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Old 12-06-2008, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Had a thread 2 weeks ago asking about a comp for a friend. Anyways that thread kinda died but what do you guys think about this?

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards


If buying all from Newegg it comes out to $608 - $75. Was thinking about getting the motherboard, cpu, hard drive, and possibly case (depends on shipping) from ebay if they get the live.com cashback back. All those parts would actually be a tiny bit cheaper there even before the before the rebate.

Hopeing for 3.8ghz will that ram and motherboard be good enough? That would be a fsb of 380 so I doubt I will be able to tighten the timings.
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You'll be fine...

But what about the HD 4830 instead of the 9800GT? Unless he loves Crapsis
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He loves Microsoft Flight Simulator X, actually hes a pilot so he needs it for work. According to what I saw FSX hates ati. I couldn't find many reviews but tomshardware said that FSX SP2 at higher settings would only pull low 20fps with a 4850 but would actually pull low 30's with only a 9600gt. Can anybody confirm if thats right?

So that board and ram is pretty good? I have the 2gb version of the ram and like it but I only run 310-330fsb.

Also would there be any board that wouldn't be to much more that had sli? I doubt he will ever run it but wanted to give him some choices.
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the 750i from asus is about 134 i believe.

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Get a Q6600 if your going for FSX it has multi-thread support so all cores will be utilised.
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From what I was able to find the quad core helps but only a tiny bit. I'll mention it to him but I'm thinking he is sticking with dual core for now.
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Looks good, the EP43 ds3l is a good board especially considering its price.
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