Looking for input on my current build


May 16, 2009
So i have been blitzing toms hardware and other sites tryin to understand how todays hardware works for a new pc im tryin to build, last pc i built was 5 years ago so its been a while ;(. Main use is for gaming i guess and misc schoolwork sometimes using autocad etc.

So far this is what im leaning towards:

Intel Core2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz 6MB/1333FSB S775 CPU, Retail [ BX80570E8400 ]
Arctic Cooling Freezer7 Pro S775 Cooler

Asus P5Q-E Intel P45 S775 ATX Mainboard (Audio/Dual Gigabit LAN) [ P5Q-E ]

OCZ Reaper 4GB DC PC2-8500 DDR2 Memory Kit *EPP* [ OCZ2RPR10664GK ]

WD SATAII 250Gb 7200RPM 16Mb Hard Drive, 3Yr [ WD2500AAKS ]

Sapphire Radeon HD4890 1GB PCIe Video Card w/2xDVI/TV Out, Retail
Sapphire Radeon HD4850 1GB PCIe Video Card w/HD/TV-Out/2xDVI, Retail

Thermaltake Armor + MX Mid Tower Case, Black [ VH8000BWS ]

PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Silencer Series, Black [ S61EPS ]

Now my reasoning for the MB and CPU is that info i have gathered says its easy to overclock to 3.6ish and it seems not many things take advantage of quad cores atm so faster dual core would be better.
RAM im not to sure about aside from info that PC8500 RAM works best with the MB so i just looked for some RAM from a good manufacturer.
I dont need a big HD since i have two alrdy just something fast which is what i chose i think.

Vid card is hardest decision atm, im not sure if i should go with a single 4890, single 4850 or xfire 4850s right away. Like i was thinking getting one 4890 now would be plenty of oomph, and then i could add another later if needed. Or are xfired 4850s a large enough preformance increase over a single 4890?

For case i liked the thermaltake armor series look but went with mid tower instead of full. Are mid towers still roomy enough to fit everything and have room for new upgrades and cooling or is it better to just stay with a full? PS is one that was crossfire ready so i can be ready to do that whenever i want.

. I guess my main goal is to build a fairly powerful rig that is upgradeable in the future so havin xfire and ability to go upto quadcore seems good.

Any thoughts, tips or recommendations about this setup would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1046 $64.99 CAD
Antec Three Hundred Mini Tower Gaming Case 300 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Audio

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 $90.49 (Before $25.00 USD Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35760&vpn=GA-EX58-UD3R&manufacture=Gigabyte $235.86 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $215.86 CAD
Gigabyte EX58-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GLAN CrossFireX Motherboard

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4240166 $339.99
Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37775&vpn=896-P3-1171-AR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1046 $278.88 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $258.88 CAD
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked 648MHZ 896MB 2.376GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35710&vpn=OCZ3G1600LV6GK&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1046 $104.99 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $84.99 CAD
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34286&vpn=WD6401AALS&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1046 $85.98 CAD
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=32234&vpn=GH22NS30%20BLACK&manufacture=LG%20Electronics $32.87 CAD
LG GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X 2MB SATA OEM

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488CVF $139.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,374.04 CAD | $1,295.04 CAD w/mail in rebates