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November 2, 2008 7:11:12 PM

Hi, this is my first build. i want to make it as cheep and long lasting as possible. i believe that ddr3 is the ram of the future and have therefore chosen p5q3 mobo, and do not think ill be in need of crosfire. i intend to clock the cpu and ddr3's, and eventualy uppgrade the ddr's, cpu and radeon. thx for coments.


- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz Socket 775 1066MHz bus
- Corsair PC nätaggregat CMPSU-650TXEU - 650 W
- G-skill PC minne 2 x 1 Gb DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 CL9
- ASUS P5Q3
- THERMALRIGHT IFX-14 140MM FÖR AMD/INTE
- Antec Three Hundred 140mm Fan (Without PSU)
- asus radeon 4850 512mb ddr3

approx 790$

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November 2, 2008 7:20:55 PM

You're pissing your money away on ddr3 memory. Use ddr2 and a motherboard to support it. You won't know the difference.

As far as upgrading goes.......... you wont have much advantage with that socket as far as "gains" go. Wait for the new stuff to come out and build again.
November 2, 2008 7:56:33 PM

thx, i aprecciate your remark. will have to rethink a litle, any sugestions?
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November 2, 2008 9:06:39 PM

+1 for going with DDR2. All the new DDR3 memory will come in triples anways.
November 2, 2008 9:27:52 PM

go ddr2, get a dual slot cooler version of the 4850, it worth the money, don't bother with ram greater than 800mhz, (you can take a q6600 to 3.6 on that) and swap the cooler for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and swap your psu with one of the ones that you can pair with the 300, you could save around 50 bucks.
November 2, 2008 9:30:36 PM

any of this ram would be good

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

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

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


xfire motherboards......toss up......this one works fine but is micro atx and some other posters might make other suggestions. I look at layout before function. I don't need a lot for my builds....... mostly gaming...dfi asus gigabyte all have decent boards. Remember to look at the fsb. TheQ6600 has 1066....... a 1333 won't work unless it says 1333/1066 in the description.

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

The video card. This is where I differ from mostly everybody else here. I like the nvidia gtx260. It has a larger memory interface and plays games better than my 4870/512 card.

But if you put your mind to it and want cross fire, 2 4850 with 1gig memory should be very good. Or a 4870 with 1gig. Your choice to make.

The chip you chose is fine, but a little more money will get you a 45nm chip. It will run a little cooler and you might get a little more over clock out of it. A 1333 processor will give you a couple of more options in for a mobo.

Don't forget a decent power supply and a 64bit opsys.

Again, these are just my suggestions. Good luck

November 2, 2008 9:55:09 PM

+1 for DDR2.

Swap the mobo for a something like a Gigabyte EP45 or Asus equivalent and consider a 45nm cpu with EO stepping.

A 4870 is also a good choice for GPU. A 4850 is the best bang for your buck.

Consider 2x2gb memory. This will give you more room to add more later if needed. Plus 4gb is better if you plan on running Vista.
November 2, 2008 10:01:52 PM

+1 for the DDR2 800. Another +1 for a 4870 (you can use the money you saved to upgrade from the 4850 you had picked).

Get a 4870 1GB model if you can.

Nice choice on the rest and the case.

You don't have a HDD listed - suggest the WD 640 GB HDD - great price and performance.
November 3, 2008 8:22:02 PM

thx for all the pointers.. have revised it all and come up with a new plan:
- Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (rev. 1.0)
- Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
- Corsair TX SERIE PSU 750W 140MM FAN ATX
- Antec Three Hundred
- 4x filter for 120mm fan
- 3x Fractal Design Silent Series 120mm fan, 15db
- 2x Corsair XMS2-6400 2X1GB DDR2 W. DHX
- intel core 2 duo e8400
- arctic silver 5 cooling paste

have a really nice deal for the fan and already have hdd and all the other stuff. also couldn't find some of the 2 and 4 gig rams supported by the mobo where i live which i really sad.. hope you approve of my new build.
November 3, 2008 9:06:28 PM

also decided to upp the ddr to

- Corsair XMS2-6400 2X2GB DDR2, DHX

and do you think the the psu will support crossfire?
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