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Thanks a ton for the quick responses guys, that's why I love this board. Rep will be handed out accordingly.

It sounds like the general consensus is that the E8500/Asus P5Q board is a better deal. I realize that there's a couple flavors of P5Q, but no one seems down on this particular one so I'm cool with that. I'm also now planning on going with the GSkill DDR2 1000 mentioned above.

I'm still haven't made up my mind about which 4850 to go with: the Asus I originally picked out is the same price as the Sapphire which was also mentioned. The Asus appears to ship at some higher clock speeds when I look at the specs, though according to the user comments the Sapphire seems run a little cooler. The Visiontek is actually 30 bucks more than these guys, albeit with a lifetime warranty, but honestly I don't know if that's really worth the extra money. Any further opinions about which way to go?
Edited by jjb0070 - 11/16/08 at 3:43pm
    
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Dont go with ddr2 1000, get the OCZ ddr2 1066 that i linked, i have it running @ 1100 at stock volts.

Get the Sapphire card, you can always OC the stuff to the same clocks as the ASUS.

Either way, using a 400w PSU is going to be cutting it. Does your current PSU even have a 6pin for GPU's?
    
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Okay, so here's what I have in my shopping cart right now:

Processor/Mobo: ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard AND Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz BX80570E8500 - Retail - $266 (with $15 MIR)

RAM: OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - $81 (with $30 MIR)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB - $160 (with $20 MIR)

TOTAL: $516 shipped, $451 after MIR.
Edited by jjb0070 - 11/16/08 at 6:28pm
    
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Great Deal. You will definatly need to look at PSU's, i did an online clock for that+2hd's+2 optical s+3 fans and its coming in over 450w
    
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How many watts are we talking? 550? 600?
    
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How many watts are we talking? 550? 600?
You could easily power that system and more with the PCP&C S75QB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703009
its also on sale by a good bit.
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*laughs* Wow. I've never paid that much for a power supply in my life. I know it's 750W and all, but breaking the c-note barrier is big step for a guy who's only got 500 bucks to spend on what is basically a whole new system.

EDIT: I used this website to figure out my power needs for the new system and it calculated that only 374W are used. I agree that this seems low, but, I double-checked and haven't missed anything. Hrm. Anyone have a more reliable website I could run some numbers by?
Edited by jjb0070 - 11/16/08 at 6:17pm
    
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Thats a fairly good website, but 374 is cutting it to close for a 450, especially if you ever plan ON oc'ing.
    
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The thing about the PCP&C PSU is that even though it is expensive, it is honestly worth every penny. I have never heard of one taking out a whole rig like I have with many other brands. PCP&C makes the best PSU's on the market, and I doubt many people would dispute that claim.

With that said, PCP&C may be overkill in your situation. You would probably be just as happy with a Silverstone, Corsair, OCZ, or probably even a Thermaltake or CoolerMaster if you are sure it can pump out the voltage/wattage you need. I've caught some flack from friends for using Thermaltake and CoolerMaster PSU's before, but I have never had one die on me. They aren't as flashy as a PCP&C or Silverstone but they get the job done.
 
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The thing about the PCP&C PSU is that even though it is expensive, it is honestly worth every penny. I have never heard of one taking out a whole rig like I have with many other brands. PCP&C makes the best PSU's on the market, and I doubt many people would dispute that claim.

With that said, PCP&C may be overkill in your situation. You would probably be just as happy with a Silverstone, Corsair, OCZ, or probably even a Thermaltake or CoolerMaster if you are sure it can pump out the voltage/wattage you need. I've caught some flack from friends for using Thermaltake and CoolerMaster PSU's before, but I have never had one die on me. They aren't as flashy as a PCP&C or Silverstone but they get the job done.
Indeed. If you are going to spend the money spend it on something usefull.
    
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