1st time gaming build need advice

wrightbrigade

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Been reading a lot on here and based on my buget of $800 bucks I have come close to what I think would work rather well for a few years. My hold up is that I want to run a 4000 series card 4830 or 4850 or 4870 in crossfire. If I'm spending too much here or there for the benifit let me know please. I do a lot of encoding and some gaming but I want it to be great when I do play. Thanks!


XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206

]G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231226

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
 

wrightbrigade

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That's a lot of info with little explanation. I'm pretty sure I was wanting to try intel stuff but your saying I should go AMD. Also I can get any of your links to work. Can you explain your reasoning for changing most of the components? tx
 

MykC

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Ok, so the big difference is the CPU and MOBO. The Phenom II 720BE I post presents you with a faster CPU, triple core, as good if not superior overclocking, a windows driven AMD application to do your overclocking with your CPU and GPU, the ability to just OC the CPU (unlocked multipliers) without touching the FSB or memory timings. In additon it does support crossfire.

I chose the cheaper memory (after MIR) because you don't need expensive RAM if your don't need to concern yourself with memory stabilty when adjusting FSB frequencies and memory timings (when OCing on locked CPUs, the e7400 is locked). In additon, most people agree DDR2 1066 doesn't provide a valued return on performance. Its better, just not worth the extra money.

I didn't see a motherboard picked out but most people will recommend the following board for an e7400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P $135 - $20MIR

The Antec 300 case is fine, the CM 690 is just roomier, bigger and has better airflow. If you can't handle a bigger caser I'd go with the Anetc 300, however, you can't go wrong with either.

The PSU are the same, the Hard Drives are the same, the thermal paste you picked out is great.
 

xthekidx

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You get a lot more for your money going with an AMD build, that would be my recommendation as well, those combo deals on the AMD CPU's and mobo's are really hard to say no to I think.