Are these Components Compatible?

  Clary31 16:23 13 Aug 2009

I am buying parts to build a computer with. Well my friend is building it. I think the components are compatible but I'm not an expert, like some of you. So I just need people to confirm they are compatible, before I go spending £500-£600. Here are the parts:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400
RAM: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz
Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon 4830 HD 512MB
Hard Drive: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB
Optical Drive: LG GH22LP20
PSU: Corsair 650W TX
Case: CM Storm Scout

  alan2273 18:37 13 Aug 2009

They are all compatible, but your board will support DDR2 1066 memory and a 4770 or a 4850 would be a better choice than a 4830

  Clary31 18:40 13 Aug 2009

Would OCZ 4GB (2X2gb) ddr2 1066MHz RAM be better then? Also how much better would the 4770 or 4850 be?

  GaT7 18:47 13 Aug 2009

800Mhz RAM is very acceptable, & higher frequency stuff only required if you plan to do some heavy overclocking (get a good aftermarket cooler if doing the latter. e.g. an Akasa Nero click here).

I agree with alan2273's graphics suggestion though - a 4770 / 4850 probably costs only a little more & is worth the extra. How much are you going to be paying for that 4830? A 4850/4770 costs from £77 upwards click here or click here, click here, click here (1Gb), click here. G

  Clary31 19:06 13 Aug 2009

So I don't need to bother with the 1066MHz RAM?

It will cost me about £80. Also which is better out of the two? Price-performance wise. And would both card fit and be compatible with my system I have chosen so far?

  GaT7 19:22 13 Aug 2009

Well, a 4850/4770 costs the same. There's very little between the 4770 & 4850, but seeing as the 4770 is at least £6 more at the moment, I'd go with the 4850. The 4770 runs slightly cooler though & uses less power (not that your Corsair PSU will be complaining even if you were to run 3 cards at the same time!).

As with the 4830, both cards are ATI & CrossfireX-enabled (i.e. if you ever felt like running 2x cards in the future click here). But for this you'll need a CrossfireX board, & I'd suggest getting one if it's the same price. E.g. a DFI Blood Iron BI P45-T2RS click here for £75. G

  Clary31 19:30 13 Aug 2009

I can get the 8450 for £80 off of eBuyer. So I think I will be getting that. Its the sapphire version.

I don't think I will be needing 2 cards. So no need for a crossfire board. Do you know if my board is good though? From reviews it seems to be mainly positive stuff said about it.

Also if I can get the 1066MHZ RAM about £10 more is it worth it?

  GaT7 19:46 13 Aug 2009

You'll get an extra year's warranty with the Asus click here. The Sapphire comes with a 2-year warranty.

Getting a CrossfireX board will give you an option if you ever felt the need to upgrade to two in the future. It's merely an option - you can still run one card perfectly well for now. The Gigabyte board you've chosen is a good choice, although you could save some money & get a cheaper one with a single PCI-E slot: e.g. an ASUS P5QL PRO click here or MSI P45D3 Neo-F click here.

Well, if the RAM is of the same/similar quality brand, then why not?! G

  Clary31 20:02 13 Aug 2009

I think I will stick with the Gigabyte board. I'm going with the OCZ 4GB (2X2gb) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 Platinum Memory CL5 RAM, instead of the OCZ 800MHz Titanium RAM.

Is there much difference between the asus and sapphire card?

  citadel 20:16 13 Aug 2009

f1 hard drive is faster unless you are building a media centre where the f2 will be quieter and cooler as it spins at 5400.

  GaT7 20:18 13 Aug 2009

"Is there much difference between the asus and sapphire card?" - none that I can see, except for the cooling fan & the warranty period. G

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