I plan on going with a build for mostly gaming @ 1920x1200 resolution on a 24 inch monitor (which i have yet to purchase) any advice/help would be greatly appreciated. I am including everything that im purchasing for this build so if theres something else I need/should get Id appreciate the push in the right direction. I also will be using Vista 64bit so im unsure if theres going to be any hardware complications because of that.
Asus p5q pro Motherboard (I know little of motherboards, other than this one supports only x8 in crossfire mode which is supposed to be bad for 1920x1200 resolution which is why im iffy about going for dual 4850s)
Visontek hd radeon 4870 512mb version (how much better would the 1g version be, and is it worth the extra 50$ plus me having to go with a brand less wellknown/worse warranty than visiontek like diamond or sapphire)
This is my first build which i plan on ordering either late tonight or tommorow, any advice would be immensely appreciated. Should only be about 1300-1400 after rebates which I think is really good for this kind of build
When you fill up all four slots of RAM, most boards become quite finicky.
Pick any board. Go to the website and look up the memory QVL (this is the list of memory that they actually tested for compatibility). You will see that they list almost no memory to fill all four slots... and when they do it's usually impossible to find any in stock anywhere.
I'm not saying it can't be done. Often if you work with the memory vendor tech support they will find settings that will work. I am saying that it's likely not worth your hassle unless you really need it. Gaming will not be improved with 8GB, unless you intend to run more than one at once.
The Mushkin memory I listed has two features; good timings and low voltage. the voltage will make it much more likely to work out of the box, whether the MB recognizes it or not. It will also make it more adjustable, cooler, and will probably leave room for further overclocks.
The P5Q pro is a good single GPU board. it really boils down to what features you want at that point. Gigabyte and DFI also make good P45 boards.
Personally, I like the P5Q -E for the improved cooling and power adjustments for overclocking. Also for the eSATA. It's usually just slightly more than the P5Q Pro.
Gigabyte has a similar board at a similar price.
As far as the 4870 goes... Diamond just shipped like a zillion bad 3870s and had to recall them, so they are out.
Sapphire has been around as long as anyone making ATI cards, and they would be my choice.