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Old 11-25-2008, 07:18 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I doubt he will Crossfire or SLI but if cost of motherboards isn't to different then yeah might grab a motherboard with it. I just don't want to say hey you should spend a extra $50 on a psu and $20 on a mobo and then he never runs dual cards. That $70 could be used on a faster single card for use now.
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^ good point.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
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What do you guys think about this?

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

If buying all from Newegg it comes out to $608 - $75. Was thinking about getting the motherboard, cpu, hard drive, and possibly case (depends on shipping) from ebay if they get the live.com cashback back. All those parts would actually be a tiny bit cheaper there even before the before the rebate.

Hopeing for 3.8ghz will that ram and motherboard be good enough? That would be a fsb of 380 so I doubt I will be able to tighten the timings.
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Go custom built man so much more worth it and a great exp and the feeling to feel good when u finish your rig and look at it and say dam i built that.
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