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Old August 13, 2008, 07:28 PM
ricknash61 ricknash61 is offline
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Default x48 or p45 for new build?

So I'm grateful to everyone who helped me out choosing parts for the new PC I'm about to build. The parts I have chosen are the following:

RAM: Mushkin SP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=27234&vpn=996558&manufacture=MUSHKIN

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q9550 2.83 GHz Quad Core Processor (1333 MHz 45NM) Socket 775 (12MB L2 Cache)($359.95)
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Some of you suggested a dual core, but I'm not exclusively using this system for gaming so it will come in useful for the applications I run.

Case: Coolermaster Cosmos Full Tower ATX Case 5X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Firewire Audio eSATA ($192.66)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?s...re=COOLERMASTER

GPU: ATI 4870

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM ($89.00) x 2
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?s...facture=Seagate

PSU: Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan ($105)
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Sound Card:HT Omega Striker 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT DTS Dolby Digital Live S/PDIF IN/OUT Coaxial
NCIX.com - Buy HT Omega Striker 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT DTS Dolby Digital Live S/PDIF IN/OUT Coaxial - STRIKER_7.1 In Canada.

OD:Pioneer DVR-216DBK Black 20X SATA OEM DVDRW No Software
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Now for the mobo. I was going to go with SugarJ's suggestion in getting a
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX
(NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard - P5Q Pro In Canada.).

But I heard that p45 boards don't offer full x16/x16 PCI-E bandwidth in Crossfire. Since I plan on getting another 4870 as time goes on, should I get an x48 board instead, which does offer x16/x16 bandwidth?

Which x48 mobo should I go with if that's the case?
Gigabyte X48-DS4
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29821&vpn=GA-X48-DS4&manufacture=Gigabyte

or should I stick with the Rampage formula?
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Since the heart of the computer is the mobo, I don't want to skimp out and be restricted by it.

Any suggestions?

On a side note, whats the general opinion on the Raptor drives? Worth it for the price? Or just stick with a 7,200rpm HD?

Thanks again! I love these forums. I've been out of touch with computers for a while but I'm making a comeback and its nice to see that you don't get treated like a stupid newb here.

JD
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