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January 7, 2008 5:04:14 PM

Hello all. Thank you in advance for any advice. I ordered everything that i need for a new setup from newegg except the video card. The components should be arriving today. Here is the setup.

Intel E6750

ASUS Maximus Formula

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2x2GB)

PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610

CPU Cooler
Zalman 9700

Coolermaster Stacker 832

DVD Writers

Ok here is my question. I was originally planning on getting the GPU
Gigabyte 8800gt but I have been thinking lately that a 3870 card might be a better idea since my motherboard supports crossfire and i could always put another 3870 in at a later time. I mainly just play WoW and am also considering trying Age of Conan and Warhammer when they come out. I could end up getting Crysis but that is not a real concern for me as i am on the fence for it.

Second question is should I throw in any old pci gpu for a few weeks while I get the cpu overclock stable (I am a newbie at overclocking and plan to take it slow) and wait for the dual core 3870's or the Saphire Atomic 3870? I have been looking around for a guestimate of a release date for these but have just found soon.

Thanks again for any advice

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January 7, 2008 6:41:06 PM

I would go for the 3870 purley because you have a crossfire board and it would be daft to loose the option of putting another in at a later date.
Also either card will destroy WOW etc, so it may be worth thinking about getting a 3850 instead,cheaper,scales well in crossfire, reported to oc well and will also handle WOW etc with ease.
I havent done it myself but the Intel chips are said to be laughably easy to overclock so i wouldnt worry about it besides you cant really bench it properly unless you have the right card in it .