Seeking Input/Opinions (updated w correct format)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, maybe Aion), playing music and VOIP running at same time.... sometimes tabbed to web browser while gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, Sound Card, CDROM

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD and nVidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (never done this before) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (last I heard WoW doesn't care if you are running SLI or not, but it may be beneficial for Aion)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900 (IIRC - here's my monitor: ViewSonic Value Series VA1926w Black-Silver 19")

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm building my second PC and it's been three years since I built the first, so I wanted some input. I play WoW mostly, but I was thinking about trying out Ion as well.

Here are the parts I'm thinking about ordering:

Case: NZXT Apollo Black
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
MOBO: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
HeatSink: OCZ Vendetta 92mm Ball CPU Cooler
RAM: mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU: 2 x EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX
Sound Card (already had): Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum 7.1
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM

Does anyone see any compatibility issues or any issues at all with these components? Also I wasn't sure if I really needed a different heatsink, but I ordered one just to be on the safe side. Should I use it, or just the cooling fan that comes with the CPU?

Any perspective or help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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  1. - Two HD 4850's are probably cheaper than two 9800GTX's and a bit faster

    - Do you really want to go SLI/Crossfire with a 1440x900 monitor and light games such as WoW?

    - Without SLI/Crossfire you can do with a cheaper PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004 $100 (with 30 mail-in rebate it goes to $70), combine that with one HD 4890: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102852 $190 I always recommend one card over SLI/Crossfire.
  2. First a single 4850 or GTS250 is enough to play everything on high at that resolution
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337
    Second you cannot SLI on an AMD chipset, they only support CF making 2 9800GTXs a waste of money as you CANT use them
    Third, only dual GTX285s require an 850 watt PSU, for a single card a 550VX is plenty, for 2 4850s a 650TX is plenty but you will be hitting your cpu bottleneck hard at that resolution

    now as for part swaps i suggest swapping to the 4850 i linked above, i have it and can run everything on high at 1280x1024, i would swap the case and PSU for an antec 900 and a TP-650, it will allow you to run dual 4850s in the future and the 900 provides far better airflow
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.265992
    I would swap the HDD for a samsung F3 500GB drive, it is $20 cheaper and faster than a blue.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=F3%20500GB
    and drop the board down to a 790GX, not even 2 5850s in CF took a significant hit at 8x vs 16x CF, it was under 1% in most cases
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366
    And some cheaper gskills ripjaws ram with similar timings but lower voltages which will let you get the timings even tigher
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

    If you really want to go nVidia and AMD you should drop down to a 770 board and get a GTS250 or a GTX260
  3. I would go with a i5 setup




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    Pick up a HD5850 for 259 , Then your set to add another HD5850 down the road

    You can up grade your rez on your monitor when ready

    If you will OC pick up a HSF for your CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064
  4. O_O 5850 FOR A 1440 x 900 RESOLUTION?!? Isn't that overkill??
  5. kageryu said:
    O_O 5850 FOR A 1440 x 900 RESOLUTION?!? Isn't that overkill??


    Sure it is but he will have the GPU to upgrade his rez when he can :)

    And if you read before you run your mouth, you would of seen i said that in the post

    Pick up a HD5850 for 259 , Then your set to add another HD5850 down the road

    You can up grade your rez on your monitor when ready

    If you will OC pick up a HSF for your CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103064 :)
  6. *rubs eyes* yea sorries, I didn't read that. I need more sleep. X_X
  7. @OP: Upgrade LCD to a 1680*1050 or better first. Then do CrossFire/SLI down the road.

    Also, don't get the Vandetta. I used it and it's just average. Better get a S1283,CCF.
  8. i actually already had one of the two video cards, so that's why i went with those. I think i will get a new monitor though. and look into this other stuff. thank you
  9. Niklas_13 said:
    If you will OC pick up a HSF for your CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103064 :)


    Your link is broken....
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