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I am going to build a friend a decent gaming machine for under $1500 CAD.

The parts I've looked at are:
CPU: AMD Opteron 248 2.2 GHz Socket 940 1MB L2 Cache (Retail Box) $429

OR

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2GHz Dual Core Socket 939 512K L2 Cache ( Retail Box ) $435

Mobo: DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D nForce4 Ultra Chipset Socket 939 Dual Xpress Graphics Supported Dual-Ch DDR 8-Ch Audio Raid 0/1 IEEE 1394 Dual GB Lan $160

RAM: OCZ PC-3200 DDR400 Enhanced Latency Gold Edition 1GB (2x512MB) Dual Channel Kit CAS2 (OCZ4001024ELDCGE-K) $193

PSU: Enermax EG-495P-VE SFMA NoiseTaker P Series 485 Watt ATX Power Supply w/ Dual Fan, Smart Fan, P4, SATA $90

Video Card: Leadtek PX7800GT TDH MyVIVO Extreme SLI Ready nVidia GeForce 7800GT(450MHz) 256MB DDR3 (525MHz) HDtv-Out/DVI-I PCI Express Video Card $420

HD: Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA/150 100GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache (OEM) X 2 probably in a RAID config $72 X 2

That's it. He doesn't want to nor need to OC very much, so I'll just OC a bit on stock cooling. This machine is purely for gaming plus some school work. See anything wrong with this build?
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" The parts I've looked at are:
CPU: AMD Opteron 248 2.2 GHz Socket 940 1MB L2 Cache (Retail Box) $429"
NOT A 940 Opty!!!!!
They are the older "Server Only" design. You want a 939 pin CPU!
In the Opty series you want the "Denmark" series 939! The 175 @ 2.2 would be the = you seek
A good referance to the optys...
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionar...icroprocessors
For the Athlons 64s...
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionar...icroprocessors
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke
" The parts I've looked at are:
CPU: AMD Opteron 248 2.2 GHz Socket 940 1MB L2 Cache (Retail Box) $429"
NOT A 940 Opty!!!!!
They are the older "Server Only" design. You want a 939 pin CPU!
In the Opty series you want the "Denmark" series 939! The 175 @ 2.2 would be the = you seek
A good referance to the optys...
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionar...icroprocessors
For the Athlons 64s...
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionar...icroprocessors
K thx, but I'll go with fx-55 anyways just because it's a gaming machine.

Should I still stick with dual core just to be future-proof for future dual-core support games?
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I don't think it's a good idea to mix that ram and that motherboard. Perhaps take a look at some G SKill or Geil. I believe that OCZ is the VX series,correct? If so, you're opening yourself up to the cold boot bug.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472
I don't think it's a good idea to mix that ram and that motherboard. Perhaps take a look at some G SKill or Geil. I believe that OCZ is the VX series,correct? If so, you're opening yourself up to the cold boot bug.
Okay, thx for the tip. I'll be getting some Geil ddr kit then.
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