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June 21, 2008 12:46:27 AM

Here is my tentative system. I am looking to staying in the 1200-1300 price range. I already have an 80 G internal HD, along with an external soundcard with good speakers. Please hit me up with any advice to changes I should make.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115042 $329.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail


MOTHERBOARD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128336 $224.99
GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
149.99

MEMORY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820146731 $89.99 ($74.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125224 $199.99
GIGABYTE GV-R485-512H-B Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125224 $199.99
GIGABYTE GV-R485-512H-B Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006 $129.99 ($119.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail

Thermal Compound: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0&Tpk=mx-2 $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail


CD/DVD BURNER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
37.99

CPU Heatsink/Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
36.99


External Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital My Passport Elite WDML2500TN 250GB USB 2.0 Titanium External Hard Drive - Retail
129.99

Case: Unknown. What would work best for this build?

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June 21, 2008 12:53:32 AM

Everything looks good.

As for the 2 motherboard choices, it depends on if you run crossfire, or plan to upgrade to cf at a later time. P45's pcie runs in 8x instead of x38/x48's 16x when in crossfire. Apparently, 4850 is fast enough to make this a major bottleneck:
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1472/7/page_7_benchma...

If you only run one card, the p45 board is just as good and cost less.
June 21, 2008 12:57:27 AM

+1 for dagger...

x48 if you want to Crossfire P45 otherwise.

Remember, unless you game at over 1920x1200 Crossfire is not really required, as the benefit seen will not be huge.
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June 21, 2008 1:03:37 AM

shadowduck said:

Remember, unless you game at over 1920x1200 Crossfire is not really required, as the benefit seen will not be huge.

It could be useful for future upgrading though. That 1920x1200 current limit will get lower as game graphics improve. Add a second card later may be a cheaper way to upgrade than getting a new next generation card and scrap the old one.
June 21, 2008 1:04:04 AM

I should have mentioned I currently am using a 24 Inch Westington monitor at very high resolutions, so I think crossfire would be needed.

I need advice on a case. Also I am wondering what the best Keyboard/Mouse combo is for gaming/price. Thanks.
June 21, 2008 1:05:25 AM

I will give you that.

However adding a second card later is most always a bad option because of how often video cards advance. Figure in a year you add another 4850 at say $100. You are at $300, when the 5850 or whatever comes out at 199 and beats your setup good. Oops.
June 21, 2008 1:18:15 AM

shadowduck said:
I will give you that.

However adding a second card later is most always a bad option because of how often video cards advance. Figure in a year you add another 4850 at say $100. You are at $300, when the 5850 or whatever comes out at 199 and beats your setup good. Oops.

It doesn't work that way. If a new card at the time cost $100, it doesn't add with the old one to make total $300. What you are spending is still just $100. You also won't be able to sell that old one for $200, considering the price for it then would be $100 unused, no one will buy it for more than $70 used. Also, judging by today's price/performance ratio, that dual will certainly outperform the newer single.

As for case, ideally, use a case with mesh front for best cooling. Lets the breeze through. :p 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 21, 2008 1:31:01 AM

Ok dagger.

Well for Crossfire I don't have as many issues and I would SLI. :) 
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