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    Default Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    Figured i'd build my own PC but i hardly know anything about hardware.

    I looked up some parts on the net and i'd like to know if they'd be ideal for a gaming computer, if they're fully compatible, or if i'd be better off with something else.


    Motherboard
    EVGA nForce-790i Ultra SLI, DDR3 Socket-775, 2xGbLAN, 3xPCI-Ex(2.0)16
    or
    XFX nForce-790i Ultra SLI, DDR3 Socket-775, 2xGbLAN, 3xPCI-Ex(2.0)16

    What's the difference?

    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3,00 GHz, Socket 775, 12MB, 1333MHz, Boxed w/Fan

    Graphic Card
    MSI GeForce 9600GT 2GB GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI-I/HDCP

    RAM
    Corsair Dominator TWIN3X 2000MHz DDR3, 4GB, DHX, FAN, (KIT),CL9-9-9-24


    Got no idea what i'd need when it comes to power supply, sound card, cabinet, extra cooling, etc.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Looks Good, Dont buy a cheap Power Supply!!!

    And try to get a decent one with a Single 12V rail.

    If you do not plan to run 2 Nvidia Based cards in SLI, I would suggest against a SLI board though

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    Quality single-rail power suplies are getting hard to find since the latest ATX standard requires a PSU to have at least 2 12v rails.
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    I would never buy any Nvidia based chipset board in this day and age. There has not been an Nvidia chipset worth buying since the NForce 4. Get a motherboard with the P45 chipset, get a 9450 Quad and a HD4870 and it will be cheaper and easily destroy what you are choosing for parts in ANY game.
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    Thanks for the replies so far.
    I'll look over it again once i get home from work.

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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    How's this then?

    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

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

    Power Supply
    Corsair Powersupply 750W Black, ATX/EPS, 140mm Fan, 8xSATA, SLI

    HD

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB SATA2 32MB 7200RPM

    Speakers
    Logitech Z-5500

    UPS
    APC Essential Surge Arrest


    Before deciding on the RAM i want to know if it's a waste to have over 1600 MHz when it says that's the max of the motherboard.

    Thanks a lot.
    i got the idea of making a computer yesterday and i already feel close to an outcome.

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    Default Re: Gaming PC: choice and compatibility?

    is there no way to edit my posts here? i made a mistake and wrote UPS where it should be lightning guard extension or something.

    Can also mention that i'll be using a 37" LCD HDTV as my monitor.

    I've heard i have to use vista to make full use of the RAM because XP is capped at 2GB or something. Is that the case?

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    Well for one that is just the tested speed of the board for ram, so you would be fine with faster it just may not be stable until a future BIOS release is all.

    Yes, you can edit, should be right beside the quote button.

    No, vista and XP 32bit are both limited to 3-3.2GB ram depending on your graphics card, it is a 32bit system limit not a Operating system limit. To use 4GB or more fully you will have to use 64bit XP or Vista. And with the card listed above if you use 4GB and a 32bit system your system will only be able to use 2GB or less then, of your Regular memory. So if you want to keep that card you will almost have to use 64bit system. XP or Vista.

    Whoever told you that must be confused about some vista things. Vista SP1 allows the system to properly "SHOW" the amount of ram $gb and above, but is still limited to 3.0-3.2 or less depending. It is a mathematical situation, not a limit by the system

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    Neat-o, i'll try to get my hands on 64bit XP and see how it goes.

    No edit button there. Could it be 'cause i'm new?

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    Ya, It could be because you are new, or maybe you are using a adblocker and it blocks the image? But likely new I would assume

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