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July 28, 2009 6:17:47 PM

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

PNY VCGGTS2501XPB GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F


I'm planning on using a Windows 7 64-bit Beta until I save up some more $$$. Also will add more RAM in the future. I'm doing this as an upgrade over my Inspiron 1720 which can only use a GeForce 8600 GTM, so it doesn't have to be top of the line. Only thing I'm considering changing, for $60 more I can get an Antec 900 with a 650W PSU instead of the Raidmax case. Look good for a budget build?

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July 28, 2009 6:38:28 PM

no sense in putting quality parts on a shite psu. you are just asking for heart break.

i would seriously consider that 60 dollar upgrade.

also, i havent looked at your motherboard, but if it has anything... its crossfire. im not sure if it has a 2nd pci-e slot. but u might want to consider going ati if it does. the gts 250 isnt a very powerful card. you might find yourself itching for a bit more gpu power down the line. if you had ati, like a 4850, or 4870, you could just add a second card down the line. increase your gpu power considerably.

although thats really only an option if u overclock that cpu. its a very nice cpu for overclocking. the p45 chipset is ace for overclocking too. and your ram is fast. you must be an overclocker with those choice in parts.
July 28, 2009 6:46:20 PM

Here's the motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need to make sure everything works together before I actually order it and figure out the hard way, this will be my first completely custom build. Right now my friends and I are playing Darkfall Online and they have 8800's with 1gb of memory and they get well over 100 fps so the graphic card shouldn't have to be amazing right now.
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July 28, 2009 7:07:17 PM

right, but you could get a 4850 for less, and itll do more. and leave you with an upgrade option down the line.

all the parts fit tho. its a decent build.
July 28, 2009 7:13:51 PM

ok thanks I see what you're saying, I can't do crossfire with that board though can I?
July 28, 2009 7:14:47 PM

pretty sure you can. its p45 with 2 pci-e slots.

lemme double check.

*edit* definately does crossfire.

just like all p45, itll split your 16x pcies into 2 8x if you crossfire. this is only an issue if you use 2 dual gpu cards. like 2x4870x2. if you use 2 x 4850, it wont restrict you at all. 8x pci-e 2.0 is more than enough for any single gpu card.

i highly suggest you go with ati. ;p unless you are dead set on nvidia. for cuda, or sometihng.
July 28, 2009 7:18:02 PM

Yes, that is a crossfire compatible board.

"Expansion Slots - PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 x PCI-E 2.0 (CFX x8)"

Raidmax PSU's are generally considered one step up from a door stop. You should give serious thought to upgrading to the EA650, especially if you're considering crossfire 4850's.

You might as well spend the extra $5 and upgrade to the Black version of that HD since it's faster and comes with a 5 year warranty instead of 3.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99
July 28, 2009 7:19:57 PM

^^ blacks are very nice.
July 28, 2009 7:33:00 PM

Out of that list, I'd choose this one:

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $117.99

That GPU will exhaust the hot air outside the case and comes with a double lifetime manufacture warranty.
July 28, 2009 7:41:49 PM

Ok, you guys are great haha, one more thing...I don't really understand how running 2 cards will affect the power supply so how big of one do I need?
July 28, 2009 7:42:49 PM

that antec 650 watt should cover it. crossfire and all.

*edit* LOL hello. ^^
July 28, 2009 7:42:54 PM

neon neophyte said:
^^ blacks are very nice :D 


fixed.
July 28, 2009 7:50:03 PM

Thanks for all the help!
July 28, 2009 7:55:33 PM

its what we do. welcome to toms. =]
July 30, 2009 3:53:04 PM

Hey guys I'm back again, just wondering, would the 4870 be a big difference over the 4850, standalone and/or in crossfire? It's only $30 more so if it is I figure why not get it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also do you know of a good, and possibly cheap, power supply that supports 4 six pin connectors if it's better to go with the 4870's? I think I'm gunna skip out on the Antec case for now and use an older one I have laying around in order to funnel more money into graphics/psu if it's worth it.
July 30, 2009 4:02:08 PM

Yes, the 4870 1GB card is a significant step up from the 4850. It's WELL worth the $30 IMO.
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