Help with my first build.

hi so this will be my first build and im not completely sure of everything that i need compatible. i was wondering if you guys could help me check compatibility of my build and my build item picks.


CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9650 - Retail

DVD drive: LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L - Retail

Fan: Thermaltake CL-P0401 110mm Full-Range Fan CPU Cooler - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Case: Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) VH6000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Toolkit: Rosewill RTK-090 90 Piece Professional Computer Tool Kit - Retail

GPU/graphics card: ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

MOBO: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Keyboard: Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail

Monitor: SAMSUNG ToC T220 Rose-Black 22" 2ms GTG Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 English NA DVD - Retail

Wireless: D-Link DWA160 USB 2.0 Xtreme N Dual Band USB Adapter - Retail

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Speakers: Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail

RAM: ??? i dont know what ram asus has on their QVL list... i would like to get 8gb ram total though

also im wondering is it worth it to buy a sound card?

thanks a ton!
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  1. Pretty solid build... :love:

    -Two 4870x2 or one 4870x2? ......either way might consider bigger monitor since the 22" would limit the capability of the GPU.

    -I have been told VelociRaptors a litter overkill.

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    -Memory: I like Corsair. Their site has a nice memory config program.
    DDR2 800. I have the same MOBO and got Twin2x4096-6400C4DHX (4-4-4-12) (Corsair) great.

    Really nothing else I can think of to the nice build :)
  2. Simular build as mine...

    I went with just one ATI HD4870 gpu and two 500gb Seagate Barracuda's. I also have 2X4gb Mushkin PC2-8500 ram. I have heard good things about them.

    I chose not to get a sound card because the Gigabyte EP-45-Extreme mobo has the HD audio built in. I think if you wanted to really build an extreme gaming machine then maybe but for the most part I don't think you'll need it.
  3. Thanks guys im glad i can piece together a system :) that makes me very happy.

    The GPU: ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB is not 2 memory cards it is a new card just recently released that has 2gb of memory in the single card. im not sure if i should go with 2 of these to run on the new t260 samsung 26" monitor.

    as for sound card i think it should be good for now and even if i want to get one i can always wait and upgrade later.

    also atm im leaning towards the mushkin ram with the heat spreaders but first im going to get my mobo to check out the spacing and see if 4 of them with heat spreaders would fit.

    thank you a ton for your input and ridiculously fast response. i have been trying to get help with this for nearly 2 weeks and then i found this forum.
    any further input is always appreciated.
  4. I have the 4870x2 on my new build :)

    Last benchmarks I saw....there was actually a slight performance drop with two 4870x2 in Crossfire compared to one :o

    I guess the driver support is not there yet for two of these beasts.

    26" 4870x2 will be plenty.

    I went with the Asus Rampage MOBO which comes with a included sound card. I did, however, get a Creative X-fi Xtreme Fidelity sound card.

    I have had great luck with Corsair and Asus. Mushkin is, however, good stuff. :wahoo:
  5. yeah ati is kind of known for crappy drivers lol

    Thank you a bunch. i will begin ordering within the week hopefully.
  6. I have used the G-Skill 1066 memory for the past 4 builds on asus Rampage. and they work great. they also have a better price that the other memory.
  7. alright for ram im down to 2 choices:


    as it turns out these both work with rampage and the heat spreaders on the second link do fit asus boards. just curious as to what your recommendations are for running 8gb ram (from one of these choices).
    since their specs are a pretty close call im curious about reliability, ocing, experiences you have had with them, etc.
    any input is appreciated

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