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Old 08-20-2008, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im building my next machine but cant figure out what exactly to get. Heres my questions. Would you recommend the 680i or the 750i? I plan on running an 8800GT and my plan for upgrading the card later is to buy another 8800GT and run em SLI in about 2-3 years. OR. I could get the 750i which supports PCIE2 but I dont know what card to get. I noticed some 8800GTs say they are PCIE2 compatible even though the part description syas its only PCIE. Will it run on both buses then? I cant afford the new GTX series yet and I dont know if the 9600 series is any good compared to the 8800GT. Also, how big a power supply would you suggest with SLI 8800 or 9600. Iknow a 600 would be fine for one but would it push two? I do not plan on overclocking AT ALL by the way so scratch that option if one mobo or the other is better at it. Im set on a proc, Q6600, I plan on doing video editing as well as gaming (FPS for the most part, Crysis, COD4 and the like) so I want quad.
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more than likely this is what they'll recommend for the power supply. Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies

Lol seems like that's there favorite
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I don't recommend getting an sli board. I would get a p45 or x38/48 and a single HD4850 and have the option for crossfire in the future.

Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

The Biostar Tforce TP45HP is a great motherboard and is more stable than a nvidia motherboard.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

A Corsair 650tx would be plenty of power for 2x 4850's.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Power Supplies
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OK, IM not going SLI, I am prob gonna stick with Nvidia (750i, P5N-D) though. Im still stickin I just want the PCIE2 and I dont wanna spend more than 175 bucks for a board. But now my main issue is finding a PSU. Is there a PSU out there at 600W, single rail around 60A for under 100 bucks? I cant seem to find one. The Corsair 750 is nice but wanted to keep it under 100 bucks. Im absolutely set on at least 3 items. Proc, Q6600, VGA, 8800GT, and RAM, Patriot Dual channel 4GB (2X2GB, I will have 32-bit OS for the moment so I know it wont see all 4). Pretty sure I want the P5N-D but have no clue right now about PSU
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Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V NVIDIA SLI Ready ATI CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

90$ After MIR w/ free shipping
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The 750TX is the same price at Buy.com
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wow that's a good price
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I am going to get this mobo.Asus P5Q-E Green Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, SPDIF, Dual Gigabit LAN, Firewire, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID at TigerDirect.cometails.asp?EdpNo=3940038&CatId=3790 My question is it states it supports up to 1200MHz DDR2 ram. But I cant find anything higher than 1066 in DDR2. DDR3 starts at 1333 so what is this mystery 1200MHz ram then. Is it DDR2 or 3? where can I find it? Will this board support DDR3?
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There is no point in getting a board that supports DDR3 because it will give you little if any performance increase vs DDR2.
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