thinking about a gaming build, need a few suggestions please

Hello,

I was thinking of putting together a new system and wanted to know what would be better, primarily for gaming..

Which CPU would be better?
E8600
Q9550

Im also thinking of going with just 1 ATI 4870 X2 Video card so I have these questions:

1. Whats an appropriate PSU?
2. Since I dont think I will be doing any crossfire, what would be a good motherboard to get?

Thank you for your help
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  1. A P45 or P43 mobo would work pretty well.
    PSU size calculator: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
    550W-600W would probably be a good size. Don't buy a cheap one.
    People will tell you that the e8600 would be faster in current games. If I were the one buying, however, I would choose the quad for much greater future-resistance.
  2. So the Corsair 1000w PSU I was thinking of is overkill?

    Also. what would be the performance difference in going with the quad core over the e8600.. could the quad core be OC'd enough to make up the diference? .. Just wondering about options etc..
  3. oh.. also i was thinking of a 24inch LCD monitor.. is the one 4870 X2 powerful enough to push the resolution at high frame rates?
  4. Great thank you

    Last question I think...

    Memory Suggestions? Corsair Dominator?
  5. The case I was considering is the CoolerMaster Cosmos Silent Gaming Tower Case
  6. Maybe I should try and list my build to help clarify some things..

    Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos Silent gaming case
    PSU: Corsair 750tx
    CPU: Q9550
    Mobo: Asus P5Q Pro?
    Gfx Card: ATI 4870 X2
    HD: pair of 320gig in Raid 0
    HD2: 750gig
    Optical : LG 20X Double Layer DVD+-RW Super Allwrite + Lightscribe
    OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit
    Ram: 4-8 gigs of ..???
    Monitor: 24 inch of some type...

    I plan to spend in the neighborhood of $2500 so any further suggestions would be extremely helpful.

    Thanks
  7. I figured having the 4870 X2 would be enough power, so I wasnt planning o crossfiring, with that in mind would it bebette to actually crossfire with two 4870s and use the Asus Rampage Formula as the mobo? If I did that how would i effect other things.. especially the PSU?
  8. any other suggestions? Also whats a decent 24 inch LCD? I hear Dell makes good LCDs is that true?
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