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April 4, 2009 11:30:24 PM

Hi guys,

Sorting a new gaming machine, have a sata disk and dvd drive spare but the rest is up for grabs. Been a couple of years but any advice is welcome. Will be getting components from

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R - £106.95

Akasa AK-965 - £13.79

Intel Core2 Duo E7400 - £98.31

896MB XFX GTX260 XT, 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 621MHz, 216 Cores - £147.19

4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2, PC2-8500 (1066) - £42.38

550w Corsair VX Series PSU - £69.63

Antec Three Hundred Black Midi Tower Case - £50.47

Total - £528.72

p.s. Should the cpu retail box and/or the fan come with thermal paste or should I pick some up seperate?

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a c 256 4 Gaming
April 5, 2009 2:24:56 AM

the intel paste is painted on to the heatsink.

Buy some
April 6, 2009 3:35:55 AM

If you're OCing get an E5200.

If you are using 1680x1050 an HD4850 would do.
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April 6, 2009 4:35:07 AM

I'd get a better cooler like the scythe mugen 2 or Xigmatek S2183 Dark Knight so you can really OC your CPU and get the most out of it.
April 6, 2009 4:46:45 AM

wtf I never even heard of that hsf lol. That is a great review...something about that seems odd though, the S1283 and TRUE are often neck and neck in reviews that I have seen...I just don't see the Akasa competing with the TRUE.