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Help with $1500 gaming PC please

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August 13, 2009 12:40:06 AM

I need an input on my new build. Graphic card is the component that I'm really not sure about. I think HD4980 is the best choice for me in this price range. I'm also not sure about what brand to get. What I had in mind was ASUS with ML cap(900Mhz) but I think that item is discontinued on Not sure if it will be offered again and if I should wait for it. All inputs and comments are welcome.

thank you





PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel cpu (its free for me!)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe / Crossfire : maybe



CPU : core 2 extreme QX9750 FSB 1333 LGA 775 *got this cpu for free so its fixed*

motherboard : ASUS Rampage Extreme LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

memory: mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit

PSU : CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91

graphic card : SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

case : COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

cpu cooler : ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

monitor : ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

sub total = $1380 with other misc items and after rebates.

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August 13, 2009 1:06:48 AM

The zalman doesnt rate well as a cooler , check out frostytech

the 750 gig drive is slower than a 640 or 1 gig

x48 mb is very expensive , so if you are only using one gfx card stick with a p45 mb , and dont buy "features" you will never use . Id stick with a ddr2 mb since the whole 775 platform is finishing

850 watt psu is way overkill . Once its dead you dont shoot it again cos its a waste of bullets , right?

650watt for 1 4890 , 750 for 2 in crossfire
August 13, 2009 2:29:03 AM
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August 13, 2009 4:36:24 PM

Bump :)  Still need an advise on the graphic card.
August 13, 2009 4:40:11 PM

highest 4890 you'll find is the 4890 toxic wich has the vapor x cooling with the 4890 atomic overclock but the atomic gets damn hot so get the toxic
August 13, 2009 4:40:41 PM

I would go XFX
August 13, 2009 4:40:59 PM

nice, you've got an ES CPU which was never released.
August 13, 2009 4:42:42 PM

wasn it ? thought the qx 9770 was the one not released ?
August 13, 2009 4:48:21 PM

Toxic is out of stock at Do you guys have any recommendation to where I can get it? If not then Ill just get the xfx one and overclock it myself plus its cheaper!

August 13, 2009 4:50:38 PM

if you got some good cooling get the atomic or get the vapor x its got better cooling then the xfx
August 13, 2009 4:55:25 PM

you guys are the best. thank you!