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Old 07-05-2008, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of system would you guys recommend for around $1400. I only need 1 card right now, but would like to have the option to crossfire/sli in the future. I'll probly be running with a 22" monitor if that makes a difference. It will be used for newer games so I would like the best settings i can get for my money. If you can get that performance for cheaper that would be great. Thanks in advance guys.
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This system comes to $1,279 before mail in rebates and gives you the option to add a second HD 4870 later.

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Get this hard drive instead of the one that Puddle Jumper suggested

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
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Thanks guys, it looks really good. The only thing that I'm wondering about now is the 64bit windows. Are games and all that compatible now. Is it starting to be supported now and the bugs gone?

EDIT: Also do you think it's overkill or is it well worth the money. I need a monitor for about $200. I could get rid of the OS and get it from Torrence lol. But if the system is that good I wouldn't mind spending the money on something that would last me throughout college and more.
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Old 07-05-2008, 03:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i would get this ram:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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The Patriot Vipers I posted have better timings.

Vista 64bit has gotten allot better. Plus you will need the 64bit os to use allm 4gb of ram.
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Hey Puddle Jumper, what do you think about dropping down to an HD 4850 to shave off a $100? I would still have great performance still with the option of upgrading in the future.
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Thats good, HD 4850 is still a pwnage card
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Rule one of the rigs... Never cheap out on the PSU, unless you mind paying for the whole rig all over again..

Its more than enough if you want to move to dual HD 4850's, if not you can drop to a Corsair 650tx
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