I am planning the setup of a new computer and there are several points i need advise and opinions with:
-all should fit inside the Antec P182 case (i value silence much and the case looks solidly built)
-i'll be using a Corsair 750W psu. i think it supplies enough current for all the video cards and, again, seems to be silent enough and not too expensive
-Motherboard? i was thinking Abit IX38 QuadGT, i had good experience with this brand before, but reviews on this board aren't all that good.... Anyway, what I need is a mobo for core2duo+ddr2 at 400+ Mhz FSB that fits 2 dual-slot video cards (running in crossfire and both in x16 lanes, for the main central monitor), plus a cheaper single-slot silent card with 2xDVI to run the side monitors, plus a sound card, plus a dvb-tv card. External sound and tv cards is something i want to avoid, in order to keep the system neatly organized. As for onboard wifi, it could be handy, but not really needed. Same goes for e-sata, having trillions of usb and sata ports, and other kinds of unneeded extras.
-Core2Duo 8400/8500 processor, mildly overclocked and running on 400Mhz FSB, with zalman 9700 cooler
-4Gb DDR2 memory, running 1:1 ratio at 800Mhz, 4-4-4-12 timings. Cheap and efficient enough.
-Crossfire Cards? They'll be running the main monitor (games @ 1920x1200), and i want decent performance with a low noise cooling solution. I was thinking on dual Saphire HD4850 TOXIC card, that comes bundled with a zalman gpu cooler (makes the card become dual-slot btw) and even slightly factory-overclocked. Would that be silent enough? Another option is to spend some extra cash and get a different aftermarket gpu cooler..?. Is there anything really silent that fits in 2 slots space? And woult a dual-hd4870 performance increase be worth the money? and would it be possible to cool it silently with air? Waiting for the new single card 4870x2 is an option i initially discarded since it seems hard to silent cool on air... So many doubts...
-Video card for the side monitors? Need something able to handle those two desktops under vista smoothly, ideally able to play blue-rays and HD videos in the background while gaming without taxing the cpu too much, fitting in 1 slot, and generating as little heat as possible. Fanless card able to do that would be perfect. Does that even exist in the market? (i really don't know)
-The rest of the components's selection is easier and so no need to request help about that
And that's enough with the questions for today! -_-"
Basically i have it all decided but the most important components: mobo+gpus+gpus' cooling
Thank you very much in advance for your suggestions