do these parts match well for a build?

June 8, 2009 at 11:32:15
Specs: XP
Upgrading my pc and just wondering if these parts are a good match for each other.

Will use existing hd, 2 dvd burners, x-fi sound card, 9800 gt

CPU - quad core either 3.0 or 3.2 ghz (I do a lot of multitasking and photoshop too) not sure whether to do amd or intel, the amd is a lot more affordable though

mobo - whatever combo deal newegg has for the cpu, asus board though they always last forever with me

ram - 2x2gb ddr2 1066 if possible, I heard something about amd on asus boards having an issue with 1066? (on xp so no point in going over 4gb)

case, this one assuming it'll all fit

psu - this is in a combo with the case
Is 750w enough power to be future proof for 2 hds, 2 burners, 1 sound card, 1-2 video cards, quade core, 8gb ram, multiple fans

I need a recommendation for a heatsink/cooler for a quad core, not sure what to use, only thing is it has to be quiet! I cant stand how loud the current cpu fan is.

Now as far as gaming go, would a 3.0-3.2ghz quad core, 4gb 1066 ram, and a 9800gt (think it's 512) be enough to run max settings on empire total war etc right now?


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June 8, 2009 at 11:54:27
I tend not to comment on cases. I'm sure that one is well made, but I don't like the design...a bit pricey too. If your current system has a 9800GT, it can't be too old. How about listing your current CPU/board/RAM for comparison's sake?

You're going to have to decide on AMD or Intel, then you can choose a motherboard. Don't limit yourself to combo deals because they don't always offer the best board options.

DDR2-1066 should be used with an AMD quad but it's not absolutely necessary for an Intel depends on the CPU FSB & whether you plan on overclocking.

The PSU is a good one but once again, it's a bit pricey. And you probably don't need a 750W unit. ZipZoomFly has some good rebate deals on PC Power & Cooling units...have a look:

The 610W unit should be more than sufficient. Here it is at's only $5 more but no free shipping:

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June 8, 2009 at 12:19:16
Well my current setup is a single core 3.0ghz intel, 431w psu, and I dont remember the mobo model number but it only has pci-e x16 1.0, the ram is 1.5gb of ddr, probably pc3200 or so.

My current case is probably close to 10 years old and it's also an antec case, it's taken a heck of a beating and I swear by those things. I liked that one over the $50 one because of the excessive number of fans in the case, i'm not sure just how warm all these parts are going to run really and I currently have to have the side panel of my case open with a small box fan on it when it gets really warm.

As for the psu, I was considering going with an enermax again because that's the kind I have and it ran fine even when pushed past the amp limit to run my 9800gt. I dont mind paying a little more upfront for a good psu, the one before my enermax blew out and cause me a lot of problems. So around 600w is all i'll need even to be future proofed?

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June 8, 2009 at 12:32:12
Looked at the lower model antec case more and decided to go with that one, my current case takes a beating because it's all metal, the higher end antec had a plastic window which I decided to avoid.
New case

Which has a combo with an antec 650w psu

For my CPU it's either the amd 3.0 or 3.2 quad core or the intel 3.0. The intel is a LOT more expensive then even the amd 3.2ghz. Which is going to be faster, the amd 3.2 or the intel 3.0?

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