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Old May 12, 2009, 07:35 PM
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Need some help for new build --- it would be used for some gaming COD4 online and looking to try out Crysis. Also for slideshow production using ProShow Producer as software. My gaming is limited as i have 2 new kiddies but I have never used my PC interms of eyecandy as i have a HP P4 2.4 with a Radeon x1650 pro agp. I play COD4 @ 600x800. Anyhow my budget is around $1000 and i'd be buying Canadian I've been looking at NCIX for prices using price match and so on also i 've been reading reviews and persons opinions on products. Initially i was going with about a Intel e5200 cpu and GEFORCE 9800GT andwork off that as i researched around my plans changed. So here is what i have gone with but open to suggestions please. Very new to this as i hae only really installed graphic cards and ram in the past for upgrades to exsisting PC.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45
EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 55NM 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ
Coolermaster CM 690 Case
G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066
Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc

I priced at NCIX with price match and free shipping at about $930

I have all other items needed mouse keyboard ect. and i'd be using XP for OS
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Old May 12, 2009, 08:11 PM
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For $30 more you can crossfire 4770s for significantly better performance. Whether or not you want to put in the extra money, or want to Crossfire, is up to you.
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I think that i rather change the mobo and go 2 260's down the road if i was to consider that route of dual cards.
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Old May 12, 2009, 09:48 PM
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If your looking to SLI then ya go for a 750i ftw board, theres on in the buy and sell threads on this site used for $120 right now. If your not going to SLI then the 750w could be downsized to save money. I personally wouldnt buy a 4770 crossfire build because of how much of a pain it would be to upgrade, 2 GTX 260s would be quite a bit faster then 2 4770s. And look cooler, and dump MUCH less heat into your case.
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Old May 13, 2009, 06:12 AM
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These are suggestions i need you become your own worst enemy. Money saved would be key I've been on a P4 now for several years and anything dual or quad is a jump :) so that being said my original build is wanting to keep the gtx 260 216 i'm not too concerned about sli or crossfire so I thinkI'll stay with e8400 and gtx 260 SO what board and psu would be ideal. I know the gtx suggests at least a 500w psu would the cosair VX550 be enough. I was originally gonna go the Cosair 650 psu as not to leave myself short on power and there was only $10 difference for the 750 psu so i went that route but if 550psu can do it thats $50 bucks or more saved. Also the P5Q board had many features and good reviews @ $125 and free shipping on full order from ncix so i figured good deal even though i won't be using crossfire. If theres a cheaper board thats good quality and so on i would change that also from the P5Q. As i said the P5Q looked like a great deal and many plus reviews.Keep suggestions coming would love to have this on the way before end of May as all these items are priced for then and i'm dying to move from P4 - radeon 1650 pro status to E8400 dual --- GTX260 216. I'm sure my online experience of COD4 will change significantly. I know theres a lot more high end out there now but this would make a older dad of 2 new kiddies a big kiddie himself. LOL!

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Old May 13, 2009, 06:23 AM
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In all honesty for your first time putting a list like that together , it looks pretty damn good.

I'm assuming you are using the Stock heatsink that the Processor Comes with on this build?

Otherwise, for under a Grand, thats pretty solid.


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Old May 13, 2009, 06:28 AM
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Since you won't go dual cards, I suggest this board

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte EP45-UD3R ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 1366+ 1PCI-E SATA2 RAID HD Sound GLAN 1394A Motherboard - GA-EP45-UD3R In Canada.
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Old May 13, 2009, 06:31 AM
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Yes the stock heatsink is what i was at and rapmaster i'll check out that board you suggested. for comments and suggestions. Still open to critique :)
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Old May 13, 2009, 06:34 AM
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or AMD build :) You could get a 720 tri core with a chance of un-lockable 4th core for the same price.

the 550 watts cut it, but there is not much head room for upgrade. Since you did not upgrade from a P4 for all this time, one might think you dont plan on upgrading soon. So PSU headroom has no real value for you. This might help you, it is sthe official recommended PSU wattage calculator from corsair :

Welcome to Corsair :: Power Supplies

corsair even say that their 450 W is good enough for 1 hard drive, 1 Gtx260 and one dual core. Same if you go AMD tri core way.
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Old May 13, 2009, 06:37 AM
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I would also suggest that the CM590 is a better and cheaper case than the 690.
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