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May 28, 2009 4:41:27 AM

I am planning to buy a gaming PC with below config:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz
Gigabyte GA-EP45C-UD3R
2x2GB DDR2 RAM 800 Mhz Transend
Seagate Barracuda ST31500341AS 7200.11 1.5 TB Internal
CM eXtreme Power+ 600W (RS-600-PCAR-E3) SMPS
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB
22" Samsung LCD TFT 2233SW

Do any of you experts see any obvious mistake / problems with the build?

The above config limits my current budget... (excluding Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker & Cabinet)

So kindly put in your suggestions!

Thanks a lot!

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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 4:46:40 AM

That setup is pretty good. You don't really need 1GB for the 9800GTX+ unless you plan to play games with max AA on, or if you plan to go SLi on larger monitors.
May 28, 2009 4:55:12 AM

Thanks BSD!

Most 512 MB 9800GTX+ cards had two 6-pin power connectors, which made it a bit weird... or at least I thought so ;-)

Any better cards (cool & powerful) in the same range as 1GB 9800GTX+ ?
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a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 4:58:38 AM

lol, I have a 9800GTX+ with 2 connectors, and it was totally fine. :D 
The cards come with plenty of molex adapters, so you don't need to worry about running out of PCI-e connectors.

As for the same range, ATI's competition is the 4850.
The 4770 is cheaper but is less powerful. The GTX260 and 4870 are more expensive but more powerful.
a c 153 U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 6:51:44 AM

Well its not a major obvious problem but I would opt for a Western Digital > SeaGate. Every SeaGate HDD I have had has died early in its life and has caused me massive data loss. The Cavier I have in my sig I have had for 4 years and never seen a performance hit.
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 6:59:44 AM

Western Digital + 1
May 28, 2009 7:11:44 AM

hmm... I need to do more R&D on HDD i guess... :-) any links to reviews / comparisons (other than Tom's / Newegg) between WD & Seagate would be helpful, thank you!
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 1:32:36 PM

Dont get the 9800GTX+...get the GTS 250...they are basically the same chip but on a smaller die, hence less heat and better efficiency...
Another good P45 mobo
ASUS P5Q Pro

And change the PSU...dont go with CM extreme power...they are not high quality PSUs...
For that price, you can better quality PSUs...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And those Seagate drives were having issues previously...Instead you can get the WD Black 1TB or Seagate 1TB 7200.12...

And go with better quality PSUs...
This 550W PSU is more than suffice for that setup...and it is modular too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 28, 2009 2:26:12 PM

+1 for WD
+1 for better PSU brand I have found this Corsair at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: GA-EP45C-UD3R is absolutely fine but check newegg for but Asus P5Q Pro, really nice open boxes :-)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

RAM: G.Skill Pi Black is great http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Two outstanding issues: get some aftermarket cooler for oc and because it´s gaming rig...GTX 260 (216) instead of 9800 GTX+...prices fell down significantly it´s the sin not to use it.
May 29, 2009 1:05:51 AM

thanks guys... keep your views coming... I will continue my research ( will it ever end? I wonder :-) )
a c 260 U Graphics card
May 29, 2009 2:06:48 AM

Is there a reason why you want a combo ddr2/ddr3 motherboard?

I would think a more basic EP45-UD3L would serve you better.

It might have changed, but CM psu is a tier 5 unit on this list:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10...
look for a tier 2 unit form corsair, PC P&C, seasonic, antec to name a few quality psu vendors.
May 29, 2009 4:12:42 AM

@TLS: firstly my bad experience with LG Monitor :-(, secondly cheap full HD support in Samsumg 2233SW. I dont feel 5ms to 2ms is a great difference to the human eye! anyway, thanks!

@geofelt: ddr3 RAM s are out of my budget at this moment, so just securing my system for a few more years... will check out EP45-UD3L too if it is with in my $range$... thanks
a c 260 U Graphics card
May 29, 2009 1:20:37 PM

On a P45 chipset, DDR3 will not be significantly faster in gaming performance. 4gb of DDR2-800 ram will be fine. Don't pay extra for lower latencies, it won't matter much either.

I think Samsung makes the panels for many other monitor vendors. I suspect that they keep the best samples for themselves. A monitor is a long term purchase, it is worth stretching to get the best you can afford. Look into a quality 24" 1920x1200 unit.
May 29, 2009 1:30:47 PM

why not an AMD based rig?

an amd 720 BE and 790GX motherboard will be just as good in todays games and better in the future while saving you money to put towards a better PSU and an ATi 4870.
May 30, 2009 3:06:14 PM

@HW98: In fact I am an AMD fan, but this time lot of things got in the way like cost, heat, CPU clock speed, etc... so decided on Intel setup! However, if u think a under gudget, cool & powerful replacement is available for my above config, with AMD as core, do post it, i will check it out for sure... thanks!

@geofelt: Even I got that info, but felt that ddr2 might phase-out or become costlier than ddr3 at some point in future... so planned to stick with combo for now! thanks. will check out the 24" monitors too... if only $$$ gets adjusted ;-)
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