New 2k Gaming Rig post 4870/280 Release!

Ok, here she is. Please tell me what you think and any suggestions. I have put allot of thought and have waited…waited…for next GEN cards and here we are.

Thermaltake ArmorPlus ATX full tower case $204
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133056
Gigabyte-GA-X48-DS4 motherboard $224
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128336
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 chipset $329
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115042
Mushkin 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066 PC2 8500 $134
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146785
Seagate 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0 32MB Cache $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148302
HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4870 $309
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236
ABS Tagan 900W Power Supply $239
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817814013
Zalman 9700 110mm CPU cooler $53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019
Zalman VF1000 VGA cooler $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118037
Scythe S-Flex 120mm Case Fan x3 $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185005
Lite-On 20X DVD/CD Optical Drive SATA $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493
Asus 24” LCD Monitor $489
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236033
Artic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound x 2 $13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020
Total: $2261

Ok there she is. I looked highly at all reviews on the Egg and elsewhere. My budget was 2k with a monitor. I plan on adding another 4870 in Crossfire once the figure out the drivers. Please tell me what you think before I click the buy button.

Thanks,

DeepSea :bounce:
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  1. I would say that looks very nice! Well done and good luck!

    EDIT: If you want to save a bit of money, you could drop the 1066 ram and just go for 800 DDR2 as you won't notice the difference and it will save you $50

    LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231112
  2. Thanks for the help!

    DeepSea
  3. Yeah you don't need 1066 RAM *unless* you want to overclock past FSB1600.

    Great choice on the 4870. Over $300 less than the 280, but 4870 beats 280 in some benchmarks. Hell 4870 CF still costs less than 280 and really smokes it in some games.
  4. What speed RAM would be the best choice for this RIG?

    Thanks

    DeepSea
  5. Cannot really answer that question until we ask another:

    How far do you plan to overclock the Q9450?
  6. the ram is great ram... I have my ram at 1200 mhz 5 4 4 12 =D

    don't utilize it because my fsb isn't high enough... but w/e XD

    Motherboard doesn't support high fsb... doesnt' go over 450 =(
  7. 4GB G.Skill DDR2-1066 at New Egg for $85 plus free shipping. I have it in my X38, works like a champ.
  8. Ok after some more research and nukeing this to death this is what I have now.
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
    GIGABYTE-GA-DS4 X48 Motherboard
    Mushkin 4GB (2x2) DDR2 1066
    Seagate Barracuda 250 GB 32MB Cache x 2 in Raid 0
    Antec Twelve Hundred ATX Full Tower Case
    Sapphire Radeon 4870 512 MB GDDR5
    XIGMATEK 750W PSU
    LITE-ON 20X DVD/CD-R Optical Drive
    ZALMAN 9700 CPU Cooler
    ZALMAN VF1000 VGA Cooler
    ARTIC Cooler Thermal Compound MX-2 x 2
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64

    I changed the case, psu, switched from HIS 4870 to a Sapphire "realy dont know why I did that", and went with 2 smaller 250GB drives in RAID 0. I took out the monitor. This will be easier to sell to the wife! Now my price is under $1600 bones. Not bad!! I do think this is the one!

    DeepSea
  9. Skip the RAID 0- it will not increase your speed in a gaming setup- will slow down some operations and doubles your chance of failure- either drive fails all your data goes with it.

    Skip the Zalamn cooler its not that great. Get this one instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

    Unless you plan on overclocking past FSB1600 you don't need 1066 RAM. 1066 RAM has issues with some motherboards- it seems to random almost, but 800 does not have such issues. I would stick with DDR2-800 RAM.
  10. Ok tell me what you think about this?

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
    GIGABYTE-GA-DS4 X48 Motherboard
    Mushkin 4GB (2x2) DDR2 800
    Western Digital Caviar 640 GB 16MB Cache
    Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) ATX Full Tower Case
    HIS Radeon 4870 512 MB GDDR5
    XIGMATEK 750W PSU
    LITE-ON 20X DVD/CD-R Optical Drive
    XIGMATEK 1283 CPU COOLER
    XIGMATEK RETENSION BRACKETS
    ZALMAN VF1000 VGA Cooler
    ARTIC Cooler Thermal Compound MX-2
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home SP1 64bit

    Ok that about does it price now is $1500, seems good to go.

    Thanks,

    DeepSea
  11. Looks good sir. Enjoy!!
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