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February 2, 2009 5:44:20 PM

OK, so the time has finally come for me to upgrade my AMD 3200xp based system. My plan is to get the following:

Asus P5Q-E mobo
Intel E8400
ATi based 4850
4gb Corsair Dominator RAM
Antec Neopower 650

A few questions about this

* I've heard about potential issues installing an aftermarket CPU cooler with this CPU/mobo combination. Can any confirm this?

* Not planning on overclocking immediately, is a video card cooler needed?

* With the planned setup will there be significant bottlenecking at the CPU?


Anyone have any other input or advice on my intended build?

I know about the 32 bit OS constraints on memory and I think I'm ok with missing .5GB or so of RAM vs going with 64 bit OS and having potential issues with games.

Thanks for the input.

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February 2, 2009 6:07:31 PM

Change your RAM to some rated at 1.8V, and change your PSU to PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W.

I don't know about that mobo & HSF installation.

An aftermarket GPU cooler is not necessary for OCing.

The CPU will not be a bottleneck, unless you run strictly programs/games that do better with quad cores.

Vista64 should be okay with games.
February 2, 2009 6:15:13 PM

I'm guessing you'd recommend the 1.8V memory for OC, but why the change in the PSU?
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February 2, 2009 6:20:39 PM

The motherboard you picked is nice, but if it was my own build, I'd get the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P instead. The specs are pretty much the same, I've just personally had better luck with Gigabyte lately. The Gigabyte board is also a little cheaper, especially if you take the MIR into account. :) 

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 - $20 MIR

Edit: I also highly recommend this RAM:

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99
February 2, 2009 6:24:42 PM

ref2335 said:
I'm guessing you'd recommend the 1.8V memory for OC, but why the change in the PSU?


Not for OC, just for better compatibility.

The PSU is only okay quality and much more power than you need.
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