Noob building his 1st system


Mar 17, 2009
I have been wanting to build my own system for some time now and keep it within the $800 range. I have got all my parts except a PSU. Opinions?

MB: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Motherboard - 139.99
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor -189.99
RAM: Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz - 19.99
Case: NZXT TEMPEST - 109.99
HD: Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB- 59.99
GPU: XFX GeForce GTX 260 Video Card - 169.99

Everything else (sound card, dvd roms, etc) I am salvaging from my current comp.

Any ideas about a correct power supply? I feel that I am being too cheap on the RAM, 2gigs is all I need at the moment but that does seem really cheap. Do any of my parts seem like major overkill on this system? Any help for this noob would be greatly appreciated.


Nov 24, 2008
Phenom II 940BE with Gigabyte 790GX combo $290.
Supports crossfire, $20 cheaper, more future proof, quad core, as good if not better perfomance in games and a good overclocker.

With that said I recommend going with a 1GB 4870 GPU now rather than nvidia. Then buy a second 4870 GPU before the stop production or you feel the need to upgrade. (The GPU will probably be sub $100 in a year). With that said if you do want to consider a higher end PSU then the: PC Power and Cooling 750w $95 after MIR is recommended. If you want to forget the crossfire thing and stick with single GPU solutions thats fine too, but the AMD Phenom II 940BE is a better CPU at a lower cost.

All of these cases I would consider better than the one you've picked out. I prefer the CM 690 and Antec 300 myself, but the other two 900/Sniper are higher end choices. Antec 300 case $60 CM 690 case $80 Antec 900 case $110 CM Sniper $140

The 450W PSU will probably get the job done as long as the PSU can provide enough AMPS. They recommend 500W but as longs as you got enough AMPS on the PSU you'll be fine.

Also you should really OC, its really easy, its all done in windows with AMD's own software.,2161.html Tomshardware article CPU Cooler $26 after MIR Artic MX-2 compound $7 WD 640GB 32MB cache $80
Its $20 more but its a better brand, a tad more space and better performance.


Jan 7, 2009
Don't worry, you'll always get some one in here to bust your bubble with flashing AMD. But, it's not a bad thing, AMD for budget builders has made some impressive grounding, not saying intel isnt good. It's really up to you O.P. That case is a nice pick, would consider changing the Wd HDD to the 640gb black.

Just remember, your getting a gigabyte ud3p so, sli is out of the question, you can only crossfire on this board or stick with a single nvidia card.

The ram you got is fine, the timings are normal/looser than some that are pretty tight like the

PI Black - made me mad due to raising there price up.

Now, you picked a Q8300, is there any reason to this? Don't know what you usually do on the computer but, im guessing your multitasking and gaming aswell.

I disagree. eVGA recommends a minimum of 36A for that GTX 260. XFX says 630W and doesn't specify amps. Either way, the Corsair 450VX with 33A/450W is under the minimum recommendations.

Also, nVidia's recommendations for GTX 260 SLI are between 750W and 1000W.

The 550VX will do (41A), even if it doesn't claim the 630W recommended by XFX. However, $5 more buys you a 650TX (52A, 650W) so I'd prefer that one.

Just curious - why did you buy a Crossfire motherboard and an nVidia video card? Weird combination.