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Old 09-22-2008, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ill try to make this short and simple. I picked up reading these forums, learning a bit more than what i did about computers. Im a online gamer/computer gaming. Originally i was lookin to buy a alienware or XPS, with a budget of around 2500 bucks, ya i know. Then i took a friends advice and turned to making one, after a month of researching, and tweaking this is the end result.

My original balance was 1500, i met it.

Case - Antec 900
Mobo - Giga AP45C DS3R ATX
OS - Vista Ultimate
CPU - E8400 Wolfdale
GPU - MSI HD 4870x2 Crossfire OC
RAM - 2x 2GB DDR3 Gskill 1600
PS - 750W CoolerMaster
With a LG 20x DVD/CD RW and Samsung 250BG 7200, being cooled with 3 120MM fans and a Zalman CPU 110MM Cooler.

Questions are..

1. This rig worth it for the money i shouted out for it?
2. What could change about this computer?
3. Is this computer future proof for a good while?
4. Should i have any problems with online gaming?
5. Ive heard, that duel GPU's is a waste unless you are using a 24inch screen or bigger? Im under the impression that the 4870x2 is 2 gpus on a single card? so is it a waste to go that big if i plan on using a 20inch screen, or should i get a bigger screen to utilize its potential?
6. What resolution should i run this on?
7. I used brands i heard the best results about. Only concerns are Gigabyte and MSI? Are they decent?

Sorry this is long, i just feel, after i ordered from Newegg that i maybe could of toned down the price a bit more, going with DDR2 ram and a not so powerful GPU.

Thank you for your time and help.
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Maybe get this PSU instead of that Cooler Master:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

If you plan on using a 20 inch lcd, which is a good size screen for gaming, then maybe instead of getting the 4870x2 you should check out a regular 4870. 4870x2 is necessary for larger resolutions, like 40 inch tv.
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Ha, hmmm, well would that GPU be considered overkill for a 20-22 Inch LCD running around 1680-1050? or could i maybe bump the reso up to 1920 - 1200?
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Well for 1680 x 1050 wouldn't really be overkill. But 1920 x 1200 would go nicely with a 4870x2 or 4870. But for the price a 4870 would be better value compared to the $500+ for a 4870x2.
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that card would be great for 1680 or 1920 resolution.
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Well im playin WAR online. Original plan was to use a 1680-1050, BUT, if the graphic card can support it, still maintaining great speed, no lag basically, i will upgrade the screen to a 1920-1200.
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a 1gb hd4870 will run 1920 no problem...a 4870x2 will chew it up.
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So, this may sound like a stupid question.

Lookin under Newegg for screens, it has recommened Resolution...there arnt many screens that arnt bigger than 22 with 1920-1200 reso? Im guessing i have to get something bigger to reach 1920 huh?
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A 24 inch wide screen lcd would have 1920 x 1200 resolution.
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your looking at TV's by the sounds of it, check under monitors, anything 24" and above is 1920+ resolution.
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