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How Do I "Balance" My New Build?

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March 13, 2009 1:52:17 PM

This is my first build and I have almost everything selected but I'm having trouble matching up the right Processor and Graphics Card. I'd like to just get the best I can for my budget but I don't know if I will waste money that way or make an unbalanced system. By the way, if I max out my budget on one I can't on the other. These are the possible choices:

Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 - 2.50GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB cache - $75

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 - 2.80GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB cache - $110

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - 3.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB cache - $160

9800 GTX+ 512MB - $110 after Promos

Radeon 4870 512MB - $150
(No good deal yet. I'll wait for a price drop for this one.)

Radeon 4870 1GB - $160 after Promos

I know the 1GB looks great but I'm nervous about buying something that has only one review. I like to see how it goes first for others.

I don't want to have just one part slow down my whole machine. I think bottle-necking is the term.

The mobo is a Gigabyte EP45-DS3L, by the way.

Thanks guys.

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March 13, 2009 1:59:42 PM

To answer this question we will need to know what resolution you will be using as well as if you plan to overclock.

If i had to recommend something not knowing these facts, I would go e7400/4870 512. If you are going to do a good bit of OC, then you can use the 5200 and get the 1GB.

I don't think the 9800 GTX+ is really worth it at all any more.
March 13, 2009 2:05:53 PM

My resolution will be 1440x900. I will try to OC if I can, especially if I get the 5200 like you said.
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March 13, 2009 2:11:27 PM

Adam86MD said:
My resolution will be 1440x900. I will try to OC if I can, especially if I get the 5200 like you said. $129.99
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
March 13, 2009 2:17:34 PM

At 1440x900 you should be fine with the 512, but the 1GB couldn't hurt.

I think you would be happy with either the 5200/4870 1GB or the 7400/4870 512. Either way make sure you have included a good aftermarket cooler in your build to get the most out of either chip.