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a b C Monitor
November 28, 2008 6:13:49 PM

I want to buy this today if possible. Is it any good? Any suggestions? I'm getting a 22 inch monitor, is that going to be enough for the 4870 x2, or do i need a much bigger monitor to take advantage of the high res capabilities of the 4870 x2?

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

artic silver thermal compound: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 28, 2008 6:22:48 PM

everything seems really solid...whats your budget? (was too lazy to add them up myself)
a b C Monitor
November 28, 2008 6:47:15 PM

I think most will tell you to look at the WD 640GB drive. You get a bit more space, and its often not much more money. They are also the newest of WD drives, and are some of the fastest around.

If you are getting a 22" monitor, you don't need the x2. 16x10 isn't very high, even a single 4850 can handle that. Save some dough and get the 4870 1GB model. 2 years from now, use the money saved to update your video card.
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a b C Monitor
November 28, 2008 9:03:33 PM

4745454b said:
I think most will tell you to look at the WD 640GB drive. You get a bit more space, and its often not much more money. They are also the newest of WD drives, and are some of the fastest around.

If you are getting a 22" monitor, you don't need the x2. 16x10 isn't very high, even a single 4850 can handle that. Save some dough and get the 4870 1GB model. 2 years from now, use the money saved to update your video card.


what resolution should I be running the 4870 x2 with?

If I go with a 22inch monitor and the 4870 my total is $1,132.48

How does this 22inch monitor look? Should I sell out $50 more to get a higher quality 22inch? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
November 28, 2008 9:08:24 PM

ahslan said:
everything seems really solid...whats your budget? (was too lazy to add them up myself)


around 1200-1300
Anonymous
a b C Monitor
November 28, 2008 9:11:12 PM

If I get this monitor should I get the 4870 x2? Or is the regular 4870 with 1gb still sufficient to run games at 1920x1200? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was also wondering about the ram, are there big differences between the different ddr2 speeds? What speed should I get if I dont really want to overclock but still want good performance? Would overclocking a ddr3 module get me a lot more performance in games over ddr2 stock and oced?
November 28, 2008 9:28:42 PM

If you're not heavily overclocking your CPU then 2x2 GB DDR2 800 1.8v RAM would really be a better choice for you.
This would be a better choice. Runs cooler, JEDEC standard voltage, cheaper, fewer hassles and low timings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
unless you're heavily into high fps for games a HD4870 1GB might be a better choice for you. Also you may consider the HD4850x2

If i was going with that 28" monitor, i'd go with the HD4870x2, if you can afford it, it would be sweet.
a b C Monitor
November 28, 2008 9:33:20 PM

For the first monitor, I'm not sure how good it is. They only list the response time as 5ms, but we don't know if thats b2b (good) or g2g (horrible). The second monitor looks ok, I'm not sure if the low contrast ratio is normal for a larger screen. (the response time also isn't specified.) If you get the second screen, you are pushing it with the 4870 1GB maybe. You'll be able to play the games, but you might need to turn some settings down on some games. [H]ard shows the 4870 running fine at 19x12, but you won't be able to max out the AA for all games. Then again, is that a problem at 19x12?

If I remember your build correctly, you are getting an Intel system. Just stick with DDR2 ram at 800MHz. Should allow a nice overclock, the "faster" ram really isn't needed.
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