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Old September 28, 2008, 09:12 PM
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Hey I'm looking for advice, doing my first gaming rig, and ready to order parts, I would just like to make sure these components are going to work together. BTW, I'm using the build to play mostly flight sims, with some FPS in there too...

I will be going with Vista 64 bit, and I'm getting a professional to assemble the computer; I'm sure its easy enough, but i really dont have the time right now...

CPU: Intel C2D E8500 Wolfdale 3.16ghz, 1333fsb, 6mb
MOBO: eVGA Nforce 750i SLI FTW ATX DDR2
GPU: eVGA e-geforce GTX 260 Core 216 576MHZ 896MB 1.99GHZ GDDR3
Ram: 2x2GB kingston -this may change, my buddy will decide- any suggestions?
PSU: CoolerMaster Real Power pro 750W - I've been told multiple times this is enough power...

The case will most likely be a Lexa Blackline (i may be spelling that wrong) or a Hush.. again not sure about this!

I guess my biggest concern is that the GTX 260 has DDR3, but the mobo has DDR2; is that an issue?? If not, just pat me on my newbie head and steer me in the right direction. I could upgrade to the 780i mobo, I would just have to sneak the extra expense past my wife....


thanks for any help...

p.s. I'll be using a 22" LG 2ms LCD
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Old September 28, 2008, 09:16 PM
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upgrade the 780i? Downgrade it and save yourself $150.

8500 is a waste get the 8400

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Old September 28, 2008, 09:31 PM
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Go with a nice P45 board and as enaberif said get e8400, and Corsair 620...
Saves you money, and you get a more stable platform.
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Old September 28, 2008, 10:41 PM
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ddr3 for the vid card and ddr2 for the motherboard are two differnet memories.. that's is not an issue at all. and i agree with kayen completely.
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Old September 28, 2008, 10:42 PM
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An Asus P5Q-PRO or P5Q-E would be mighty mean and E8400 or E3110 whichever is cheaper.
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Old September 29, 2008, 05:51 PM
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Thanks for the input guys...

Guess I might have led you to believe that I wanted to spend less money, but this is not really the case. I think I'll stick with what I have, and upgrade to a QuadCore 45nm when they are supported better, but for now I want the extra speed of the E8500 for the flight sims... I dont plan on OC'ing at the moment! As for the 750i, I've heard nothing but good things about it, but you suggest it may be less stable?! Can you explain this further, I'm pulling the trigger tomorrow and it will be too late.
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Old September 29, 2008, 05:58 PM
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Thanks for the input guys...

Guess I might have led you to believe that I wanted to spend less money, but this is not really the case. I think I'll stick with what I have, and upgrade to a QuadCore 45nm when they are supported better, but for now I want the extra speed of the E8500 for the flight sims... I dont plan on OC'ing at the moment! As for the 750i, I've heard nothing but good things about it, but you suggest it may be less stable?! Can you explain this further, I'm pulling the trigger tomorrow and it will be too late.
Extra speed? The 8500 is NOT that much faster than the 8400.

You can overclock the 8400 to be fast and reliable and save money.

I personally don't like nvidia boards and will never buy them as I think they are junk, overrated, and overhyped.
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Old September 29, 2008, 08:41 PM
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I personally don't like nvidia boards and will never buy them as I think they are junk, overrated, and overhyped.

I personally don't like Asus MOBO nor ATI GPU's, I simply find them to be inadequate, over-priced with little to no support...
Stick to your NForce Board, go with a GTX 260 and stick to the E8400...
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Old September 29, 2008, 08:43 PM
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I personally don't like nvidia boards and will never buy them as I think they are junk, overrated, and overhyped.
My 780i Board has been flawless since purchase and makes OC'ing a dream...did I mention the Lifetime Warranty, Support Forum and Step-up program?
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Old September 29, 2008, 08:53 PM
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My 780i Board has been flawless since purchase and makes OC'ing a dream...did I mention the Lifetime Warranty, Support Forum and Step-up program?
Yeah, that stepup program and lifetime warranty are what I've heard good things about... btw I like the look of your 3DMark score!! On BestDirect.ca the 8500 is only like $18 more than the 8400, seems like a good deal to me, is it seriously not worth the extra money??
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