I worked at compusa before they went out of business and I built a number of systems while I worked there as well as a few personal systems over the years. My first card was an ATI but ever since I've bought nvidia. I don't have anything against ATI my hardware knowledge has lagged behind on their products and on hardware in general since i switched jobs.
if you could recommended something in the 250 or maybe a little more if its a big bonus i'm not set against an ATI card.
Thanks in advance for your comment and any others
P.S. i plan on buying sometime in the next 48 hours.
ha ha P.P.S. that NZXT Phantom looks pretty sleek I do like full towers and I've never bought their products always stuck to Antec/Coolermaster in the past based on price point and availability. Are the NZXT cases well constructed? because this will probably have to last me another 5 years like my current pc has.
1000W is overkill, even for a dual-470 build. Check out www.slizone.com for recommended PSUs. I think you could easily go down to 850W, possibly even 750. The XFX 850W power supply received an excellent review from jonnyguru.com and is 80+ Silver certified, and is currently one of the best deals at $150. There is also a Corsair 850HX for $170. (Or the non-modular 850TX for $130 or so.)
For an i7-950 build, you may want to get 6 GB RAM in order to make use of the i7's triple channel memory controller.
Tom's rates the 6870 and the 470 as tied, so I would suggest making your decision based on price, warranty, and other features. nVidia - 3D gaming, AMD - Eyefinity (3+ monitors on a single card)...other than those differences, there's not a lot separating the two companies in the gaming field at the moment.
Today, the cheapest 6870 is $260, while the cheapest 470 is $250. There are a number of $230 6870s that are currently out of stock, so if you decide to buy in a few days, check again to see if they're back in stock.
do i specifically need to buy a triple channel kit, as in is there something inherently different in the way they're made or can i buy 3 of a different kind of ram... i'd like more than 6 gigs even though it's probably overkill for now and i'm not to impressed with the 2200/1333 3 packs that newegg has up.
i was borrowing from "This" best configs post and even though the mobo says it supports DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 eloric picked 1600 ram... was that an oversight or am i missing something?
You don't need to buy a triple channel kit. It's sometimes recommended, as the sticks in a kit should come from the same batch and have the same tolerances and such, but any 3 (or 6) sticks with the same timings & speed should just work. It's just easier to get that with a kit.
Many people consider this G.Skill PI Series 6 GB kit (CAS 7, 1600 MHz, 1.5 V) to be a good deal, though their heatspreaders interfere with bigger HSFs. There's also a CAS 6 kit for $20 more that runs at 1.6V. At the other end of the spectrum, there are a number of CAS 9 2000 MHz 6 GB kits that you might look at.
Right now, there's no need for more than 4-6 GB for a gaming build. If you're planning on doing some video/audio editing or photoshop, you might consider more.
Commonly, the mobo will list the standard (up to 1333 MHz) and the top-end speeds it will support, leaving the rest as an exercise for the overclocker.