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October 13, 2008 3:54:28 PM

Greetings:

My current system is turning 5 years old this month. In an effort to celebrate this momentous occasion, I am building it a new friend. I plan to use the new system for gaming, graphic design / image manipulation, virtualization and general office application functionality. I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions regarding the following components:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X48T-DQ6 LGA 775 DDR3 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128330
$304.99

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041
$319.99

GPU: HIS Hightech H487F1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161247
$299.99

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800 (PC3 14400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145206&Tpk=TW3X4G1800C8DF
$439.00

Case: Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129025
$119.99

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493
$179.99

PSU: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371012
$229.99

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173
$26.99

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
$159.99

Total Price: $2080.92 (USD)

In the near future I plan to purchase a second Radeon HD 4870 and an additional 4 GB of RAM.

Thanks for your advice!!!

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October 13, 2008 8:40:19 PM

looks fine man but you dont really need the 1000watt psu. 850watts would be plenty for a crossfire setup. it also might be faster to get some smaller hard drives and put them in a raid.
October 17, 2008 5:05:25 PM

Thanks for the reply!

I am now planning to go with a Radeon HD 4870 X2 instead of the non X2 4870 model mentioned in my original post. Will a 850W PSU still allow me to crossfire two 4870 X2s together?

Does anyone have a preference when it comes to manufacturers of 4870 X2s?

I am looking at either the

DIAMOND 4870X2PE52G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-Bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103066

or

ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121269

The DIAMOND brand is cheaper ($499.99 after a $50.00 Mail-In Rebate). Is there any other reason to go with one or the other?
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