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March 8, 2010 2:17:03 AM

The build:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Cooler Master Storm Scout)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Antec EarthWatts EA650w)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA mobo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Radeon HD4850 x2 crossfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Intel Core i7-920)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (OCZ Gold 6GB DDR3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Seagate 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Lite-On DVD/CD-RW Combo drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Lite-On Blu-ray ROM)

Total price after shipping and taxes came to roughly $1350. It's about 25% over my original budget but I'm still happy. Basically guiding my build through the i5 series processors versus i7 could have saved me $500 but I decided on going higher end and future proofing myself. I'm hoping 650W will be enough to power everything. It's going to be pretty close but it should be sufficient.

Questions/comments/concerns welcome.

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March 8, 2010 2:19:41 AM

Why two 4850's in crossfire?

A single high end GPU over buying two gpus at once is always the better option.

The only time you ever start out with 2 gpus is.

1. You already have one and your upgrading so you add another

2. You want to get the best of the best PC out there so you buy two of the best video cards (5970)
March 8, 2010 2:21:09 AM

IMO if you go 955 CPU and a 5850 it will crush your current setup.

AM3 motherboards are future proof too, they will support the new processors coming out.
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March 8, 2010 2:25:25 AM

whitefang said:
Why two 4850's in crossfire?

A single high end GPU over buying two gpus at once is always the better option.

The only time you ever start out with 2 gpus is.

1. You already have one and your upgrading so you add another

2. You want to get the best of the best PC out there so you buy two of the best video cards (5970)


I went by the February GPU reviews that put the HD4870s in xfire as the best pick in $200 price range. What would you recommend for a GPU?
March 8, 2010 2:29:56 AM

I would get a 5850 at $300.

To be honest two 4850's in xfire + 920 isn't going to be nearly as good in games as a 955 with a 5850.

AM3 motherboards are future proof too.
March 8, 2010 2:32:02 AM

whitefang said:
I would get a 5850 at $300.

To be honest two 4850's in xfire + 920 isn't going to be nearly as good in games as a 955 with a 5850.

AM3 motherboards are future proof too.


I'm set on the Intel 920. Plus, $330 for a video card is outside my budget. I'm not a hardcore gamer anyway. Anything in the $200 range that would suit me better than dual 4850s?

Thanks for the quick reply and the help btw, much appreciated
March 8, 2010 2:46:37 AM

Also, I won't need an upgraded CPU cooler right? Not planning any overclocking for now
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