ProPlaya

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Hey guys,

I am trying to build a PC strictly for gaming. I don't want to spend too much money on it. Here is what I came up with.

Motherboard: Asus P5Q3 FSB1600, Memory Standard DDR3 1800(O.C.)/1600
Maximum Memory Supported 16GB

CPU: E8500 (overclock it to 3.6Ghz)

Case : Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS

Power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1800 PC3 14400

Video Card: Visiontek HD4870 512MB

Here is what I have so far.

Now the critical questions:

I already bought the HD4870 about 7 months ago and I don't know if I should sell it and buy something else or just get another HD4870 and crossfire it. Things is, it is a 512MB model so even crossfire will be a 1GB total.

Do I need the DDR3 1800 for this set up?

Thanks a lot guys!
 

dragoon190

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I don't think you'll really need DDR3 rams for this build. The only intel system that needs to use DDR3 right now is the i7/x58 platform, you would see very little difference with your current setup.

It's kind of hard to suggest anything else without a specific budget, though.
 

Helloworld_98

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you don't need ddr3 for that set up and the more dimm's you have the harder it is to OC so 4 dimm's is a bad idea.

IMO get a 720 BE and 790GX motherboard, it'll be cheaper and will last you longer.

edit: you only really need ddr3 if you have water cooling or it's cheaper than PC2-8500 ram.
 

ProPlaya

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I always had Intel in all my PCs and was always happy with the performance. Thanks for the suggestion though.