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Hey, I'd just like some advise on my next system upgrade.
I'll be using my old case/fans, optical drives (two IDE and one SATA) and my three hard drives (3x250GB SATA, I'll RAID 0 that as my main partition).I'll be keeping my XP professional 32 bit OS, so I know the 4GB of RAM will probably not live up to they're full potential.
I'm looking at adding the following

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

ASUS P5E Deluxe LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Radeon HD 4870 GPU

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
(just for some extra storage, like video fils and whatnot)

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler (I intend to overclock, and I've heard this is a good one, let me know if it isn't)

All this comes to just about $1000, which is well within my price range. If I crossfire now, then I'd look at about $1500 (I'd need a new power supply for sure then)

As the AMD fan that I am, I'm still fiddling with the idea of a phenom, but I know the 6600 is better. I'll be crossfiring eventually, I might do it now, I might do it at Christmas. I WAS toying with the idea of DDR3, but I'd rather save some $$$ for the Nehalem or the AMD response to it in a couple of years, and they don't seem to give any improvement in benchmarks.

my questions are:
Is the mobo good? I'd like to shave a few bucks there if it won't limit my performance significantly, but I need CF ability and at least 6 SATA.
What is the performance difference in x38 vs x48?
Will my old 550W psu work if I only use the one GPU? Is the cpu cooler necessary, i figure stock will limit my oc?
Does anything stick out in my planned build as needing improvement?

Thanks in advance for any advise.
Edited by mendoksou - 7/6/08 at 10:58pm
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the mobo isn't bad, but for $200 bucks you could probably do better for less.

rather get a DFI Blood IRON or a P35 and save a bit on the MOBO.

As for the PSU,550W should be enough, but what kind of PSU is it? make and model?
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Ati recommends a 500w psu for one gpu and 600w for 2. Yes you definately should get the aftermarket cooler, if you do want to overclock in the future its practically necessary as quads can produce alot of heat. I agree with "this Noob Again" as far as the board goes. The board your looking at is nice but if you did want to shave 50 to a hundred off your cost you could go for a decent p35 board. The only con to doing that is by the time you do want to switch to ddr3 you will need to upgrade your board again. Its up to you, for the price of ddr3 at the current moment I cant personally justify spending 200+ dollars on a board that supports as well as upto 300 more just for ram when I can spend 100-150 on a decent p35 board and 100 dollars on decent ddr2 ram.
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Thanks for the replies.

Do any P35 board have PCI Express 2.0, tho? I can't find any on newegg, and don't you need that to get full potential out of the 4870? How about a P45 board, they seem a bit cheaper but have PCIE 2.0. I was thinking maybe the ASUS P5Q Pro but I'm not sure what "2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, support ATI CrossFireX technology at x8 link
(black at max. x8 link)" means in terms possible of bottlenecking.

I figure that DDR3 is pointless because by the time I'm wanting DDR3, Nehalem/hopefully-an amazing-AMD-response will be out, and I'll need a new mobo socket anyways.

Sorry I can't tell you what my psu is, I'm not in town atm, and I don't remember it offhand. But it sounds like I'll need a new one for crossfire anyways.

BTW, one concern with the cooler. Will it fit in an x-cruise case? I have 7.8 inch (~19.8 cm) width, and the thing is 120(W) x 50(H) x 159(D)mm, so It should give me enough clearance, but how far off the back does the mobo lift the cpu? It's no where near the 3.9cm that would be troublesome for me, is it?
Edited by mendoksou - 7/7/08 at 5:35pm
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post #5 of 7
I just did a similar upgrade except with a DFI p35, I have seen a huge boost in performance in just multitasking, I went from a 160gb HDD to RAID 0 and boot up times have gone down. Good luck with what you decide .
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P35 boards have 2.0, but the only down for performance is when you try to CF with them, then they revert to x16/x4 instead of the usual x16/x16 of an X38/48. The x8/x8 you're talking about is for P45, not 35. So, if you bought a single 4870, you're fine. And for the cooler you can usually turn them 90 degrees as long as you also have a top vent/fan on your case.
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post #7 of 7
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Well, I am going to crossfire eventually. I'll probably just go x38 then. Good point on the rotating the cpu fan.
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