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Old 10-09-2008, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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building a new computer to replace my 4 year old computer. gonna be using it for gaming(WoW, Warhammer) and some folding.
would like your opinion on the parts. gonna be doing some ocing but not hardcore though. learning as i go.
these are wut im looking into getting unless theres something better/price. budget is 2k or less. so far its around 1500.

Motherboard > Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

CPU > Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Video Card > Newegg.com - VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
> Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100243-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
not sure which to get. gonna be playing on a 22" for now, but plan on dual monitoring with a 24" within a couple of months. maybe a 28" if i get enough overtime.

Memory > Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
> Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
not sure which to get, pretty much the same.

Power Supply > Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

CPU Cooler > Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
> Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Thermal Compound > Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

Hard Drive > Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
gonna be using one for OS and other for storage

Monitor > Newegg.com - Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1 - LCD Monitors

DVD Burner > Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i would get the 1gb 4870
i would get the ocz mem
get the psu from here: CORSAIR 750w TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX - Buy.com

get the ximatek w/ this backplate: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

change the thermal paste to this, its alot better: Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

also if u plan on getting dual 24" why not just get a 24 inch now instead of gettin a 22 then replacing it
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VIDEO-Sapphire card although i have heard that nvidia cards are better for folding.
MEMORY- OCZ, not much a difference but im a fan of the company
COOLER- XIGMATEK
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VIDEO-Sapphire card although i have heard that nvidia cards are better for folding.
he said he was gonna be playin games not folding, ati would be better
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If you plan on doing dual monitors, then you should get the 4870 1gb or two 4850's and crossfire them. Here is an article on best cards for the money, and talks a little about 4850 Crossfire setup:
PCI Express Interface: $325 and up - Tom's Hardware : Best Video Cards For The Money: Oct '08

Go with the Sunbeam cooler, it already comes with everything you need and the T-X2 paste and is a better value.

Why do you need a 1TB drive and a 250GB drive? A 1TB drive is more than enough, just make a small partition for the OS on the 1TB, and make another partition for storage.
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he said he will be doing some folding, but i still recommended the ATi cause i assumed he will be doing more gaming.
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oh didnt see that
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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gonna be gaming more, and folding when im at work.

as for the monitor,i plan to dual them, a 24" witha 22" maybe. prolly gonna get the 22" first cuz its cheaper right now. then save up some cash and get the 24", unless there a really good 24" thats a good deal right now.

the 1tb harddrive is mainly for storage, i used a lot of storage. and the 250gb is for the os, id rather have them separately cuz i believe they run better right? 250gb can be replace for a smaller one, but i dont wanna spend to much on it. 7200rpm seem like it was decent for OS hd.

i could get 2 4850 and crossfire them, but how far does it outperform a single 4870. i plan on getting a 2nd 4870 in a couple months and crossfire them.
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Dont buy the sapphire, sapphire will drill you in the backside if you ever need to RMA it.

And the 512 model is more than enough for a 24" monitor. The 1gb model only really comes into play when you get into 30" monitors.
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What do you think about

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory


For video card

What do you think about Asus?
ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Newegg.com - ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$289 for the 1gig
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