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  1. aaronb10

    aaronb10 Thread Starter

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    Hello TechGuy! I'd first like to say you raised my computer back from the dead from an evil virus, so thank you.

    Now I have some cash ($900-1200, the lower the better), I want to upgrade to a gaming computer but I wanted to build it myself. Here's what I want, and the question marks are, well, question marks. Yes, I will be overclocking, so please take that into account.)

    Please feel free to tell me if I should be using something different.

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 8500 (Socket 775)

    Motherboard: (Please suggest one that works best with the Radeon 4870 and can handle overclock)

    Case: ?

    Power Supply: ?

    Cooler, Fans: ?

    Graphics Card: Radeon 4870

    RAM: 4 GB DDR3 Corsair RAM

    Hard Drive: 640GB

    Anything else I forgot: ?

    Thanks so much guys, I'd appreciate you answering my question marks, and any suggestions you might have for a first timer. I'm excited, thanks for your advice!
     
  2. kidzrule

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    Why not just get the 4870X2 instead of putting 2 4870s on CF?
     
  3. aaronb10

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    Is that the Diamond 4870 X2? What does that mean?

    So I guess I'd have to answer that with "because you know more about this than I do?"

    :)
     
  4. aaronb10

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    Is the Radeon 4870 better than the GTX 260?
     
  5. JSanguancheu

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    The "X2" means they put two GPUs (graphics processor units) on one video card.

    What country/state are we shopping in?

    I would go with the following as a basic guideline:
    - Gigabyte P45 chipset MB - you pick the bells and whistles (~$100-150)
    - Intel Core 2 Duo Q6600 Quad core (~$190)
    - Good Heat sink/fan unit (~$30-40)
    - 600w or more PSU from Corsair (~$100) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
    - 4Gb of RAM DDR2 PC1066 after MIR (~probably $90-100) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227298
    - Radeon 4870 video card (~$240 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129113 (nice dual fan setup)
    - Case: depends on your taste (~$100-150) for a quality case like an Antec 900
    - HDD: How much room do you need?? 16 or 32mb cache would be the way to go.
    500gb is about $70, 640gb is about $75, 750gb is about $100, 1TB is about $120-150

    Do you need a monitor too? keyboard/mouse?

    Asumming you're not using a 24"+ monitor, the 4870 should be way more than enough power to handle games for the next couple of years. And in 2-3 years there will be some new video card that will be 5x as good and cost just the same.
     
  6. aaronb10

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    I thought that the Core 2 Duo outperformed the Quad Core for gaming? I'm in Southern California by the way, San Diego and LA.

    Another question: is getting a motherboard with DDR3 standard memory pointless if the RAM isn't DDR3 and vice-versa?
     
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    For the moment, performance to cost difference between DDR2 and DDR3 just isn't worth it for most people.

    Yes, the top end C2D CPUs do outperform the QCore for some of the games out right now, but I would think in the next year or two that more and more developers will be taking advantage of the multiple cores.

    Also, the Q6600 is very easy to OC. Most people can get it up to 3.0+Ghz fairly easily on air cooling.
     
  8. aaronb10

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    Ok cool so ill stick ddr2. Right now i'm still leaning towards the e8500, BUT,
    will that chipset work for both the quad and the duo?

    What im really concerned about is the overheating when i overclock. thank you for your products u put up, but what is considered a good heatsink/fan?
     
  9. aaronb10

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    I mean that motherboard, the p45
     
  10. JSanguancheu

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    The P45 chipset is fairly new at only a few months old so I would think it would support all the old and new Intel CPUs. You can always check on the manufacturer's website before you buy though.

    I know on some of the older chipsets, a BIOS update is needed before the MB will work with the newer 8x00 and 9x50 series CPUs.

    As for CPU heatsinks, here's a site I usually refer to: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
     
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    I would go with the P45 MB.
    - It actually says "Supports 45nm CPUs" - these are the new e8400/8500 and q9450/9550 CPUs.
    - supports up to 1600Mhz FSB
    - 6 SATA connectors
    - supports up to 16Gb of ram for whenever you switch to 64-bit Windows. 32-bit Windows can only handle 4Gb of ram total minus the total video ram on your video card(s).

    Might want to look for one that has a Firewire 1394 or eSATA connector as well.
     
  14. aaronb10

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    ok p45 it is then!
     
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