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Old 12-12-2005, 10:42 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Well ****e! ****E! I think he ordered it already! Darn so what, just get this one instead (DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-DR)?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136157

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Old 12-12-2005, 10:51 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Refer to my title and change it all the way down to an Ultra-D...you don't need SLI and if you really wanted it you can close a resistor with some conductive paint and turn your Ultra-D into an SLI-D

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http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...ad.php?t=79638

IMO it's better to stick with the tried and tested though
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:03 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Second, I'm his mom actually.
:amazed: :firstlove :love:
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The Expert is still young, and it seems every board after the original nf4 lanparty boards that DFI released have been flops...namely the nf3-D
Dude NOT cool, i own that board haha.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:21 PM   #34 (permalink)
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:amazed: :firstlove :love: Dude NOT cool, i own that board haha.
Looks like someone just got flopp'd
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:31 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Not really, im not having the problems anybody has said they have had w/ it. so i gues im doing alright w/ that one.
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Old 12-13-2005, 03:05 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Imagine my surprise when I got home from work (yeh that is 16 hours in today) and saw 34 posts! Not too sure about the kangaroo/hamster thing, but decided to volunteer a little more personal info to address some of the posts.

I am:
1. Definitely not rich, but low house payment, no car payments, and no real credit card debt with nice year end bonus means we can spring for a pretty cool computer that we expect to last at least 3 years.
2. Way past 40, and yes I have a good job (Director of Engineering in a small software firm) but that involves 60-90 hours of work every week. I try never to think about what I actually make per hour especially after the government takes theirs.
3. Everybody says and sometimes even believes that they have great kids, but my kid is polite, hardworking, gets almost straight A's (in 8th grade doing Geometry, Intro to Physics, Intro to Java, Honors History, English, Strings, Art, PE with A's but struggled to get a B- in third year French), does everything we ask him to (okay we are having a small issue about taking regular showers lately), and he does more housework than I do and does it better than his father.
4. He knows that he is a lucky kid, and is genuinely appreciative of the fact
5. And yes I am an awesome mom, aren't I! ;-)

Now back to this build thing.

There is relatively little price difference between the two mobos ($70?), but obviously a lot of strong feelings out there. Researched the DFI some more and read on their forums that this video card will touch the fan when on that board. That and the fact that ASUS happens to be a company with whom I have interacted in the past leads me to pick that board. All the other advice seems to be pretty consistent, so this is what I am going with now:

AMD A8N32-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Dual-Core 1MB Per Core 90nm (939)
ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Tower Series w/No PS Black
Enermax Noisetaker EG701AX-VE-SFMA ATX 2.01 w/SLI 600W
OCZ Dual Channel Platinum 2 GB (2 pcs 1GB) DDR (400) PC-3200
BFG Tech Geforce 7800GTX BFGR78512GTXOC Video Card
Western Digital 36 GB SATA 10K Raptor (OS drive)
Western Digital Caviar RE 250 GB SATA 8MB Cache 7200 RPM
LG (GSA4167BB) DVD±RW Dual Layer Burner
Mitsumi Floppy 7-in-1 USB Card Reader/Smart Media Drive

This is actually a savings of $90 over my initial attempt (now $2360 without shipping), so thank you all for helping me create a better system and saving me money very much. Not too sure I need another burner, but for no more money what the heck. Also not too sure I am going to be able to find one of these 512G boards in stock, but I can always drop down to the 256G board and save some more money. Read too much good stuff about the Enermax to care about going a little cheaper on the PSU. The case is one of the few things I am still iffy on. Don’t really care what it looks like, but I really care that this thing be quiet and big with lots of room to work in. Kind of just picked the first decent full size black tower that I found on Monarch and that others seemed to be buying. I listen to noisy servers all day and don’t want to come home to a jet engine. Is there a more quiet case? Is there something else I can add to help? I saw some kind of matting somewhere? Nobody mentioned better or necessary cables and that is still on my mind.

All of the links and info on building is most appreciated, especially apokalipse’s link-just what I need! With a little final feedback and the bonus check in hand, I will start ordering this stuff in the next couple of weeks. As I want to build this with my son, it will be early February before it actually happens and I only hope I am not back here looking for help! I might post how it turns out though, so you can all get a warm fuzzy about helping an old lady. ;-)
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Hardware wise, the manual that came with your motherboard should be lots of help.
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Quick update. I actually found the card at Dell of all places in stock with free shipping and for $50 less than I put in my spreadsheet. So that makes the savings $140 now. I can afford to buy a round for the house with that much. Cheers!
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Looks like a great build, Laurieny

As for cases, A quiet case would be P180, but from what I've heard, it's a bit cramped and difficult to work in. I myself have a Thermaltake Xaser, armor series - It's big, sexy, plently of room to work in. However, I can't really tell you if it's quiet since my room is loud all the time.

and, lucky kid, cool mom - I had to rob the local liquor store to buy my computer, hah.
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I had to rob the local liquor store to buy my computer, hah.
lol.

I just got an Antec Super Lanboy case and I love it. It is almost silent, very light and looks good. It is one of the smallest cases you can buy though.
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