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Is this whole build good to go?

By N8T1308
Dec 24, 2008
  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188027 (MOBO)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 (PSU)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227289 (X4 sticks)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037 (Processor)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116378 (OS)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106061 (Pro. Cooling)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007 (Thermal Paste)

    Hey you guys have always been such a great help in the past so im here again asking for your wisdom:) First off, i'm praying that this whole set-up is compatible together. If it isn't then could you possibly give me a replacement for whatever item isnt compatible. Secondly, i was wondering if you think i could overclock this processor to at least 3.5 ghz on air. Mind you im running 8 120mm fans on a customized case with excellent air flow:)

    Any help and/or feedback would be most excellent!!! Thanks in advance:)
     
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    First off, you're missing a video card! Also, Windows XP 64 bit isn't all that great. For XP, 32 bit > 64 bit. Vista 64 bit on the other hand is a good deal better than Vista 32 bit. I'd recommend a Zalman CNPS9700 for the CPU cooler... it's getting a bit old, but it's really top quality if you can stretch the budget a few dollars.

    Everything else seems to check out though.
     
  3. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

  4. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    oh one more thing......your not the first person to tell me that that cpu cooler is better so im going with the Zalman CNPS9700 instead
     
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Just by a 4870x2 for the price you want to pay for two, leaves you one slot for an upgrade and still more bandwidth.

    I was forced to upgrade to vista 64 bit for my zune that cost me 249 usd. I'd say go with vista 64 only because you'll have the hardware to ignore the hardware hog of an os. my hd's perform better in vista to, which was weird, but it is what it is.
     
  6. MmmHmmmmm

    MmmHmmmmm TS Rookie Posts: 17

    I've been having a lot of trouble with 64 bit vista.
     
  7. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    sorry but i gotta go with the "Techspot Maniac".....Vista 64 bit it is.......still debating on the 4870 X2......
     
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    if you go with the x2, which is the best card on the market right now, you leave room for xfire setup with another identical card.
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    This is a superior product compared to the Thermaltake and Zalman coolers.

    And please fix the link to the motherboard, you've linked an SLI board but you state you want Crossfire. In any case, the HD 4870X2 is a better choice if you can afford it, since drivers for it are also better than those for Crossfire.
     
  10. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    i checked the motherboard and your right i did link an sli board.... do you have another cross fire board in mind that would be a better choice for me roughly around the same price range?
     
  11. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    well i take that back could someone explain to me first the differences between SLI and Crossfire? i want to make the right decision because i will be spending some money on this ya know
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    SLI and Crossfire are exactly the same, with the brands of the cards being the only difference. The problem with both is that SLI\Crossfire performance depends on drivers and how well individual games are optimized for them. Also, powerful SLI\Crossfire configurations help mainly at high resolutions, especially when using AA and AF. More downsides include increased heat dissipation and power consumption.

    So, it's usually advisable to stick to a single card setup. For a Crossfire motherboard (if you still want Crossfire), the GA-EP45-UD3P is a fantastic choice. For a single-card setup, the GA-EP45-DS3L and GA-EP43-DS3L are the best choices IMO.
     
  13. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yes, you can.
     
  15. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    thank you:)
     
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    You could downgrade your power supply to the Corsiar 620W with only one card, and OCZ Reaper is nice RAM, something that wont work with a x58 chipset. You need DDR3 RAM.
     
  17. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    If you go with that mother board you will need to get an i7 cpu because of the socket, really it would be worth the price IMO
     
  18. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    My brother purchased this evga board when we upgraded together. I think its a wise choice, will keep you set for quite a while.
     
  19. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039 (Motherboard)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202 (Processor)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224 (Memory)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801 (Video Card)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 (Power Supply)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493 (Operating System)

    Ok this is my build now. I want to keep the PSU because i might want to run two cards later. Ill get another set of the memory when i get more money (same brand and everything). Im extremely interested in overclocking but that can come later as i need to learn more about it before i do it (not experienced enough). So how does it all look?
     
  20. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    I have the same PSU so far it hasn't let me down, powers everything I have with power to spare I'm sure and runs quieter than everything else in my system. As for needing more than 6GB of RAM I really don't see that happening any time soon, 4GB seems to be the current sweet spot so 6 will only be so much better IMO.
     
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    If you want, go for this PSU instead of the 750TX if you want an even larger rebate. The specs are the same and the build quality is also better. Everything else looks good otherwise. What cooler are you looking to get? I recommend the TRUE with the LGA1366 mounting bracket, when it becomes available.
     
  22. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    I'm kinda skeptical on the single 80mm fan designs they have a tendency of being loud, or at least louder than 120mm or 140mm counter parts.
     
  23. N8T1308

    N8T1308 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    awesome sounds great thanks guys:)
     
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