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Old 07-29-2008, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys this is my first attempt at building a gaming machine. I'm looking to spend no more than $1500 on everything and I think I've come up with a pretty good setup. However, I have a few concerns and I would greatly appreciate any and all help as I'm looking to order this thing in the next few days.
1. I am torn between 1 Radeon 4870 and 2 Radeon 4850s. Which do you think would perform better for a 22" monitor at 1680 by 1050? Which would give me better FPS?

2. I don't know a heck of alot about Mobos and I want one that supports crossfire because even if I only get the single 4870, I may buy another one a few months down the road and want to have that option.

3. Any help with monitor and case suggestions would be nice as I don't know much about these. I want a good functional case that looks nice too, but it can't cost a ton.

Anyway...here's what I've put together so far.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=10239328

Thanks in advance guys!
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1. 2x 4850 would give better FPS in most games (some do not use CrossfireX very well), but would cost a bit more.

2. Look for a good X38/X48 or P45 motherboard. Check Asus, Gigabyte or Biostar for some good ones.

3. Monitor: 22" Asus 2ms Response Time
Case: Not sure by what you mean as "cost a ton" but for some good cases under $100 check NZXT or CoolerMaster.
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Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
get the OEM so you don't spend extra on a stock cooler you won't use

uhhh you have an AMD mobo picked out for a intel chip lmfao...this seems like a good intel mobo that can crossfire...get it
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

this is a better PSU for about the same price
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
cheaper ram and you won't notice the difference between 800 and 1066
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Thanks for the help!

I picked a new motherboard...don't know what I was thinking with the old AMD/Intel cross haha! Any more specific mobos that could be recommended for crossfire? Also, I know you can mix AMD vid cards with intel cpus/mobos, but does this ever cause any sort of compatibility issues? Sorry if that's a noob question, but I am a noob haha.

I changed the PSU to the recommended Corsair 750TX.

I picked the ANtec 900 case, but haven't decided on a monitor yet.

Does this look any better?
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=10239328

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again, you should use the OEM chip unless you really really need the 3 year warranty

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Why exactley is that? Could you explain why? Thanks for the help man!
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cause the OEM cost $10 less, and you are already buying an aftermarket cooler..so why not save it if you don't need the 3 year warranty?
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Yes that makes sense...But I do like the 3 year warranty idea and when I'm going to be dropping around 1500 for this thing, $10 doesn't seem so bad haha. I don't know though, I'll think about it.

I'm basically ready to go on this, I just have one more concern. The motherboard. I'm having a really hard time finding one and I would really appreciate some suggestions. It has to be able to run crossfire as I plan on getting a second 4870 in the future.
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look at the biostar one i suggested...you have a decent one picked out i guess...i dunno much about what's good for crossfire though lol
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+1 for the Biostar I45. The I45 holds the world record for the highest fsb and will run 625mhz fsb on air cooling.
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