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How does this gaming rig build look? Need suggestions!

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December 1, 2008 5:46:09 PM

Hey everyone! I posted about a month back about my first gaming rig. I've already started buying parts, and would like some suggestions on the things I still need. Here's what I have so far:

GPU- HD 4870 1gb

OS- Vista Home Premium 64 bit

Monitor- 24'' Sceptre



For the rest of my parts I am considering this:


Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P


CPU- Q6600 OEM


Cooler- Tuniq Tower 120


RAM- G.Skill PI Black 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


DVD Burner- LG Black 22x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case- NZXT Tempest (gift)


PSU- Ultra LSP650 (buying locally)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...



I'm trying to keep the price for everything else under $550. The case is going to be a gift, so that doesn't matter. Is there anything I can do the lower the price? I'm not going to crossfire anytime soon, but it might be an option in the future. Would that PSU be enough for 2 HD4870s? If I missed anything please let me know!
Thank you for your time!
December 1, 2008 6:04:19 PM

Good system. 650w and crossfire is a stretch. I'm not too familiar with the temptest but if it has many fans and leds along with other power intensive things in your system dual video cards may be pushing it. You're build is quite nice, the only thing i'd change is the DVD burner. LG products are often crap. Samsung is better and often cheaper. In my experience LG products break more often and quicker. I'd also change the RAM, G Skill is ok, but Corsair, OCZ, or something else may be more reliable and run cooler.
December 1, 2008 8:25:03 PM

I've had 3 doa LG cell phones. 1 DOA house phone. 3 TVs from LG that broke after 3 months (replacing same one). I have 6 computers all with samsung's 22x drive for $20 (roughly). They all work and have for years. My brother works in a pc store and he told me that more than 10% of Gskill memory gets returned for being fault.

It's all experience. WE can all agree that crucial, corsair, and ocz are better than gskill though.

if there's anything else drop us a line, we're happy to help.



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December 1, 2008 8:56:54 PM

I don't like the PSU. It has only 38a on the 12v rails. The 650 watts are in the wrong places, indicative of a cheap psu. It certainly won'r run two 4870X2 cards. The PC P&C silencer610, for instance delivers 49a.
December 1, 2008 9:01:59 PM

I personally avoid SONY, had every sony product I ever owned except the original playstation I had break. So that multiple headphones/walkmans/cd players/2 PS2's/etc, and I take good care of my electronics too.

Now back on track, OCZ is pretty good from what I heard, and I own a CHEAP set of 2x1gb DDR2 800 sticks of ram, they work good I managed to get them down from their original timing of 5-5-5-15 2t to 4-4-4-12 1t with ease. And when I bought this it was the cheapest 2gb set of ram I could get, so im quite happy with them.
December 2, 2008 11:32:58 AM

geofelt said:
I don't like the PSU. It has only 38a on the 12v rails. The 650 watts are in the wrong places, indicative of a cheap psu. It certainly won'r run two 4870X2 cards. The PC P&C silencer610, for instance delivers 49a.


It isn't a 4870X2, it's just a 1gb 4870 and I MIGHT crossfire in the future. Not anytime soon though. Would that PSU still work for crossfire, or do I need more? Could you show me a good one for that price? I'd rather not have to do a mail in rebate.
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