Build yet another Gaming PC

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
February 5, 2009 at 05:11:08
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.999 GHz / 2046 MB
Hi my cousins wants a pc, he has stated he wants to play online games and do lots of video editing.

Ok so he was speaking with a few people and has decided his requirements are

- DDR3 memory
- Quad processor
- SLI configuration

i have found a motherboard but wanted your opinions, i know i do this often but, i do some research but cannot always decide if i am making a good choice.

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Ultra Durable 3

Only problem with this is it doesnt take DDR3 but looks like a decent board, i read about it on Toms hardware guid.

Can some possibly suggest and alternative maybe? that can take DDR3 and SLI?

one thing i dont know is, is the P45 chipset a good one?

Thanks,


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#1
February 5, 2009 at 06:05:54
To get into DDR3 you'd need to go with a Core i7 CPU, X58 board & three sticks of RAM for triple channel mode. As you can image, it will be very expensive. If you're not gonna go "all out", stay away from DDR3 setups. There's no point running DDR3 with a Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. And see if you can talk him out of SLi.

But to answer your question...yes, the Intel P45 is a very good chipset.


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#2
February 5, 2009 at 11:35:15
yeah SLI = unnecessary. a single high end video card will cost and perform about the same (or better) as 2 midrange cards, require less power, and produce less heat.

DDR3 performance advantage over DDR2 is minimal, and it is WAY more expensive.


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#3
February 6, 2009 at 03:37:16
Thank you for the information, so ok i have convinced him that SLI isnt worth it and that DDR3 is not worth having yet. so my question now is what board do you think is "best" for gaming at the mo?

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Ultra Durable 3

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

what are your views on this?

what about a graphics card? i like Nvidia myself but dont know what to look for. i have a 8800 640mb ram on it but Jam you told me before that this wasnt the best card, so im not very good at identiying great card any advice? or links to some articles? u usually have some very good links.

Thanks,


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