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Building my first computer

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Hey all.
Am new to all this computing.
So i thought it was time to follow my brother in computers Ive got about a grand to spend, probably a little bit more.
Worked very hard to get this money and would like some advice on a graphic card to go with my system.
Ive been given my brothers old monitor a 24 inc:D as his upgraded to a hdtv.
Dave said if i waited till Jan i can have his old 4870x2. But just been bought the new need for speed shift for the pc.

what ive pick so far
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/viewcart.php
 
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I would wait if its just the graphics card your in need of help with as i would expect some big price drops since the 5850/5870's are now out.

Do you need help with the remaining components?
 
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Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Gh
Asus P6TD Deluxe Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
Corsair Dominator 3GB (3x1GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 (1600MHz) Tri-Channel
Samsung SpinPoint F1 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
LG BH08LS20 8x Blu-Ray-RW/DVD±RW Dual Layer SATA Drive
Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283 CPU Cooler
Asus Xonar D2X 7.1 PCI-Express Sound Card
Lian Li TYR PC-X2000 Aluminium Full-Tower. My brothers got this case and has water cooling in it. (Mabe upgrade in years to come to water cooling)
Corsair HX 1000W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power Supply
 
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Is this a good combo of parts for a gaming rig. Thats all i would be doing on it. but mabe my bro can show me some overclocking when he gets back from overseas. Army and all..
Thought about having a go on bros pc, but it looks really complicated. with all them pipes and all. he running two cards from what i can see but on one lead coming out the back. Whats that all about. am also going to buy a pc mag(Any good ones out there?). so i can start learning about this kinda stuff.
 
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That's a good spec in my opinion!

What sort of budget do you have? If you can afford it I think getting a 6GB RAM kit would be a much better option than that 3GB one.
 
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A 4870X2 is an awesome awesome card... but January is a long way away... :rolleyes: Logic says you should wait, but "I wanna build a system now" Syndrome will probably stop you from waiting. I'd recommend a second hand Radeon 4850 1GB (£70 max), or if you've got a few dimes spare, go for the Radeon 5850 (£200) or Radeon 5870 (300).
 
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With the card its not costing me anything. as the 5850 will cost me 70. As hard as it is i might buy all my other components. first then have his ati. how long would that card be ok running games before i have to start lowering graphic spec in games down?
 
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there are simply not enough high tasking games out apart from a few (crysis, gta iv etc), unless you are running on a massive resolution, im assuming it would be 1680x1050 any modern card will be good i,e 4870,4890,5850, gtx 280 etc
 
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the 4870x2 is faster than the 5870, but give the drivers for the 5870 to mature and it will beat the 4870x2, you could save £300 and wait 2-3 months for the 4870 x2, and it will run all the latest games on max :)
 
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