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Final New Build

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June 26, 2008 4:58:51 PM

So here is my final new build. What does everyone think?


AMD Phenom X4 9850BE
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard
Antec Twelve Hundred Black ATX Full Tower
SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB(2)
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
PC Power & Cooling PPCT860 860w PSU
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Any suggestions or comments are very welcome!

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June 26, 2008 6:50:34 PM

you don't need an intel retention bracket for an AMD.
June 26, 2008 8:49:51 PM

PC P & C 860w PSU is far more than you need for 2x 4850 in Crossfire.
Or were you planning on going for CrossfireX 4x 4850? That would be about the right PSU size for that.
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June 26, 2008 10:15:06 PM

Does it work well with AMD processors I just read the push pin system really sucks?

Yes, I am planning on running 4 cards in crossfire eventually right now just have to stick with 2 plus will see how the 4870's are price to performance but eventually I will need the extra power in the PSU.
June 27, 2008 4:31:08 AM

only intel uses the pushpins.

what resolution are you running? you might be better with a single 4870
June 27, 2008 8:00:52 AM

I don't see the need for the 4 cards in crossfire, you've already got a powerful and pretty energy efficient system. better ways to get more performance.
June 27, 2008 11:02:46 AM

Well I agree 4 does seem like overkill I might just stick with two but keep the more powerful PSU anyway.


Oh ok I thought the push pins were for AMD too but glad to hear its not.
June 27, 2008 2:25:48 PM

heres the general rule of thumb for added performance with added cards, if your talking games that scale up faily well. in some cases a single card outperforms multiple cards.

adding a second card boost performance by about 50%
adding a third boosts an additional 10-30% many games get little to no performance gain from the third.
adding a 4th boosts by less than 10% most games are not helped at all by the 4th.

Idealy youd see +100%, +50%, and +33% for the 4th. so you are far from getting your moneys worth with crossfire or SLI
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