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March 9, 2009 4:32:53 PM

I am trying to build my first system. Here is a list of parts I have come up with any suggestions would be appreciated. Will be used mostly for gaming. Everything was priced on Newegg.com


Case Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $154.99
Power Supply Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PF $198.99
Motherboard ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $119.99
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor $187.99
Cooling System ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler $49.99
Memory pqi TURBO 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $49.99
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $74.99
Video Card PNY VCG981024GXEB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported $149.99
Optical Drive LITE-ON Black 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe $27.99

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March 9, 2009 5:05:40 PM

whoops double post sorry
March 9, 2009 5:08:14 PM

TPQ-850+9800GT+Crossfire board is a bad combination. No ability to add a second card, the PSU is way overkill, the video card is overpriced and weak.

Change the video card to HD 4870 1GB and the PSU to 750TX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Total $190+$95. Compared to the TPQ-850 at $200 + 9800 GT at $120, you save $35 and get a much faster video card and the ability to add a second one.

I'd recommend a Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
Cheaper, bigger fan, very godo cooling, reusable with a LGA1366 build later.

This RAM is better and cheaper:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
March 9, 2009 5:08:23 PM

TPQ-850+9800GT+Crossfire board is a bad combination. No ability to add a second card, the PSU is way overkill, the video card is overpriced and weak.

Change the video card to HD 4870 1GB and the PSU to 750TX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Total $190+$95. Compared to the TPQ-850 at $200 + 9800 GT at $120, you save $35 and get a much faster video card and the ability to add a second one.

I'd recommend a Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
Cheaper, bigger fan, very godo cooling, reusable with a LGA1366 build later.

This RAM is better and cheaper:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
March 9, 2009 5:08:34 PM

TPQ-850+9800GT+Crossfire board is a bad combination. No ability to add a second card, the PSU is way overkill, the video card is overpriced and weak.

Change the video card to HD 4870 1GB and the PSU to 750TX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Total $190+$95. Compared to the TPQ-850 at $200 + 9800 GT at $120, you save $35 and get a much faster video card and the ability to add a second one.

I'd recommend a Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
Cheaper, bigger fan, very godo cooling, reusable with a LGA1366 build later.

This RAM is better and cheaper:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
March 9, 2009 5:09:09 PM

TPQ-850+9800GT+Crossfire board is a bad combination. No ability to add a second card, the PSU is way overkill, the video card is overpriced and weak.

Change the video card to HD 4870 1GB and the PSU to 750TX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Total $190+$95. Compared to the TPQ-850 at $200 + 9800 GT at $120, you save $35 and get a much faster video card and the ability to add a second one.

I'd recommend a Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
Cheaper, bigger fan, very good cooling, reusable with a LGA1366 build later.

This RAM is better and cheaper:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
March 9, 2009 5:09:26 PM

TPQ-850+9800GT+Crossfire board is a bad combination. No ability to add a second card, the PSU is way overkill, the video card is overpriced and weak.

Change the video card to HD 4870 1GB and the PSU to 750TX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Total $190+$95. Compared to the TPQ-850 at $200 + 9800 GT at $120, you save $35 and get a much faster video card and the ability to add a second one.

I'd recommend a Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
Cheaper, bigger fan, very good cooling, reusable with a LGA1366 build later.

This RAM is better and cheaper:
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
March 9, 2009 5:10:49 PM

Yikes, sorry about all those posts. I just tried to refresh because the page was giving me an error.
March 9, 2009 5:11:50 PM

You're cutting corners on your graphic card/hard drive and memory while spending top dollar on your power supply and case. The 850w $200 power supply is way overkill and the $150 spent on your case would be better spent on other things. Check out the $625 and $1,250 System Builder Marathon builds to see a better priority in spending for a good gaming system.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-e5200-rad...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-2-overclock,21...
March 9, 2009 5:35:25 PM

My choices on MB and CPU are ok then i take it?? Thanks for the replies.
March 9, 2009 5:41:25 PM

I personally would swap out the motherboard for this one:

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

The UD3P is a second generation P45 board and has a great reputation as a very solid, overclockable motherboard. The P5Q Pro is nice, but I would consider the UD3P a pretty good step up from it.
March 9, 2009 5:44:38 PM

+1

I thought about it too but it was $10 more. Still, if possible it's worth it.
March 9, 2009 5:44:56 PM

+1 to aevm and shortstuff

The 9800 just isn't the hot choice when it comes to performance v. value right now.
March 9, 2009 5:46:08 PM

Would go for amd 720 if you want an e84 like cpu since you get the extra core which you'll see more games use in the next few years.

But if you want intel then the money you save on psu, case, gfx card you could spend on a Q66/700 or a q9450
March 9, 2009 5:46:13 PM

Robinson9635 said:
My choices on MB and CPU are ok then i take it?? Thanks for the replies.


E8500 is a great choice for gaming, absolutely.

The only exception is if you play FSX or GTA4. For those games you're better off with a quad CPU (Q8300, Q9550, etc.)
March 9, 2009 5:47:51 PM

Speaking of your posts, aevm, I just ran into the same thing on another thread. Boards feeling a little sluggish today?
March 9, 2009 5:47:59 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
Would go for amd 720 if you want an e84 like cpu since you get the extra core which you'll see more games use in the next few years.

But if you want intel then the money you save on psu, case, gfx card you could spend on a Q66/700 or a q9450


Sorry for stating the obvious here, but just in case: if you like the AMD 720 idea then also change the MB to an AMD board. :) 

March 9, 2009 5:49:30 PM

techwizard08 said:
Speaking of your posts, aevm, I just ran into the same thing on another thread. Boards feeling a little sluggish today?


Yeah... Maybe we're getting a new software update. I wonder what weird things they'll do to the GUI next :) 
March 9, 2009 5:50:53 PM

aevm said:
Sorry for stating the obvious here, but just in case: if you like the AMD 720 idea then also change the MB to an AMD board. :) 


You know, it's the one time you don't specifically point this out that the OP ends up with a P45 and a phenom II
March 9, 2009 5:52:13 PM

techwizard08 said:
You know, it's the one time you don't specifically point this out that the OP ends up with a P45 and a phenom II


Very true never know who might be trying to put a computer together.
March 9, 2009 5:53:59 PM

Glad you didn't think I was talking about you =)

Just...as a generality ;) 
March 9, 2009 5:54:28 PM

aevm said:
+1

I thought about it too but it was $10 more. Still, if possible it's worth it.



Yeah i will definately use the better board. I have some room to play on the money side of things if its worth it.
March 10, 2009 1:26:44 PM

Well after all the good suggestions i have come up with:

Case Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $154.99
Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS $119.99
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $134.99
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor $187.99
Cooling System XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $39.99
Memory G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $44.99
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $79.99
Video Card SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready $244.99
apparently they just raised the price on this card :heink: 
Optical Drive LITE-ON Black 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe $27.99

also is it worth having more than 4GB of RAM now
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