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https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...spx?ID=7679811

I already have an x1950xt, and 2gb of ddr2 533 ram to put into this setup, Will upgrade video card and ram sometime this summer.

Just want the best bang for my buck for under $400 cpu,case,psu,mobo.

Also, if you guys have any first time building suggestions such as Helpful tips or reminders, let me know, very anxious to order this build, but want to get some approvals first, I would have went to caleague, but you guys know MUCH MORE! <3 overclock.net
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I have to create a new account in order to see the setup... could you post items links?
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Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128337
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341012
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068
1 extra gig of: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161636 (2x512MB) making a total of 3GB ddr2 533 *

* I have 2gb ddr2 533 *
* I have x1950xt *
* I have dvd-rom drive *
* I have cd-rom drive *
* I have 80gb hard drive from old dell (ide) *

Wondering if I will be able to cleanly install windows xp pro 64 bit on there also..

With 3gb of ram do I need to get 64bit or do you guys suggest going 32-bit?

ne thing I am wondering about is how far I will be able to push my ram considering it will be a ddr2 1066 board, and how far I will be able to push my e8400. I'm seeing a lot of 3.8's but looks like people can go higher.
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all the parts look good... except for the rams... might bottle neck the performance of the cpu... maybe u want to look for a cheap 2gb ddr2 800?
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Originally Posted by Walsh View Post
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128337
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341012
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068
1 extra gig of: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161636 (2x512MB) making a total of 3GB ddr2 533 *

* I have 2gb ddr2 533 *
* I have x1950xt *
* I have dvd-rom drive *
* I have cd-rom drive *
* I have 80gb hard drive from old dell (ide) *

Wondering if I will be able to cleanly install windows xp pro 64 bit on there also..

With 3gb of ram do I need to get 64bit or do you guys suggest going 32-bit?

ne thing I am wondering about is how far I will be able to push my ram considering it will be a ddr2 1066 board, and how far I will be able to push my e8400. I'm seeing a lot of 3.8's but looks like people can go higher.
The E8400 is a 1333 CPU (333 actual FSB). That means at a minimum, you will need DDR2 667 ram. But dont waste your money even on 667. If you want to OC, get DDR2 800. The 2x1 Gb Ballistix are $27 after $25 MIR.

As for the old parts you have, you will need a SATA HDD or a SATA DVD drive. The P35 chipset boards do not natively have IDE, so there is only one IDE connector. Since having the HDD and DVD drive on the same cable will slow down the HDD, you should have the HDD seperate if at all possible.

As for your question about x64 and ram, the 32 bit OS can support a max of 4 GB including your video card. So if you have a 512Mb video card, you can use approx 3.5Gb of ram. I would recommend getting Vista 64 anyways as it is a great OS.
Edited by ericeod - 6/5/08 at 11:44pm
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The E8400 is a 1333 CPU (333 actual FSB). That means at a minimum, you will need DDR2 667 ram. But dont waste your money even on 667. If you want to OC, get DDR2 800. The 2x1 Gb Ballistix are $27 after $25 MIR.

As for the old parts you have, you will need a SATA HDD or a SATA DVD drive. The P35 chipset bpards do not natively have IDE, so there is only one IDE connector. Since having the HDD and DVD drive on the same cable will slow down the HDD, you should have the HDD seperate if at all possible.

As for your question about x64 and ram, the 32 bit OS can support a max of 4 GB including your video card. So if you have a 512Mb video card, you can use approx 3.5Gb of ram. I would recommend getting Vista 64 anyways as it is a great OS.
Ok, Do you think you could hook me up with the best full build w/o graphics card for under $500 then?
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Ok, Do you think you could hook me up with the best full build w/o graphics card for under $500 then?
How about this?

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail: $132
Ram - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800: $27 after $25 MIR
MB - GIGABYTE GA-P35-S3G LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail: $75
PSU - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply Retail: $55 after $30 MIR
HDD - Western Digital SATA 250Gb AAKS OEM: $60
DVD Burner - Samsung Dual Layer SATA Driver OEM: $27

Case - Cooler Master CM 690 (refurbished): $32

With rebates, this setup is $408. The case is an amazing case IMO.
Edited by ericeod - 6/6/08 at 12:01am
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Save some cash by dropping the E8400 for the E7200. That way you can invest the money in buying some ram with a better IC.
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I'd change few things

Rig Components:
Cost: $405

I strongly suggest you get new pair of RAM sticks for overclocking purposes.

edit: add RAM as ericeod suggested
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Save some cash by dropping the E8400 for the E7200. That way you can invest the money in buying some ram with a better IC.
the e8400 is really something I want to include in this build considering I will be upgrading to a better video card this summer.


and we all know an

e8400 + 8800 is a sick setup

and can the ram be one stick? or Do i have to have two sticks? Like one (2gb) or (2x1gb)
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