Fujitsu Lifebook P727 laptop review
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
Would OCZ 4GB (2X2gb) ddr2 1066MHz RAM be better then? Also how much better would the 4770 or 4850 be?
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
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?
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
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?
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
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?
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.
"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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