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Old August 17, 2008, 10:19 PM
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I've received advice from a friend saying that a Gigabyte X48-DS4 would be better suited for crossfire, since it allows full x16/x16. This is around $100 more than the P5Q pro. Since I'm using a 22' LCD, would it be better to get this board instead?
I'm trying to future proof as much as possible, so I don't mind spending a little extra now and making it last for longer.

Every review online of a ga-x48 class mobo states tis a MONSTER. I have one, and I did a 3 disk sata 2 raid 5 with a 64 K stripe with parity. When I loaded vista 64, it practically wrote the ENTIRE install disc to my drive in under 10 seconds. As for the crossfore, I run a 3870 X2, coz I cant tell the differance anyway on graphics, the really important thing is that I can see my foes head in my crosshaairs So, if I really wanna jazz it up, I may throw in a single 3870 for a tri-fire, but that dont mean that I can pwn you faster Anyhoo, I like my ga-x48 board.
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Old August 18, 2008, 01:42 PM
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Since you don't plan to OC or if you do so I think you will stay with a mild one, the P45 board will be more tha enough. For the 8X vs 16X PCIE, you won't see any difference anyway so it doesn't worth it in my own opinion.

Also, I personnaly prefer Gigabyte over Asus, so for the same price (even 5$ less if you pricematch with directcanada) you can get this one NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte EP45-DS3R ATX LGA775 P45 2PCI-E16 2PCI CrossFireX SATA2 RAID Sound 2XGLAN 1394A Motherboard - GA-EP45-DS3R In Canada. (GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview - GA-EP45-DS3R (rev. 1.0)). You will get 1 extra lan port, 2 extra onboard usb, dual bios and even or better quality and features.

Anyway it's a really nice built.
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Old August 18, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Thanks for all your input guys. Against most of your judgments, I've decided to go with the X48-DS4. This is strictly for futureproofing, I do realize that it won't improve overall performance by much, but ya never know. Final Build:

Case:
Coolermaster Cosmos Full Tower ($182)
NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Cosmos Full Tower ATX Case 5X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Firewire Audio eSATA - RC-1000-KSN1 In Canada.

Mobo: Gigabyte X48-DS4(222$)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29821&vpn=GA-X48-DS4&manufacture=Gigabyte

PSU:
Corsair TX750W 750W ($105)
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 ($350)
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.83GHZ Yorkfield 1333FSB 12MB Retail Box - BX80569Q9550 In Canada.

RAM:
Mushkin HP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-12 240PIN ($85)
NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin HP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - 996587 In Canada.

HD: WD 640gb x2 ($75x2 = $150)

NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty - WD6400AAKS In Canada.

GPU: Diamond HD4870 512mb ($270)
NCIX.com - Buy Diamond Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card - 4870PE5512 In Canada.

OD: Pioneer DVR-216DBK ($27)
NCIX.com - Buy Pioneer DVR-216DBK Black 20X SATA OEM DVDRW No Software - DVR-216DBK In Canada.

Total: ~$1499 with shipping and taxes.

I found that Directcanada.com has generally lower prices than NCIX and fewer mail-in rebate offers, not to mention free shipping. The only problem is that directcanada has the Q9550 listed at $578 (I guess they haven't updated the prices on Intel CPUs like NCIX has). PCVonline has it for $350.

Would it be wise to order all my parts except for the CPU from directcanada, and then order my CPU from PCVonline, or should I wait for the q9550 to drop at directcanada? Has anyone dealt with PCVOnline? Is their shipping fast like directcanada's?

Thanks guys, you've all been amazing! I'm going to take pictures as I build it.

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Old August 18, 2008, 05:55 PM
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Why don't you get a price match at ncix if Direct Canada has it cheaper!

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Old August 18, 2008, 06:21 PM
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NCIX's shipping charges are killing me, its like $54 to ship, and tack on another $22.26 for insurance.

Direct canada is a cool $0 with $15 insurance.
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Old August 18, 2008, 06:51 PM
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NCIX's shipping charges are killing me, its like $54 to ship, and tack on another $22.26 for insurance.

Direct canada is a cool $0 with $15 insurance.
Personally, I'd call DC or email them, let them know their CPU price is $200 high and tell them it might cost them a system. Or wait.
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Old August 18, 2008, 08:28 PM
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Good idea. Just did that. I'm surprised it's still at $577.81. Every store I see lists them for under $400 since Intel recently revised its pricing list.

On another note, they ran out of the RAM I wanted. Are these:

Mushkin XP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB (Mushkin XP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada)

Just as good? They're about $40 more expensive. I've heard nothing but good things about Mushkin so I think I'll give them my business. What are your thoughts or suggestions on other RAM. The Redlines are sold out as well.
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Old August 18, 2008, 09:03 PM
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There isn't much to futureproof about. Nehalem won't be compatible with X48 chipsets.
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Old August 18, 2008, 09:07 PM
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It should delay me from buying Nehalem for at least a couple of months down the road.
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Old August 18, 2008, 11:37 PM
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I wouldnt even bat an eyelash on nehalem anyways, think about this, first off all, I really dont think there is a single programmer that can make a program multithread in 8 differant directions at once, maybe an OCTA server, but not an OCTA core. If you really need that, you need like AIX,, or SOLARIS LoL.
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