New system build(gaming)

flyfly

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Motherboard: MSI P45 Neo3-FR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130180
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
Hard drive: WD 32M 640G http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 4870 1G http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

Total: $650

Any suggestions or comments?

I've got everything else. I currently have a 500w power supply and a case. I don't like the case though. So I may want to buy one too.

Also I will OC but I am not sure what kind of fan I should have. Please give some advice on that too.

My budget was $800. So I am still flexible with the price.

Thanks guys!!!
 

waynec121

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I would not go msi for the mobo i would switch it to a asus or gigabyte mobo and for the case the antec 900 is always a solid choice

the asus p5q pro is always a solid choice for a 775 mobo
 

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I would go with Proximon's choice for the board rather than the p5q pro i suggested...Proximon knows alot more then me about computers. I have learned most of the stuff from him and a few others on here! But Proximon's recommendation is excellent.
 

flyfly

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thanks. I will go with the gigabyte one then. :lol:
 

Chronobodi

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it depends on the native resolution of your monitor. Both cards do pretty damn good on the top 2 highest resolutions (2560x1200 and 1900x1200), so if your monitor is 1400x900 or 1280x768, you don't have to worry, as the GTX 260 is over kill at those lower resolutions.
 
The Gigabyte UD3P is a crossfire board, meaning it will run two 4870s together for increased performance.

If you are certain you will not ever need a second card, go with the GTX 260.

If you want to keep the option open, go with a 4870. The differences are not so big as to be a deal breaker.