I am wanting to build a new game rig that will preform well with very little bottle necks and high frame rates. I only have one part of the full rig picked out the video cards. I want to run the Radeon HD 4870 x2 card. My question is what Motherboard, Power supply, Ram and chip/chip set should I run in order to get the results I am looking for?
Oh on a side note I will be playing World of Warcraft mostly on this rig.
I am also a fan of the Asus Motherboards.
It looks good to me The only thing i would say is that the p45 chipset will have a small bottleneck if put in crossfire (x8x8 instead of x16x16). However if you aren't planning on xfiring in the future (and a 4870x2 should last you a very good long time, espically if WoW is your game of choice) then go for it.
I'm building a gaming rig as we speak. Don't know what your budget is, but here's the parts to my third build-
Asus Rampage Formula
Q9550 - excellent value, whatever your budget!
WD Caviar 1TB HD
Sapphire Radeon 4870x2- you don't need 2, honest.
8 gigs Mushkin XP Ascent RAM
CoolerMster Cosmos 1000RC case
Zalman CNPS9700 CPU cooler
4 Scythe SFLEX case fans
Vista Ult. 64 bit
PC Power&Cooling 860 watt Turbo Cooler PSU.
I am building this for a handicapped relative who loves gaming. I have a similar build less the 4870x2(Have the 4870) and a 750 watt PSU versus this builds 860 watt PSU. I play Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Bioshock, COD series, Half-Life series. Crysis, even with the 4870, bogs down periodically, but is still beautiful to play and watch. All other games play flawless on a "28 HannsG monitor. Another excellent value. A gaming friend has a 4870X2 Sapphire on a very similar rig like mine and he says Crysis plays flawless, highest settings on all eye candy. I'll be putting in a 4870x2 in my rig as soon as I finish this whammer-jammer. Good look on your build. Try Crysis Warhead, a great game that plays real well.
Just a heads up, I am end game raider in World of Warcraft, I just built my system:
Sapphire ATI Radeon 4870X2 2 Gig
Intel Q9550 2.8ghz Quad Core
Western Digital VelociRapor 10000RPM HD
Asus Rampage Formula MB
1100w power supply
8 Gigs OCZ memory
For the everyday World of Warcraft gamer you will run at a steady 60FPS, unless of course you are in Dalaran with full shaders enabled or in a 25 man Raid with full spell details. You will drop to about 30 FPS, still playable by all means but you will not run at a steady 60 FPS, 25 man raids with full details is extremely taxing to your system. So for all of you out there saying NOT to go cross fire, if you want the biggest and the best man up and get your second 4870X2 (and upgrade your chip to the highest Quad GHZ you can afford.)
KraZZy KiiD, your obnoxious post clearly portrays your validity in this matter... If you read my post it clearly states that you can run at max settings. HOWEVER, in certain situations end game raiding with full spell details, shaders, and with mods running(recount) it will drop you to about 30 fps which as i said before is still playable. There is no arguing this matter, its a fact I run the exact configuration this post is talking about.