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December 16, 2009 9:15:03 PM

Hi all - I am getting a new system and want to make sure these pieces will be ok / compatible. I will assemble it myself but I am a bit of a rookie.

Please advise if you think I should change anything.

MBo - Gigabyte P55M-UD2 mATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3
Mem - G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-12800 4GB
CPU - Intel Core i7 860 Quad Core Processor
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1001FALS) 1000GB (1TB)
Vid - Older ATI vid card X1900 xtx

Thanks.

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a b V Motherboard
December 16, 2009 10:38:16 PM

Honestly, the video card is extremely lacking. If it were me, I'd save up some extra cash, or spend less on one of the above components and get a respectable card.

The rest looks OK, but don't see a PSU listed - please don't tell me you are reusing a generic, average PSU.
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December 16, 2009 11:26:22 PM

Yup I will upgrade the video card in about a month. The PSU is an OCZ - either 600 or 700 watts - it is in my current system.
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a b V Motherboard
December 17, 2009 11:03:45 AM

OCZ is an OK brand as well. That's good to hear. If you are going to get a new graphics card in a month, is there a reason you are pulling the trigger on the rest now?
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December 17, 2009 1:42:07 PM

I may be getting an ATI 4850 from a friend - if so I won't need a new card - I will use my old one while I am waiting to see. :D 

I was mainly torn between the i7 860 and the i7 920 - I think I will go with the 860 as it appears a little faster and I won't upgrade the CPU in future - I will wait for the next generation entirely.

The other thing I was wondering was whether that memory seems ok - I don't know anything about memory - I did check the vendor list so I should be ok there.

Cheers.
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