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Gigabyte GA EP45 UD3p -new build, advice

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May 6, 2009 9:32:07 PM

I'm new to forums, forgive me if I offend any protocols?

I'm about to do a new 1st time build; previously have only ever installed hard drives, expansion cards etc. (easy stuff)

I've done lots of research, think I've come up with final hardware spec; but suddenly aware of how much I don't know...scary!

Am hoping someone might cast an eye over it, advise on any glaring mistakes, or alternative suggestions,
-& whether all these components will work well together.

...& later, when all parts have arrived, to walk me through the build?

lot to ask, I know!

Spec so far:

Case: Coolermaster RC690
MB: Gigabyte GA EP45-UD3P
CPU: Intel Q9550 EO Stepping
CPU Cooler: OCZ Gladiator
RAM: Geil Black Dragon DDR2 8GB (4x2GB)
PSU: Be Quiet Darkpower pro 750w modular
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB
HD's: 2x WD 500GB 7200 (for OS's & Apps), 2x1TB WD Caviar (Storage)

I Plan to use XP Pro 32 bit to set up, as I know xp well, (yes, I realise memory limitations), then when everything's working well, set up a dual-boot with vista 64 bit, to access the 8GB memory.

I need a very stable, long-lived machine, mainly for 2D stuff, (photoshop, illustrator etc.) not gaming, mainly image editing & heavy graphics work (I'm a designer), sometimes files are over 2gb, with loads of multitasking, and my old dual AthlonMP with 1gb ram setup tries hard, but is really not up to it (but stable, never blue-screens).

Pls. can anyone reassure me that I've got the spec right before I waste time & money?

Thanks in advance!

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November 5, 2009 1:40:59 AM

GhislainG said:
I would go for G.Skill PI Black or G.Skill HK simply because they will definitely work at 1.8V-1.9V and 4-4-4-42 timings on that motherboard. Go with the Geil only if you know for sure that it will work at 1.9V, but the G.Skill still has better specs.

Wouldn't you get a benefit with a faster memory on that mb? Like DDR2 1200