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Hello to everyone here at the Overclock Forums!

I've had many systems built, however this time i'm going to be putting each component together myself. I've always built green machines, but i'm looking to finally turn to the red side I'm wanting to Crossfire 2x4870X2's.
I would also like to overclock this machine, so I am really seeking advice on what mobo to use, CPU, CPU Cooler (liquid or air), and case.

Also, what are the chance of me ruining my components? This will be my first time and I really don't want to do that.

Thanks in advance everyone.
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Welcome to OCN!

It's great to know you'll be building your own rig. Anyways Do you have a budget on your rig and what are you gonna use this rig for?

If you read instructions and be careful the chance of you ruining you're components is minimal.
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No real budget, however I don't want to put alot of money into minimal increments of performance that aren't really needed. I'm an enthusiast gamer, also a web designer specialising in digital art, frameworks, and banners.
    
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I can't really throw much out there in the way of mobo...as I never have used a crossfire board and couldn't really give you a direction to head.

As for a CPU, Cooler and case...a lot of it will depend on your personal preferences.

The case is more or less a personal expression of yourself. You have to pick based off the styles you like. I personally love the Antec P182...but that's because I hate side windows and love dual chambers. You may want a side window or bright colors, etc. Check out newegg.com and look at there cases...pick one that looks like something you want and then check back with OCN for info on the one you like.

The CPU is going to depend greatly on what you will be using it for. If your a gamer...then a dual core is probably right for you. Most gaming applications barely use 2 cores...let alone 4...so get more GHz for the buck and stick with a dual.The new 45nm chips are getting great reviews here and are for the most part, highly overclockable.

If you use more CPU intense applications such as autocad and someothers that I know very little about...you might steer yourself towards a quad-core. I have no opinions on anything other then the Q6600 (which is great). The downside is less GHz for more cores.

As to a cooler...once again - alot of it will depend on the CPU and case you get. The Tuniq's and T.R.U.E.'s seem to be about the most popular around here (judging from everyone's sig rigs). But - there are many many others that get the job done.

I guess it's easier if you give us a starting point to work with. Throw a wish-list system together and let us critique it for you. It might be a little easier knowing which direction you were starting in.


EDITED:

As far as damaging the components....just take your time and be careful. Some of the plugs are going to go in easier then you thought...others will be hard as heck. Don't bend anything and always grip from the sides. When in doubt....err on the side of caution. You'll be fine.
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Ok I also cxannot help you with the crossfire thingy, but i will suggest you buy faster ram for example i wish i bought 8500 instead of 6400. Case is pesonal preference IMO I liked the 690 it had lots of places for fans and looked nice to me compared to my other choices. I think air cooling is just fine , unless its super hot all the time. Thats all i got for you now bud good luck on the build Welcome to OCN !
    
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Don't bother going for two HD4870x2's unless you're running 2+ 24" monitors or a 30". It's a waste of money. Even if you do get a 30" screen, you'll need a 45nm quad overclocked to AT LEAST 3.6 to get even 80% of the full performance the HD4870x2 can give out.

When it comes to CF mobos, the X38/X48 is king. The P45 can do CF very well as well, but the 8/8 bandwidth instead of 16/16 causes bottleneck issues at lower resolutions(lower than 1920x1200)
post #8 of 13
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Thanks for the reply clbk, i've gone and put together this list as a reference point.

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale

MOBO:
ASUS RAMPAGE INTEL X48 (Crossfire?)

RAM:
OCZ REAPER (2X2GB) DDR2 1066

GPU:
2x HD4870X2 in Quad Crossfire

SOUND:
ASUS XONAR DX 7.1

CPU COOLER:
TUNIQ TOWER 120 P4 & K8

PSU:
PCP&P SILENCER 750W

MONITOR: (already purchased)
SAMSUNG 21.6BW LCD MONITOR (1680x1050)

CASE:
THERMALTAKE ARMOR SERIES VA8003BWS

I was thinking about pulling the fans out of that armor and replacing them with some Scythe fans? I hear they are silent, effective, and reliable.
All feedback and constructive critiscism welcome!

EDIT: Thanks to everyone for all the quick and helpful replies!
Ok well seeing as i'm only running a 22" at 1680x1050, should I only take one HD4780X2?
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What resolution will you be running this on? If it's less than or equal to 1920x1200, TWO HD4870x2's are a waste of money. Don't buy 2x2GB kits when buying Intel boards, they don't overclock as well.
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Thanks for the reply RussianGrimmReaper, would I be better choosing 4x1GB of the OCZ Reaper RAM?
    
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