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Old 12-11-2008, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SAPPHIRE 100226L Radeon HD 3850 512MB - $70 - $15 Mail In Rebate
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100226L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 - $50
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 &#40;PC2 8500&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 - $80
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Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz - $83
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V $105 - $40 Mail In Rebate
Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

I haven't built a box since my current one in 2001, so I'm a little out of date. So could someone at least tell me if all this stuff will work together, I believe it will. I just want a decent box, that will run about the same as my laptop and plays games decently on my new 24" LCD.

Right now I have
P4 2.6GHz Northwood
Asus P4P800
1.5Gb of DDR400
128Mb 6600GT AGP 8X

I would be keeping my current SATA hard drives for now until I can get some more $$$. I really didn't want to spend more than $300, and would have been good, but my PSU just died after 8 years. So now it's about $350 after rebates, which is good to me.

My laptop has 4GB DDR2667, T7500, so I'm thinking this will at least match it.

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Old 12-11-2008, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Take a look at my new Mid-Range for <$345 after rebates

this set is better for same price
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
or
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
just as good for five bucks less

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You did really very well for a first timer I am amazed the only thing that I can think about is considering the upgrades above and try looking at the 4830's I am not entirely sure as I am in the UK I am not an overt regular on newegg but you maybe able to save some pennies and gain some performance there.

Also the psu is way way way overboard 500W should be what your looking at. If your a bit anxious just like any newbie then heres the guide to psu's
http://www.techist.com/forums/f76/re...-guide-137927/


Note benet most new users don't do aswell as this so your step above the rest normally its all no, no, no lol
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Ok, so help me, because I'm not too good with this stuff. You're saying that the DDR2 800 will be better because of the timings, compared to the DDR2 1066?

Also, if I said I'd like to buy 2 more sticks sometime next year and get a quad core, would it change your statement? I'm just guessing becasue since I chose an 800Mhz proc now and 1066Mhz ram?

I don't know what my feeling is towards them... I look at it as getting cash back. I just used the live.com 30% off anything bought with PayPal on Ebay to get my 24" LCD with $110 cash back. I have to wait 60 days, but I think it was worth it.

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You can probably go cheaper on the power supply. You certainly don't need 700 watts for that build.

Something like this would do well:

Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
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This rosewill RP500-2 would be enough power for that system.

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yeh ditto that psu would power my system but overkill for that build
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Attractive price on the 3850

Don't expect it to handle games well on a 24" monitor though. You'd have to lower the resolution to something like 1440x900 or lower to max out games.
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i have a psu for sale ocz 600 watt sli ready
75$ shipped

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i have a psu for sale ocz 600 watt sli ready
75$ shipped

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the 700w psu he listed was $10 cheaper (after rebate) than the one your offering, just lettin ya know
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