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Old 02-28-2009, 10:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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If I were you I wouldn't touch an ATI card unless it had XFX on it.

XFX> All other ATI brands
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^ What? Why? There there are a lot of good brands besides XFX, except maybe weird ones like Apollo.
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the e7400 is on par if not faster than the X3's the only time where the X3 would be better is if the app/game can use all 3 cores instead of 2.

and XFX is a very good brand. if i ever bought a ati card it would most definantely be XFX. i do not trust other brands.
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I agree XFX is probably the best ati oem but I would still consider other brands if they were a good deal.
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Yeah I do trust XFX i have an xfx card now.

But how about this motherboard?
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

And then will this ram be much of a performance increase over pc6400?
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 2GB &#40;2 x 1GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 &#40;PC2 8500&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

After these questions I think I'm pretty much set in what I'm getting. I just need a good case now. My current case I can no longer get the left side off of it to clean it.

Here's a case I found.
Newegg.com - Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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The Biostar TP45HP is excellent, it is one of the top overcloking Intel boards.

The 1066mhz ram won't give you much of a performance increase but it will give you more headroom overcloking. I would also consider this ram. The OCZ Golds are great overclockers, zmatt has managed to get them to 4-5-4-15 at 1100mhz.

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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looks, good. that's the same board i recomended

and that ram will be better than 800MHZ

also take a look at the antec three hundred, but the case is pretty much personal choice.

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all right will go with that board then. as far as the ram goes idk how to OC ram or change the timings, is it difficult??
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Okay, I have put together what I believe is my final product.

motherboard
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

cpu
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

ram
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 2GB &#40;2 x 1GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 &#40;PC2 8500&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

hdd
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

psu
Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V &#47; EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

dvd
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 16X DVD&#43;R DL 22X 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 Burner - CD / DVD Burners

case
Newegg.com - Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases


I think that covers everything besides the gpu. I will make that decision based on the best sale and how much I've got left. This will be approx 2-4 weeks until I have everything, still need a nother paycheck or two.

I'm currently got an 8600 so anything is an improvement. Will look at either a 9800 or hd4850 most likely. unless i can grab a 4870 for cheap.
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if your gonna be running vista then i highly recommend getting 4GB of ram.

for like $20 some more dollars you can get this

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 &#40;PC2 8000&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

my vista ultimate uses about a good 1500MB of ram just idling on the desktop.
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