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Think I Figured Out My Build, Comments and Suggestions Please

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November 26, 2008 1:40:39 PM

I posted about my proposed build yesterday, and thanks to all of the advice I think I have one figured out. Graduate student, limited budget, old system, but want to game. Here we go:



Video Card:


Hard Drive:



And I will also be getting Vista 64 Home Premium OEM for $99.99. Takes me to just over $1000 total. How did I do? I plan on upgrading my monitor and optical drives at a little later date. Any suggestions? Places where I went wrong? Thanks in advance.

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November 26, 2008 1:43:01 PM

You have a PSU?
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November 26, 2008 1:46:04 PM

kubes said:
You have a PSU?

+1 ^

You have a crossfire compatible motherboard with an Nvidia GPU. I would swap out the GPU for a 4870 1GB to allow the option of crossfire in the future.

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $264.99 -$15.00 MIR

If you haven't picked out a PSU yet, this has to be about the best deal on a quality PSU on newegg right now:

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $114.99 -$35.00 MIR

Edit: Sorry your PSU post hadn't shown up yet. :) 
November 26, 2008 6:01:54 PM

ya that PC Power and Cooling is a +1 from me too. Wish I had that kind of deal when i bought my power supply earlier this year.

Can save yourself a few dollars with the Asus p5q pro. or Asus p5q - E. Personaly I say go with the pro though.

If you ever plan on doing a dual vidoe card you should probally go with a ATI card such as the 4870 like short suggested. Event if this may be in the future. If you plan on staying with a single card like the GTX 260 you should be fine. These cards are very simlar and you should do a little research to see which one preforms better on games that you play. I have had an easier time with driver support and better preformance with the GTX 260. Plus depending on brand it is ussualy cheaper for the 216 core edition still. Either way though you can't go wrong with either the 4870, or the gtx 260.
November 26, 2008 7:58:23 PM

The dual video card question is a good one. I have been puzzling over the GTX 260 and the HD 4870, and they are very similar with GTX 260 being a bit cheaper right now. I have also heard from a few people that SLI/Crossfire are somewhat overrated anyway, and that it is much better to go with just the single most affordable GPU at any one time, and simply upgrade later instead of buying another card to use in Sli or Crossfire, performance-wise.

My question would be, is it all that important if my board happens to have Crossfire and I choose an NVidia card, with no intention of using Crossfire? Or am I being silly if I don't get a card that will at least give me the option?

I have to say, the GTX 260 vs. HD 4870 issue is giving me the most headaches among my choices. I know I will be good to go regardless of which I get.