NZXT LEXA Blackline ATX Case Red No PS Temp Display Window Front USB & Audio (LEXA-BLACKLINE). This choice concerns me a little bit if I decide to crossfire down the road as the HD4850s run a bit hot. But it should be fine for a single GPU I think. Thoughts?
OCZ Modstream 450W. I am actually cannibalizing this part from my old machine. I am concerned that it may be insufficient for the components I chose, your input here would be appreciated.
Also being cannibalized from an old machine. I believe its a 150GB Sata HD.
Motherboard looks good but save your self some $$ on the CPU and RAM. Get a E8400 and 4Gb of DDR2 800 with 4-4-4-x timings.
The E8400 can easily and safely overclock to 3.6Ghz for a free performance boost over the more expensive E8500.
Unless you plan on even more massive overclocks, you will have the exact same access time from C4 DDR2 800 as C5 DDR2 1066. The only benefit you will have from DDR2 1066 is the ability to reliably overclock past 450Mhz FSB.
With the $$ you save on the above, defiantly get a better PSU. A high end unit like this Corsair 650TX should treat you nicely.
Just saw that you are in Canada so you will probably have a hard time buying from newegg....
In that case, keep your eyes open for a high quality PSU of at least 500W. Brands like Corsair, PCP&C, Enermax, Silverstone and the Antec Earthwatts line are some of the better ones.
Good choices, Asus seems to have done a good job with the P45 boards. The OCZ modstream is rated lower then their Gamestream and their Stealthstream series. It fits the recommended requirements for the HD4850 (450w), but with it's age it could be a weak link. If your budget can include an upgraded PSU, it would be something i'd add.
As I suggest to many fellow canadians who do not have access to NewEgg, check www.shopbot.ca for your prices. I was able to save 100-200$ when I bought my rig.
As outlw6669 suggested, get the E8400, better cost/performance, get regular DDR2, Dominator is overpriced. The PSU might be OK since OCZ is a good brand, but it might be a close call. Otherwise, you might want to consider the 4870 video card (dual-slot cooling + better performance).
I'd go with the E8400 and DDR2-800 as well and put the saved towards a better PSU for sure. PSU = most important part of your computer!
Also, as Zenthar said, use the product # from items on NCIX you want to search on Shopbot.ca. Then, use whoever has the lowest price to Price Match at NCIX. He's right, you can easily save $100-$200 by Price Matching!
Also as an FYI, Newegg.ca is alive Rumoured ETA isn't until the end of this year though, but should be interesting!
Yikes. Tons of food for thought. Thanks for the replies. It looks like the E8400 is the way to go, so Im seriously going to consider switching. My only concern is whether or not my current case will offer sufficient cooling for both an overclocked CPU and dual GPU's (Should I choose to do that down the road).
Aevm, Ill probably look into that Tempest you suggested. Guess Ive got another night of research before I can buy this system -_-.
+ 1 for the mushkin redline ram
+ 1 for the e8400 no point in paying that surplus for a slightly faster processor when you can match or exceed that speed for free
that should save you enough for th 650 watt psu which should be enough for you to add a second crossfire card down the line. and as far as cases goes that case has a side panel exhaust which is right where the 4850 spews out its heat so it shouldn't be to much of an issue, just make sure that fan is for exhaust not intake