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Old October 3, 2008, 09:19 AM
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I would definitely say to get a single card rather than dual. If you upgrade to larger monitor later, rather than having to buy two new cards to replace your existing ones, you can just get a second card to match for first one and Xfire/SLI it for the new monitor
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Old October 3, 2008, 09:37 AM
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Ok, edited my post, Muskins memory and CM HAF case!

Thanks miggs for the reminder, I'd like to go with RAID0 or RAID5 for performance, but if RAID5 need a RAID card, then it's not worth it, I don't even know a good option for RAID cards.

Also, I think 2TB is too much for me, I'll get lazy with burning DVDs, and my current setup is a little bit out of my inital budget.

I'm not too sure about the Arctic cooler, how good is it compares to OCZ Vendetta 2? Please comment on it.

And yes, I live in Edmonton and it's like MemoryExpress or BCOM are the only choices here, it sucks... I would like to be firm on this setup today, and I'm going to pick them up later today or on the weekend, I'm pretty uncomfortable without a desktop (I'm using my laptop right now)...
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I would definitely say to get a single card rather than dual. If you upgrade to larger monitor later, rather than having to buy two new cards to replace your existing ones, you can just get a second card to match for first one and Xfire/SLI it for the new monitor
But dual 4850's will easily outperform a single 4870 and by the time his next upgrade comes around a pair of 5850's (assuming AMD keeps their stuff together) would be a decent upgrade or a single 5870 ...and so on. So far the CF 4850's still offer the best bang for buck performance.
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Old October 3, 2008, 09:45 AM
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But dual 4850's will easily outperform a single 4870 and by the time his next upgrade comes around a pair of 5850's (assuming AMD keeps their stuff together) would be a decent upgrade or a single 5870 ...and so on. So far the CF 4850's still offer the best bang for buck performance.

Have to agree with you, I'm not planning on getting a bigger monitor since my samsung 226BW is still quite new, and I need performance for games right now, so single card is not a good option here.
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The Board you selected will support Raid 5 without a Raid Card it has a marvel raid controller built in..and I am pretty sure the Vendetta 2 still offers the best Bang for buck cooling out there..I would not change your selection unless you were looking at the more expensive Thermalright 120...
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Old October 3, 2008, 09:55 AM
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The Board you selected will support Raid 5 without a Raid Card it has a marvel raid controller built in..and I am pretty sure the Vendetta 2 still offers the best Bang for buck cooling out there..I would not change your selection unless you were looking at the more expensive Thermalright 120...

GREAT!! I didn't know that.. then I'll stick with my 3 hard drive on RAID 5 setup. Only problem is, I can't find a 650G new Seagate hard drive on the websites I listed earlier, so I guess I have to pick the 500G ones.

For the HSF, same problem, OCZ vendetta 2 is nowhere to be found, but they do have the Thermalright 120, performance wise, are they the same?
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Old October 3, 2008, 09:58 AM
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Yep the 120 is rock solid and a favorite of many air cooling overclockers...the only reason the Vendetta 2 has done so well is it offers similar performance for a lot less money.
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GREAT!! I didn't know that.. then I'll stick with my 3 hard drive on RAID 5 setup. Only problem is, I can't find a 650G new Seagate hard drive on the websites I listed earlier, so I guess I have to pick the 500G ones.

For the HSF, same problem, OCZ vendetta 2 is nowhere to be found, but they do have the Thermalright 120, performance wise, are they the same?
Check with mem ex to see if they can special order it for you, I see why not. As for the hard drives, they have western digitals, which are nearly as good anyways. I'm trying to research if Samsung's 640gb is worth it, since it is even $5 cheaper, and buy anywhere online with shipping, it's still cheaper at mem ex.
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I'm doing some research on the mobo now, seems P5Q Deluxe is really sweet, I'm wondering if I should grab the Deluxe or stick with the cheaper P5Q-E?
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Old October 3, 2008, 10:42 AM
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The P5Q-Pro is decent for the money as well...
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