I am about to begin my first computer build and after a lot of research most of my questions have been answer. However, I still would appreciate some input in a few areas. Some background would probably be helpful to those reading. My budget is around $1300, I have selected the case (coolermaster 840), the cpu (core 2 duo E8500), the HD (WD 300gig velociraptor x1 (for now)), and crucial ballistix ddr2 4gb @ 800 MHz. I have decided to use ddr2 as opposed to ddr3 based on the memory latency issues i have read about with ddr3. I also want to have a MoBo with SLI in the event that i want to expand to two GPUs. All things considered, these are my questions:
What would be a good MoBo to get?
What is the function of the "chip set" in a MoBo?
I have heard the FSB is a rather important aspect to consider when looking for a MoBo. I understand that the faster the bus the better. When looking at the FSB of a MoBos I usually see two to three numbers. What do the three numbers represent and why are three given as opposed to one? (Ie: 800MHz
What would be a nice nvidia graphics card that is under $350?
Thanks to all that read and to those that respond!
Hey I recently built my own computer as well, so far you got a really nice setup. Anyway in terms of motherboard selection I would go with the XFX nForce 750i SLI Extreme Motherboard, it supports dual sli and is going for 80 dollars after rebate at compusa.com, it also supports your processor. Now about the three numbers you mentioned (800mhz 1066mhz and 1333mhz) regard the capacity of the front side bus of the mobo, so if the mobo supports 800mhz/1066mhz/1333mhz then the it will also support any memory clocked at those speeds, i believe thats how it goes.
Now the mobo chipset controls all the data that flows through the data channels (buses) of the motherboard. Its primary function is to direct this data to the correct area's of the motherboard, and therefore the correct components.
A good card under 350$ , well with 350$ you could get a pretty high end graphics card, if your looking for the latest and by that i mean dx11 support i would suggest the ati hd 5770 its well under 350 and has the latest features in terms of gaming. In fact you might be able to get 2 of those for less than 350$. If nvidia is more your thing than a geforce gts 250 will run you around 150$ give or take and is a great card, i have one and can run all kinds of games really well.
Thanks for your response. I will go check out the mobo and the graphics cards.
Checked out that MoBo... Looks really good. I like the x16 (x2) slots =)
Yeah i know, i myself am probably gonna pick one up so i can go dual sli and for the price you cant really do any better. Anyway good luck with your build and see you out there on the forums.
Nef-For you budget you could build a brand new i7 rig with a gtx 470-Why are you sticking to old dual core and slow ram? Memory latency means FAR less than the clock the memory-ddr3 at 1600 is much better performing than ddr2 800-even if the ddr2 has lower latency.
Budget-Go to newegg and pickup a gts 250 1gb for $100-150 is way overpriced. Newegg is completely dependable-do not worry about it just b.c it is an online store
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