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September 2, 2008 6:23:24 AM

im trying to build a pc for gaming and i want to be able to run advanced games easily, i have the parts i want selected but im not sure if they're all compatible, and i could use some advice on where i could improve my pc. Any help would be great, thanks.


Asus Intel DDR2 Motherboard

XFX Geforce 8600 GT 512mb Video Card

Antec 500w 12v Power Supply

240-pin DDR2 SDRAM 6400 800mhz RAM

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 ghz Processor

Seagate 250gb SATA Hard Drive

Sony 16x DVD Drive

Sound Blaster Sound Card

Case

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September 2, 2008 6:26:13 AM

I have several suggestions coming.

First off, the board you chose is really nice. Too nice for your apparent budget. The video card you chose does not really match it, and is weak.

The processor is OK if that is all you can afford.

Did you only need a DVD reader? A burner is not that much more.

Onboard sound will be superior to that sound card.

Lastly, the case could be better.

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

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

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

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

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 2, 2008 6:55:21 AM

Would those video cards work with the motherboard? I didn't think that DDR3 would be compatible with either mobo.
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September 2, 2008 7:07:19 AM

forget the graphics card and sound card. you can grab a 8800GT for $109.99 after rebate now on tigerdirect ffs. i recommend getting a E8400 and either an 8800GT, HD4850 or HD4870.

oh and coolermaster RC-690 for the case :D 
September 2, 2008 7:10:04 AM

*face-palm* Yes.DDR3 memory compatibility has nothing to do with the video card,that's handled by the GPU core,not your CPU's memory controller(or northbidge)
September 2, 2008 7:12:47 AM

monkinator said:
Would those video cards work with the motherboard? I didn't think that DDR3 would be compatible with either mobo.


Hehe that only applies to SYSTEM memory, not video memory. You can have any video memory you like.
September 2, 2008 8:04:52 AM

Ah ha... sorry im new to this and was getting confused, heres an update of what im looking at now, after reading many suggestions on other builds on this site, and reading the suggestions from you guys!

Intel E8400 CPU $170

Asus P5Q LGA 775 Intel Mobo $110

Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU $90

4GB 240-pin DDR2 800 1.8v Memory $70

GeForce 8800 GT 256-bit DDR3 Video Card $120

DVD Drive / Burner $30

Antec 300 Case $70

Seagate 250gb Hard Drive $60

Windows Vista 64-bit $110

Help from many people on tomshardware.com forums: Priceless.

For everything else there's mastercard.

Seriously though... thanks a ton for all of the help.
September 2, 2008 8:09:32 AM

Yep you did fine there. The 8800GT will "run advanced games easily" as you requested, but not at higher resolutions and settings.

Be sure to check back in for build advice.
September 2, 2008 10:34:27 AM

lol would have been funny if he had tkaen a look at the 4870.... GDDR5 RAM lol notice the G in front of the DDR? that stands for Graphics and is independent of system RAM, lol.
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