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Thread: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Questions/Advice

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    Default GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Questions/Advice

    I'm building a new gaming rig and I'm interested in pairing the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P board with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and 2x@GB Mushkin DDR2 1066 ram (Model #996599).

    I currently have an old school Tagan 480 watt PSU from a four-year-old machine that I will need to recycle for about two or three months until I can pick up a new PSU. I'll be powering a 1TB WD Caviar Black drive, a Sapphire Radeon 4870 1GB video card, a floppy and a DVD drive - nothing very extreme at all.

    I'm wondering if anyone sees any possible conflicts with motherboard/CPU/memory combination? I mainly play WoW, but reading through the various threads in recent weeks researching this build has piqued my interest in overclocking a bit.

    Thanks for your help.


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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Questions/Advice

    Absatively, posilutely the Mushkin 996599 2x2GB memory with the UD3P is a great combination, and the Mushkin forum support is excellent. You will end up with a sweet running system with your e8500.

    But.... you might have power supply issues with your video card, at least until you upgrade your current psu to a newer one. My 500 watt psu works fine with my 7600GT video card, but your card might require more than your psu can provide. Right now I'm running Orthos on my main machine and the total load is 160 watts @ 100% load.

    You need to see how many watts your video card requires and compare that to how much power is available on each rail of your psu. Also, your old psu might not have a proper connector to plug into your new video card.

    If worse comes to worse, you can buy a new lower end video card as a temporary substiture until you upgrade your current psu.

    **edit** I'm currently running with a WD 640 GB Caviar Black hard drive and I don't play games at all on my computer.
    Last edited by profJim; 03-27-2009 at 07:11 PM. Reason: more info
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