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February 20, 2009 5:24:03 AM

Hello all. I am in the process of picking parts for my first pc. After several days of research and keeping my budget restraint in mind I have put together this build. Please let me know if there is anything I should change. Primary use of this system is gaming. I will be OCing the cpu. I have a 56 inch DLP 1080p I was thinking of hooking this up to as well., not sure if that changes anything. ANY and all suggestions welcome, thanks in advance.

XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail 24.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive 54.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) 64.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS 99.99

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB 79.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core 164.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 134.99

Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail 159.99

XFX HD-487A-YDDC Radeon HD 4870 XXX 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 194.99

Sony Optiarc 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model AD-7220A 19.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM 99.99

TOTAL: 1089.99

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February 20, 2009 6:16:35 AM

You won't be able to croosfire w/ the 650watt corsair even though it says its certified and all...a 4870 requires 2x 6pin PCIe connectors and the corsair you speak of only has 2 and not four.
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February 20, 2009 6:36:16 AM

Use the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 if you can. You'll also need the backplate to mount it.

If you want a little extra bang for the buck, try the IC Diamond 7 Carat thermal paste.

For gaming, you can use the E7400 (or E7500) to save money.

A 512MB frame buffer is fine for a 22" monitor. Get the 1GB version if you want to have better upgradeability for the future (e.g. if you want to Crossfire into a bigger monitor).

The red PCP&C Silencer 750 is the best value and will allow you room to Crossfire later, if you wish.

The 650TX is fine if you don't want to Crossfire.
February 20, 2009 6:43:40 AM

Depending on the games he wants to play i find that the 1gb has a better time at frs then the 512mb...Tried a 512mb on crysis and it was a ltl below par sometimes. The 1gb just gives him more room but yes it is his choice though. You have good points Ake.
February 20, 2009 7:36:37 AM

your monitor sucks
and there are better cases
February 20, 2009 9:15:14 AM

I would spend the extra $10 or so and get the WD 640 GB HDD. Great performance and double the space as that 320 GB drive.

Also, you don't need DDR2 1066 - you can get the E8400 up to 3.6 without OC 800 RAM. If you want to go further, you can OC your RAM as well. Also, most 1066 memory is just OCed DDR2 800.

To save you hassle, swap out the IDE DVD Drive for a SATA drive - only like $3 more or so.

The build looks pretty solid. Good luck.
February 20, 2009 11:56:02 AM

Get DDR2-800 that will run on the JEDEC standard 1.8V. I like Mushkin, but a lot of people around here lately have been suggesting G.Skill.
February 20, 2009 12:18:37 PM

Hello

In short order.

1. DDR2 800, is good bargain.
2. 4870 1GB, price is not much compared to 512MB
3. CASE .. well..What's inside that is more important. :) 

February 20, 2009 4:19:47 PM

THX for the suggestions guys they really helped out. Here are the changes I made.

-I went down to the DDR2 800
-I went up to the 4870 1GB
-Changed power to The red PCP&C Silencer 750

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