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Old 05-16-2009, 07:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm a first time builder so I don't really know what I'm doing. My friend helped me pick these out but I need some expert opinions. I'm from Europe so I'll be ordering from this site hardwareversand.de - Home. I want to play the latest games like Crysis, Call of Duty and GTA4 at highest settings and I also want to be able to play games in let's say 2 or 3 years at a relatively high setting. My budget is 1000 euros, I already have a monitor, mouse etc.

So here's what we have so far:

Case: Coolermaster HAF Mini 922M
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Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 boxed, 6MB, LGA775, 64bit
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Motherboard: ASUS P5Q-E, Sockel 775 Intel P45, ATX
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Hard Drive: WD Caviar SE16 500GB SATA II 16MB
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RAM: 4096MB DDR2 Corsair Twin2X CL5, PC6400/800
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DVD Drive:NEC Opti AD7200S
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Operating System: MS Windows Vista home premium 64bit
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Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 4890 Light Retail OC 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express
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Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 650W
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All together it's 905 euros plus 30 for delivery, so it's well within my budget. Will all the parts fit together? Are there any changes you would recommend?

Also, will I be able to add another graphics card if it's needed later on?

Any thoughts/ideas would be very much appreciated
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Overall the build looks good. The P5Q-E supports crossfire so you would be able to add a second HD 4890 in the future.

The only thing I would change is the ram. These OCZ Titanium's have better timings and are close to the same price

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Overall the build looks good. The P5Q-E supports crossfire so you would be able to add a second HD 4890 in the future.

The only thing I would change is the ram. These OCZ Titanium's have better timings and are close to the same price

hardwareversand.de - Artikel-Information - 4096MB-Kit OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Titanium Dual Channel, CL4
Agreed, but superb build otherwise

You could also get a PII 940 based build for a little cheaper too
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Alright cheers for the replies. I'll go with the OCZ RAM then.

Thanks, i feel more assured buying this build now
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Solid build.
Unless you already bought, try what vernong recommended and put a PHII build side by side. One benefit is if you did get an AM3 board (or am2+), your still on a current socket unlike the 775 your about to purchase.
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