OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
I currently have Vista 64, case, and DVD-ROM. so i don't need to add those to this build.
OK, here are my questions.
I'm nervious about the motherboard. It says it supports a 1333/1600 FSB CPU, and DDR2 1200 RAM. Will it work with a 1066 FSB CPU and DDR2 1066 RAM?
Next question would be about videocards. Seems like the Geforce 280 is the middle of the road between the 4870 X2, and Crossfired 4750's. I can swing another $150 and get the 4870 X2, but the Crossfire option is Tom's Hardware choice for October. Any opinions? (i picked Geforce 280 due to bias, and that it's single core)
Welp, i guess that's it.
Thanks in advanced for any help with my new Fallout 3 computer
Yes, you will be fine with the Q6600. I would re-think your choice of heatsinks tho. Direct heat touch heat pipe coolers do a better job in my experience, and there are plenty of reviews that support that. Like the Xigmatek S-1283, and don't forget the retention bracket.
Yes you will be fine with that RAM. Mushkin is a good brand.
I myself am an Nvidia fan and always have been. Cannot comment on the ATI, as far as personal experience goes. But the 4870 is a very nice card. And depending on the model, both are around the same price range. Good luck on your futre build. Hope this has helped out.
Fallout 3 hasn't been out yet. How would you know which gpu runs the game better?
You can go with the build you listed. Personally, I'd get the HD4870X2 that can handle anything I throw at it.
Don't worry about the mobo/cpu/ram confusion. The mobo supports up to 1600Mhz FSB. Doesn't mean you must use a cpu that fast. However, if it's a primarily gaming pc, I'd swap the cpu out for a Wolfie. E8X00. Any flavor.
Not familiar with that psu make. You might want something in tier 1/2:
as for the mobo question 1600fsb means you can run newest processors and overclock higher witch is a good thing about the ram you dont need 1066ram....ddr 800 will do fine and you will save some money by that. i have cheap 4gb ddr 800 ram with q6600 clocked @ 3.4ghz and memory running at 904 so its all good. as for the gpu I would go with 4870 or x2, as for how much they want for 280gtx i would not go with that and make sure you have 650w or better psu lol
The X48 motherboard you picked is a good choice. However it's a crossfire board, not SLI. Change your graphic card choice to a HD4870, you can always add another one in crossfire later. 2x2 GB DDR2 800 1.8v RAM would be a better choice for you. +1 on the HDT1283 cooler.
Well if you're undeCided, for sure go with the 4870x2: It's a beastlord!! lol
If you don't want to spend that much and your screen resolution isn't over 1650X.... then a single 4870 will be fine, compared to the 280gtx it's very nearly or as good. Then you don't need to worry about finding a board that can sli, because you can crossfire on the MOBO on your list, and add another 4870 down the line...
I think that it's better to go with a q6600 anyway, since future games should be more Qcore dependant