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Old 04-03-2009, 02:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gaming Build - Need Advice

im still revising my new rig..
but still trying to keep it under $1500

this is what i think i am going to go for:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz should i be looking for a cpu cooler?
Motherboard:Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Still unsure........... need help
because i want to overclock the E8500 and later on crossfire the HD 4870's
Ram: 4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Memory $15
HDD: Western Digital Elements 640GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
GPU: HIS Hightech H487FN1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-2910 20x
Case: still not too sure but got suggested the Coolermaster RC 690......... need help need a good gaming case with good ventilation.
Keyborad and mouse: Logitech Internet 1500 Cordless Laser Desktop $10

I am open to your suggestions.

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Pretty good choices, you will probably want to invest in a decent-but-not-great aftermarket cooler, that way you can OC a bit easily.

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If u want to save a few bucks , this is a very overclockable cpu - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops This is the cpu cooler I use and it works well - ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 120mm 2-ball UFO Bearing / Transparent CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks The motherboard u chose is the one I have and it also works well and is easy to overclock with.
The hard drive u chose is an external hdd. You may want this one. Note the 32MB cache - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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