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August 4, 2010 7:17:33 AM

hey guise i recently bought a dell 30 inch 3008 moniter and i ust say it is awesome and i have been deciding what would be good to go along with it

Main Uses for Computer: Gaming

Crossfire/ SLI : Yes

Overclocking : Yes plan to overclock the 955 to 4.4Ghz

Parts not required : i only need the tower

Moniter Resolution: 2560 x 1600

Parts location: Newegg



2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $149.98



4x ASUS EAH4870/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 $479.96



2x OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $169.98



COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V10 Hybrid TEC RR-B2P-UV10-GP 120mm CPU Cooler $121.99


2x OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT40G 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $279.98 ( Plan to run these in raid 0 as boot drives)



(combo) MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

$329.98


(combo) SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP Gold Class GW-EPS1000DA 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

$379.98
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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty PC Game BLIZZARD free copy


Subtotal: $1,911.85

+ there are 80 dollars worth of mail in rebates
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August 4, 2010 6:49:54 PM

There's really no reason to quadfire 4 last generation cards. The scaling isn't worth it. You would be better off spending a little more to get 2x 5850 or 5870.

If you're spending that much, the memory is a little underwhelming. For $98 (or $78 if you make the MIR work), you could get this 1600 MHz CL7 Mushkin kit, or $105 for this G.Skill ECO series kit. Just for gaming, you don't really need 8 GB. If you plan on doing editing tasks or running some VMs, 8 GB might come in handy. For a little more, you could get CL6 memory if you wanted.

Other than that, it looks decent.
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August 4, 2010 8:45:48 PM

would i be better off getting 2 460's
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August 4, 2010 8:49:52 PM

i'll take ur advice about the ram i just saw low voltage ddr3 1600 cl8 ram for 85 with a 20 mlr and assumed it was good. yeh i do plan to do some video editing and photo editing down the track
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August 5, 2010 2:44:09 AM

bombat1994 said:
would i be better off getting 2 460's


I would suggest googling SLI 460 benchmarks. You would probably get better value, but (and I could be wrong) I don't think that you would get better performance than with 2 5870s, but it may depend on the specific games you are looking at. You might get similar performance to 2 5850s. Again, check out the benchmarks.

For example, on guru3d's review, SLIed 460s got better performance than CF 5850 or CF 5870 on CoD:MW2, but did worse than both on Battlefield Bad Company 2.

And yeah, that's a good deal on the RAM, but since your budget appears to be near $2000, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't spend a few dollars more for slightly tighter timings. If you were on a more limited budget, then they look like they would be a solid choice.
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