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Is this a well spent $1200? And a couple questions.

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October 7, 2008 3:41:50 AM


Fallout 3 is coming out and my current computer won't play it. Time for an upgrade.

Here is what i picked out so far.

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024E GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

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

CPU Fan:
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Total Price:

I currently have Vista 64, case, and DVD-ROM. so i don't need to add those to this build.

OK, here are my questions.

I'm nervious about the motherboard. It says it supports a 1333/1600 FSB CPU, and DDR2 1200 RAM. Will it work with a 1066 FSB CPU and DDR2 1066 RAM?

Next question would be about videocards. Seems like the Geforce 280 is the middle of the road between the 4870 X2, and Crossfired 4750's. I can swing another $150 and get the 4870 X2, but the Crossfire option is Tom's Hardware choice for October. Any opinions? (i picked Geforce 280 due to bias, and that it's single core)

Welp, i guess that's it.

Thanks in advanced for any help with my new Fallout 3 computer :) 

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October 7, 2008 3:54:51 AM

Yes, you will be fine with the Q6600. I would re-think your choice of heatsinks tho. Direct heat touch heat pipe coolers do a better job in my experience, and there are plenty of reviews that support that. Like the Xigmatek S-1283, and don't forget the retention bracket.
Yes you will be fine with that RAM. Mushkin is a good brand.
I myself am an Nvidia fan and always have been. Cannot comment on the ATI, as far as personal experience goes. But the 4870 is a very nice card. And depending on the model, both are around the same price range. Good luck on your futre build. Hope this has helped out.
October 7, 2008 1:05:32 PM

Fallout 3 hasn't been out yet. How would you know which gpu runs the game better?

You can go with the build you listed. Personally, I'd get the HD4870X2 that can handle anything I throw at it.

Don't worry about the mobo/cpu/ram confusion. The mobo supports up to 1600Mhz FSB. Doesn't mean you must use a cpu that fast. However, if it's a primarily gaming pc, I'd swap the cpu out for a Wolfie. E8X00. Any flavor.

Not familiar with that psu make. You might want something in tier 1/2:
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October 7, 2008 1:35:47 PM

as for the mobo question 1600fsb means you can run newest processors and overclock higher witch is a good thing about the ram you dont need 1066ram....ddr 800 will do fine and you will save some money by that. i have cheap 4gb ddr 800 ram with q6600 clocked @ 3.4ghz and memory running at 904 so its all good. as for the gpu I would go with 4870 or x2, as for how much they want for 280gtx i would not go with that and make sure you have 650w or better psu lol
October 7, 2008 3:27:57 PM

Thanks for the replies! I was pretty sure the mobo would support that processor and ram, but wanted to make sure.

I'll look at ddr2 800 ram, but seems like that would only be a few dollar savings.

The PSU i pick was soley for the connections it used. it was nice that you could plug in only the cords you needed, but I will sacrifice looks for a better PSU.

Going to swich to OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply.

I'm still not sure about the videocard. I'm betting i could talk my parents into buying me a 2nd 280 for Christmas :)  But the ATI 4780x2 is pretty sweet! I'm still undesided.
October 8, 2008 12:59:24 PM

You can't sli on Intel boards yet. Only on X58.
October 8, 2008 2:22:39 PM

The X48 motherboard you picked is a good choice. However it's a crossfire board, not SLI. Change your graphic card choice to a HD4870, you can always add another one in crossfire later. 2x2 GB DDR2 800 1.8v RAM would be a better choice for you. +1 on the HDT1283 cooler.
October 8, 2008 2:24:36 PM

Well if you're undeCided, for sure go with the 4870x2: It's a beastlord!! lol
If you don't want to spend that much and your screen resolution isn't over 1650X.... then a single 4870 will be fine, compared to the 280gtx it's very nearly or as good. Then you don't need to worry about finding a board that can sli, because you can crossfire on the MOBO on your list, and add another 4870 down the line...
I think that it's better to go with a q6600 anyway, since future games should be more Qcore dependant
October 8, 2008 7:28:54 PM

Wow, i didn't realize I couldn't SLI on an X48. Thanks for the info.

Sounds like ATI card suits this build better.
October 8, 2008 11:49:07 PM

I would replace your current choice of hdd with this which is the best in its price range hands down (in terms of reliability and performance).

If you're going to work with the Q6600, I'd suggest this pair of ram which is very overclockable and is at 1.8v standard voltage.

If you check , I'd suggest you get for the one of the best heatsink/fans out there.

I'd cut back on the X48 and just get a P45 then get a 4870x2 with that price difference on the motherboard. That's just me.

Everything else looks fine.
October 9, 2008 7:50:17 PM

me too - that's what i've done and it's churning out some beastly performance
- 4870x2 with an Abit IP35 Pro