Budget Gaming - First Time Builder

Hello everyone. Let me start by saying that this is a fairly standard build, using many frequently discussed components. As a first time builder, I'm primarily looking for a brief review to soothe my pre-purchase jitters. I'll primarily a MMO gamer, so I'm hoping to be able to run the more demanding games (LotRO, EQ2, etc.) at or near max settings (low resolution 1360x768), as well as have a small amount of future proofing. I'll also list a few alternates I've been considering. Thank you for all your thoughts!

Case: Antec Three Hundred - 60

PSU: PC Power & Cooling 500W - 50

***Alternate Case/PSU Combo***
Roswill R512BS w/ 500w - (55. Getting what I pay for though?)

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro - 100

***Alternate Motherboard***
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L - 85 (Only $15 less, but no plans to sli/crossfire)

Procesor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz - 165

Memory: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 - 15 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

***Alternate Memory***
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 - 40
(Not sure I see this as worth the extra $25, but thought I'd check)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM - 50


Operating System: Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit - 100
(I linked everything else, gogo obsessive consistency :lol: )

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 - 145

***Alternate Video Cards***
ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 - 140

SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 - 90

Total Cost - $715
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  1. Looks like a good build.

    Stick with either your first PSU and Case combo or get the Antec Sonata III w/ Earthwatts 500w PSU combo.
    DO NOT get a Rosewill PSU!!!

    Either motherboard is fine.
    Even though you are not planning on using CrossFire now, I would still suggest the ASUS P5Q Pro for it's $15 premium.
    If you decide to upgrade to a 1080p TV or a 24" monitor down the road, it would be nice to have the possibility to CrossFire your current GPU for higher performance.

    CPU is fine.

    Either of those sets of RAM will treat you fine and I could suggest another alternative.
    This Set will run you $27.99 after MIR and will give you the tighter timings of your more expensive kit.

    Switch the hard drive to This 500Gb one for only $5 more.

    Either a 4850 or 4830 should give you enough power for gaming at your resolution.
    The 4830 you link is a great deal!
    If you have the budget, upgrading to a 4850 for $130 after MIR would be a great way to spend it.
    Both will work fine but the 4850 will give you more power for future games.
  2. ^ + 1 for no Rosewill PSU. Get a Corsair or the PC Power & Cooling. +1 for the P5Q Pro.

    Depending on budget and games, get the 4850 or 4870.
  3. Go quad cores, dual core is SO 2008ish.
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