Actually I wanted to go with a Crossfire design, because it will give me more graphics power for the same or less money I would spend to a more expensive card. I read a test and saw the benchmarks of 2 combined HD4770 against an HD4850. They out performed it hard and they even got close to a GTX-260 (much more expensive card).
So I decided for the X48 chipset and Rampage Formula mobo because of the full x16 PCIe link support. Now plz excuse the one more question, but what PSU should I choose for these? I would go for the Thermaltake Toughpower but I don't know if 600W would be enough. Would it? I intend to go strictly with air cooling and the main components will be:
a) the Core2Quad9550
b) the Rampage Formula
c) 2xATI HD****(not decided yet)
d) 1 SATA HDD for the start
e) OCZ DDR2
The i7 is great but
a) I would need much more money for a complete i7 system, which I really dont need. the Q9550 would also be more than enough!
b) It consumes 280W !!!! under load, when the Q9550 tops at 180-190W...(enviromentally sensitive