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His Hightech IceQ 4+ Turbo 4870 1GB or EVGA Geforce GTX 260 Core 216

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March 9, 2009 1:02:43 PM

My System Build!

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred=$154.99 -$30 Combo with Asus P6T Deluxe Motherboard

Processor: Core I7 920= $288.99 -$15 Combo with Vigor Monsoon II Cpu Cooler

Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe=$299.99 combo with Antec Twelve hundred Case

Memory: OCZ Platinum 1600MHz 6Gb 3X2GB=$119.99 comes with free mouse pad

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640Gb 32MB Cache=$79.99

Video Card: His Hightech IceQ 4+ Turbo 4870 1GB or EVGA Geforce GTX 260/216= $296.99/$239.99 Radeon comes with Free HIS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Game

DVD Burner: 2X LG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA= $45.98 ($22.99 each)

PSU: 750W Corsair= $114.99

CPU Cooler: Vigor Monsoon III= $61.99 Combo with Core I7 920 Processor

Extra 120MM Fan: Logysis Blue LED 120MM Case Fan= $7.99

Thermal Compound: Artic Silver 5= $6.99

Keyboard: SpecResearch USB Black and Silver Standard Keyboard= $6.99

Mouse: SunBeam Fireline USB Blue LED Mouse= $6.99

Monitor: PIXO 19" AT700S already OWN= $0 Already Own

Total Price with Radeon Card=$1,502.76 with shipping included
Total Price with Geforce Card=$1,445.76 with shipping included

THanks in advance for everyones help and recommendations!
March 9, 2009 1:18:12 PM

My guess is on a 19" monitor you are only at 1280x1024. In which case either of those cards and that system you got there will perform at max settings regardless of which card you chose.

With that being said I would recommend the 4870 if you plan on getting a bigger monitor. (that way you can xfire in the future if you wish)

Or

get like a 4870 512mb toxic edition if you plan on keeping that 19" monitor as it will be more then enough.

(id prob go with the 4870 1024 tho.) but IF YOU are 100% sure you will never get a bigger monitor then the geforce is great. (i just say the 4870 as it leaves more options for future upgrades.)
March 9, 2009 1:18:21 PM

Nice build.

Why two identical DVD drives... Even copying from one DVD to another is better done using a single drive, because it avoids coasters. If you do want two burners, make them different brands. There are times when one doesn't work with a certain copy protection scheme and the other might work. (I'm talking about legitimate copies of a game you purchased, just going nuts and thinking they're not legitimate and not working, because the copy protection doesn't work properly on that drive. I've seen it happen.)

Or one drive will rip movies faster while another will burn data files faster, whatever. Change one to SH-S223F for example.

For a 19" either of those two cards is overkill, so just get whatever is cheaper. They trade blows in benchmarks. I've seen a review at Anandtech where the HD 4870 1GB humiliated the GTX 260, and another at Guru3D that showed the opposite.

If you're planning to get a 24" monitor, you may want the ability to add a second video card. If you get the HD 4870, the 750TX is good enough for two. If you get the GTX 260, upgrade the PSU to 850TX.

Maybe use MX-2 instead of Arctic Silver 5?

Do you care about physics effects? That is, do your favorite games support Havok, or PhysX, or neither? For example the GTX 260 would allow Mass Effect or Frontlines or UT3 to display extra eye candy through PhysX, while the HD 4870 would make Diablo 3 and Fallout 3 and Company of Heroes look better by using Havok.
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March 9, 2009 1:37:40 PM

well then i do want to eventually get a better monitor and eventually crossfire of SLI. I think I will get the 4870. What do you guys think the best Heatsink Fan is for the Socket 1366 processor.
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