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Old 03-10-2005, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to build my first computer, and I pretty much know what I want. I plan to get the amd 3200 chip, and a pci-e board. I'm confused on what would be a good buy. I was thinking about mabey trying to OC, so any suggestions would be great
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either get the dfi lanparty or the abit an8 both good mobo's bit expensive though. I would get the abit one just cuz it has the otes (outside thermal exhaust system) you can get either one for about $140 let me know what you end up getting
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Were you thinking about running SLI (two vid cards running in parallel)? If so, I would recommend an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe
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I should of also mentioned that I was thinking about going with a SLI capable board. Does anyone use SLI with two gpu's? I've been wondering if its all its cracked up to be
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I have the A8N-SLI board with dual 6600GT's and an AMD 64 FX-53 processor... With 3DMark 2003 I received a mark of around 14000 points, however I haven't run the test with only one video card yet. For a good idea on the differences, check out these links:

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http://graphics.tomshardware.com/gra...222/index.html
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DFI is really good stuff, I suggest the LanParty mobo, or I heard the fatal1ty board is really good too.
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Ya I've seen that Fatal1ty board, does that have duel pci slots, for SLI?
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14,000 seems a bit low to me for those components, if you compare it to the hardware and score in my sig.
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what settings were you both running?
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I was running on the standard settings on the non-pro version of the program, you can't even change them. I think something like 1024 X 768 res and no aa/af. But if my rig scores just below an FX-53 with dual vid cards then I'm happy.
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