parts I already own: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=6947345
case - Lian Li PC-65B
PSU - PC Power & Cooling 750W
CPU cooler - Zalman CNPS9700
sound card - Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro (grabbed it for $74 when they ran the special last week)
monitor - (not on newegg anymore) Samsung 226BW (22" 1680x1050 max res)
OS - XP 32bit for now (will upgrade to XP 64bit or Vista 64bit in the near future)
HD - I'm not sure...500GB Seagate I think?
One thing I'm not sure about is the case...it's 6-7 years old and I have no idea if everything will fit in it or not. I decided to pay a little more for the X48 mobo to eventually run two 4870's in crossfire at x16. On memory, is an extra $12.50 (when you factor in rebates) worth it to go with 4-4-4-12 over 5-5-5-18?
Any thoughts/suggestions before I finalize the deal? I haven't built a system in 6-7 years, so any advice would be greatly appreciated
DDR2-800 PC2-6400 4-4-4-12 2t 2.2v or less
Get an X38 or X48, look at Gigabyte and Asus
Hmm, Glacier...yeah, I see what you're saying...1 PCIE x16 slot motherboard + 4870X2 should be a lot cheaper than a 2 PCIE x16 slot motherboard + 2 4870's.
My reasoning is I think CF 4870's at 1680x1050 may be a bit overkill at that resolution right now, but may not be in the future. I could pay more for the mobo and get the 4870 now, and when I do decide to get a second card, it should be a lot cheaper then. Or, I could wait 30-45 days or more (I haven't seen anything on the release date or price point for the 4870X2 yet so I don't know) to possibly save some money in the long run, but is it really worth it?
I'm just guessing here but choice:
A) $270 mobo + $309 4870 card + another 4870 card a few months down the road at maybe $225-250?
B) $150 mobo + $550 (I'm guessing)
so I could maybe save $100 or so if I went with option B but I may be waiting a while...also, there's the option of going with a less expensive X38/X48 motherboard with option A
what exactly is this XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail ? what does it do and is it worth it?
It's a "bolt-up bracket" that comes with the bolts/screws. It's well worth it for the fact it allows you to install it with the applied pressure that you need for it to get a tight fit, otherwise that heatsink barely stays on there and it's so loose it doesn't do it's job like it should. That bracket should come standard with all Xigmatek coolers...it's a crap deal that they don't.
this is the other X48 board I was considering...I had heard the DFI would be better at overclocking the CPU, but if the difference is negligible and everything fits, I may go with this one instead...at $45 less, it makes the 2 PCI x16 slot mobo a little more justifiable
as for the rest of the links, I'm pretty much stuck with what I've got unless there's a strong reason to believe I should return what I have or buy new parts
I'm guessing the same...
I wonder if the 4870X2 would crossfire well with a 4870...I'm sure it'd be complete overkill initially, but might be interesting down the road