Advice/Comments on the new gaming PC build...

Hi All,.

I am a newbie both to the world of gaming and computer building. I have played the call of duty series at a friend's place and

got totally into it. Now I want to build my own gaming machine with a budget of ~1000 - 1200 USD without the monitor and OS. I

did a bit of research hoping that I would easily find what I need but the number of combinations and price ranges that are out

there are just too overwhelming. So, I was hoping to get a little bit of help from all the experts here :-)

I would be looking to build a machine that I can scale up to 3 monitors with atleast one capable of HD. Support for the bluray

disc and neat audio. I am not into that much of gaming yet but atleast would like to play call of duty and would like to leave room

to scale if I get too addicted.

Here are the list of hardware that I am considering. Any advice and help will be much appreciated.


Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor -- 188.00


ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard -- 178.49

Graphics Card:

After reading all the forums, I would like to do crossfire and would prefer a HDMI ready card. I filtered the search at
newegg and finally chose a 2Gig card. The HDMI support for this is via adapter. I am not sure if will have any problem playing HD video.

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card -- 289.99


I was hoping to get a 4Gig 1066 - single dimm but the QVL doc at does not show any. Will there be a problem if I go

for a single dimm?

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory --- 109.84

Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -- 135.49


Not sure if this case and PSU would be a right fit. Please advice if I can save a few bucks here.

APEVIA X-TELSTAR-RD Red/ Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer CaseNo Power Supply --- 195.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with

Core i7 Power Supply --- 159.99

Optical Drive:

Sony Optiarc Black 5X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 5X Blu-Ray DVD ROM & 12X DVD Burner

Model BC-5100S - OEM -- 122.99

I am not sure if there is any extra cooling needed if I plan to OC and also if the PSU I selected would be good enough. I am

planning on getting a samsung 22 inch HD screen and the 64 - bit vista. Please advice if any of the above would be a wrong or

an over configuration.

Thanks in advance!!
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  1. You will need a better than stock Cpu cooler. One of the popular choices is the Xigmatek HDT S-1283 with the backing plate.

    PSU is more than good enough.
  2. Everything seems stable and fine to me, Get your S1283 cpu cooler and the Retention Bracket, then the thermal compound and your set to go.

    I dont really look into corsair all that much for ram, usually g.skills or ocz reapers at 1066 but, im sure
    those will do fine.
  3. Thankyou guys!!! Yah I will look into one of the CPU coolers... Regarding RAM, Is it OK to get a 4GB single dimm @ 1066. The QVL at does not have any 4Gig @ 1066 but it has one @ 800. Is the later one good enough leaving room for expansion if I need to go for 8GB later.
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