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=N82E16811129021

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=N82E16819115037

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=N82E16820146692

ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131329

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002

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=N82E16814102770

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145215

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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  1. 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)
  2. 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=N82E16813131299
    I would also go with this HD instead of the Hitachi one for an extra $5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148136
    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.
  3. Thats a P43 board he has choosed not P45,also PCI-E 2.0 doesnt make a noticeable difference.
  4. 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?
  5. 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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