Recomendations on new computer build

So after looking at some other options I decided to change things up a bit. Im going to get a cheaper case, go with the seasonic psu, and going to go with fry.coms sale on crucial ram. Here is the list:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
Western Digital Caviar 640GB
SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT 650W
DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2RB
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
Vista Home Premium
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
DDR2 4GB PC6400 DUAL CRUCIAL
and two ASUS Radeon HD 4850

If there is anything at all that I should need please let me know, this is my first diy computer. Any tips or sagely wisdom is greatly welcome. Thanks to all of you who have already helped, I really appreciate it.

If you already “need” crossfire I would rather recommend you to get a beefier single video card as far from all games scales well with crossfire and you limit yourself in the long run as you already have occupied both PCIe slots.
//Danne

Dizzy, check out this Anandtech review, omitting the insane resolution graphs you can see that two 4850’s perform the same as two 4870’s

The anandtech review is comparing the HD 4870 with the R700 mostly. They dont show anything about the 4850 card in crossfire. Or am I missing something

Did you go to the subsequent pages in that review where they compare cards and games :confused:

Two 4850’s beat a GTX280 by a lot, and at a fraction of the cost.

I could get a single 4870 card, save about $40 instead of 2 x 4850 and wait a while to get second for crossfire

HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4870 GDDR5 ($260 after rebate)

Maybe I just missed the 4850’s, I saw only 4870’s Ill go back and look again

Yeah Im a doosh just missed the fact that CF stand for crossfire :o

[QUOTE=pupuplader;2122941]I could get a single 4870 card, save about $40 instead of 2 x 4850 and wait a while to get second for crossfire

HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4870 GDDR5 ($260 after rebate)[/QUOTE]

Yes you can (Si se puede) lol.

When you look at the price to performance the 4850’s are better. Look at the game “age of conan” in the review. In the 1680*1050 resolution the 4870 scores 36.3fps while the 4850’s in crossfire score 53.2, which translates to a 46% fps increase over the 4870. Now consider the cost difference. About $260 for the 4870, and $305 for the pair of 4850’s after the rebate (also the 4850’s have free shipping and come with a game each that can be sold on ebay). So for far less than 50 bucks your getting 46% more performance.

If you were going to game at a higher 1920*1200 resolution you would be running over 53% faster than a single 4870. See the math doesn’t lie, after selling the games that it comes with the price of a pair of 4850’s beats the single 4870 by far.

For sure going with the 4850CF definitely the best bang for the buck, thanks eric93se you have been a great help.

[QUOTE=eric93se;2122817]Dizzy, check out this Anandtech review, omitting the insane resolution graphs you can see that two 4850’s perform the same as two 4870’s[/QUOTE]
What sore of screen rez is going to be used ?

The reason why I got the x1650xt’s were for a cheap xfire setup (and the best for video work at the time) to test some things out and you need to get above 28~30 inch with 2560x plus screen resolution to see them come into their own, most people never get near the limits of their gpx cards when using low screen rez like 1600x1200 or below.

Thats a really good point. pupuplader, what is your monitor? and do you ever plan on getting a higher resolution one in the near future?

Currently its 1920x1200; however I dont know how long that I will have that monitor. When that monitor goes back to my brother I was going to us my HDTV for a bit while I save up some money. I dont know how well my tv will work. Its a 32in that supports 1080i and HDMI.

to think of it, I have a friend that is getting rid of his laptop. Its a 14in widescreen that goes to 1920x1200. Dont know if I could use this but it would be free.

good, because if you want to game at 1900x1200 then crossfire is the way to go.

woops, completely forgot about the optical drive.

Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-216DBK
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q/BEBN
An you probably want some quality SATA connectors that have right angles on one end, Rosewill 18" Serial ATA II External cable

what do you think of the PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous

free shipping and after rebate its only $90

Looks like a good choice.
Seasonic being preferred, also check out SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W
and since seasonic is so great I would trust one of their recertified units, Recertified: SeaSonic OB-S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT 650W 100 bucks.

Does the samsung 22x have cd burning abilities also, on the specification page on newegg it doesnt say.

Just bought the Seasonic OB-s12 thanks for the link