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post #1 of 7
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Hey,

I have been lurking around the forums for the past few weeks and gaining some info. I am thinking of building a above average pc to replace my aging laptop, I dont have enough funds to buy a good laptop, so I guess a good PC will have to do. I generally dont leave my lab office, so I will be keeping the PC there. Use will be general, programming stuff, photo editing, browsing, some gaming.

So heres what I have come up with;

CPU: Intel E8400, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

Mobo: Gigabyte G31M-S2L, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128078

RAM: OCZ HPC 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227267

HDD: Western Digital 640gb

Case and Power Supply: Antec 300 and Antec EarthWatts 500W

And extra stuff like dvd burner, keyboard, mouse, will be arranged from here and there.
(I do plan to add a nice video card if I have funds after 2-3 months)

I have few questions:
1) Will this system survive for like 1-1.5 yrs? Or will it be obsolete soon, I know Nehalem is coming, hence I dont want to put much money in now.

2) How would this overclock? I have read that the mobo though cheap is a good overclocker. Exactly where will it fall short? (compared to hi-end mobos)

3) Any other issues I might face with this selection?

4) Any other suggestions?

Thanks a lot!!
post #2 of 7
The gaming capability will depend on what video card you choose.

However, the CPU choice is a good one and I wouldn't worry about it becoming obsolete with Nehalem coming out. The E8400 should overclock pretty nicely, though I'll leave any comments on the particular board for someone more knowledgable.
post #3 of 7
hi and welcome to OCN

1) it will be good for a few years (cpu atleast) graphics card is a different story, depending on which one you decide to pick up

2) get this board instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059

proven as a good Overclocker

3) you have not added a graphics card or ram

4) good deal on antec modular PSU:
http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...-watt-psu.html

if you plan on getting it, get it before deal expires

also good HSF is required for high overclocks:
one good that won't break the pocket is:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003

graphics card i would recommend is the HD4850, since it gives you good performance for only $150
Edited by this n00b again - 7/7/08 at 8:13pm
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post #4 of 7
The G31 has onboard video (that sucks)

Pay $70 for a P35 (the G31 mb's suck at oc'ing)
post #5 of 7
That system should last a while. Also, get a 4850, it is a reasonable priced card that gives good performance.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies guys.

The thing is I just want a good functioning system at the moment, I will add the extra stuff like cooling and video card some time down the line.

I have read that this mobo is pretty good, I just dont know where it lacks in the OC capability. I can do with the onboard video for some time and then add a good card later. The build would be kinda work in progress
post #7 of 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128337

Just get this board.

I've got the one before this and I'm pushing 450 FSB for 10 months now.
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