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What kind of budget will you be working with?
What will the computer be used for?
You're not going to be able to get the top-of-the-line HD 4870 X2 graphics card into most mid-tower cases. Even the almost-top-of-the-line GTX 280 has a difficult time fitting into one, if at all. The i7 processor is the latest, but it is expensive. Thankfully, all of the motherboards using i7 allow for both SLI and Crossfire. Below is a build I completed for another member. If you really want a powerful beast of a PC, and dent to your wallet, replace the CPU with the $570 or $1000 model i7, throw in a Corsair 1000 watt power supply, and two HD 4870 X2's. The price at the bottom is for the specs listed below.
If you're going for an i7 system, I have listed hardware below.
Case: HEC 69R5BB Black Steel ATX Full Tower - You need a large case for the very best GPU's to fit.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - This is one of the new X58 motherboards, it gets good ratings.
Graphics card: SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - Top-of-the-line GPU.
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - If you plan on getting a multi-GPU system, get the 1000W PSU.
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz - There are faster i7 processors available, but they cost so much more. This is the i7 equivalent to the Q6600 and Q9300. All i7's are quad core.
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - You will want two of these to get the maximum benefit. The X58 uses triple channel memory, so the RAM sizes are a little unusual.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KSRTL 500GB - Plenty of space.
Optical Drive: LITE-ON combo drive - A simple disc reader and writer.
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit - You need a 64-bit OS to use all that RAM.
There is no decent aftermarket CPU fan, but the one that comes with the CPU is good for non-overclocked use.
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