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    Default Memory recommendations?

    I'm just beginning my first complete build. I've ordered an Antec Sonata Plus case which includes Antec 550W modular PSU. I plan on using GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L mobo and Intel E8500 CPU. I'm not a gamer and probably will not OC this rig. I'm just tired of my p4 Northwood rig and want to have my mind blown w/an up to date system. Will be running XP Pro SP2. Primary uses will be internet, research, some photoshop, may even get into some light weight gaming. What are some recommended memory solutions (4GB). I could also use some advice for a ~$100 video card. Many thanks in advance.
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    I just did a new build myself, somewhat similar to your own. i started out with 2x1 GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer in there, only to have lots of failures in Memtest+ at the rated speeds after i got everything set up. After coming here to clear that up I've learned that Corsair, OCZ and Crucial, while normally good memory brands, don't really play nice w/ Gigabyte mobos. The ones I see recommended the most around here are Mushkin, GSkill and Geil. I replaced my Crucials with this 2x2GB kit from GSkill:

    Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

    So far, these are rock solid and I would say a pretty fair price. I have a modest overclock going currently that I'm having some issues increasing, so I don't know if the memory is a factor there or not, but they should be fine for you.

    For a video card, the most bang for the buck right now for sure is the Radeon HD4850. I've seen them going for under $150.00 if you factor in rebates, but i realize that may be more than you would like to invest. If you want to stay at or below $100, I'm sure you can find an nVidia 9600gt in that range (or a cheaper class of Radeon as well), but those are more of a budget card so won't be the greatest for gaming but would get you by for a bit. Read up a bit on the actual manufacturer of a card before you settle, especially if you are concerned about customer service, because they can vary pretty widely in that regard. I've heard good things about EVGA and had wonderful personal experience with BFG Tech on the nVidia side. I went for a Sapphire made Radeon card though, despite hearing that their customer service is sorta lacking, just because I wanted a 1GB model (there aren't many) and didn't mind the risk myself (works REALLY well so far).

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    Thanks for the quick reply, Rooster45. Those G.SKILL sticks look good to me. The price is pretty righteous as well. I'm currently running their memory in this old P4 rig. I may well go for the extra $50 or so and take your advice on that Radeon 4850 video card as well. In for a penny, in for a pound, eh? Cheers!

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    I suggest Mushkins as my top recommendation for Gigabyte boards, XP Black Models are the best and HP Blue models are their mid-range.

    If you cannot get Mushkin in your area I would suggest G.Skills after that, models ending in K (Best) or Q (Mid-range)

    As for the $100 Card, I dunno myself. Hopefully someone who games here will chime in and help you decide. I personally only use Sapphire cards, but I do not game at all, just web and Photoshop mostly

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    Quote Originally Posted by quepos747 View Post
    Thanks for the quick reply, Rooster45. Those G.SKILL sticks look good to me. The price is pretty righteous as well. I'm currently running their memory in this old P4 rig. I may well go for the extra $50 or so and take your advice on that Radeon 4850 video card as well. In for a penny, in for a pound, eh? Cheers!
    No problem! I've never had GSkill before just recently, but the thing someone pointed out to me somewhere else about that company is that its rare for a newer brand to come along and start getting a ton of high recommendations all over the place in a brief period, so that says alot about their quality. Look at the Mushkins too, LSD loves them for good reason!

    Also, I don't want to make it sound like you won't still be in good shape if you get a cheaper GPU than a 4850, especially if you don't game much right now. It's just that those are the sweet spot for the market right now in terms of price vs. performance, so if you can fit it in the budget you'll have more headroom for your system going forward. I've gotten past the point where I think it's necessary to drop $500.00 on a card because if you go that route you can usually get the same equipment for much less money by the time all the software starts really taking advantage of/ needing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster4145 View Post
    No problem! I've never had GSkill before just recently, but the thing someone pointed out to me somewhere else about that company is that its rare for a newer brand to come along and start getting a ton of high recommendations all over the place in a brief period, so that says alot about their quality. Look at the Mushkins too, LSD loves them for good reason!

    Also, I don't want to make it sound like you won't still be in good shape if you get a cheaper GPU than a 4850, especially if you don't game much right now. It's just that those are the sweet spot for the market right now in terms of price vs. performance, so if you can fit it in the budget you'll have more headroom for your system going forward. I've gotten past the point where I think it's necessary to drop $500.00 on a card because if you go that route you can usually get the same equipment for much less money by the time all the software starts really taking advantage of/ needing it.
    I copy that on the Mushkins. LSD seems pretty clear on his advice, and it looks to me like he is the maestro around here. I agree with your thinking on the video card. Today's entry level solution is tomorrow's clearance item. Considering that I do a bit of Photoshop work and plan to mess around with some 3d apps and I'll also be moving to a 22 or 24 inch display(19" 4:3 at present) in a few months, the added video cojones should be a clear plus. Thoughtful advice and much appreciated.

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    If you are looking for a graphic card(cheep) please take a look at this site EVGA | Products | B-Stock EVGA b-stock cards that were RMA or returned to store 4 what ever reason.They are refubished and fully tested.I have bought 3 cards and never had a problem.Look at 8800gt/gt sc$120.00(singel slot card if space is a problem) or $8800gts/ko$99.99 -$109.00 any of the 9800gtx i would stay away from the 8800gts 320mb/640mb card they are older chipset(g80)and older card.Those cards will play any new game just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    I suggest Mushkins as my top recommendation for Gigabyte boards, XP Black Models are the best and HP Blue models are their mid-range.

    If you cannot get Mushkin in your area I would suggest G.Skills after that, models ending in K (Best) or Q (Mid-range)

    As for the $100 Card, I dunno myself. Hopefully someone who games here will chime in and help you decide. I personally only use Sapphire cards, but I do not game at all, just web and Photoshop mostly
    Will be following your advice on the Mushkin sticks. I'm considering one of the following:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146726

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146731

    Are the more expensive black ones worth the extra cost, considering I won't be overclocking the system or be doing any serious gaming?
    Last edited by quepos747; 10-03-2008 at 03:19 AM. Reason: incomplete message

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    They are the best, the black ones. However if you are not overclocking or gaming and do not plan to overclock later you will be fine for sure with the blue ones

    Just so you know, the Mushkin Rebate company takes 12 weeks or 3 months to get your check to you. Just wanted to let you know now so you dont get worried later. It will come, just seems like it takes forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    They are the best, the black ones. However if you are not overclocking or gaming and do not plan to overclock later you will be fine for sure with the blue ones
    LSD, everyone - Do you know if the Mushkin black ram will work in this mobo in a 2x4 (8GB) configuration?

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