Do I want to get a QX9650? or just overclock a Q9450?
Which motherboard to get? Obviously depends on the graphics cards I use!
Graphics cards? If I'm going to get an ATI I want the 4870x2 that's not out yet, so in the meantime should I just buy a 9800Gx2? I can give it to my brother after to use. Or maybe I can buy 2x 4850's and give those to him after (his mobo is a crossfire board)? REALLY not sure what to do! I've even considered getting two GTX280's. This is one area I need some advice!
Hard drives? Two velociraptors in raid 0? or Two 1 TB Samsung F1 drives?
Once I decide on components I can put all this on order! I'll order the case ahead of time because my friend is going to be painting it for me and I may get the inside powder coated.
I'm also doing full water cooling with an air conditioned radiator that I can stick outside in the winter!
Thanks for the replies so far, seems most people are going to have a variation of the same basic build in mind.
So, you seem to mostly agree that the ATI 4800 serires is better value, and while I do agree, I have to consider the fact that IF the 4870x2's come out and they are kick ass then I will be getting two of them and whatever I have in my computer atm will be a gift for my brother. So should I still get two 4870's?
Nobody suggests the QX9650 processor, and personally I think I agree, but what's going to be the difference in performance on a moderate but stable water cooled overclock? Also is the unlocked multiplier worth it for getting the ratios correct?
I'm getting the 1300w PSU no doubt. I always make it a priority in my systems and because of that I've NEVER been in a situation where I had to buy a new power suppy because I upgrade graphics cards. Actually I've even kept PSU's from one build to the next.
Finally the HDD's if I get the two velociraptors I'll be adding a 1TB hard drive as backup either way. I do HD video editing and will probably keep adding hard drives to help support my media server