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Old 01-04-2009, 08:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have the Elite 330 on another build and it has ok airflow. I have never had a problem running Vista smoothly on 2gb of ram.
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4gig isn't necessary. I went 4 gig and it didn't change a thing.
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i noticed a diff from 2gb on vista to 3gb. things ran a lot smoother. that was back on my old pentium d rig. on 4gb i love it. multi tasking powr! i can easily alt+tab out of crysis and in to wmp or firefox.
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Looks like I am about to place the order on behalf of my cousin. Total comes to $477.85

I just want to confirm one more time that all the parts in this list are good-to-go and completely compatible with eachother?

I am one click away!

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These parts come to $407 . It should have no problem with general usage and would be pretty good at gaming. I assumed they could reuse the optical drive(s) from their old system.

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I would reiterate getting the motherboard I suggested the G41 is the budget version of the intel *4* series of northbridge chipsets. the P45 which I suggested is the standard enthusiast and second best. For the price of $8 I think its worth it.
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4gig isn't necessary. I went 4 gig and it didn't change a thing.
I noticed a difference on Vista. When I idled Vista was using just under half of my 2gb, but once I got 4 gigs things were much smoother.
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Yo may want to check for some bloat then. I have Firefox with 4 tabs and songbird open and I have around 1 gig in use.
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I am running firefox, Itunes, msn, fallout 3 (minimised) plus background avg, spybot, Magic iso and internet dl manager (idle). Using 48% of 3gb ***** you 32 bit vista*.
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That's pretty good. I would imagine fallout 3 eats a lot of memory.
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