pc build for fallout 3 and far cry 2--what do you think?

i've decided to build a gaming pc for the upcoming holiday games, and some older ones. I read the far cry 2 will see a gain of around 30% with quad cores over dual cores i've decided to go with a quad

These are the parts i already have from a previous build

320 GB seagate baracutta hard drive

Corsair 750w psu

Zalman 9700 cpu fan

Thermaltake armour case with 5 or 6 case fans.

Now for the parts im looking to buy

MOBO--ASUS P5Q Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

CPU--Q9550 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

RAM--OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267

VIDEO CARD--4870 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102795

So i think that will be a decent gaming cup for a while. soo, any thoughts or suggestions is apreciated. thanks
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  1. i think you could probably find ram that is cheaper and will work just as well other that that it looks quite good
  2. i was going for ram with low timings, and that looked good to me 4-4-4-12, but il look into other options. thanks
  3. What resolution are you going to be playing at?

    If you can spare some more $$$, I would go with two seperate hard disks, loading Windows on one and games on the other. I would also spend another $50 for an X38 board over a P45.

    Also, check fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net for deals on parts. I see some people mentioning getting 4870x2's off eBay for a little over $300.
  4. Proximon said:

    Exactly what I was going to say!! Everything looks good. I'd probably go with a different quad, but that one will serve you well.
  5. I think this zalman ain't worth much more than for the looks if you plan on OCing, if you don't keep it but for the price you can get better cooler than this.
  6. Sapphire has a brand new 4870 out that looks to have a new dual slot cooling solution:

  7. I might consider spending more on a better P45 mobo but I don't know about the X38. The OP didn't indicate that was going to Xfire so I think the higher FSB achievable on the P45 would be better and besides a better OC will more than offset the dual 16x crossfire advantage. I would agree about loosing the Zalman however.
  8. Add a SATA DVD burner unless you already have one:

    LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

  9. first off iplay at 1680x1050, and i forgot to point out that i dont overclock, i've had some bad experiences with it so i just stay away from it. thats the reason for the P45. but i think the zalman would be ok for stock settings, or am i wrong??
  10. If i could find a 4870 x2 for around $350-$400 id jump on it, but i want some kind of warrenty. so i generally stay away from second hand cards or ebay.
  11. At those resolutions I would recommend you pass on the 1GB 4870 and get this one:


    This new cooling is not a gimmick. ATI is moving to this new cooling technology for all cards.

    Tests show very little to no difference in all games between the 512MB and 1GB cards.

    Have a look at the P5QL-E

    If you are not going to overclock and not planning to crossfire, there is really no reason to take a P45 over a P43 I think. You'll get more of the features you could actually use in the P5QL-E.

    If you were talking about the P5Q-E, that would be different. It's a better board all around, and only $13.00 more than the Pro.

    The Zalman, or any number of coolers, are fine at stock speeds.
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