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January 22, 2009 5:54:07 PM

Hi I'm new here to this forum (and overclocking in general) and I am working on my first build. I've really had a tough time picking out part because I'm on a bit of a budget and besides that I always suffer from buyers remorse when I buy something and the next week I find a better part for around the same price. I probably shouldn't worry because anything I buil will be better than what I have: hp a1101n (specs Intel Celeron 2.93 GHz, 1.5 GB ram, and a radeon 2400hd). If I could get a few opinions and ideas on what I've already purchased and what else I should get for the most bang for my buck I would be greatly appreciated.

Here's what I have so far:
LG DVD/CD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI P43 Neo3-F (PCB 1.0)
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=proddesc&mainca...
A-DATA DDR2 800 240pin Unbuffered-DIMM Non-ECC Memory 2x2GB (4GB total)
http://www.adata.com.tw/en/product_show.php?ProductNo=A...
Thermaltake SopranoRS 101
http://www.thermaltake.com/product_info.aspx?PARENT_CID...

WD Caviar Blue 320 GB, 3 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=299

What I'm looking for:
A duo or quad for under $200. Looking for the best performance for multitasking and hd video. Will do some light overclocking but very stable ( don't want to risk screwing anything up because I wont have the money to replace it). I was looking at the E8500 or Q6600 but with prices dropping I'm flexable.

A good power supply. Not sure what wattage would be appropriate but Ihave heard Corsair is the best. Would rather not spend over $100. Modular would be a plus but I'm sure that's stretching it.

A good budget viedo card (is that an oxymoron?) below $100. I don't game much but would like to be able to play the latest games at 1680x1050. I was looking at the Radeon HD 4670. It's gotta be better than the 2400 right?

Not sure If I'm missing anything but if I am maybe you'll tell me. I don't need a monitor, KB or mouse, and I'm sure I can find an OS.
I know those were a lot of questions but any opinions on what I already have or need to get would be very appreciated. This forum looks very helpful and busy so I might stay awhile.

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January 22, 2009 11:56:38 PM

Any opinions?
January 23, 2009 12:09:43 AM

What budget are you trying to work with for the overall build?
HD 4670 isn't an especially great choice for gaming on a 1680x1050 res monitor.
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January 23, 2009 12:12:12 AM

Dont get an MSI mobo

Order from Newegg.com you will be able to save alot of money
Please put some more money into your gpu if you want to game at that resolution,

I am going to now give you some suggestions
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

You can change the e8500 to an e8400 and then overclock to match the same power as the e8500.

you can get an e7400 and then overclock that and get it to run at e8400 status

you can change the 4850 to a 4830 (sapphire)

These are ways you can save some money but still go with the mobo i suggested it is Really good.
January 23, 2009 1:12:08 AM

Levi182 said:
Dont get an MSI mobo

Order from Newegg.com you will be able to save alot of money
Please put some more money into your gpu if you want to game at that resolution,

I am going to now give you some suggestions
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

You can change the e8500 to an e8400 and then overclock to match the same power as the e8500.

you can get an e7400 and then overclock that and get it to run at e8400 status

you can change the 4850 to a 4830 (sapphire)

These are ways you can save some money but still go with the mobo i suggested it is Really good.

Thanks for the wish list!

Like I said, these are the things I've alreadys purchased...
LG DVD/CD Burner
MSI P43 Neo3-F (PCB 1.0)
A-DATA DDR2 800 240pin Unbuffered-DIMM Non-ECC Memory 2x2GB (4GB total)
Thermaltake SopranoRS 101
WD Caviar Blue 320 GB, 3 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

What's wrong with MSI? I've heard good things about that board.


January 24, 2009 7:42:43 AM

Thanks, so you think I could get by with only 500 watts? The more I look around the E8500 seems to be the best choice, especially with my mobo. Thanks for the suggestions.
January 24, 2009 10:59:19 AM

The MSI P43 motherboard doesn't support crossfire, a quality 500w unit like the PC P&C will be fine.
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