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

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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.
    I would also go with this HD instead of the Hitachi one for an extra $5
    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
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