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I do plan on overclocking and hope to achieve results in the 3.8-4 GHz area. I've read the chipset can make a rather large difference in results.

I'm toying with the idea of running DDR3 RAM, but I don't know if the boost in performance is worth the extra cost.

As for the video card I plan on buying, the HD 4870 looks like a real winner if it comes out at the $350 price point. Unfortunately, most benchmarks I've seen with RTS's have nVidia cards outperforming ATI. I saw in PC Gamer the 3870X2 didn't fare too well in World in Conflict with max settings. If I get a nVidia card, I'll probably get one of the new GTX cards unless they come out with something more attractive. Hopefully the price of the GTX 280 will fall around $450 by the time I plan on assembling this rig.

Anyway, which motherboard would you recommend for ATI cards and nVidia cards? DDR2 vs DDR3?
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Only buy DDR3 is you need to do some major overclocking. The minor performance increase is not worth the massive price increase.

For a motherboard, if you are getting ATI cards, go for a X38\\X48 chipset. If you are getting Nvidia cards, grab a 780I (DDR2).

Also, you should wait a week or two for all the ATI cards to launch. The prices of all mid-high end video cards should drop by a bit, and you will have more of a selection. I would wait, and then decide on what you would get.
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I won't start purchasing parts until October at the earliest. I'm simply looking around right now.

I've read the HD 4870 will start out in the $330-350 range. The GTX 280 is at least $650 most places I've bothered looking. The GTX 260 is rumored to debut at $400, but I'm not sure if it'll outperform the HD 4870 by enough to garner spending another $50-70. I could always go for an older card with the 9800 GX2, which I believe was the single fastest PCIe card before the GTX 280 came out. But if I don't mind spending the money on that, what would stop me from reaching for the GTX 280?

I'll probably have a clearer picture of which GPU I want in a month after ATI releases their next-gen cards.
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It's also probably worth mentioning I wouldn't mind an upgrade path to the 45nm quads.
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For DDR2, I would go with this: http://www.motherboardpro.com/DFI-La...ard-p-557.html

It has plenty of BIOS options, and my older models of the DFI boards have never failed me.
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I've been looking at Asus boards and I'm intrigued by their power management. I'd appreciate it if anyone has first-hand experience using it rather than reading about it at their site.
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
Only buy DDR3 is you need to do some major overclocking. The minor performance increase is not worth the massive price increase.
There is actually a pretty BIG performance increase. No, not in games, but thats because the CPU/GPU limit it before the RAM does. But if you wanna, say, run 2 games at once, you'll see the difference. Plus its not like DDR3 would be a wasted investment since its going to be used on Nehalem.
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I don't plan on upgrading to Nehalem for a while. Will current-gen chipsets even support Nehalem cores?

Also, I plan on using this rig to excel with RTS games like SC2 and RA3. I currently own WIC and it kicks my laptop's ass. I've decided it's not worth playing with an average framerate of roughly 18 on the lowest settings.

With that said, I'm told RTS games are CPU intensive. If this is true, wouldn't reaching for DDR3 be a wise investment?

As for the video card, I'm waiting for the HD 4870 and GTX 260 to release. I'm guessing the former won't handle RTS's as well as the latter. I believe the 3870X2 outperforms the 9800 GTX in most everything, but lags in WIC. If the GTX 260 beats the HD 4780 in WIC, I'll most likely look at getting an SLI chipset.
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I didn't want to hijack sadiq's thread so I'll bump my own.

I figure I didn't give enough parameters last time and that led to very few answers. I know a little more about what I want to get this time.

I'd settled on DDR2 memory after a little discussion covering the differences between the two and I'm told DDR3 will yield a minimal increase in performance over DDR2.

I don't plan to run a dual-GPU setup unless I get something like a 9800GX2 or HD 4870X2. The need for a second PCIe slot running at 2.0 specifications isn't a big deal. It'd be nice for expansion purposes, but I've read running card in SLI or CrossFire only make large differences at higher resolutions. I'll be playing these games on a 22" monitor. I don't remember the maximum resolution. I bought it while in 29 Palms to play my XBox 360 because it was a far cheaper alternative to buying a TV. Simple Google searches lead me to believe it's 1680x1050.

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