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sinclair27
13-01-2009, 12:47 AM
Am about to buy the following system, brand new parts for $1500. Any of these parts sound like a bad idea? Please say if you think so...

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P (Intel P45)

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00Ghz 6MB 1333MHz 45nm)

RAM
SuperTalent 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800 PC6400 Dual Channel 5-5-5-15

Video Card
EVGA nVidia GeForce 9800GTX+ (Superclocked 778MHz, 512MB)

HDD
Western Digital 640GB Black Caviar (32MB Cache)

DVD Drive
Samsung SH-S223F (22X)

PSU
Corsair 550W VX SERIES (or for $30 extra should I get a Corsair 620W HX Modular Series?)

Case
Antec Nine Hundred (with blue LED)

Blam
13-01-2009, 12:54 AM
Mobo is OK but I would prefer the P5Q Pro or P5Q-E.

GFX-I suggest you got ati, a 4850/4870 should do the job nicely.

I suggest you get an ASUS/Pioneer or liteon DVD writer as they seem to be the most reliable.

You should definitely get the 620w version, so you'll have more room to upgrade

Case is GREAT!

300mm fan....:drool

wish I could afford it....:dogeye:

qazwsxokmijn
13-01-2009, 01:34 AM
Make sure the E8400 is E0 stepping. How much is the 9800GTX+? For that money you may want to get a 4870 instead. I would stay away from the SuperTalent RAM - they are actually 667MHz modules that run at 800MHz. Grab a DDR2 1000 G.Skill 4GB kit. Only $100 at PlayTech.

And yes, spend an extra $30 on the PSU to get the 620W.

sinclair27
13-01-2009, 07:26 PM
Video Card is $400 (minus 10% thru ferrit so $360).
So 4870 sounds like a more sensible way to go?

Also, thanks for the comment on memory. Will get some G.Skill 1000 4gb now!!

sinclair27
13-01-2009, 07:30 PM
I'm buying my processor from COMPUTER LOUNGE - no information on which stepping it is on their website!!!

qazwsxokmijn
13-01-2009, 07:32 PM
You can get a 4850 for a bit less than $360, and they are as good or better than a 9800GTX+. Or of course, spend an extra $90 or so and get a 4870.

hueybot3000
14-01-2009, 12:03 PM
I would stay away from the SuperTalent RAM - they are actually 667MHz modules that run at 800MHz. Grab a DDR2 1000 G.Skill 4GB kit. Only $100 at PlayTech.



I disagree, I use supertalent and its great, althou im aware that is different. The stuff im using has different timings (4-4-3-8) and i have booted at 1150mhz with it

http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=10202

i think go with the ddr1000 thou, faster and not expensive. just standing up for a name i know and trust :clap

qazwsxokmijn
14-01-2009, 01:33 PM
I disagree, I use supertalent and its great, althou im aware that is different. The stuff im using has different timings (4-4-3-8) and i have booted at 1150mhz with it

http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=10202

i think go with the ddr1000 thou, faster and not expensive. just standing up for a name i know and trust :clap
Different modules, I suppose. The one that I had had a C5 rating.

SolMiester
14-01-2009, 01:43 PM
Video Card is $400 (minus 10% thru ferrit so $360).
So 4870 sounds like a more sensible way to go?

Also, thanks for the comment on memory. Will get some G.Skill 1000 4gb now!!

Meh, if you can afford the 4870, I'd rather get the 216 core 260 GTX!

Wouldnt bother with Gskill, or supertalent, but it depends on wether or not you are clocking the cpu.

I think the Biostar or is it the MSI which are the best clocking P45 board.....

memphis
14-01-2009, 01:45 PM
I'm buying my processor from COMPUTER LOUNGE - no information on which stepping it is on their website!!!

Phone them or email them and ask them to look on the box packaging of the cpu for the S-spec# :D

The EO stepping E8400 is the better and newer version of the E8400 and is the one to get!!!:thumbs:

These are the EO stepping cpu's to get.You want to look at the S-spec # on the box packaging of the cpu.:thumbs:

The new E0 Intel cpu steppings are as follows:
E8400 S-spec# SLB9J
E8500 S-spec# SLB9K
E8600 S-spec# SLB9C

As you can see if it has 9 in S-spec# then it is a EO stepping cpu!!!

:banana

memphis
14-01-2009, 03:25 PM
Also:
PSU:Corsair 620W HX Modular :thumbs:

GPU:ATI 4870 1 GIG or Nvidia 216 core 260 GTX

Either of those graphics cards are great for playing games with very good detail and effects etc.:thumbs:

MB:Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P (Intel P45):thumbs:

The motherboard you choose is great and has very good features as well which are better then other motherboards!!!:thumbs:

Also check out the motherboard I have in my sig I think you may like the features it has as well and you may want to buy that one as it has been very good for me and I like it heaps but both of those Gigabyte motherboards are great!!!:D

pctek
14-01-2009, 03:27 PM
DVD Drive
Samsung SH-S223F (22X)

PSU
Corsair 550W VX SERIES (or for $30 extra should I get a Corsair 620W HX Modular Series?)


Get the 620.
Get ASUS or Pioneer instead of Samsung.

dian77
14-01-2009, 03:30 PM
Get the 620.

Get the 620hx. I bought a non modular psu and oh how i regret it :crying

+1 to the GTX 260 core 216. I heard it beats the 4870 in most games...?