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My first build. Need advice and confirmation

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July 8, 2008 10:28:30 AM

Here are the specifications for my new build. ASUS P5N-E SLI mobo, Q6600 CPU, 4GB Corsair RAM @ 1066MHz, WD CAViar 500GB, NZXT Tempest Case, FSP Group FX600-GLN 600watt PSU, Radeon HD 4850 graphics card, Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU cooler. Down the track i hope to install another Radeon HD4850 and another caviar hard drive but can'y at the moment due to budget constraints. Any comments are appreciated
July 8, 2008 10:51:21 AM

The Mobo you picked is NVidia based. You will not be able to do two 4850 GPU's with it.

With your current MOBO you are limited to...
-NVidia based GPU's single card OR two cards in SLI
-one ATI based GPU

If you are looking to do two 4850 GPU (Crossfire), you will need a Crossfire capable board. I would suggest an x38 or x48 based chipset.
July 8, 2008 10:58:56 AM

I would go for a c2d E8400 and why would you get a SLI mobo for crossfire.
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July 8, 2008 11:25:06 AM

sorry bout that i didn't know that was how motherboards worked. Can you suggest any crossfire boards that are under $200?
July 8, 2008 12:01:49 PM

Check out the X38 or X48 - just select the options you are looking for in newegg's "power search"

You should be able to find a crossfire board for under $200 - easy.
July 8, 2008 12:32:33 PM

thanks for your help
July 8, 2008 12:58:26 PM

Up-grade your PSU to 700W or you'll be to tight to Cross Fire.
July 8, 2008 1:13:06 PM

what does everyone think of the gigabyte DS4 to run two 4850's?
July 8, 2008 2:09:06 PM

which ds4 are you looking at?
July 9, 2008 2:41:24 PM

an x48 based gigabyte mobo. that's all it says on the description
July 9, 2008 2:54:20 PM

Can anyone point out any problems with my list of specifications. The build includes A 700 watt PSU, NZXT Tempest case, GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX mobo, Q6600 with G0 stepping CPU, WD SE16 caviar 500GB, 4GB of corsair dominator RAM @ 1066MHz as well as the above HD 4850.

If you notice or have heard of any compatabilty issues or have a different hardware suggestion could you plz post your thoughts here