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Old September 30, 2008, 04:01 PM
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Hello,

I was hoping to get a little advice on a new system I'm building.

The PC will be used for World of Warcraft mostly, but I tend to download a lot of torrents and burn CD/DVD's at the same time as playing. I have no intention of overclocking.

Budget is not an issue

Here's what I'm looking at buying: (my questions are below)

Intel Core Duo 2 E8500 64bit Dual Core (2x 3.15Ghz, 1333FSB, 6MB Cache) $218.00

Asus P5Q-E (Intel P45, 1600FSB, Dual Channel, Dual PCI-E 2.0 Crossfire, Core Duo2, Quad Core, ATX) 2 PCI-E x16, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI, 4 DDR2, 1 ATA133,8 SATA2 (RAID), 1 ESATA, Firewire, 8 - USB 2.0, 7.1 Audio, Dual Gigabit Ethernet
$193.00


OCZ OCZ2G8008GK PC6400 800Mhz 8GB Kit (2x4GB, 5-5-5-18, heatspreader, Lifetime) ($35MIR = $160.00) $195.00
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OCZ OCZ2G8004GK PC6400 800Mhz 4GB Kit (2x2GB, 5-5-5-15, heatspreader, Lifetime) ($25MIR = $79.00) $104.00

2x(RAID 0) Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (SATA2 32MB Cache) $81.00

(1x) ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 PCI-Express Video Card $249.95

OCZ GameXtreme 700w SLI (120mm, 2 PCI-E , PFC,4-12v rails, ATX2.2)($30MIR = $96) $126.00

Coolermaster 690 (Front USB2.0/Firewire/eSATA, 2x120mm, Tool-less, Black, ATX) $86.00

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit OEM (CD & License) $221.00

The questions I have are:

Will I have any issues running 8gb of ram on the P5Q-E?

Is the power supply going to be sufficient? (will only be running one card)

Will the Coolermaster 690 case keep the system cool without having to add an after-market cooling solution?

Thanks in advance!

\Jiff

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Old September 30, 2008, 04:16 PM
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Only one thing caught my attention. You can get a 4870 video card for a little more or a 4850 for about $50 less.

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Old September 30, 2008, 04:57 PM
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IMHO, get a 1 TB Spinpoint F1 or something because you won't have much gain from onboard RAID. About the 8GB RAM thing: I have no idea if ATI has fixed their bug with their Radeon cards and 8GB of RAM. PSU: Corsair 620HX. Best PSU I've had ever. Your case will be perfect. You can always add more fans if you don't like its cooling.
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and be sure to check out Canadian Prices: Search. Compare. Buy. - Canadian Online Shopping Search and Comparison! you can PM alot of those item's @ncix.
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Old September 30, 2008, 07:39 PM
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Why a 3870?
As above 4850/4870.
Heck ,even a 8/9800GT beats an HD3870 for around $120 less .
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Get a quad core if you are multitasking like that.
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Screw that 3870. uh uh no way. 4850 is twice as fast for $50+ less.
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Get a quad core if you are multitasking like that.
quad won't help him.

But why are people so insistent on the 8500 for ?! The 8400 is MUCH better and cheaper
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I have to go with what enaberif said on this one as well, go with the 8400 instead. Save a few bucks and easily OC it to 3.15GHz or whatever else you want, really.

And don't get the 3870.
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Old October 1, 2008, 10:17 AM
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Wow I really appreciate all the replies, thanks a lot guys.

I'm a little confused with regards to the "8400" though.
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But why are people so insistent on the 8500 for ?! The 8400 is MUCH better and cheaper
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I have to go with what enaberif said on this one as well, go with the 8400 instead. Save a few bucks and easily OC it to 3.15GHz or whatever else you want, really.
And don't get the 3870.
I search for 8400 under Video Cards at Hardwarecanucks.pricecanada.com and come up with many results, both 256mb and 512mb. I hate to ask but can someone please tell me which one we are referring to?

Thanks again
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