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[Solved] Building a hand-me-down LGA775 system

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January 6, 2010 6:36:01 AM


I am building a system based off of two hand-me-down parts from friends. They are:

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

and GPU:
Nvidia 8600 GTS (I will upgrade this at a later date)

I also have an antec 400watt PSU, windows xp, and an antec case from 2004


here are the other components I have chose:

ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

DVD Burner:
LITE-ON 24x DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DH-24AAS - OEM

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model


i was originally looking at the "GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard" or the "ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard,"
but I dont know if there is any reason to buy DDR2 now instead of DDR3?

they seem to be the same price!

I plan on updating gpu and OS later. Im hoping this board/cpu will last a couple years. last system has lived quite a while.

I will also buy an aftermarket cpu cooler when i buy a new GPU.

what I'm going to be using this system for:
light gaming: cs:source, league of legends
surfing the web
watching .avi's

My questions:

1) Is all of this compatible(from checking the Asus site it says the cpu is)

2) is this a wise idea? remember, the CPU and GPU are free.

3) any other thoughts?

thank you in advance
January 6, 2010 6:36:40 AM

p.s. I live in Hawaii so shipping is not free
January 6, 2010 8:11:31 AM

all looks good and ddr3 is the way to go since ddr2 will be phased out

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January 6, 2010 8:29:26 AM

You mention that you will buy a CPU cooler later when you upgrade your GPU. My only advice would be to buy a cheap CPU cooler now, like the Hyper 212 ($28), because it is much easier to install when the motherboard is out of the case.

The rest of your build looks good.
January 6, 2010 8:38:11 AM

thanks brothers! will buy cpu cooler now then
January 6, 2010 9:24:39 AM

added an ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Order placed, total cost + shipping to hawaii = $398.19 Thanks fellas :) 
January 6, 2010 11:06:24 AM

Thanks mang, modified the order and bought the cooler master