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(New System Build) Sorry to cliche/passe (please help)

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September 29, 2008 1:30:49 AM

This is my first time building a computer and am a little lost. I've been reading a bunch of literature on the topic and have replaced almost all the parts in computers many times. However I knew all those parts went with each other. However making one on your own has the drawback of not knowing all these parts work together. So I was wondering if someone could help enlighten me as to the art of building or anything I should read. This is the current build of the system, I have Vista x64 Home Premium and a 500gb HD with a 16mb cache. Anyone who could please tell me if this will work and if it's good I would greatly appreciate the help. :hello: 


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September 29, 2008 1:35:06 AM

Nice... for a little more you can get a Q9550, which should overclock better and run cooler. Not to mention that is actually in stock at the moment.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 29, 2008 1:38:00 AM

Oh...my apologies, I forgot to mention the budget. It's only $1100. I already got the CPU, I just put it in there to show that it's part of the system (There was an awesome deal for the Q6700 for $210)
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September 29, 2008 1:54:14 AM

Nice, but you're still missing a GPU, I would suggest at the very least an HD 4850.
September 29, 2008 3:49:51 AM

I think you should go with Dual HD 4850s, given the fact your board is limited to x8/x8, if you crossfire HD 4870s the bandwidth limitations will show greater loss compared to HD 4850. Add to that the fact that you can get 2 HD 4850s for $340 before rebates.
September 29, 2008 4:26:09 AM

the X48 set work the same or just the X38?
September 29, 2008 4:36:56 AM

The X48 is basically a higher binned X38 chip, so don't bother with them, since an X38 can do 98% of what the X48 can do at $100 less (and that really only applies to overclocking). Both will give you the x16/x16 bandwidth required for HD 4870 crossfire.
September 29, 2008 4:45:07 AM

Thank you. So much to learn still. This is very troubling. Do you know of any literature that would give me a broad knowledge of this all?
September 29, 2008 5:34:56 PM

I can't seem to find any mobo's that have x16/x16 and are for a decent price <$150.
September 29, 2008 10:07:13 PM

That's because there are none for intel platforms. Only AMD boards would be that cheap and still offer x16/x16 crossfire performance.
September 30, 2008 1:50:36 AM

Well then I'll buy a mediocre board for now and wait till either xmas or easter and get a new board that supports it.
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