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Old 09-22-2008, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I'm still finalizing this build, but I think I'm going to go with the following:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box - $199.88

Palit Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card - $159.28

OCZ Reaper OCZ2RPR800C44GK 4GB DDR2 2X2GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-15 Memory Kit - $107.05

OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black - $48.50

Asus P5Q Pro Atx LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound Gblan Esata Motherboard - $138.88

Seagate 500GB OEM SATA II Hard Drive - Free (using a future shop gift card for this)

DVD/CDRW drive and Case from my old computer will be reused.

Subtotal: $653.59
Tax: $84.97
Total: $738.56

You've convinced me that I'm better off with a P45 board.

I'm still unsure of whether I should go with OCZ Reaper or OCZ Gold RAM. (Gold is $30 cheaper)

Any other thoughts?
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get a p5q motherboard
Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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The P5Q has a P45 chipset, which means crossfire runs at dual x8 instead of dual x16, thus bottlenecking your graphics card. That is why I went with a x38 chipset, which does allow dual x16.
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If you plan on overclocking that cpu, you may want to consider an aftermarket cooler.
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I do plan on overclocking but probably only to 3.0GHz. Will that still require an aftermarket cooler? If so, which one?
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doubt it would bottleneck
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doubt it would bottleneck
Puissexpress • P45, X38 et le Crossfire*-*Puissance PC

The article is in french, but the table speaks for itself.
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I'm pretty sure the P45>X38...i seen someone post some reviews about it earlier. Even thought it is 8x-8x vs 16x-16x it still wins. Doesn't matter, cards don't even use the bandwidth PCI-E2.0 provides.... get a good quality P45 board and you're set.

ANYWAY most ddr2/ddr3 boards have issues and aren't to good. RAM seems a bit over priced..I'd get a cheaper 800mhz set. Don't even start "omgomogmm 1066vs800!@!21!!!" because it doesn't matter unless you plan on doing a 500FSB overclock...which you won't be doing with that chip/board.
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Ftw!!!!!!
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The P5Q has a P45 chipset, which means crossfire runs at dual x8 instead of dual x16, thus bottlenecking your graphics card. That is why I went with a x38 chipset, which does allow dual x16.
p45 is a better chipset than an x38. x48 would be close to par with the p45. p45 does not bottleneck the pcie at a substantial (ie "measurable") rate unless you are playing insane resolutions (like 2560 x 1600). there are countless reviews stating this, and a few that still cling to the idea that it does, even at like 1280, lol. as far as the "tables speak for themselves", it aint hard for a website to post up some results favoring whichever board they are in support of. at 1920 i will dispute that ther is as much difference as that website claims. and i'd wager nosboost's left nut (LOL) that there aint NO WAY its 17% faster. it may be a little (and i mean at the most 5-10%) faster SOMETIMES, and that depends on what game, resoluton, scene, etc etc etc the list goes on....
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