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CF 4870 rig, please rate!

post #1 of 25
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 - $329.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $184.99

SAMSUNG 245BW Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $459.99

Vista Home Premium 64bit - $109.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - $104.99
(two of these, 8 gigs of ram)

Rosewill RCX-TC050 Thermal Grease - $8.99

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - $49.99

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - $234.99

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $119.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $179.99

HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $309.99
(two of these)

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Please comment on what you would change!

Few questions:

1) Is it all going to fit in that case?

2) Is the psu enough? One 12v rail, 4 6+2 pcie connectors

3) would i be better off with multiple hard drives in RAID? I don't know much about raid--is it a hassle to set up?

4) Cpu cooler, good enough?

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 25
Looks good to me!
Gutted
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E8400 4GHz 1.26V Asus Rampage Formula X38 0403 2x Diamond Radeon HD3870 Crossfire G.Skill DDR2-PC8000 2x2GB 
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2xWD Caviar 500GB RAID0 Lite-ON DVDRW Vista Ultimate x64 HP w2207 
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Thermaltake 600W Ultra Grid 
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2xWD Caviar 500GB RAID0 Lite-ON DVDRW Vista Ultimate x64 HP w2207 
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post #3 of 25
looks pretty nice...about your questions
1. yeah it should fit fine
2. I'm thinking so but thats just a guess
3. RAID is very easy to set up but a single 1tb drive should be fine...unless your worrying about backing things up...then RAID can be nice
4. I would go for something a bit better...maybe something like the tuniq tower or the TRUE
post #4 of 25
Looks a good list. May get a better cpu cooler. I would do 2x 500G RAID0. The DS4 is a good OCer so it should help the 8x chip.
post #5 of 25
1. change the CPU cooler and the thermal grease.
2. I havent heard much about that motheboard. DFI DK X38 T2R is a very good motherboard and also $185 at newegg, might want to think about that.
3. for $120 imho you can get a better case.
    
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post #6 of 25
Ya I recomend the Xigmatek s1283 or Vendetta 2
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post #7 of 25
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would the vendetta 2 block any of the ram slots on the gigabyte motherboard?
post #8 of 25
I would get the Asus Rampage formula instead of the Gigabyte X48.
post #9 of 25
RAID makes windows/loading noticeably faster, but has a 2x higher failure rate.

Only use RAID if you make regular backups, otherwise, stick to the 1TB HD.
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post #10 of 25
When I'm building machines I get really freaked out about damaging stuff in tight areas, so I don't like to put modern stuff in Mid cases...that's just me. Video cards and your Zalman right make things a tight fit. Gigabyte makes respectable boards, sure, but the X48 chipset isn't really buying you anything over its younger brother, and DFI makes a better X38. You're DEFINITELY going to need a more powerful PSU to handle 4870's in CF...like, 1kW. http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=22 Anandtech shows the 4870's in CF take more power consumption than all high-end cards except 9800GX2's in SLI (basically QuadSLI). That's a lot of juice required. Get Corsair's 1kW model, and you won't be sorry.
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