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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    When it comes to RAM, which is better out of CL7, CL8 and CL9? Should the number be high or low?

    Kingston or Corsair, is one more compatible with the motherboard than the other?

    I think i'll go with this power supply instead:
    Northq Black Magic Flex 850W,Modular,80+ ATX, 135mm Fan, 12-20db
    or am i making a mistake there?

    Overall, would you say that this build is good enough to run pretty much any game smoothly with all video settings on full?

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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    CL is CAS Latency and the lower the number the faster the memory.

    I'll let lsdmeasap answer on compatibility.

    I have not tested any Northq brand power supplies so I don't know from experience if they are good or not. Might want to check some sites that have looked at it and see how their reviews went.

    Yes, it should do well with any games currently available.
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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    Sorry, Darthtanion... I am not sure what to suggest for Asus boards. I only Know and Use Gigabyte boards.

    In the past When I had used Asus, I always was a Crucial user. But they company and chips have changed And I would no use crucial in any build these days. I see a 3rd RMA on my crucial's post everyday as I am sure you do as well.

    My Brand recommendations to customers go as follows these days >>>
    Mushkin
    G.Skill
    Geil

    Yeap, lower CAS is best

    Same for me on that PSU, never heard of it or the brand. So best to Google it like so "Northq Black Magic Flex 850W Review" or maybe just "Northq Black Magic Review" and see what you find

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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    Allright, i'll go with this if there's nothing objectionable about it.

    Motherboard
    Asus P5Q3 Deluxe/WIFI, P45, Socket-775, ATX,GbLAN,DDR3,Firewire,3xPCI-Ex(2.0)16

    CPU
    Intel Core™ 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz Socket LGA775, 1333MHz, 12MB, BOXED w/fan

    RAM
    Corsair TWIN3X 1600MHz DDR3, 4GB, DHX, Kit w/two 2GB XMS3 modules, CL7-7-7-20

    Graphic Card
    Asus Radeon HD 4870X2 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI/HDMI/HDCP

    Power Supply
    Northq Black Magic Flex 850W,Modular,80+ ATX, 135mm Fan, 12-20db

    HD

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB SATA2 32MB 7200RPM

    Cabinet
    Antec Performance P182 Miditower, Gun Metal Black Aluminum
    (21 cm x 51 cm x 52 cm)/(8.3" x 20.1" x 20.5")


    Now i wonder if it's easy to wire it all up once i recieve the parts.
    Do the parts usually come with easy-to-understand markings/numbers?

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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    By the way, the power supply has 6 molex things.
    Do people usually need more?

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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    you'll need maybe 1 molex connector these days... everythings sata, so really, you'll want as many sata power connectors as you can get... that power supply should be good... in fact, that looks like a pretty sweet build to me.

    i might go with 2 or 3 500GB HDDs instead of the single 1TB so you can set up RAID0 or RAID5 for a performance increase. other than that my only problem is i dont like the look of that case, but thats just me
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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    It's been 14 days since i ordered the parts. Will probably take another week 'til i get them because they didn't have all the parts in stock.
    i dont like the look of that case, but thats just me
    I'm not into computers that look like a disco, it'd probably just distract me and draw needless power. I'm guessing that transparent plastic wouldn't be as effective against heat as aluminum either, though i could be wrong.
    There are of course more elegant and stylish designs but in most cases they either look a bit fragile or they don't seem to provide optimal heat- and noise reduction.
    Last edited by Roy-Kr; 09-25-2008 at 11:08 AM.

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