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Old May 19, 2008, 04:56 PM
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Was going to get the E4400 but the sale ended, then i was going to get the 4200 but it's "ETA Unknown", so maybe the
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.53GHZ 1066FSB 3MB Retail Box?


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Mother Board - Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard - DirectCanada

RAM - OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

Power Supply - Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - DirectCanada

Processor
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Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive - DirectCanada

VIDEO CARD
- 8600GT

Won't be over clocking and the only game it will be playing is likely Oblivion. Also, how long will the free shipping take to get to Winnipeg? Thanks
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Old May 19, 2008, 05:46 PM
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That video card will suffer horribly playing oblivion, depending on your resolution. Anything less than 1280 x 1024 and you should be okay. But above that, when you go outside and start running or go on a horse... you'll see the skipping immediately. I'd highly recommend an 8800-series video card or better, try to work it into your budget, you won't be sorry.
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Old May 19, 2008, 05:59 PM
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You may also consider this memory wich is the one I'm using and works perfectly :
Mushkin 996603 HP PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

For your processor, considering you first selected a E4400, you could consider the E4500 or 4600 wich are about 20$ less than the E7200.

For the graphic card, I don't know if you will buy it or if you already have it since you have not included the link, but if you plan to buy you could consider this one too wich is the one I have and give nice performance (similars to 8600GT ones) for lowest price :
Palit Radeon Hd 3850 668MHZ 256MB 1.65GHZ GDDR3 Dvi Vga Hdmi PCI-E DIRECTX10.1 Video Card - DirectCanada.

For the shipping, you may consider 1 day before shipping and maybe about 3 days for shipping (considering it usually takes 5 business days to ship in Qc.)

If you got problems with the order processing, don't hesitate to send a PM to DC_Support, a member of this forum who's working at DirectCanada, who can help you usually within 24 hours.
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Old May 19, 2008, 06:28 PM
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Wow, I didn't expect to get such good info so fast, thanks a ton guys

Leclerc, did you recommend those parts because they are better than the ones I plan on getting? If so, are they compatible with all my other parts? If the answers are two yes's then I'm totally going with what you said =D Which of the two processors you mentioned do you think I should get?

Oh and I haven't gotten any of the parts yet, plan to tomorrow
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I'd grab the HD3850 and the E7200. Though if you can afford it, get a HD3850 with 512MB of RAM.

Personally, I had that Mushkin HP2 RAM, and after 3 RMAs I just got fed up. They kept having errors. The final set I got back though was working fine, but I goofed up installing it as I pushed too hard on the metal clips and the heatspreader slipped off and apparently killed the stick. Since the total shipping costs (3 times) equaled the price of the OCZ Plats, I just got new RAM rather than wasting anymore money on shipping.

I also have OCZ Plats in my dad's and brother's PC as well. It's solid RAM.

Oh one more thing, get an aftermarket cooler too. Perhaps the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro. The one that comes with the 45nm CPUs is pretty tiny.
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Don't play it myself, but I'm pretty sure Oblivion is a happier game with 512MB of video RAM, as opposed to only 256MB. And the 8800GT is a big step up from the 8600. If it's in your budget, you'd do well to give it a look.
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Old May 19, 2008, 08:42 PM
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Wow, I didn't expect to get such good info so fast, thanks a ton guys

Leclerc, did you recommend those parts because they are better than the ones I plan on getting? If so, are they compatible with all my other parts? If the answers are two yes's then I'm totally going with what you said =D Which of the two processors you mentioned do you think I should get?

Oh and I haven't gotten any of the parts yet, plan to tomorrow
I will not say better ... I'll say options. But it's sure if you plan to play games like oblivion and want to play with better graphics quality, maybe you could look for a bit more powerfull graphic card.

Gigabyte Radeon HD RX3870 700MHZ 512MB 1.9GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out PCI-E Video Card - DirectCanada
Powercolor Radeon HD 3870 PCs 775MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada
Bfg Geforce 8800GT Oc 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Hdcp Hdtv Out DIRECTX10 Video Card - DirectCanada

For the processor, for only 4$ more, the e4600 is a better choice than the e4500 but the e7200 is a good choice too. Well it depends of your budget, but, if you can, the 7200 is, I think, the better choice.
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I used to play Oblivion on an 8600GT, it will work fairly well. However an 8800GT will give a significant difference, or the HD3850 512mb or HD3870 for the best quality. This depends on the resolutions you play the game at. You've selected a good quality motherboard, the Gigabyte DS3r that I use runs nicely for a budget board. Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-5400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC2-5400 DDR2-667 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory - DirectCanada is decent ram for the price, won't see much difference from more expensive ram (it works w/ the DS3L motherboard). The Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.2GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail - DirectCanada E4500 is a good processor, if you have the money go with an e8400 though. Hope this helps.

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I think you should save your money and wait a little longer to get the Intel E8400 since it cost about $50 more than the E7200. It has a higher front side bus and double the L2 cache.

If I had a chose between the E7200 and E8400, I would get the E8400 since I don't need to overclock it. If I was to get the E7200 and overclock it, I would also need to purchase an aftermath cpu cooler since the stock cpu heatsink is very tiny.

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