Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
HIS Hightech H487FN512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
The 4870 seems like the best choice seeing as it is only $15 more. I was debating going with the E8400 and using the money saved on an x38/48? Also, there is some 4-4-4-15 OCZ Reaper 4gb RAM for $3 extra and for the same price 4GB of GSkill 4-4-4-12 RAM, should I go with one of those instead? All advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
P.S. I didn't forget the OS, I am getting Windows Vista Ultimate from campus ($20). Also, from what I understand case is largely preference so I didn't bother putting anything up. I will probably go for a nice case with good airflow that has free shipping when I'm ready to order.
This is for gaming? If so...
When do you think you'll replace your CPU next?
What type of games do you play?
RTS games and simulation games have adopted multicore processors better than other genres of games, but with that said the future is in multicore cpus and the applications that take advantage of them.
The cost/performance benefit that you get from an E8400 vs a Q6600 now, will probably not outweight the future benefits that you will get from the Q6600. In addition the performance gains on the E8400 in today's applications won't be noticably outside a benchmarking enviroment. But, this has all been said and said better in other threads.
Thanks all for the comments. I think I will definitely go for the HD 4870. My plans are not to Crossfire any time soon, if at all. In my wish list I've had the q6600, just though I would get a few more opinions. No, I do not have a case but yes my budget includes a lower end one. The Antec 900 is nice, I like the CF 690 as well. I had the Thermaltake v9 picked out until the price went up and free shipping was over.