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That OCZ is a good PSU and should be able to handle two HD4850s but im not sure about the HD4870s.

No do not buy those ram. Theyre extremely overpriced and most of the time you can OC the ram yourself to meet those speeds. Im sure the RAM wont be limiting your OC. Get a 2x2GB kit at least and in the future upgrade to 8GB ram

that HD4870 is good but it depends on what monitor you are gaming on. If you are on 1680x1050 or higher then it would be a good idea to get the 1Gb version whereas if you are not then dont bother as it would be a waste of money.
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Um, hey guys? OP said waterblock. Quit selling him heatsinks

I'd offer a build, but I have zero experience whatsoever with water.
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that HD4870 is good but it depends on what monitor you are gaming on. If you are on 1680x1050 or higher then it would be a good idea to get the 1Gb version whereas if you are not then dont bother as it would be a waste of money.
Do you have any specific advice on memory? Definitely looking to push the system as far as I can 'safely'.

He will always be gaming on 1680x1050 or higher (sometimes games on his 46" 1080p lcd)
So I think he wants the 1gig radeon hd4870 card

Also is this processor VERY good for the price?? 6megs of l2 cache GOOD? Or should we got with a lower priced processor?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

Were gonna see what tomorrows christmas specials are too and compare..
    
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Do you have any specific advice on memory? Definitely looking to push the system as far as I can 'safely'.

He will always be gaming on 1680x1050 or higher (sometimes games on his 46" 1080p lcd)
So I think he wants the 1gig radeon hd4870 card

Also is this processor VERY good for the price?? 6megs of l2 cache GOOD? Or should we got with a lower priced processor?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

Were gonna see what tomorrows christmas specials are too and compare..
For gaming, the e8400 is the king,beats the q6600.
    
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For gaming, the e8400 is the king,beats the q6600.
marginally, but yes. however if he's going to game AND multitask, encode videos, blah blah blah, the q6600 is a good choice. i'll tell you what, i use the 3rd core i have more than i ever thought i would.
     
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Found this ocz600w for $44 after mail in rebate (but MUST order tonight) is this psu gonna be stable overclocking with 2 cards and possibility of running quad core?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341010



Also I'm looking at overclocking highly, and I could a also get 2gig of ram now, and purchase 2 gig later..

Would I be better off getting some higher mhz ram?
maybe something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231233


And what about this video card? is the 1gig video memory good???
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161247

Btw the budget COULD go higher, possibly 700 or 800.. Just really looking for the best bang for the buck, and wanting a high end pc.. But not really on a SET budget...
Higher mhz ram offers no noticeable difference- and the one you linked to is DDR3 so it's not compatible with the rest of your system. I just think that ram running at 1066mhz is the sweet spot right now, offering lots of headroom for your overclocking

PC-8500 is good for the e8400- I have both- more than enough to be honest.
Graphics card is good. There is rather a good deal on the gtx 280 here, something to consider if you got the money

No reason not to go for the CPU- it far surpassed my expectations. Just note that you don't need that good cooling- on air my e8400 is limited by volts than heat.
Edited by xwinx - 12/24/08 at 10:25pm
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I'd opt for this Corsair instead. 52A on the 12V rail will give you tons of headroom in the future.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9005&Tpk=650TX
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post #18 of 18
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I think hes pretty set in wanting to get the E8400 processor (unless someone else recommends something else...)
Radeon HD4870 1gig card (although MAY end up getting the 512meg)


We don't know what motherboard to get, we are looking at these 2 asus boards, which one would be better??
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131296


What about these power supplies, how much power would we need if we went crossfire in the future?

700w ocz $60 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341019
800w BFG $90 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702007
750w corsair $100 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006


And what specific ram should we get with the asus board and the E8400 processor? Were wanting to be able to easily get into the 450mhz++ fsb range without being held back by the ram...

Also, whats the difference between ddr2 and ddr3? Is it worth it to spend $20-$30 more on an asus board with dd3 memory?
We could always live for now with 2gigs, and later add 2 gigs more..
Edited by Towlieee - 12/25/08 at 5:13pm
    
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