Hello wise computer folks. I recently decided to get a new desktop and decided I would like to take a stab at building my own. I have done some research and put together a preliminary component list. I was hoping i could gain some insight from your experience in this department. Any advice as to how to upgrade/downgrade components as well as whether or not my components are compatible would be greatly appreciated.
#1 the board you getting is made for crossfire
- so +1point for an ati card
#2 the 4850 can be found on newegg for $150 which is WAY faster than the 9600
- +2points for 4850
#3 the 4850 can be crossfired later and be UBER if nad when you want
+3 POINTS for 4850 get one!
also look at the OCZ reaper 2x2g sticks after rebate there only $60.
thanks for the advice. i looked into the video card thing and you caught a big mistake. my question is that if i can use a different type of memory such as ddr2 1333 or ddr2 800 even though my motherboard suggests a memory standard of ddr2 1200. just curious about that compatability.
The 4850 is definitely a better card than the 9600GT if you don't mind going ATI (I only say this cause some people are brand loyal).
If you're going to go Vista I'd suggest 4GB of RAM if you can do it. I ran Vista 64 for a couple weeks on 2GB and noticed some slow down compared to XP 64. Vista likes having more resources. 4GB freed things up a bit and it runs beautifully.
Unless you really want Raid, you should stick to one 640GB HD. I think you've made some great choices. What are you doing about cooling? I suggest you use the Xigmatek S1283 and buy the retention bracket so you don't have to worry about push pins. I don't know if that fits in your case, but look at the Cooler Master RC-690. It's a great case, and I know for sure it fits in there.
thanks much donuts. good to tell that some of my research paid off! i will look into cooling. i was under the impression that the stock cooking that came with the system would suffice but i trust your judgment.
sounds good. i have been advised that if i use my current choice of motherboard and cpu that i will be unable to crossfire two 4850 video cards. i was not planning on buying two cards immediately but rather leaving this as an option for later expansion. i was told however that to do this i would need an AMD motherboard and processor. is this true?
No, you can buy an X48 motherboard that supports intel processors and has support for crossfire. It's $225, a great price. I think with that deluxe you can crossfire, but it's not actually two pciex16 slots when you crossfire, it turns into 2 picex8.
thanks much. a member of another forum said i would have to buy AMD processor and mobo to be able to crossfire two 4850's. i was confused because i checked ASUS's website and they specify this board as crossfire ready.