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May 25, 2009 4:27:47 PM

I have about $600 to spend
So far I have
The prices are from with the mail-in-rebates included.
Any Suggestions?

CPU/Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

Video Card - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Memory - Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS24G8500ELKR2 - Retail

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Power Supply - hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Cord Included - Retail

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May 25, 2009 4:32:16 PM

swap the CPU and mobo for a 720 BE and a mobo with a 790 chipset.

and swap the GPU for a 4770, then get a better PSU made by corsair or PCP&C, because wattage isn't everything.
May 25, 2009 4:35:36 PM

ok Im new with most of this stuff.
What is a GPU?
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May 25, 2009 4:44:11 PM

GPU - Graphics processing unit, basically the processor on the graphics card.
May 25, 2009 7:00:34 PM

If you're on a budget, I'd grab a cheaper processor. An E5200 and an aftermarket cooler like a Xigmatek Dark Knight will let you OC very high. 3.2GHz-3.6GHz seems to be the average.

You should grab a different PSU. When powering your expensive computer, quality is something you want. Grab a PC Power & Cooling, Corsair, Seasonic or Antec brand.
May 25, 2009 7:17:23 PM

I agree the GPU should be changed. If you want to stay with team Green, get an GTS 250 512MB GDDR3. I also second the PSU change, I don't trust HEC for power. Try Corsair, or Enermax, or PCP&C. Stick with P45+E8400+DDR3 if you can at this point. Stay with Nvidia if you plan to go Intel. Good Luck.
May 25, 2009 7:45:30 PM

They aren't listed, are you reusing drives from an older computer or do you also need hard/optical drives? Dump the Hec, if you need more money get a cheaper CPU. The 9800GTX+ for $115 isn't a bad deal. Should be faster then the (stock) 4770, the 9800GTX+ was in response to the 4850.
May 25, 2009 8:07:38 PM

Drop the PSU ASAP. HEC PSUs arn't the best of quality. Get a Corsair 400CX.
$54-15 instant rebate with promo code - $10 MIR = $29

DO NOT skimp on the PSU. Also note that the HEC PSU (and most PSUs in the market) advertise the PSUs "peak" power (the MAX power capable of being dilivered for a few seconds-minutes) and not continuous power (power that can be delivered for 24+ hrs continuously)like the Corsair/Antec/PC Power units.