I'm most likely going to be building a new computer in the next few days, and need some suggestions! I want it to be a gaming machine, but I probably won't be doing too much overclocking, as this will double as our family computer as well. I'm shooting for spending less than 1000. Here's what I'm thinking:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(choosing between this one and the q6600 - a lot of people seem to think that the e8400 is better for gaming, at least in the short term)
Also, I may be pairing this with a 24" widescreen monitor (which I know will push me over the budget, but I'm not counting the monitor ) and am wondering if the 4850 will be enough to run a monitor of that size in a decent resolution?
Thanks a TON for any input you can provide - this site is great!
Like Shadowthor said your motherboard choice (which is a very good one) doesn't do crossfire. It's a great single card motherboard though. If you aren't going to do crossfire then that power supply is way overkill. the Antec Sonata with the 500w Antec Earthwatt that you mentioned in your post would be a better choice.
The X38 and X48 are the best choice by far for crossfire, all the X38 and X48 have the PCIex16 2.0 If you go with the X38 or X48 then the 850w and the antec 900 would be fine......heavy in the PSU department, but fine.
Yeah, I was thinking about going a little lighter on the PSU, and maybe even choosing the Sonata III - I was a little worried about airflow with the sonata vs. the 900, but I'm sure both of them would be fine in my case.
I suppose I could get the Sonata III and use its power supply, but still get the x48. Then if I ever wanted to crossfire, I could always upgrade the PSU at that time. Does anyone know if the Sonata III is large enough and has enough airflow to handle two video cards like the 4850?