Help with $1500 gaming PC please

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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  1. 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
  2. Bump :) Still need an advise on the graphic card.
  3. 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
  4. I would go XFX
  5. nice, you've got an ES CPU which was never released.
  6. wasn it ? thought the qx 9770 was the one not released ?
  7. 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!

  8. if you got some good cooling get the atomic or get the vapor x its got better cooling then the xfx
  9. you guys are the best. thank you!
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