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Old August 12, 2008, 12:08 PM
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Alright, im ordering the following:


HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty


Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty - DirectCanada


MOTHERBOARD: 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


GPU: Diamond Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV High definition_television Out Video Card


Diamond Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada


CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail - DirectCanada


RAM: Mushkin EM PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit


Mushkin EM PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada


OPTICAL DRIVE: Samsung 203S Trudirect 20X Sata Dvd Writer Lightscribe Black Oem W/ Software


Samsung 203S Trudirect 20X Sata Dvd Writer Lightscribe Black Oem W/ Software - DirectCanada


CASE: Coolermaster CAC-T05 Centurion 5 Aluminum ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT SILVER-BLACK No PS


Coolermaster CAC-T05 Centurion 5 Aluminum ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT SILVER-BLACK No PS - DirectCanada


PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black


OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black - DirectCanada


Please rate/review my build.
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Old August 12, 2008, 12:26 PM
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Nice parts. One suggestion, bump the memory up to DDR2-1066 if you plan to overclock it. Heatsink?
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Old August 12, 2008, 12:37 PM
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I am planning to overclock, but in the future, once games start needing more then a 3 ghz dual core... im using the stock heatsink and fan that comes with the processor. I heard the pc2-6400 is good enough to get an e8400 to 4.0 ghz.
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Old August 12, 2008, 12:39 PM
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Im sort of stumped when it comes to the motherboard. I am probably going to pick up another 4850 around christmas so 2 pci-3 x16 2.0 slots would be nice, but I dont want the build to go over 850$ after tax/insurance. Should I get a better motherboard now? or just wait?
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Old August 12, 2008, 12:45 PM
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To get that CPU to 4.0 Ghz, you need to run 9x445 or 8x500. I'm doing that now. That memory may get there, it may not.

For a few dollars more, you can get these which are certified to 500.
G.SKILL F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

For a mobo, look at the GA-EP45-DS3R, crossfire capable for $134. More money now, but then your system is expandable.
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Old August 12, 2008, 12:54 PM
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I was researching the GA-EP45-DS3R and apparently when in Crossfire mode the cards are only running at x8 instead of x16 speed. Also apparently you need to update the BIOS before you even install a 48xx card for it to recgonize it. Have you heard of these problems before? I was also looking at the Asus P5Q Pro or the P5K-E. Would those be any better of a choice?
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Old August 12, 2008, 02:03 PM
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All P45 boards run PCI-E 2.0 at x8/x8, which is the same speed as PCI-E 1.1 x16/x16. Neither of which will be a problem for bandwidth for 4850's. The only site who reported an issue at x8/x8 (Tweaktown), SKYMTL had doubts about their testing methodology. However, if PCI-E 2.0 x16/x16 is a must, then you have to look at X38/X48 boards.

I've never heard of that BIOS update issue for Video Cards for Giga-byte, no one on this board has reported any problems that I recall. The Asus P5Q Pro would be very similar to the Giga-byte P45-DS3R and another good option. The P5K-E is a P35 board, which do crossfire at x16/x4. I wouldn't recommend this one over the other 2.
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Old August 12, 2008, 02:47 PM
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Alright, I've decided to take your two suggestions. I picked the GSkill ram and the P45-DS3L. The last thing I have a question about is the processor. Two days ago the e8400 was going for 169.99 on Directcanada, then they ran out of stock. The next day I come back and the e8400 is back in stock but its 205$... how come the recent Intel price drop isn't taking effect anymore? And can I price match Directcanada with Neweggs prices?
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I picked the GSkill ram and the P45-DS3L. The last thing I have a question about is the processor. Two days ago the e8400 was going for 169.99 on Directcanada, then they ran out of stock. The next day I come back and the e8400 is back in stock but its 205$... how come the recent Intel price drop isn't taking effect anymore? And can I price match Directcanada with Neweggs prices?

Careful, there is a EP45-DS3L version, no crossfire, no Raid, and a EP45-DS3R version with crossfire and raid. Make sure you pick the right one.

And NCIX has those E8400's on their weekly sale page for 169.99. Buy from there, pricematch if DC's prices are lower. DirectCanada does not pricematch as far as I know. And if you didn't know, NCIX, DirectCanada, NX Source and TDDirect are all part of the same company. NCIX operates e-tail and 4 stores, others are all e-tail only.
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Old August 12, 2008, 04:17 PM
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Hmmm, it looks like the EP45-DS3L is the only motherboard Directcanada carries... does ncix have free shipping on orders over 300$?
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