New PC spec - any problems please?

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Hi, I'm going to order my new system which will mainly be for gaming, & I wanted a pretty beefy piece of kit that'll last me - here's what I proposed to get, could anyone let me know if they think any part is poorly balanced/matched please? I was particularly wondering if the processor is powerful enough to make good use of the graphics cards, as I want to run games maxed out at 1600x1200. ANy feedback would also be great thanks!

Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Socket 775 (2.66GHz) FSB1333 6MB Cache
Sapphire HD 3870 XT 512MB GDDR4 x2 in Crossfire
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory REAPER EDITION CL4
Foxconn P35A-S iP35 Socket 775 Mobo Crossfire Compatible
Arctic Power 500W PSU
Seagate SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache

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Looks good to me. Your processor should be fine in handling 2 video cards like that. Your power supply on the other hand might not.

Just make sure it has enough cables or connectors for everything.
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why don't you just throw in a quad core? I've got one and I am so happy about it ... and yes, merlyn is right, that power supply will never handle 2 of those beefy cards ...

also imo intel and nvidia run better together where as amd and ati run better together ... so I would either look at getting 2 GeForce8800 ultra's or going for the amd quad or the amd dual64 processor ...
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Thanks for the replies both, will definitely increase PSU then.
righteous_, cheers, I'll have a look at some quad-cores before finalising- 2 8800's is beyond my price range sadly.

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what os are you going to be running?
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monsieur_le_christophe wrote:
Sapphire HD 3870 XT 512MB GDDR4 x2 in Crossfire


please note that it is not a Crossfire configuration if you only have one video card. Crossfire need at least two ATI video card.

you may consider newer Wolfdale Core 2 processors. its based on 45 nm architectures and run on blazing 3.0+ ghz clock speed with very wide 1333Mhz front side bus.

RT is right. ATI, like Radeon HD3870 X2 would run at best with AMD processors, as GeForce would run top with an intel.
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quad cores are all good but not really for gaming as most games (atm) are only coded to run on 2 cores , but it will not be long before they are. if you don;t have the money go for a dual core other wise quad core all the way :P
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As others already mentioned you'll need more power (maybe 700W)?

Also what case or extra cooling do you plan on getting?

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