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Old 02-04-2009, 10:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well it looks like my needs/budget/etc. are definitely pushing me to the ATI side of the "field". I will "convince" my Builder of this fact and continue to research and read comments on this thread. Appreciate input so far, all comments/opinions welcomed.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I personally wouldn't bother with crossfire or SLI. Single cards should run fine on a 55" in my, somewhat limited, experience.
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Well that is what I read to begin with - hence the Asus mobo ( wont run SLI) with the 9800gtx+ card in the first list. But, now thinking/suggested upgrading to the hd4870 or the 260 (216 type) video card for the extra 40-50 bucks is a smart idea. Is the original Power supply overkill - based on comments, and reading on the stickies = it is. SO save $$ off the PS and put it into the video card.
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puddle is correct, the evga is not better

but you'd see more performance increase throwing money into your video card rather than the more expensive motherboard

so I suggested cheaper boards

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Old 02-04-2009, 12:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I would get the Gigabyte ep45 UD3P Fat.Clown suggested earlier. It is a good motherboard and has had very impressive results overclocking quad cores.
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Yeah that psu you listed is overkill, a 650tx or 750tx would be a good choice. Id go for intel cpu and ati 4870 (if you can spend a bit more, the gtx 260 core 215 (55nm) would be better)
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I've never used one, but my friend swears by ATI right now. The 4870s might be worth a look at.
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FAT.clown - wasn't emailing you for the build- rather to see where in Mn. you live- etc. as I was born and raised there= Bloomington, left in 1985- now in Pittsburgh. So was just going to ask "what up in MN" ,etc. - since it was "off topic" I figured you may nto want it in this thread and I did not want to breach any privacy protocol.
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Yea that powersupply is overkill...even with a crossfire setup. Don't skimp out on the graphics card. Go with what's better. I'm not too sure, but my 4850 holds up very well with all settings turned up and stuff...but not on a 1080p screen...only 1680x1050. 4850 is comparable to the 9800GTX I think...so you will want the 260 or the 4870 based on my experiences with the 4850.
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the 4850 and 9800GTX+ have the same performance. it all really depends on what game your going to play.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

total is 1067, slightly overbudget but worth it in the long run. you can sli or crossfire on that board.
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