New gamer enthusiast needing helps

hi guys! :bounce:

I'm new here, and I use to only look around for advice, but now comes a time when I've decided to start a personal project,

long term of course
my own personal mid range gaming pc,
See I came here to really get the expert's advise

the only thing I really have to work with is my motherboard
which is:
asus m2n68-am se2
and my intended parts are:

case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition PC Gaming Case
video card:Ati 4850 series
cpu: AMD Athlon II X3
but here's the prob

I'm not too good at determining the power needed or the cooling suited for it also its ram prefferable for it,
and if it would run without onboard conflicts,
would it be better on windows 7 or xp sp3?

I really need a concise overview on if what I'm doing is right

just need some advice for a newbie pc enthusiast please! :o

thank ya
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  1. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ bump ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Sounds like a simple task, for the new-build experts. There are some questions you will need to answer before any useful help can be had ...

    Budget (Euros or British Pounds is fine)

    What major games do you now play or hope to play in the future ?

    How likely are you to go with 2 gpu SLI/Crossfire, in the next 3 years ?

    Will you over-clock? Do you really think you actually will over-clock ?

    What ALL other parts do you already have (include monito(s)#, speakers) ??

    stuff like that ... express your vision, as explicitly as possible (if you would).

    THANKS ! Sounds like a really fun project. We'll be waiting to hear back from you.

    = Till Then =
  2. Anyone who goes with Windows XP on a new build... well, either they have a VERY specific need for that OS... or else they're just stubborn/stupid.
  3. Alvin Smith said:
    Budget (Euros or British Pounds is fine)
    Around $900-1200, preferably not maxed out hehe moneys be tight

    What major games do you now play or hope to play in the future ?
    Mostly COD 2 modern warfare in an EXTREMELY high resolution haha, but also up and coming titles like crysis 2 or dragon age awakening, and of course all of blizzards coming titles

    How likely are you to go with 2 gpu SLI/Crossfire, in the next 3 years ?
    I dont think crossfiring is an option for me, nt being able to support it

    Will you over-clock? Do you really think you actually will over-clock ?
    will be open to it overclocking but only after I get technical knowledge to it

    What ALL other parts do you already have (include monito(s)#, speakers) ??
    nineteen inch crt (no intention of switching), altec lansing sub woofer and thats about it


    and ypu have to forgive me for the late reply, it's finals crunch in my country, and its been a big hassle :D :D

    thanks a lot
  4. rodney_ws said:
    Anyone who goes with Windows XP on a new build... well, either they have a VERY specific need for that OS... or else they're just stubborn/stupid.

    Well what would you suggest then?
    I'm not very familiar with the new os releases,
  5. I would suggest Windows 7 64 bit home premium :)
  6. - Uh Windows 7. That's a no brainer. (I know someone will argue) But don't use a 10 year old OS.
    - Why a 4850 video? Why not just get a 5770. As I recall they are alot more wattage friendly on idle/load.
    - I'm no PSU expert either but you can easily get away with a 650w earth watts/ ocz/ antec or etc.. 80 plus certified psu.

    Quite honestly check out all the other threads. Alot of people (99%) ask for similar parts and they always get similar responses.
  7. I read that Microsoft is withdrawing support for XP this summer (July 2010) ...

    I take that to mean that security updates (protections) will cease in July . . .

    Anybody got more or better dope ? . . . On the subject?

    = Al =
  8. fastx21 said:
    - Uh Windows 7. That's a no brainer. (I know someone will argue) But don't use a 10 year old OS.
    - Why a 4850 video? Why not just get a 5770. As I recall they are alot more wattage friendly on idle/load.
    - I'm no PSU expert either but you can easily get away with a 650w earth watts/ ocz/ antec or etc.. 80 plus certified psu.

    Quite honestly check out all the other threads. Alot of people (99%) ask for similar parts and they always get similar responses.

    I wrote it on the above I still kinda need to keep within a budget, and a 5770 might kill it, plus I'm wondering if my motherboard can still support the it
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