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Old 01-24-2006, 07:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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1)A. When playing a game you will experience little or no performance increase. This is because games do not yet utilized two cores. You'll have to wait for Unreal 2007 and the Unreal 3 engine for that, and when that arrives you will see a major increase.

B. Opterons are better for overclocking but are usually more expensive and run hotter. Unless you plan to overclock, got with the 4400+, Opterons are almost purely made to be overclockable.

C. FSB = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Front_side_bus
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2)A. I recommend the 7800GT, it can handle anything out there today. When you need or feel like upgrading you can SLi another one in there depending on you motherboard or you can buy a better graphics card. I would go with eVGA, they have the best reputation and warranty. They also offer a "step up" program if you don't feel like your card has enough power for you.

B. No. SLi/Crossfire the cold hard truth by gaara

C. Not right now with the X1900XTX out and 7900 right around the corner.

3)A. True.

B. If you have an AMD proccesor/board then you will have DDR RAM. If you buy an Intel proccesor/board than you will most likely have DDR2 RAM. They are not interchangable.

C. PCI-E (PCI-E x16) are slots on your mother board. As long as your motherboard has PCI-E slots you'll be good for most graphics cards. AGP, an older slot type, is becoming obsolete in light of the higher bandwidth of PCI-E.

4)A. You've got it, but you may also take into account that the lower the steppings the better (2.5-3-3-7 is better than 3-3-5-7). and ValueRAM, if you plan to overclock you don't want ValueRAM becuase it is general very un-overclockable, it can be overclocked just not a far as non-ValueRAM.

Hopes this helps!

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Old 01-24-2006, 10:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ESIFL

C. Not right now with the X1900XTX out and 7900 right around the corner.

although the x1900xtx and 7900 are supposed to be huge gains from the video cards right now, i say that the g80 (i will assume that it will be the 8000 series) will be huge gains compared to those cards and you will definitly have the money saved up if you went with the 6800gs, honestly i think that the 6800 series can handle most games out there, maxed out no, but i think that can handle most games on med-high to high settings.

note: this post was based purely on speculation

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I had about the same budget as you do. I spent about $1350 on mine. I didnt need the OS or other accesories though.

DFI Ultra-D Lanparty
Opteron 148
eVGA 7800GT
OCZ Powerstream 520W psu
2*1gb G.Skill Extreme Series RAm
2*120gb Seagate Barracudas in RAID0
Zalman 9500
Xion II case
Asus DVD burner
cheap floppy drive

I like it alot but i kind of wish i got a dual core processor.

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