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Old 01-09-2009, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After talking to my bro-in-law who is a programmer and BIG TIME gamer, I've decided to go with a fast dual core processor over a quad b/c he said 95% of software can't use quad anyway.

Please give me your thoughts on the compatibility of this setup, specifically, if anything seems like a bottle neck or overkill related to each other. Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks.

Use: casual gaming (For the PC, I like mostly RPG games such as Oblivion), internet, home office with the ability to get a 2nd GTX 280 vid card in the future

From Newegg:

PLEASE SEE PAGE 2 POST #14 FOR NEW SETUP

-APEVIA X-CRUISER-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811144152 (DEAD SET ON THIS CASE, I JUST WANT IT)


-COOLMAX CTI-700B 700W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817159085


-EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130365


-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBPI-B - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231234


-Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115054


-ASUS Striker II Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131274


-Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive 32mb cache - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136319


-Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 - Retail
Item #: N82E16832116135

-Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 32-bit for System Builders - OEM


GRAND TOTAL= $1,517.05 shipped to my door with Vista and Office
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wait for saltynay or someone to confirm it but I think they are going to say you should get DDR2 RAM, an E8400 instead of the E8600, the GTX 260 instead of the GTX 280 and a different PSU.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wait for saltynay or someone to confirm it but I think they are going to say you should get DDR2 RAM, an E8400 instead of the E8600, the GTX 260 instead of the GTX 280 and a different PSU.
So the RAM listed is overkill but the processor and vid card are very close? If the RAM is overkill, should I get a cheaper mobo as well?
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If you're going to be grabbing DDR3 RAM, you might as well go for an i7 processor/mobo combination.

If you want to stick with the 775, grab the 8400. The 8600 is basically the same thing except the multiplier is higher, I believe. Waste of money. Also, if you're sticking with the 775, grab DDR2. They have some nice DDR2 800 speed ram on newegg.

As for the PSU, grab this one:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

I haven't heard much good about that Coolmax PSU.
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If you're going to be grabbing DDR3 RAM, you might as well go for an i7 processor/mobo combination.

If you want to stick with the 775, grab the 8400. The 8600 is basically the same thing except the multiplier is higher, I believe. Waste of money. Also, if you're sticking with the 775, grab DDR2. They have some nice DDR2 800 speed ram on newegg.

As for the PSU, grab this one:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

I haven't heard much good about that Coolmax PSU.
Cool, thanks man. So what mobo should I get then for DDR2 and the stuff listed above? The mobo I listed supports DDR3.
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Yeah, I think this RAM is popular around here: Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 &#40;PC2 6400&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory and looking in the combo deals there you can get $10 off the E8400. Also, you are better off with an intel chipset board, biostars are the latest "in" thing, they have been breaking some records you see, but other manufacturers such as gigabyte and asus are also good.
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The biostar i45 supports ddr2 and is a better overclocker than the 790i you selected.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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I second the RAM and mobo choices above.
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these stuff are around same price as what you chose in first post, but more performance

Core i7 920 + EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

same price
G.SKILL 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
+50 more for double capacity
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

If you want to save some money, go ahead and stay with LGA 775 and dual core

LGA 1366 is the future
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Just noticed your software as well. You will need 64bit to use that much RAM, and have you tried openoffice? It's about 95% replacement for the entire office suite, better in some respects and is also free and opensource.
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