I was told by some of the guys on my residence hall floor that windows is coming out with a new os: windows 7; but they will upgrade vista for free when it comes out (assuming you bought it recently). Is this true?
As far as I know, those are rumours and Microsoft hasn't announce anything yet. See below:
Although the information does seem to make sense, Microsoft isn’t confirming nor denying any of it. "Microsoft often explores options with our partners to determine product offerings," the Microsoft spokesperson told Betanews. "We are not announcing anything new at this time."
So 850W should be fine even if I add extra RAM and another graphics card?
That should be enough.
Thanks for telling me about the new socket. Since I want to have the option of upgrading in the future this is very important. I went back to the intel website and only found one motherboard that supports LGA 1336. Is this right? I am not set on intel; I just am not as familiar with AMD. Are there any real differences between brands? Is one more reliable or expensive than the other? Is there one you prefer?
The difference would be in performance and price. I believe that the Core i7 processors perform better however they cost a bit more because you need DDR3 RAM. Here's a comparison
between AMD Phenom II and Intel Core i7.
But with $1500, I'm sure you can get a Core i7 format with that.
For the case do I need to get an ATX full tower or can these fit in a mid tower? How do I find this out? In addition, how do I make sure that it doesn't overheat? This is the most important thing to me.
It's not always about the size of the case to make sure the components doesn't overheat. You just have to make sure that the temp inside the case is lower than the one outside (room temperature). So basically make sure you have enough exhaust fans that takes out the warm air inside the case. Since you're thinking of getting two of the ATI 4870, I suggest you get a big case, a full ATX case perhaps.
Here's my recommendation:CoolerMaster HAF 932
- $169.99GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58
- $288.99HIS Hightech H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB
- $261.99 ($25 Mail in Rebate)Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
- $79.99SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F
- $24.99Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
- $288.99Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
- $99.99CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
- $149.99 ($20 Mail in Rebate)G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Total = $1,492.91
We can save more money by going with a different case, you can go with a Mid-size ATX case but I am unsure which one will be good for your Crossfire HD 4870.
You can also go with a lower capacity hard drive. The one you selected should be fine however you can also get this Western Digital 320GB drive
for $54.99 if you really don't need a 640GB drive.
Hope that help.