My current pc went bottom up this week and left me attempting to play Vanguard with a relic =P In addition to that, the relic doesn't run Corel Draw and Paint well at the same time, nor Office. So I need to build a new pc. I have looked through the other posts about builds and gleaned the following hardware. I am recycling my sound card, dvd rom/writer, and case. (The case could possible be changed, if one is suggested that would work better with particular hardware size issues. It's a no remarkable name that is 5 years old)
I have Nvidia forever and have loved them (and had no issues with my 7600 in VG) but have been told by everyone that plays Vanguard to go with an ATI card
I would welcome suggestions for a power supply that is reliable and able to not only handle the current components, but would be ok, if one, such as the video card was later upgraded. There are so many, and so very many opinions about them.
Also, a vanilla P5Q is not a crossfire board. P5Q -E, Pro, or Deluxe are versions of the P5Q that do crossfire.
Crossfire on P45 chipsets tends to be 2-4 frames per second less than crossfire on x48 boards, at 1680x1050 resolution.... So P45 boards are a good choice for most. If you need higher resolutions or bragging rights, then go x48.
If you were not thinking about crossfire, then a plain P5Q or one of the P43 versions would be fine.