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I posted a few weeks ago about building a new PC and I am going to start very soon. After some research I think I have a pretty good build so far, but want to know what type of improvements you would reccomend. I am doing a straight core build and only need the following: Motherboard, RAM, CPU and Video Card and I am going to grab some after market cooling as well. Please make any adjustments you think are better then what I have in a reasonable price range, roughly 100-175$. It looks like this will run about 550$, no rebates included, so I am thinking if there are some components that you think are worth the upgrade please let me know. This build will be used for gaming, mostly, and some other photo applications. Thanks in advance!!

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E4500 - Retail

GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804

Motherboard: ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

After market cooling: "undecided"
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post #2 of 9
looks pretty good but why not get a better board maker like DFI or something.
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post #3 of 9
Looks good but I'd suggest:

Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz for $79.99 would be a better option and overclocks to way over 3 Ghz

The graphics card looks good as well as the 8800s are a beast at the moment however with the money you have now saved on the CPU, go for a MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC which is $199.99 after the MIR.

Otherwise looking good
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by NrGx View Post
Looks good but I'd suggest:

Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz for $79.99 would be a better option and overclocks to way over 3 Ghz

The graphics card looks good as well as the 8800s are a beast at the moment however with the money you have now saved on the CPU, go for a MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC which is $199.99 after the MIR.

Otherwise looking good

it has a low cache compared to the one he chose so i would keep the one the OP choose.
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post #5 of 9
actually the ABit IP35 is fine. For after market cooling buy something like arctic cooling freezer 7 or zalman 9700NTS.
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
it has a low cache compared to the one he chose so i would keep the one the OP choose.
For $30? I wouldn't. Especially since there have been reports of the E4500 having a wall at 3Ghz. As for the cache, it doesn't make much of a difference.

My E2160 keeps up with my mates E6300 without a problem at the same clock speed.

The E4500 also has a lower multiplier if I recall correctly and with the DDR2-800 ram he has chosen the 10x multi of the E2180 would be a blessing.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by NrGx View Post
For $30? I wouldn't. Especially since there have been reports of the E4500 having a wall at 3Ghz. As for the cache, it doesn't make much of a difference.

My E2160 keeps up with my mates E6300 without a problem at the same clock speed.

The E4500 also has a lower multiplier if I recall correctly and with the DDR2-800 ram he has chosen the 10x multi of the E2180 would be a blessing.
That makes sense. I am looking for a good OC'er, so if it costs a bit more for the CPU then that is fine. Why go with a cheaper one aside from a more expensive one?
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by NrGx View Post
For $30? I wouldn't. Especially since there have been reports of the E4500 having a wall at 3Ghz. As for the cache, it doesn't make much of a difference.

My E2160 keeps up with my mates E6300 without a problem at the same clock speed.

The E4500 also has a lower multiplier if I recall correctly and with the DDR2-800 ram he has chosen the 10x multi of the E2180 would be a blessing.
cache makes a world of a difference. i went from a E6600 to my E8400 and ran my E6600 at 3.2 and i kept my 8400 at sctock and it just destroyed my E6600 in every test and it was running slower.
Lurking Ninja
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Intel Core i7 920 D0 3849B203 4.0GHz/1.164 Evga X58 Classified E759/Koolance X58/BIX 120 TRI SLI GTX 285s.** 6GB 3x2 OCZ Gold 1600mhz 
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Lurking Ninja
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD3200AAKS (RAID0), 1tb AALS Samsumg Wrigtmaster Sb 204/182 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Gateway HD2401 24" 
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soft cotton? 
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
cache makes a world of a difference. i went from a E6600 to my E8400 and ran my E6600 at 3.2 and i kept my 8400 at sctock and it just destroyed my E6600 in every test and it was running slower.
http://www23.tomshardware.com/charts17/876-1097-419.png

Now consider the fact that the E2xxx series is known to be a better overclocker. Linskingdom has one at 3.7 Ghz.
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