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April 27, 2009 6:59:52 AM

This is my first time build and i've been doing some research and i've decided that these might be what i need for my computer. I was just wondering if you'd be able to have a look at them and maybe tell me if they will work together or suggest some alternatives.



Mother Board - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...)

Processor - BX80580Q8400 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel-Core-2-Quad-Q8400-...)

Graphics Card - 512MB Sapphire HD 4670, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), 2000MHz GDDR3, GPU 750MHz, 320 Cores, D-Sub/ DL DVI-I/ HDMI (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512Mb-Sapphire-HD-4670-D...)

Ram - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(2x2GB)-Corsair-TwinX-XMS2-DDR2-PC2-6400-(800)-240-Pins-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-4-4-4-12-DHX)

Power Supply - 550w Corsair VX Series PSU (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/550w-Corsair-VX-Series-P...)

Hard Drive - 640GB Western Digital WD6401AALS Caviar Black (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/640GB-Western-Digital-WD...)

DVD Drive - Samsung SH-S223F/BEBE 22x DVD±R (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Samsung-SH-S223F-BEBE-22...)

Case - Lian-Li PC60F Aluminium Black Midi Tower Case Without PSU (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Lian-Li-PC60F-Aluminium-...)

I've done a bit of research on this but i wouldnt say i'm an expert, i was just wondering if there was anything that i'm missing or that you would suggest.

Thank you

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April 27, 2009 7:20:16 AM

Looks good nice motherboard, and it is compatible with the Q8400. Just one suggestion, you might want to consider a faster graphics card, unless you won't be gaming.
April 27, 2009 8:12:24 AM

I was planning on doing some gaming. I wasnt planning on doing it at the highest specs but i want it to run smoothly.

Do you have any suggestions for better graphics cards?
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April 27, 2009 9:56:30 AM

If you are fine with playing Crysis medium 1280 x 1024 then yes The HD 4670 is ok.

However there are gamers who think it blasphemous to play anything lower than high so depends on what kindda dude you are :p  Better GPUs you'd be looking at HD4850 and GTS 250 for slightly more
April 27, 2009 10:21:16 AM

Well just a few questons...
1. Are you gonna use the PC for mainly gaming ?
2. Are you intel specific for the CPU?
April 27, 2009 12:49:37 PM

the motherboard is sweet but i wouldnt go with that unless you where planning on useing it for serious gameing. its got 2 pci x16 2.0 slots for sli and crossfire which will go to waste unless you plan on geting 2 identicle graphics cards for it and it has alot of extra overclocking and overvolting features which im guessing you wont ever need to use, these things make the board more expensive.

im presuming you live in the uk so have a look at these boards on this site .
http://www.komplett.ie/k/kl.aspx?bn=10071&mfr=GIGABYTE
its in ireland
browse their clearance section for bargins
i get all my stuff here and its real cheap. these items are demo's but work fine and have full manufacturing warenty some you wont get driver disks with but if you go with a gigabyte board or a manufacturer with good online support you will be able to download the drivers no problem just download them before you get the board so your ready to go when it arrives.

the rest of your system looks good ;) 
April 27, 2009 12:54:32 PM

make sure the motherboard is ATX or M-ATX form factor or it wont fit the case (i made this mistake on my first system).
April 27, 2009 12:57:30 PM

Its alot of money on the motherboard, while it won't improve performance only offer features. You will have a PC that consumes alot of power when its doing absolutely nothing.

Another approach would be the 'green' approach: focus on components that actually add to performance, and choosing power-efficient components. Do you really need 16-phase power supply on your mobo, do you even know what that means? Are you into phase change cooling with temperatures far below zero? If not, the components you chose may not best represent your wishes.
April 27, 2009 1:08:42 PM

hey i just had a look at the proccesor and i dont think it come with a heatsink so you might wana ask them about that or order one for a 775 socket and some termal paste if it doesnt come with any

also you might want a 600w+ power supply as the tend to start looseing their wattage after a year or so. can drop by up to 20% so little overkill is a good thing. will save you spending 100 on a new 1 next year.
April 27, 2009 1:17:59 PM

be carful what power supply you get some motherboards take a 24 pin and 4 pin motherboard connector and some take a 20 pin and a 4 pin. the one you have picked is a 20 and 4 pin.
April 27, 2009 1:19:37 PM

what do you actually intent to use this machine for?????and how long would you like it to last you????
April 27, 2009 3:30:16 PM

and some take 8 pin cpu connectors. aka most modern mobo's.
April 28, 2009 9:12:52 PM

OK loads of people have posted since i posted so i'll just go through and answer all the questions :) 

1. Are you gonna use the PC for mainly gaming ?

--- No, i'll be using it mostly for photoshop, dreamweaver, maya etc + general usage. I do want to be able to play games on it though.

2. Are you intel specific for the CPU?

--- Not really, i just read that its usually seen as being the best.

3. Do you really need 16-phase power supply on your mobo, do you even know what that means?

--- I dont know what it mean so i guess i wont need it lol

4. Are you into phase change cooling with temperatures far below zero?

--- I have no idea, so another no. What would you suggest?

5. what do you actually intent to use this machine for?????and how long would you like it to last you????

--- Like i said above i'll be using it mainly for photoshop, dreamweaver etc. However i do plan to do some gaming with it. I dont expect to upgrade my system for at least 2 years if i can help it.


eoinycroiny - I had a look at that website and it seems to have a good aount of stuff on it. Trouble is i know very little about differences in motherboards. I only suggested that motherboard because i was told by a friend that it was a good motherboard. Hes a big gamer so that'll be why he suggested it. If you could think of a specific motherboard that will do what i need then that'd be a major help.

I'd like to thank everyone for there help :) 
April 29, 2009 9:27:20 AM

ok dude based on what you plan on useing it for the ram, processor, hard drive, dvd drive, case and graphics card are a perfect choice i belive.

you wont need a top of the range mainboard, this would be a good example of what you need:

http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=404482&view=detail...


if you plan on adding in extra cards just make sure you have enough PCI expantion slots. that board has onboard LAN and 7.1 sound card so no need for either of them.

if you'd rather pick one out for yourself these are some pointers as to what you need to be aware of when chooseing.

1. atx form factor mainboard. this is just the size and shape of the circutboard

2. it will need to support ddr2 pc6400 240 pin ram and your gona want a mainboard that will support at least 8 gig ram incase you want to add more later as new sortware tends to be more demanding then the older versions. 4 gig is loads for now and will run games nicely too.

3. it needs to have 1 pci-ex16 2.0 slot on it for your graphics card.

4. it need to support a quad core at 1333mhz or more. The 1333mhz is the bus speed so look for that when trying to determine if the board will support the proccesor

and finally once you have picked a board id recomend and 600w maybe 650w power supply as they lose wattage over the first year and sucks having to replace them so soon so some overkill is a good thing on this one. the power supply will need to have the right atx power connectors too

the example board i gave needs a power supply with a 4 pin atx 12v and a 24pin main power conector. and finally just make sure the PSU also has SATA power conectors(most come with this standerd)

ow one more thing. just check the dimension of the power supply you pick and make sure it actually fits into the case.

thats it i think, if anyone thinks iv missed anythin or got something wrong please say so.

let me know what your final choice is and how it all works out.
April 29, 2009 9:41:38 AM

ouick note, that system with the board i used as example will run win xp 32 bit and 64 bit aswell as vista 32 and 64 bit.
May 2, 2009 11:41:23 PM

Thanks for the info! :) 

That motherboard looks good and i will take your advice about the cpu, it is always best to have more than risking having to fork out more money later.

I have a quick question, if i want to use all of my 4gb of ram will i have to run a 64 bit system or will 32 allow me to use it all?
May 3, 2009 1:46:28 AM

stking said:
Thanks for the info! :) 

That motherboard looks good and i will take your advice about the cpu, it is always best to have more than risking having to fork out more money later.

I have a quick question, if i want to use all of my 4gb of ram will i have to run a 64 bit system or will 32 allow me to use it all?


64 bit operating and 32 bit makes no differance as far as i know. you should be able to run any operating system you want on that nice machine :)  32 or 64 bit.
May 3, 2009 1:49:34 AM

Cheers!

I'll post how the building and the machine runs once i've built it. ...that is if i dont break it lol :) 

Thanks for all your helps guys
July 6, 2009 11:17:48 PM

I've made some adjustments to what i want to put in the pc and i'm just wondering if somebody could tell me if everything is still ok? Its just 1 or 2 changes.

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L, P45, Socket-775 - http://www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku...ed#ProductTabs

Case - Lian-Li PC60F Aluminium Black Midi Tower Case - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Lian-...luminium-Black

Graphics Card - Sapphire HD4850 1GB GDDR3 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161308

Ram - 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-(...S-4-4-4-12-DHX)

Processor - BX80580Q8400 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Intel...che-95W-Retail)

Hard Drive - 640GB Western Digital WD6401AALS Caviar Black (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/640GB...rpm-32MB-Cache)

DVD Drive - Samsung SH-S223F/BEBE 22x DVD±R (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Samsu...SATA-Black-OEM)

Power Supply - CMPSU-650TXUK - 650W TX Corsair PSU, single 12V rail, energy efficient, quiet & cool, fully compatible, 5yr warranty - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/650W-TX-Corsair-PSU-sing...


I'd be greatful if someone could have a look over this and tell me if everything will work together :) 
July 7, 2009 9:48:00 PM

Everything ok?
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