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Gaming system build for $1k, your input appreciated/wanted!

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September 9, 2008 4:16:04 AM

Hey guys,

This is the first build I have come up with on my own. I wanted to created a great gaming system for around $1k. I been reading over numerous posts and this what I have came up with. So...will I run into any trouble while CF with two 4850s with this build? and do you see any blatant bottle necking occurring? Any suggestions/input about the build is greatly appreciated.

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September 9, 2008 4:32:07 AM

All looks great, however I'd get an X38 motherboard (it'll remove the small bandwidth bottleneck on your graphics cards) and I'd get these HD 4850s with better cooling + cheaper.

DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

The savings from the graphics cards will cover for the difference of the more expensive board, and you will have a slightly faster and cooler running setup.
a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2008 5:58:13 AM

Save some $ here:
$93 shipped - $20 MIR = $73!!!
Corsair TX 650W ATX12V Power Supply - CMPSU-650TX

I'd also stick with your p45 mobo, I don't think the 1 x8 PCI-e slot is going to limit you. Yes it would be nice to have 2 16x PCI-e slots, but for $50 more is it worth it???

Now I'm also going to assume that your going to be using a 64bit OS, since you selected 4 gb's of DDR2??? If not than you won't be utilizing all 4 gb's of DDR2 with a 32bit OS.

The GPU that Emp linked is a good one, but you'll only be able to cash in on "1" rebate of $20, so keep that in mind.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2008 6:20:41 AM

That system looks fine. Your motherboard is good if you're going to run two 4850s. Sure two full x16 slots would be nice, but you're not really going to see a real difference unless you're running something like two 4870X2s. :o 
September 9, 2008 6:29:40 PM

thanks for the guys!

Yes, I plan to run xp64...or should i just go for vista?
September 9, 2008 7:02:53 PM

You should go with Vista 64, I read a review from where they tested AA scaling on XP and Vista and on average you'd be getting better performance with Vista than XP.