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Old 08-23-2006, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I just pulled these specs out of my *** so any comments welcome, esp on the graphics card and memory as I have very little idea about ATI cards.

Asus P5W DH Deluxe WiFi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 DUO E6600 "LGA775 Conroe" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) - Retail
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX (2x1GB)
ATI Radeon X1900 ***Crossfire Edition*** 512MB
Antec TruePower 2.0 550W PSU
Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Maxtor MaxLine III NCQ 250GB 7V250F0 SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Pioneer DVR-111D 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Beige) OEM
Pioneer DVR-111D 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Beige) OEM
Lian-Li PC-60 PLUS Silver Aluminium Midi-Tower Case
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music - OEM
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Old 08-23-2006, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like a mean machine, with a lot of trunk space.....but why Maxtor? Why not Seagates?
Cheaper then Maxtor and better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144
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Looks good. You might want to consider the G Skill HZ's for the RAM. They use D9's
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definitly go for the seagates, i have 2, one has went through several reformts (i mean alot) and have had no problems with it
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I just bought two seagate drives. I love them, they're quiet. Haven't said up raid yet. Apparently you can do it without a floppy on this mobo, but I tried and it didnt recognize during install - weird.

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OK cheers for the input lads

Good shout with the RAM Idiotec, I’ll include that in the spec.

Not sure about the barracudas though, aren’t they slower than the maxlines? I know they have that nifty perpendicular storage but here in the UK they’re more expensive than the maxlines by about 10%, not that money is a big issue here.

Any opinions on the PSU or the Graphics card? It’s a crossfire board which is why I went for the ATI card but is crossfire really worth factoring in? or should I just go for a 7900GT KO?
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OK cheers for the input lads

Good shout with the RAM Idiotec, I’ll include that in the spec.

Not sure about the barracudas though, aren’t they slower than the maxlines? I know they have that nifty perpendicular storage but here in the UK they’re more expensive than the maxlines by about 10%, not that money is a big issue here.

Any opinions on the PSU or the Graphics card? It’s a crossfire board which is why I went for the ATI card but is crossfire really worth factoring in? or should I just go for a 7900GT KO?
Well, for $50 more, you can get a 7900GT 512MB Superclocked edition, but that isn't as good as getting a Radeon X1900XT for the same price. Plus, with that crossfire board, you can always buy another if the going gets rough.

Sorry about the american currency, I assume the price is similar anyway.
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Yeah go with either Seagate or Western Digital. If you get a 512mb 7900gt it could just oc past gtx speeds and BAM!
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umm.... well i'd stick to xt... because then you'd need to buy a new heatsink for the 7900 anyway.... those run extremely hot volt modded... and it comes 1.45 or 1.5 and i'd imagine its going to be hot.. i for 1 would stick with the xt (or crossfire edition) because you don't have to worry so much about modding it or anything.. and with crossfire being superior, it wouldnt be a dumb move to jump to dual graphics cards as well
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Well, for $50 more, you can get a 7900GT 512MB Superclocked edition, but that isn't as good as getting a Radeon X1900XT for the same price. Plus, with that crossfire board, you can always buy another if the going gets rough.

Sorry about the american currency, I assume the price is similar anyway.
Well Uk currency makes a whole world of difference, I can get the 7900GT 512MB Superclocked edition (KO) for what would be in dollars $80 less... so i'm guessing the KO is a good buy?
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