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Old December 13, 2008, 11:19 AM
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first of all let me say hy and sorry for my crappy english :D

now I have decided to replace my old gaming PC (still a geforce 5200, yay me) for something new this christmas, so lets first answer the questions from the sticky:

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

only gaming, I have my laptop for everything else (monitor is an old 17˝ CTR so no high resolutions either and don't play to buy a new one for atleast half a year)

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

around 700

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

Slovenia

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

no

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

nothing, the old PC is 5 years old and barely alive

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

yeah I have looked around a bit, but figured still best to ask for myself :D

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

no overclocking

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

somewhere next week

now what I have come up with so far:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz,
RAM 4GB DDR2 800 Transcadend Jetram,
Disk Seagate 500GB SATAII 7200rpm 32MB,
DVD-RW 20x NEC AD-7201S Lightscribe,
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB,
ATX LC Power PRO-906B,
550W LC Power LC5550 v 2.0,
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L

alltogether for some 668
any sugestions? And how is the quality of the ram and PSU? The video card I am thinking of now is the dual slot one, I asume it's better than the 1 slot one beacose of better cooling right (funny that it is also cheaper than the 1 slot one...)?
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Old December 13, 2008, 11:33 AM
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Since you don't intend to overclock the memory shouldn't be a problem as long as it works. (I'm assuming you'd be able to return it if it was dead on arrival).

Everything looks fine except for the case/PSU combo.... I don't know the brand, but I'm thinking it's pretty safe to assume that it's a budget brand? I wouldn't let the power supply from an unknown budget case within 50 feet of the nice build you've got going there.

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Old December 13, 2008, 03:46 PM
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I second WIlsons Motion on the PS choice there.
Also I would like to Add, you should (if available) get either Visontek or HIS instead of Sapphire version. I myself, was advised on this site to stay away from them, and am extending the advice to you.
Otherwise it looks solid.


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o.k. I'll ask what other psu and case they have

althrough I did hear that LC power is o.k., but I'll ask if they got something else.

whats wrong with sapphire? And no, the place I am buying from only got sapphire ati cards
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In north america anywise, sapphire's customer support is almost non-existant, and they have a long history of ignoring design flaws (especially relating to cooling at stock speeds) based on the ATI reference design.

If the card works well out of the box you'll be fine, but I made it a point in the past to put any Sapphire card through a heavy series of stress testing for the first month or so.

Making suggestions on PSU/Case is difficult as we don't know what brands are readily available from your local retailers. As a general rule of thumb though, there are very few Case/PSU combinations with quality PSUs in them.
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You may want to change your hard drive to a Western Digital or Seagate 640GB hard drive instead. Those are one of the fastest 7200RPM hard drives available on the market.

Like the others said, that PSU/Case combo might not be good. Look into other brands as well.
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In north america anywise, sapphire's customer support is almost non-existant, and they have a long history of ignoring design flaws (especially relating to cooling at stock speeds) based on the ATI reference design.
well the dual slot 4850 is this one:
SAPPHIRE HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual Slot Fansink

which has a difrent cooler than the usual 4850, I kinda figured (after also reading a review or 2 about it) that it's better than the usual one.

I'll look into the HD too

oh and btw:
Vista 32 or 64?
Te guy at the shop where I am buying it from says 32 bit beacose aperently a lot of games (also new ones) don't work with 64, but I am kinda calling bullshit on that :D

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