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a b V Motherboard
August 26, 2009 1:41:49 AM

I am in the process of building a new computer and I'm just wondering of what people might think of my system which is a work in progress.

"NOTE": I have The Thermaltake Strike MX case with the 250mm fan, an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro CPU cooler, DVD drive, and Motherboard (the motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 with Crossfire, I got this motherboard from a friend for free and made sure that it works.) I am trying to build around the motherboard since it is free.....

Link to my Newegg list:

I am willing to make changes but would like to make sure the graphics card is ATI for CrossfireX down the road

Thank you :D 
a c 235 V Motherboard
August 26, 2009 1:58:40 AM

It looks like a very solid build for an EOL chipset. I understand why you are build it since you were given a free MOBO and have current parts...

Check my thread listed in my signature... I did a similar thing when I built my daughter's Dad's PC from spare parts I had prior to my Core i7 build.
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a b V Motherboard
August 27, 2009 3:13:34 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A couple months or near Christmas.

BUDGET RANGE: 600$ U.S. max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, (things like Crysis, WoW, Soon will be playing Modern Warfare 2) and things like web and music.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, motherboard, CD/DVD drive, and CPU cooler.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Please Newegg, they are the people i like the most.

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI please (the Board is CrossfireX)


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes....later


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I want to keep the Core 2 Quad cause I don't need the little boost that the i7 has compared to the Quads. Please foregive me if i missed anything!!!!!
August 27, 2009 3:20:48 AM

Luckily you posted your monitor resolution because now we can determine that your GPU is definitely overkill for your system. Save some money and go for a 4850.
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Also since you save a bit of money you can go with a 640 Black Drive.

Lastly 750W PSU is definitely overkill unless you are running some major hardware so unless you plan on crossfiring in the future I suggest that you should consider:
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
It's $10 more but its modular so less cables/headaches!

... I should have read you were gonna crossfire/SLI
August 27, 2009 4:12:40 AM

You said your rez is (MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900) If you keep this monitor THEN yes you can go with a 4850, If you plan to upgrade your rez to say 1920X1080 Then your better off getting a 4890 now so you wont need to replace the GPU after a monitor upgrade.