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  1. #1
    Aug 2003
    Toronto, Canada

    Looking to replace my aging desktop

    Hi folks,

    I'm looking to replace my aging desktop in my sig. It's treated me well for years now, but I think it's time for it to be put out to pasture.
    Yes, I do have a powerful HTPC, but it's not exactly comfortable to do work or even just general browsing for long periods of time on the HTPC.

    I'm considering a dual core Intel CPU with I guess a crossfire capable motherboard, just in case I get the urge to game, but I really have no clue where to start.

    Not looking for anything as high end as my Asus Maximus board, and actually, I'd like to stay away from Asus for this build.

    I'd really appreciate some recommendations on what motherboard and Intel CPU to go with and from there I can pretty much find the rest of the parts, which some will just be transplanted from my current desktop (ie: HDD, Optical drives).


    Desktop PC
    Asus P8P67 Deluxe
    Intel i7-2600k @ 4.5 GHz
    Corsair H100 w/2x Scythe GT AP15
    16GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws-X (9-9-9-24-2N)
    MSI GTX 680 Lightning @ 1370/6568
    Crucial M4 256GB
    WD Caviar Black 1TB
    LG GGC-H20L
    Pioneer BDR-205
    Seasonic M12D-850W
    Corsair Obsidian 650D
    Dell U2711

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R
    Intel E8500
    Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro + MX-2
    4GB OCZ Platinum XTC 6400 (5-4-4-15)
    HIS Radeon HD4850 w/Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo
    WD 6400AAKS 640GB
    LG GGC-H20L BD/HD Combo drive
    Corsair HX520W PSU
    Silverstone Grandia GD01B-MXR w/2x Noctua NF-R8

  2. #2
    Aug 2003
    Toronto, Canada

    Re: Looking to replace my aging desktop

    Well, I'm thinking of the following, I'd really appreciate any feedback at all.

    Gigabyte EP45-DS4P motherboard
    Intel E8400 Processor
    OCZ Reaper Hpc Edition PC2-8500 DDR2 4GB

    Throwing in an HIS Radeon 4850 video card...

    Planning to keep my OCZ ModStream 520W, hopefully that should suffice?
    Last edited by Eluder; 07-16-2008 at 07:21 PM.

  3. #3
    Oct 2007
    Oshawa, Ontario

    Re: Looking to replace my aging desktop

    That should make for a good build, everything looks good.

  4. #4
    Aug 2003
    Toronto, Canada

    Re: Looking to replace my aging desktop

    Thanks, although to be honest, after a little more research, I became a tad skeptical since the board doesn't support x16 on the second pci-e slot when going crossfire. It looks like I'd have to go x38/x48 to get that feature... which is probably more than I'd like to spend on a board right now.

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