My First Budget Gaming PC Build

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I've picked out a few parts to to upgrade over my "ancient" 1.6ghz computer, and I was wondering if you guys could give me some suggestions and tips on picking out a few parts, and any info on how well this computer would preform on games such as Crysis, World of Warcraft, Half-life 2, or just in general operation.

Heres what I've got lined up
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102803
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131329
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

I'm a little confused about the memory though, I've got two choices
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231144

I just had a few questions too-
How far can I OC this CPU and keep it stable on that motherboard?
How low do you think I can get my memory timings with both of those chips?
How well would this computer run at stock speeds?
And lastly, is the PSU enough to handle everything?

The memory is my main concern right now because I can't really figure out if my processor can even make use of the 1066 ram, could somebody enlighten me on the whole FSB ratio thing with the CPU and ram?

Any information would be great! Thanks :D
 

xthekidx

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Just get the PI Blacks, don't bother with 1066 ram.

You don't need that thermal paste, the AC freezer pro comes with MX-2 pre applied, which is great stuff.

Don't forget HDD, DVD drive and OS, unless of course you are canibalizing your old system. Just make sure the parts aren't too old or they will limit your system considerably.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

The P43 chipset is not known for great overclocking. If you wanted something to overclock on, then I would go for the GA-EP45-UD3R. That CPU on the other had does overclock well. On that combo I suggested you could probably get to 3.6 or so fairly easily.

I don't think you could get those timings much lower on the ram unless you cranked up the voltages to 2.2v or so (which produces a lot of heat). 4-4-4-12 is pretty darn good.

At stock speeds, you would be able to do most things pretty well, but gaming wouldn't be great...maybe just barely good. It also depends on the games you play, forget about crysis, farcry 2, and the other new FPS, its not going to happen at stock speeds. If you overclocked, then you could play these games on medium details most likely. The E5200 is not bought to be run at stock speeds, it is usually purchased with overclocking in mind because it overclocks well and gives good performance results.

The PSU you chose is quality and will handle this system just fine.
 

peenie

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Yeah I had planned on robbing my old computer of all its useful parts (DVD Drive, HDD, Fans, etc.)
I don't plan on doing any major overclocking really, 3.6ish tops.

Thanks for the info too, +1 to you thekid! I can put my mind at ease when I order these parts now :D
Oh any suggestions for somebody who's completely new to overclocking? I want to get the most I can from this computer, but I want to keep it at safe and stable levels.

edit: I just noticed that the CPU says its dual-core, but it doesn't say "Core2Duo" is that a bad thing or is there a difference between Core2Duo and just a normal dual-core?
 

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Read the How To sticky in the CPU section of OCing.

edit: I just noticed that the CPU says its dual-core, but it doesn't say "Core2Duo" is that a bad thing or is there a difference between Core2Duo and just a normal dual-core?
The E5200 is a Core2Duo, but they have decided to call it a Pentium Dual Core.
 

peenie

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I've been reading up on the CPU I chose and alot of people say you can get a "free" overclock, but I would have to read into it more to actually figure out what they did.
I don't plan on doing any extreme overclocking at all with anything on this build, just enough to make more use of the CPU, like 3.4ghz.

Oh the motherboard I picked out was onsale at the time I placed the order and I got it for like 75$ + free shipping.
I've finalized the order on all the parts too, only thing left to do is wait and hope nothing arrives DOA.