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Old November 1, 2008, 01:26 AM
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I decided to make a new thread so I can receive faster replies.

What I have
80GB HDD
40GB HDD
Windows XP Professional retail w/ two windows XP home edition CD keys
CD optical drive
DVD optical drive
All this stuff is 5-6 years old, not sure if usuable.

What I plan on buying
CPU: E8400
GPU: 4870X2
Mobo: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L
RAM: G.skill PC2-8000(1000mhz) 2x2GB
Case: Antec Three hundred
PSU: Need a good one for a low price that can handle this stuff.
HDD: Seagate 250GB
Total Price without shipping and tax but with a corsair 750W PSU is: $1204.35 CAN.

for the OS, I have a retail copy of Windows XP professional with 2 windows XP home CD keys that came with the current PC I'm using and also with a laptop. I'm pretty sure it will work since I used a 3rd windows XP home CD key with my friends PC using a windows XP professional CD. if it doesn't I'll barrow it from someone. now I still need a PSU for 100 bucks or less. preferably 70-80 which I doubt. I'll be ordering some MX-2 thermal paste but no cpu cooler...I pick that up later.
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Old November 1, 2008, 03:17 AM
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That Corsair TX750w PSU is a good pick.

As for the case, the 4870X2 is a LONG card and you'll probably have issues fitting it in the Antec 300. Not to mention, you might run into trouble with overheating in such a cramped case even if it does fit. Cable management is said to be a PITA in the 300. Why skimp on the case when you're buying a premium graphics card? If you want to stick with Antec, I'd recommend the 900 or preferably the 1200 to be sure.

Next, the HDD. Again, why limit yourself, given the spec of your other components? That Seagate 250GB HDD is $77.83 on NCIX, for only $20 more you could get a Seagate Barracuda 640GB HDD.

You might want to consider a SATA DVD drive also, makes the cables a bit neater and helps airflow.

Finally (I'm very long-winded this morning), if you are ordering all those together, the OCZ Vendetta 2 is an excellent cooler if you are going to overclock that E8400.

I know you can see the price climbing but the phrase "buy once, cry once" comes to mind. I just completed a new build myself recently, and spent considerably more than I intended to by the end but couldn't be happier now that I did.
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Case: Antec 1200.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.5GHz.
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro.
RAM: 4GB Corsair Dominator Twin2X PC2-8500.
Graphics: Xpertvision Radeon HD4870 1GB.
Sound: Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB.
PSU: PCP&C Silencer Quad 750w.
OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM.
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Old November 1, 2008, 11:01 AM
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CPU: E8400 =
GPU: 4870X2 =
Mobo: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L = but maybe check out the P5Q-Pro
RAM: G.skill PC2-8000(1000mhz) 2x2GB = but check out Muskin Redline 4GB PC8000 for $99
Case: Antec Three hundred = 2 small look at Antec 900 or CM 690 or Haf 932
PSU: Agreed with above the TX750 is great for a good price
HDD: Seagate 250GB = get a Seagate 640GB for a couple bucks more.

That would be all in my eyes....exept of course a better heat sink and fan get the OCZ Vendetta 2
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Old November 1, 2008, 01:29 PM
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I see. would air curulation be that bad in a antec 300? and lets say hypothetically, I go with a P5Q pro and a second 4870X2 for crossfire...would anything bottleneck the cards? of course I'll go with a 1000W psu. the reason why I ask is..well what you guys said. if I'm going to get a such a high preformance gpu, why not go all out? so maybe I should go for a Q6600, X48 mobo, 1000W PSU, 4870X2 crossfire. or should I just stick with a e8400 and gigabyte eP45 crossfire mobo?
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Old November 1, 2008, 01:35 PM
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your CPU would be your bottleneck you would need to OC to 4.0 which isn't to hard on the E8400 to really scream...but even still CF X2's will rock your socks even without OC on or CPU you just wouldnt be taking full advantage of them....what monitor are you using...you will need at least a 24" to use that much GPU horsepower.

for the case you will have issues with airflow..mobo size it will fit but tightly...cable wiring....and fitting your monster X2

The Q6600 would have more issues with bottlenecks then the E8400...I would not worry to much about the X48 Mobo's unless your budget allows it..
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Old November 1, 2008, 01:40 PM
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right now im going to be using a 22inch 1680x1050 monitor. I know a 4870x2 won't show much a of a improvement so a crossfire rig would useless. I'll go with one 4870x2. I just want the card for the sake of having it. I don't wanna buy a new card like a year later.
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Old November 1, 2008, 01:41 PM
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also the asus rampage extreme mobo supports ddr3, does this mean it isn't backward compatible with DDR2?
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Old November 1, 2008, 01:44 PM
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also the asus rampage extreme mobo supports ddr3, does this mean it isn't backward compatible with DDR2?
There is No backward compatibility with DDR RAM it is either DDR DDR2 or DDR3 and then the different speeds of each type. with a new CPU and chipset on the way I would say it is cheaper and more functional to go with DDR2 and a standard P series board..otherwise jsut wait for the X58 series boards and the new i7 CPU's.
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Old November 1, 2008, 02:01 PM
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I see. alright this is what I have so far.

E8400
Gigabyte EP45
Gigabyte 4870X2
Mushkin Redline PC2-8000 2x2GB
Antec 1200
OCZ Vendetta 2
MX-2 thermal paste
640GB Seagate barracuda
Crosair 750W
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Old November 1, 2008, 02:03 PM
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as for the case, should I go with lian-li instead?
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