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Here's what I've got so far from reading other threads and posts:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=10071808


Things I will not* compromise on:

VelociRaptor - my e-peen isn't big enough.
Antec 900 - The mail-in rebate making it $80 ends soon, so this will be the first thing I purchase.
E8400 - I don't plan on going Quad core, cause I don't plan on multitasking. If I saw a great deal on an E8500, I might upgrade.

*Note: By "will not" I mean "would really rather not," you may still make suggestions, but I probably won't follow them.


Things I will compromise on:

The PSU. I also have a question regarding that, I'll list below.
The Memory.
Heatsink?
Motherboard - I do have a second choice which I'll list below.
Soundcard - As far as I'm concerned, that's optional.

Things I plan to change already:

I'm not really going for 4870s in Crossfire, I'm going to wait for the 4870X2s. Originally I only want one, but I think I'll give my rig the potential for adding another later.



Additional comments/concerns:

Do you think I'll need a bigger PSU for two 4870X2s for CrossfireX?

There's a pretty snazzy combo on newegg with that case plus this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371009
However I haven't heard much about it.

I've heard some good things about this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299
Would it be a worthy, cheaper alternative?

I should mention that this rig is going to be for three things:

A. Gaming
B. Gaming on a 30 inch monitor
C. E-peen

And also, when I say sub-$2000 budget, what I want is to make about this same quality build for as cheap as I possibly can. Also, the $2000 doesn't include the second 4870X2 (which we can estimate each at $500) since I'd be adding that later (like after a price drop).
Edited by SSJ3 Mario Brothers - 7/11/08 at 9:45am
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I wouldn't go with the P5Q Pro, stick to X38/X48 really for crossfire, P45 would be a budget choice.


850watts will be plenty for two 4870X2s
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Originally Posted by SSJ3 Mario Brothers View Post
Here's what I've got so far from reading other threads and posts:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=10071808


Things I will not* compromise on:

VelociRaptor - my e-peen isn't big enough.
Antec 900 - The mail-in rebate making it $80 ends soon, so this will be the first thing I purchase.
E8400 - I don't plan on going Quad core, cause I don't plan on multitasking. If I saw a great deal on an E8500, I might upgrade.

*Note: By "will not" I mean "would really rather not," you may still make suggestions, but I probably won't follow them.


Things I will compromise on:

The PSU. I also have a question regarding that, I'll list below.
The Memory.
Heatsink?
Motherboard - I do have a second choice which I'll list below.
Soundcard - As far as I'm concerned, that's optional.

Things I plan to change already:

I'm not really going for 4870s in Crossfire, I'm going to wait for the 4870X2s. Originally I only want one, but I think I'll give my rig the potential for adding another later.



Additional comments/concerns:

Do you think I'll need a bigger PSU for two 4870X2s for CrossfireX?

There's a pretty snazzy combo on newegg with that case plus this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371009
However I haven't heard much about it.

I've heard some good things about this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299
Would it be a worthy, cheaper alternative?

I should mention that this rig is going to be for three things:

A. Gaming
B. Gaming on a 30 inch monitor
C. E-peen

And also, when I say sub-$2000 budget, what I want is to make about this same quality build for as cheap as I possibly can. Also, the $2000 doesn't include the second 4870X2 (which we can estimate each at $500) since I'd be adding that later (like after a price drop).
P45 with CF is limited to x8/x8 bandwidth. X38/48 is full x16/x16 bandwidth. A P5E is a great board. It would be a better board than the P5Q for CFing.

That PSU looks good enough for 2 4870x2.

Grab a 2x2 kit of DDR2 1066.

You can get a TRUE or the Xigmatek cooler.
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Power supply, there are better options available. The pc power & cooling crossfire version 750w for example

I assume its only 1 set of 4 gb of ram?

also, case antec 900

one thing i've found with bottom mounted power supplies and crossfire is that the bottom card has very little room between itself and the power supply.

if you have a power supply with a 120mm bottom fan (turned upwards in the antec 900), then you will create an air dead zone between the bottom card and the power supply fan,


also the P5E is the best choice on a budget. I've had nothing but trouble with several dfi boards and now the dfi street is gone....


If you go with the P5E, it has a full size pci slot available above the first graphics card. You might as well pick up and X-FI gamer for about the same price.
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Thank you for all your suggestions!

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Grab a 2x2 kit of DDR2 1066.
I believe I had one, G Skill 2x2 DDR2 1066, if it's not in there that's an error. It's supposed to be there.

EDIT: Man, everytime I add it to my wishlist, it just disappears for no reason. =/

Yeah, 4 Gigs sounds like plenty to me And 2x2 sounds like my best option.


Robilar, you think 750W is enough? That PSU was actually my second choice for a while, but I didn't know if it'd be enough.


EDIT: So a motherboard like this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131219
There's an open box deal, $165.
Edited by SSJ3 Mario Brothers - 7/9/08 at 12:44pm
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Dont go open box, you'll regret it. The Corsair 750w is plenty for both of those 4870s. The PC Power and Cooling crossfire edition is also an excellent choice in PSUs. The ram is a good fine. I would wait for the 4870X2. $499 and you can get a p45. Versus a x38/x48 and $300 each for a 4870.
It'd be a shame if you didn't get an I/O panel or anything else thats pretty important
You would save a good $150-$200 for just waiting for the 4870X2 to come out
Edited by kaivorth - 7/9/08 at 4:28pm
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Dont go open box, you'll regret it. The Corsair 750w is plenty for both of those 4870s. The PC Power and Cooling crossfire edition is also an excellent choice in PSUs. The ram is a good fine. I would wait for the 4870X2. $499 and you can get a p45. Versus a x38/x48 and $300 each for a 4870.
It'd be a shame if you didn't get an I/O panel or anything else thats pretty important
You would save a good $150-$200 for just waiting for the 4870X2 to come out
Here is someone who did not read my post But thank you for your suggestions regardless.

I saw that Newegg has a 15 day return policy on open box items, but yeah I suppose to be safe it'd be better to buy new.
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Thank you for all your suggestions!



I believe I had one, G Skill 2x2 DDR2 1066, if it's not in there that's an error. It's supposed to be there.

EDIT: Man, everytime I add it to my wishlist, it just disappears for no reason. =/

Yeah, 4 Gigs sounds like plenty to me And 2x2 sounds like my best option.


Robilar, you think 750W is enough? That PSU was actually my second choice for a while, but I didn't know if it'd be enough.


EDIT: So a motherboard like this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131219
There's an open box deal, $165.
I remember reading in the PSU section of OCN that a 620HX is enough for a CF of 4870s. A 750w should be enough to cover the two 4870x2. If you're worried about not having enough power, you can grab an 850w PSU. Corsair and PC P&C make great PSUs.

Open box things, such as a mobo, can come with no accessories. Other times, it comes with everything. I think it depends on what was returned with it. This is what I think after reading a few posts about open box mobos at newegg.

Also, there was a E8500 OEM deal at newegg for 220$. I think it's gone back to it's regular price, just letting you know.

Sorry, didn't see your wish list there.
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Alright, with the new article leaked about the 4870x2, it looks like I'll need a PSU with two 6 pin, and 2 8 pin connectors.

Would the OCZ EliteXStream / 800W~1000W be a good choice? Any recommendations?
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I would reccomend a corsair powersupply, them things are rock steady, as well as easy to manage, and well sleveed.

750w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006

1000w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139007

Both have $20 mail in rebates
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