My New $2000 build please critique v. Noobie builder

Sup people?
I'm a lurker of this forum and finally decided to sign up and post my plans for a setup.

I've started purchasing parts for my new build...

This is what I already bought:

Intel Q9450

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, ULC, CE, CB, RoHS - Retail

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail

Antec 1200 Case

Still need to buy:

Storage drive looking around 750gb. What do you guys recommend?

Video card probably going to get a 4870. My question is what is the difference between all the brands?
Visiontex, Sapphire, Diamond etc

Recommend me a DVD drive/recorder. Is pioneer any good?

Need an All in one card reader, which is good?

Now here is my big question. Is my ram not any good with my mother board and processor combo?
After doing more reading everyone keeps saying to get ddr2-800 to get a 1:1 ratio if i plan to OC to 3.2. Is ddr2-1066 not any good for this set up?

Also is the power supply good if I in the future plan on CF 2 4870's? I think I read something along the lines that it needs to have 4 6 pin connectors but that was after I bought the PSU.

I have a 24" 1900x1200 BenQ v2400w LCD

Which OS would you recommend? XP Pro sp3 or Vista Ultimate 64bit sp1?

Am I missing anything else? Your help is really appreciated.

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  1. For the storage drive, I would get a seagate 7200.11, I have one and it's great.

    Right now, there is no difference between the different brands of the 4870, so just get whichever one is in stock.

    For the DVD driver, I like Samsung but any name brand will do.

    I'm pretty sure your CPU/Mobo/RAM will work together. If you want to say some money then get DDR2 800 but I think your setup looks good.

    I think the PSU would be good enough for Crossfire 4870's, you picked a good quality brand too.

    For the OS, get Vista 64bit, it can handle up to 8GB of RAM it's capable of using DX10.

    I hope this helped you, good luck with your build!
  2. Thanks for your help

    After further reading I dont think that I will be able to CF 2 4870s because the GPU requires 2 6pin connectors and my PSU only has 2 6pin connectors and 2 6+2 pins. Am I looking at this right? I need a PSU with 4 6pin connectors :(. HALP!!!
  3. 6+2 pin connectors can be used as 6 pin connectors, you just don't use the +2 part of them. So that means your PSU should be all set.
  4. San Pedro said:
    6+2 pin connectors can be used as 6 pin connectors, you just don't use the +2 part of them. So that means your PSU should be all set.

    Really? Thanks a lot man i was stressing i bought the wrong stuff lol

    I think i sent a moderator a pm by mistake sorry
  5. Any more suggestions?
  6. bigdoggy4ever said:
    Any more suggestions?

    Enjoy your new computer!
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