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Check my sig build. Putting together a gaming machine that'll hopefully last me 2+ years. I'll be overclocking to around 4.0GHz which is more often than not way beyond whats needed for gaming. This system also allows for the option of adding a second 4870 down the road in the case that my video card starts to lag behind a bit or if I get a bigger monitor and decide to run at higher resolutions. Games would be running at 1280x1024.

Note: The monitors and hard drives are from my current system so changing that right now isn't an option.

Total cost: $1250 CAD (including S&H and shipping insurance)

Thoughts?

EDIT: Is the 4870 overkill for this rig/resolution? Should I save myself $130 and drop it down to a 4850?
Edited by Raruk - 6/28/08 at 4:46am
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Looks good. At 1280x1024, it is kind of overkill. A 8800GT is good enough for this but with that says, I don't know what other settings you may use. You may upgrade to bigger screen in the near future. I would say 4850 is fine. The board is x38 so you always get another 4850 to do CF later on when you need it.
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Yea, my intention was to future-proof the system a bit. I don't want to buy a new monitor and find out that I need a new, or second, video card. Overall that would cost me way more than the $130 I'd save by dropping down to a 4850.
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nothing is future-proof!!!
I've changed 3 motherboards, 2 VGA cards, memory, 2 CPU's, all in 7 months.
I jumped to the P45, since it has the ICH10-R (which is paired with the X58), lower power consumption, better assembly process. Also, you could go with a pair of 4850's in CF, and it would run just fine!
As far as CPU, we all know games are going towards quad core support, so why not go for the Q9300 or even the 9450...
Now that's future-proof. Sort of...
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Only looking to get one video card right now.

As for the quad core, like 95% of games don't take advantage of more than 2 cores and even those that do run just fine on a dual core. I could always pop in a quad core later on if there's a sudden burst of games released that make full use of a quad.

From what I've read here though, higher clock speeds > more cores for gaming, now and in the near future. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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nothing is future-proof!!!
Why the hell do people say this? It's totally and completely possible to make an upgrade that will last you 3+ years (which is usually good enough for most people), the only thing that goes out of style quickly is the GPU...but that's only if you're a gamer and actually care.
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mmm, as soon as quad cores came out which was a while ago, the devs started making games for quads so i think ull see a trend in which the 2 cores will be overstretched in a year or so's time. this all depends of course as to how much work will be sent to the cu and how effectiely the code is written for them. nvidia using ageia in the gfx cards is a step up from the cpu, but this limits the gpu's power as it already has alot of candy to deliver in the first place. will you do any other multitasking? i like to have itunes in the background of cod 4 and my q6600 takes it all very well. 2+ years is a long time in the scheme of computing so it all comes down the how much you want to spend. the crossfire idea is a good one, and im sure you might be able to pick up another 4870 even if you have a 4850 in there already, which would add another 80% at the very least to your performance figures. but again, this comes down to your cpu as in 2 years time, a duo might not be cutting the mustard...
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