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September 2, 2009 8:27:22 PM

I currently have researched these pieces on different sites and all have insane reviews. My question is are there any upgrades that are not too costly because I am almost tapped for funds with this setup. Also please let me know if you see any problems with this setup or see any cheaper replacements but without losing anything. Also is it really worth the upgrade to run two video cards

Specs
Video-XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Power-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

RAM-CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Motherboard-
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard

CPU- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Hard-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Fan- COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

September 2, 2009 8:32:32 PM

Samsung 120hz 1080p 52 inch

Edit* Aight I changed the Hard drive thanks! Please feel free to help more ^^
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September 2, 2009 8:35:05 PM

There are lots of combos with 4890s if you are buying from newegg, but for that resolution and that refresh rate a 4890 would definitely better serve you. Where will you be buying from and when? Finding combos can save you quite a bit of money.
September 2, 2009 8:37:15 PM

Newegg is the place where I am buying my parts. I am kind of a new comer to this so can you post the thread for that video so I make 100% I am looking at the correct one. Again thanks!
September 2, 2009 8:47:32 PM

What kind of video combo where you think about? Also can you post the site for that samsung hard drive... Also would I need any additional fans for this setup? I really want to keep my temp down around 40-45 at all times if possible.
September 2, 2009 8:48:45 PM

what case are you using
September 2, 2009 8:54:06 PM

That is the big mystery! lol I want a really cool looking case but one that doesn't cost over $200... I need one with lots of vent. and one that has enough space for all the parts. This is one thing i really need help in picking out.
September 2, 2009 8:58:50 PM

I linked to the samsung F3 already, i suggest swapping the ram for the ones in this combo, they are rated at the same timings and speed but come out to be significantly less, below that is a combo for an i7 and a 4890
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

to keep temps low you are going to need a high airflow case like a HAF 922/932 or an Antec 900/1200, something with lots of well placed fans especially if you are going to be overclocking.

HAF 932 is a full tower for only 140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 2, 2009 9:17:33 PM

the haf is a great case and very cool
September 2, 2009 9:23:23 PM

I updated the specs... Please continue if you see if upgrades that don't cost to much but provides a upgrade for highend gaming.
Specs
Video-XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Power-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

RAM-CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Motherboard-
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard

CPU- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Hard-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Fan- COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Case- Antec 900

September 2, 2009 9:26:25 PM

you realy gonna go with the v8?
September 2, 2009 9:31:30 PM

The V8 is rated really high for I7s whereas, the one you posted seem to had some negative views. I am kind of new so feel free to explain what is the best fan to keep my computer below 45 degrees. I rather not use the thermal system if possible.

p.s The Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler seems to be really good I might look into that system.
September 2, 2009 9:39:43 PM

Any more tricks or upgrades that allow me to keep the temp of the computer overall for cheap? Thanks again for helping!
September 2, 2009 9:56:03 PM

Im going to upgrade to the Prolimatech Megahalems Intel CPU Heatsink... Thanks!
So my final settings looking like this please help me out if you see anything that doesn't look compac or more cost eff.

I updated the specs... Please continue if you see if upgrades that don't cost to much but provides a upgrade for highend gaming.
Specs
Video-XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Power-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

RAM-CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Motherboard-
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard

CPU- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Hard-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Fan- Prolimatech Megahalems Intel CPU Heatsink

Case- Antec 900


September 3, 2009 1:15:10 AM

Hows that V-card rate for prices under $250 and what kind of performance would another card add to my gaming graphics
September 3, 2009 9:49:23 AM

For $200-250 you could get a 4890 which should get 10-15% more FPS than a 4870.

From looking reviews a second card in xfire generally nets around a 60% FPS increase.

The larger the screen size and more intensive the application, the more benefit you will see from a more powerful GPU.
September 3, 2009 10:48:08 AM

go with the 4890: its the best performance/price around, and its like really well suited for 1920x1200(1080) resolution
September 3, 2009 1:50:10 PM

What's one the best AMD motherboards for crossfire ready, ddr3 ram and the ability to run 2 SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card. I have been searching around but can't really get a solid answer.
September 3, 2009 2:20:06 PM

get an ASUS or Gigabyte 790X, 790GX they provide 8x/8x crossfire, the 790FX chipset provides full 16x/16x crossfire. A single 4890 should do just fine for now and then you can save the 200 to pick up one of the 5870s when they come out in a couple months, they should perform as good as 2 4890s while generating significantly less heat.
September 3, 2009 2:27:37 PM

The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard is the one I am currently looking at but I don't really know much about the PCI slots for this model this is the specs. Can anyone give me a quick run to what is important for the slots when trying to pick out the best possible video cards for max results in gaming.

4 x PCI Express 2.0 x16
(dual X16, triple X16/X8/X8, or Quad X8)
September 3, 2009 2:32:07 PM

After reading the pureclock article about I7 vs AMD Phen II was slightly behind the i7 but the rig costly around $220 cheaper. They said you could toss another 4890 card in the AMD to crush the i7s performance on gaming. I just wanted some insight on which rig I really need to go with for maxing out graphics and FPS on a 120hz Samsung 1080 p 52 inch tv. Currently working on a AMD setup
September 3, 2009 5:14:54 PM

Ive seen reviews of twin 295s, three 285s, three 4890s and four 4870s. Its varies by the software and resolution you use. In general:

Three 285s is slightly faster than two 295s or four 4870s. Three 275s or three 4890s is slightly slower.

It seems to me quad 4890s should beat three 285s, but I havent seen any reviews. Will the 4890 only do triple crossfire or is there a problem like not having power supplies that can handle it?
September 3, 2009 7:37:39 PM

Quad SLI and Quad Fire scale poorly, tri SLI and tri Fire are your best options right now. It seems to be doable on some of the x58 boards but aside from showing off there is no practical reason to need that much graphics power, especially at the price that goes with it.
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