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Old 02-12-2007, 08:06 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Don't go SLI, There's really no advantage to it at all. It's much better to buy one high end card than two medium level cards.
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:43 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Isn't it the same principle as dual channel, though?

Either way, I'm only getting one card when I build this (the 8600 Ultra, assuming the price is what they say it is...), and I'll get another card later, about the same time I get another gig of RAM.
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The 8600 will do fine with just one in there. Then you can upgrade later if you're not happy with it.
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So are you still saying no SLI, or saying go SLI, but don't buy two right away (Which is my plan)?
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I recommend that you build your system all at once. However, if you can't do that, do it in this order.

~ B-Day 1 ~
OS ($119.99)
Optical Drive ($24.20)
120mm Fan ($6.99)
Case ($79.99)
PSU ($89.99)

~ Christmas 1 ~
Motherboard ($74.99)
Hard Drive ($62.99)
RAM ($74.99)

~ B-Day 2 ~
Processor ($239.99)
Video Card ($169.99)

~ Christmas 2 ~
Monitor ($179.99)
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I'm saying no SLI, It's more or less pointless when you get down to it.
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M733, Should I still go with the SLI Mobo? It also has 2 PCI-E x16, 2 PCI-E x1, and 2 PCI slots. That's 1 More PCI-E x16, and 2 less PCI. is that good? What else uses PCI-E x16, and what uses PCI?

I also need a cheap 108mbps Wireless chip. Is this one any good? It's only $9.99 After Mail-In rebate.

So as to even out the prices, can I do it like this?

~ B-Day 1 ~
OS ($119.99)
120mm Fan ($6.99)
Case ($79.99)
PSU ($89.99)

~ Christmas 1 ~
Motherboard ($74.99)
Video Card ($169.99) (From B-Day 2)
RAM ($74.99)

~ B-Day 2 ~
Processor ($239.99)
Hard Drive ($62.99) (From Christmas 1)
Optical Drive ($24.20) (From B-Day 1)

~ Christmas 2 ~
Monitor ($179.99)
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Okay, completely separate thought.

I've recently read that the Intel Processor I had on before was very overclockable (many reviews on newegg say that they have gone over 3GHz). Would I be better off with that, and this cheaper mobo (which also has more slots)?
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Also, is it hard to learn how to overclock? Could you point me in the direction of a good guide on how to do so?
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~ B-Day 2 ~
Processor ($239.99)
Video Card ($169.99)

The reason that I put it like this is for you is to get the best performance/price ratio for your computer.

Plus these two are the most important and expensive parts, after
1 year you probably won't be buying the same things that you want to get right now, you'll probably be getting a quad-core cpu, and a video card twice as fast as the one now for the same price.

If you really could, you should also try to buy the motherboard as late as possible too. 6 months between buying the cpu and motherboard is a long time, they might come out with a newer cpu socket type by then.

This way by the time you finish building your computer, it won't be
out-dated.
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So, you're saying...
~ B-Day 1 ~
OS ($119.99)
120mm Fan ($6.99)
Case ($79.99)
PSU ($89.99)

~ Christmas 1 ~
Processor ($239.99)
Video Card ($169.99)

~ B-Day 2 ~
Motherboard ($74.99)
RAM ($74.99)
Hard Drive ($62.99)
Optical Drive ($24.20)

~ Christmas 2 ~
Monitor ($179.99)

...?

I can't get both the video card AND processor for Christmas, and I want to get the motherboard right after those two, that way I know that I have the best CPU at that time (probably the best I'll need, they can't make games for the top-of-the-line, $4000 PC's, not enough of a crowd there.), and a compatible motherboard. The Video Card I want will be out within the next 3 months, so it really doesn't matter.

I'm not that worried about it being outdated, It'll still look (and perform) better than the beige oldies-but-goodies-style case we have downstairs.

I'm seriously considering going with the Intel, just 'cause 3GHz sounds much more tempting than 2.6GHz.

Are there any good guides for overclocking, or am I going to have to learn myself?
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