I'm trying to build a general gaming machine that will well for most games out or coming out soon (i.e. crysis, SC2, Diablo 3). What do you guys think of the GPU? 4850x2, 4870, 4870x2 (expand in future), or NVIDIA card? i'm planning on using a 22in monitor for this system.
Case Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
PSU PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
looks good but i'd go with a 7200.11 model for the hard drive and if you want to use all that ram i'd go with a 64 bit os but make sure that you can get drivers for it. as for a mb i would say get one with a x45 intel chipset.
thanks for the replies. what is the main difference between x38 and x48? and how come asus rampage costs so much more than the gigabyte? the DFI and gigabyte have a ddr2 800 memory standard (does that mean i won't be able to upgrade to ddr3 in the future?)
also, what do you guys think of 8 gigs of ddr2 800 ram on vista 64bit for gaming purposes?
As far as the DDR3 is concerned, don't worry about it. It really doesn't give you much, if any performance over DDR2. I'd stick with DDR2 800mHz RAM, unless your going to go extreme with the OC'ing. 99% of OC's will work just fine with DDR2 800mHz RAM. 8gb's of DDR2 seems a bit steep, but if you want to spend for it, go ahead. 4gb's is pretty these days with Vista, so you can decide on that one.
I like just about everything you've got listed, but of course I would, as it's very close to what I built. I decided at the last moment to go Dual vs Quad. I'm using the Xigmatech 1284 Achilles cooler which seems to work very well. I was leary of 64bit and of Vista and find I love both which surprised the hell out of me. To do over again I would have chosen a different Mobo, not sure which, perhaps an X48.
Having migrated back to Asus after crossing over to DFI for my last build, I craved stability and compatibility(problems my DFI Lanparty SLI-DR had). I've been underwhelmed to put it mildly with Asus and their support. I'm beginning to have sensor issues, but it's too late to switch models under warranty so... I highly recommend the E8600, it's a fine chip which runs 4ghz 24/7 @ low volts with ease. Good luck and have fun.
is the ASUS Rampage overkill for my 4870 (even if i CF in the future)? I plan on using 4gigs of ddr2 800 ram. since im pretty newbie, im not sure if i will OC in the future (perhaps if i read up on it).
would a cheaper x48/x38 motherboard with PCIe 2.0 x16 motherboard be better?
I guess that depends on your finances, but you may very well be right. I went whole hog on my last mobo buying the DFI NF4 SLI-DR and never went SLI and found my processor wasn't very good for overclocking. Maybe go with a P45 based board. Like the MSI P45 Platinum, according to Toms hardware it's a good board at a good price. I've heard good things about the the Biostar Tpower45.