Ok this is the one...Please tell me this is the oNe!

Ok I am soooooo done building over 50 rigs on the egg and it is time to BUY!! So last chance to change anything and tell me why please! Thanks so much for everyones help on this mission! Here she is.
ThermalTake Armour Plus Full Tower

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (ok i know i know the 6600 and 8400 are better price/perfomance, I just want it)
G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066 (the DDR2 800 was only $8 dollars cheaper so why not the 1066?)
XIGMATEK 650W PSU (will this be enough power if and when I decide to go duel 4850 or 4870?)
ZEROtherm Nirvana 120mm CPU cooler (It was between this and the 1283 Rifle)
ZALMAN VF1000 VGA Cooler
OCZ Freeze Extreme Thermal Compound
SAPPHIRE HD 4850 (Not sure how this 4850 will fair witha 24" monitor, tempted to go 4870 route)
Acer 24" Monitor (I dont have to get a 24" and am all ears if anyone thinks I should go smaller)
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM
Total: $1800
Ok that about does it. As you can see I went with the Q9450 and I do know that the 6600 and 8400 are much cheaper about $100 dollars to be exact....but for some reason I want the 9450. Also the memory allot of people keep saying to just go with the DDR2 800 dont waste the money for the 1066, what about if the differance is only $6 dollars http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 vs. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
Now my big issue right now is the Video Card. I was going to go with HD 4850 but am having second thoughts on if it will be ok with at running 1920x1200 and look good doing it. Also is a 24' monitor the way to go for me? Questions questions...........


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  1. The 1283 Rifle is better IMO. Get it, and also the retention bracket for it.

    I'd get a Corsair 750TX PSU. Excellent quality, and powerful enough for Crossfire. Your motherboard and case support Crossfire, and your monitor demands it, so get a PSU that supports it too.

    Get a single HD 4870 now and add another later, if/when you need it. You don't really need the Zalman VF1000 for the dual-slot HD 4870 IMO, at least not as much as for the HD 4850.
  2. I think you'll be alright with that PSU. To be on the safe side you could always spend a little more and get a Corsair TX750.

    I also think you'd be happier with a 4870 for that size LCD.

    Edit: aevm beat me to it :)
  3. I think this is the power supply he was suggesting.


    Be sure if you are planning on 4870, that your power supply has the requisite 6 pin connectors (2 per card - so you'll need 4 in the future if you crossfire).

    Your build looks good. I have the 8400 and love it, but you're welcome to spend your extra $$$ wherever you'd like.
  4. Hey, I've got a very similar rig here (Q9450, 4870, 2GB DDR2-800, DS4 + 20" LCD)

    As far as the ram question goes, it depends on whether you're planning on OCing your CPU and how much. If you are OCing it to 3.2(which is what I'm doing) that would give you a 400mHz FSB, which would give you a desirable 1:1 ratio FSB to DDR ratio with DDR2-800, so it's not really necessary to get 1066 unless you're going to OC your Q9450 more than 3.2.

    The 650W PSU will probably be enough to CF 2 4800 cards, but to be safe, you might want to step it up to 750W.

    As for the monitor, it's all up to personal preference. Though with a 24" CF is a possibility to look into, if not now, then in the future. If you don't want to drop another $200 or $300 on another 48x0, then you could do with a smaller monitor and 1 video card at 1680x1050.
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