Opinions on my next build


Apr 10, 2008
These are just the parts i have picked out. Nothing is final yet and i am open to any suggestions or recommendations, and also help making sure all parts are compatible together. Only requirements are to keep it under $1000, and i want 4gb of ram

case: Antec 900

Motherboard: Gigabyte ep45- UD3P

Cpu: Intel Core 2 duo E8500

Video card: EVGA Geforce 9800GTX

PSU: Corsair 650W

RAM: G-SKill 4gb - Open to any suggestions here as long as it keeps in price range

CPU heatsink: Arctic cooling freezer 7 pro

Vista 64bit
500gb hd
dvd burner

In a total the price is $979.90 before MIR.
Well change the GFX card first...The board supports crossfire so get a 4850 ...sure u would get tis comment frm many...

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $166.99
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Ya 1GB memory (selected tis because games love more memory.But u can save some money and go for the 512 MB ...both are worth the money.

Hw abt tis memory ?
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
1x Winner of Customer Choice Award - Desktop Memory
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or even tis ...

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $50.99
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Both are rock solid and low latencies and great memory...

And as for the PSU, the choice is solid but it will be better if for the same price u get this
PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $99.99
($79.99 after $20.00 Mail-In

Will easily run 2 4850 in crossfire wihtout any issues...


Apr 10, 2008
i am definatley not going to do crossfire or sli. Out of my original card and the one you recommended which is better when put alone?


Jan 21, 2009

What resolution?
If you have no desire to do SLI/crossfire, you can save some money by going with a motherboard that doesn't support crossfire.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3LR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128368&Tpk=ga-ep45-ud3lr $102.99

You also don't need a 650W PSU for a single GPU. I'd go with either a 450VX or 550VX. If you will send in the rebate, they end up the same price. If you don't do rebates, the 550VX is $10 more.

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003&Tpk=450vx $79.99 - $10 MIR

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx $89.99 - $20 MIR

The 550VX is overkill for your system, but a pretty good deal.

I would go with the G.Skill PI Black RAM. I recently have bought a few kits and have been very happy with them. Crucial seems to be struggling with quality lately and the RAM linked above requires 2v vs 1.8v for the G.Skill. The lower voltage rating is a pretty good indication of higher quality RAM.

Don't get a 500GB HD. The 640GB drives are faster due to higher data density and don't cost much more.

WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar?SE16 SATA WD6400AAKS SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008688&prodlist=celebros $64.99

+1 to the 4850 recommendation.


Apr 10, 2008
K thanks for all your help. Ive made a couple of changes and price went down a bit, and i think you guys got me better performance too.

I have 1 more question kinda unrelated. When i get this comp im giving my old build to my brother. I was thinking of upgrading teh stock cooler to the freezer 7 pro also and am not sure if it will fit. Its a sonata III case i think should fit in that. But the board is a gigabyte p35-ds3l(Might be the Ep35 ds3l im not exactly sure. Few things looked wrong on the p35) and looks kinda tight. Anyone know if it will fit?


ep35 ds3l