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November 24, 2008 6:00:54 PM

I have around $1600 to spend on a new gaming rig. The only thing I have really decided on is this:

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB

I'm open to pretty much everything else as long as it complements the video card and it stays within my budget. So please give me advice on:

1. CPU
I'm thinking I want to stick with a core 2 duo, possibly the E8600.
Or for the same price should I get a lower clocked quad? Besides gaming, I do long run particle transport stuff (on the order of a day per run) that could benefit from two more cores, but that's really only if I can't schedule any slots on the cluster at work. and honestly, the more time I wait for data to come in, the less actual work i have to do :) 

2. Mobo
Not really sure on this point. Having the ability to install a second 4870 x2 in the future would be nice, but I don't really want to go out of my way for this. I do however want the ability to do modest overclocking

3. RAM
Probably 4 gigs of something I could overclock a little bit.

4. HDD
1TB 7200 rpm. Don't really have a preference on make, but I have had good luck with WD in the past.

5. Optical
I don't need anything fancy here, just dvd read/write

6. PSU
Dont really have any preferences on this. Probably just want it to handle a single 4870 X2.

7. Case
I've heard good things about the antec twelve hundred. But i'll consider whatever will get the job done, I don't really care if my computer looks like a stupid spaceship.

8. Cooling
Don't want to go overboard on this, might just want to stay with the stock intel cooling. Although it would be nice to have something that didn't use that god forsaken pin mount system.

What I already have (ie. stuff not factored into the budget)
a 24" acer monitor (dvi, hdmi, and vga inputs), a copy of vista 64, mouse, keyboard, and PC speakers.

More about : build 4870 1600

November 24, 2008 6:42:30 PM

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 $319.99 [...] 6819115041

ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 144.99 [...] 6813131296

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 $31.99 [...] 6835233003

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket $8.49

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $49.99 [...] 6820231209

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB $519.99 [...] 6814102768

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $99.99 [...] 6817139006

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB $69.99 [...] 6822136218

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 $49.99 [...] -_-Product

LG Black 22X (CAV) $22.99 [...] -_-Product

Pick up a couple extra 120mm fan
One to go infront of the GPU (Air in) and one on top of case(Heat out)

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan X2= $25.98

Total $1344.38

Theres still room if you want to go to an Antec Twelve Hundred case etc. instead of the cooler master.

I might have omitted some rebates. Some of the items have free shipping.
November 24, 2008 7:51:55 PM

geez, for the price on that memory, I might as well get 8 gigs of it. maybe i can get into video editing :) 

I like the aesthetics of the centurion 590, but is a mid tower big enough for the 4870 X2?