Build decided just need feedback




PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have the following parts:

CPU: Intel ATX E8400 CORE 2 DUO /3.0GHz/6MB/1333FSB/LGA775

OTHER: Keyboard, mouse, 22" HDMI monitor, 2.1 speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: not too keen on ASUS motherboards, otherwise anything is good.




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: don't need software as I already have Windows XP, just looking for a mid-range system and must order all parts from umart website (as above). My only real worries are having support for my HDMI monitor and a nice case to make upgrades easy. I'm talking things like removable drive bays etc.

So far I'm looking at the following parts:

Case: Lian Li PC-8B

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP43T-UD3L S775 4DDR3 PCIE2.0 SATA2 GbLAN ATX FSB1600(O.C) UD

RAM: Corsair TR3X3G1333C9 3GB (3 x XMS3 1GB) PC-10600 (1333MHz) XMP DDR3 RAM 3x240-pin DIMMs Triple Kit (I chose this RAM because I'm running XP)

EDIT: Geil 2G(2x1G) DDR3 1333 PC10666 CL9

VIDEO: Sapphire HD4890 VaporX 1G GDDR5 HDMI PCI E

HDD: Samsung 1TB SATA II 7200RPM 32M

DVD: LG DVD22X+- DUAL LAYER DVD Rewriter with Software(GH22NP20)


Ok so there we have it! These parts come to a total of $875 (after edit). There is no way I can go over budget, except for possibly buying the optical drive at a later date.

Any advice on my build would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!
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  1. the ram you have selected is a triple channel kit for ci7 motherboards

    You need a 2 x2 gig dual channel kit
  2. Ok, thanks for the quick reply. I was hoping to use this kit over three channels, two paired in dual channel and one running in single channel, as it is a nice cheap option to have the 3gb supported by XP. I take it this is not possible due to the triple-channel nature of the RAM?

    I have adjusted my OP.

    Any other problems/advice?
  3. There is no need for ddr3 with the core 2 series... offers no benefit. Save some cash and go ddr2. That way you can get 4gb for the same price. What motherboard are you using right now, it can't be too bad if it supports a 3ghz core 2 duo.
  4. I don't have a motherboard at the moment, I'm on a completely different system. That motherboard seems fairly cheap and offers plenty of expansion options which is all I'm really after at the moment.

    I've also edited my OP to include more information about my CPU/PSU.
  5. Yea, that actually is a good price on that motherboard. I would recommend 4gb of ram though.
  6. Ok, advice taken! Thanks kevin and outlander! I'll probably just wait a week or two and get another couple of gigs of ram when I can afford it =)

    You guys have been really helpful. Keep the advice coming!

    EDIT: Ok so I'm now in need of a PSU. Seems I lent my Antec 430w to a mate some time ago. He's happy to swing me the $78 I paid for it and lend me a few extra bucks if I need it so he doesn't have to take it out of his system haha. So yeah guys I'm pretty noob when it comes to PSU issues, all I know is I'm pretty sure I need one with 2x PCI-E connectors for my video card. This is what I'm looking at so far:

    Antec ATX EarthWatts 500W

    Or this:

    CoolerMaster 650W Extreme Plus

    I've heard that Antec tend to deliver more reliable power supply, however the CoolerMaster is cheaper and has removable cables to reduce internal clutter.

    Thanks again for the help guys!
  7. Bump for new info/question.
  8. The Antec Earthwatts is more efficient... so even though the coolermaster offers 650W, the Antec can possibly still output more. Still, either would be pushing it with a 4890. Once it's 80plus certified and offers about 600W, then you're clear... a weaker psu may probably get the job done, but why take the chance.

    Something like this would get the job done:
  9. Hmm while that does look like a nice PSU my concern is that the 140mm fan won't fit in my Lian Li PC-8B case.

    Another concern I have is with the size of my video card and whether this will fit in.

    I've spent some time trying to find an answer to this problem, does anyone happen to know if my PSU/GFX card will fit into this case?
  10. Hmm ok so my PSU isn't a problem but my video card will NOT fit in this case. Can anyone suggest a different case with a similar price?
  11. Yeah I called up Umart and had a tech try and fit it in. He can't get it in there. I've settled for the nVidia case by CoolerMaster. And yes I realise the irony of having an ATI card in that case =p

    I placed my order not too long ago. Thanks again for all your help guys!
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