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Hi i am going to build my first custom pc and i need some help. i think eveything is ok, but just want to make sure everything will work together nicely. i have checked and checked and i think it will but i am concerned my ram wont work with the motherboard because of the voltage? - i am probably being stupid, so i apologise to people who are much better at this than me! my setup will be something like this;

-Gigabyte GA-EP45C-DS3 iP45
-Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
-OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Heatsink
-OCZ Gold Gamer eXtreme 4GB DDR2 RAM
-XFX 4830 512MB DDR3
-Pioneer DVR-216DBK
-OCX Game eXtreme 700w PSU
-Vendetta 2 Retention Bracket
-Cooler Master Fan
-Cooler Master Elite 334 Case

Will this all work together? and is the ram a problem because of the voltage of the motherboard?

Aswell i'm currently not interested in overclocking i just want a computer that will work nicely together, I'm a novice when it comes to this at the moment and just want to build a system that will work untill i know exactly what i am doing...

As well, is the motherboard good? i have read reviews on other models saying that Gigabyte have set the default voltages too high... basically i dont want to faff about to much and break it

Thanks in advance to all who can help me
 

burrellbuzzman

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hey thanks, im getting Seagate one

Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm - OEM

i just wondered about the RAM cause ive been on the gigabyte website and it says the ram voltage for the cpu is 1.8 and the ocz ram is 2.1 i think? i dont know if i am being stupid lol...

btw is the mother board a good one? as i said i read a review somewhere about another model saying that the bios auto voltage power consumption was too high and could fry the chips

Thanks
 

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I have a few suggestions that may help.

CPU- switch that to the e8400 and save some money. You will get the same performance and can easily overclock the e8400.

MOBO- I recommend this motherboard. It is a gigabyte, which is a very good brand. A lot of builders use this motherboard for how good it is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

GPU- If you are not really doing heavy gaming and don't require an expensive gpu, then I suggest this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822
It is sapphire, which is awesome and has a $10 m.i.r.

If you want a more expensive gpu for gaming, I suggest the Sapphire 4870 1gb for 189.99 on newegg

RAM- I suggest this DDR2 800 ram. Some of the best:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

CASE: The CM 690 is hard to beat for how well it cools and the price. It is also a nice simple looking case with a lot of space.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

PSU: I would suggest this PSU for you, especially since you don't have an intense gpu to suck up the watts.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007
If you decide to go with the 4870 1gb then switch to the Corsair 750tx from newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

CPU COOLER: I suggest the Xigmatek hdt-s1283
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
If you are not overclocking, then you probably don't need it though. It is still nice to have though.

The dvd drive is fine, but of course I suggest this drive. It is a favorite on newegg!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

I did not see a HDD on there, so here is my suggestion:
WD Caviar Black 640gb It is very fast and a good value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

That is my 2 cents, hope it helps! Good luck!
 
I'd suggest a GA-Ep45-UD3P instead. The "P45C" models have dual support for DDR2 and DDr3 and that tends to make them less reliable.

Edit: LOL, I hadn't seen the above post, with the GA-Ep45-UD3P too. Great minds think alike :)
All good advice there.

For HD 4830 Crossfire I'd pick the Corsair 650TX rather than the Earthwatts 500W (52A instead of 34A, both are $70)
 

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Thanks for the great replies, i think i might have to make some adjustments due to budget etc. i think i will have to stick with this case

Cooler Master Elite 334 Case- its 35£ (btw im english lol) does this provide as good or similar cooling to the one mentioned above?
 
Not even close, sorry. It only has one fan (the RC-690 has 3 and you can add 4 more). It's also kind of small. You might have trouble fitting a big cooler there if you want to overclock.