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September 19, 2008 9:45:15 AM

Please tell me any compatibility problems, upgrades or anything else you can think of...budget of around $900, thanks. I'm pretty much a newbie. I'm stumped on the cpu/mobo/gpu combo. I'm going for maximum gaming performance. I thoroughly researched the forums and came up with this..tell me what you guys think


Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007

PALiT XAE/48500+T352 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261027

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7200 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148335

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model iHAS220-08 - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM

Subtotal: $838.87 before rebates

thank you my friends!
September 19, 2008 11:34:54 AM

Excellent choices. You obviously did your homework. You chose RAM that runs at the JEDEC standard 1.8V. You've chosen excellent bang for buck components. The PSU isn't cheap crap. Your Retail optical drive will include software including the decoder. There's nothing missing that I see.
Tweaks? Minor, feel free to ignore. Normally, I would not choose that case, because unlike in the CoolerMaster RC690, there is no bottom vent for the PSU to draw its air. Your PSU has its fan on the end, but it is still pulling its air down, contradicting the tendency of warm air to rise.
I haven't looked at the benchmarks, and I am sure the difference is small, but I see a lot more recommendations for Western Digital's 640GB hard drive.
If you are planning to Crossfire a second video card, you'll want a bigger PSU, around 650W. If not, the one you've chosen should be fine.
That's it though, I think you'll be happy with this system.
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September 19, 2008 5:58:05 PM

jtt283: Thank you kindly sir!! You are obviously a man who knows his stuff. Think I'm going to stick with the Antec 300 case but take your recommendation about the 650w psu and get the combo deal that Groo so kindly pointed out to me below, thanks Groo!
September 22, 2008 10:34:01 PM

I'm thinking about copying this build. But, I'm thinking e8400 cpu and some kind of HSF so I can OC a tad. What do you guys prefer I need to add to get some more juice out of this system.
September 22, 2008 10:41:55 PM

The e7200 can OC more than just a tad, but good if you're after a little juice. I'd also suggest going for the 8500 if you want a little juice without O.C and get quad-core performance. Perhaps 1066 mem too.
September 23, 2008 12:22:28 AM

What do you guys think of this setup? Do you guys think i should add or change anything?


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September 23, 2008 12:24:20 AM

oh, and the total is 868.81 shipped before rebates.

NOt bad with the few upgrades I added. The original poster should up the same items :) 

Nevermind....There's no vista in there.
September 23, 2008 1:32:17 AM

Antec 300 comes with no front fans just so you know. You can buy some though. Overall good build though.
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