So the last desktop I built used an Athlon XP 1800 and that was 6...7 years ago?
I've been doing a lot of searching, surfing, reading, and doubling-back on what I want. Basically my goal is a system for gaming, watching videos, and photo editing. Mid-range I guess? Not top-of-the-line... but I want it to be quick
Here's what I've picked out. All suggestions/comments are welcome. Thanks for reading this. I won't be buying all the parts from newegg, I will be looking for the cheapest on the web, but I'm linking to newegg because they are purdy pictures
ATTENTION JADIS::::I believe that the 64 pro is for AMD cpu's you need the Arctic Cooler 7pro,,which is for Intel cpu's ,,check it out at,,,, frostytech.com..i think that they are identical,,just that one is for amd and the other for intel they attach differently,,intel uses those silly plastic pins....
Can't say enough about PC P&C customer service. I got a "new" one off ebay that turned out to be bad. the jackass told me tuff luck, PC took care of me no charge. just sent in mine, they sent one back.
The last few PSUs I've bought I've chosen 80+ with Active PFC; either Antec Earthwatts or Enermax Liberty. Those are supposed to be good, but PC Power & Cooling and Corsair should be even better.
Although I usually buy LCDs from a brick and mortar store so I can return one with even a single dead pixel, I bought my 22" Acer from Newegg and it was flawless.
Hmm. Let's say I had the below system and would later like to add 1 or 2 more hard drives. I probably won't be crossfiring btw.. really not sure. I'm not that into gaming so I don't think I would justify buying another 4850. Anyway, would 610 W be sufficient? Or should I go with a 750 to be safe?
On another note, should I go with a E8400 or the E8500? I read somewhere (dont remember where) that they were the same, and if you overclockied the 8400 to be the 8500's specs, it would be the exact same thing.
-$50 Free shipping - Antec Three Hundred Case
-$110 - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45
-$190 - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W
-$110 - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
-$85 - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
-$70 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
-$165 - VisionTek 900241 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
-$25 - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
-$200 - Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support
Gigabyte used to be kind crappy with ok support but awefully high failure rating I wanna say around 1 in 10 of there boards my store sold came back. Now they are turning into what Asus was in the 2003-2007 era. High quality, high performance, low failure, low cost, iffy support but not aweful.
Im looking at / comparing these 2 PSUs. Both are reputable brands right? I believe 600W would be good for my needs. I plan on getting another HDD on down the road, but I prob wont do crossfire (though maybe... who knows).
Im assuming the corsair is much better, but the OCZ is $40 cheaper and if it's fine for what I need then why waste money?
Really the only difference between the E8400 and E8500 is the multiplier. The E8400 has a 9x multiplier and the E8500 has a 9.5x multiplier. The extra .5x multiplier may help with overclocking. I guess you have to decide if the extra $20 is worth it. Adding hard drives in the future should not affect your PSU decision. HD's draw so little power it doesn't really matter. I'm running 3 HD's, a 1Ghz+ OC, 4x1GB sticks of RAM, an overclocked GPU, a TV tuner card, 3 case fans, and 2 optical drives on a 520 watt Corsair power supply with no problems at all.
Of the 3 PSUs you've been looking at, i'd go with the 610watt PC Power and Cooling at $90 after rebate. The OCZ if you really need the extra $20 for your budget. All 3 are good choices for your build if you may eventually crossfire the 4850. Excellent build btw
thanks for the advice: im now questioning my motherboard choice. i started looking at MSI boards but didnt see anything i really wanted. is that gigabyte i chose a nice board? what else could i look for in a board without spending $100+ more? are there any boards that are about as decent as that gigabyte but cheaper? i suppose you shouldnt skimp out on the mobo, hehe