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Old 03-25-2008, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building new computer - Need GPU and PSU!

Okay here is a system I want build:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...Title=Number+4

I have my own DVD Drive just so you know. Here is where I need some help. First off I'm stuck on the Video Card. I was interested in that ATI Radeon because it has a 775 Mhz Core Clock, also it has 320 Stream Processors compared to the 112 Streams that the 8800 GT has.
Here's the list of my considered Video Cards: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

After that I have no idea what type of Power Supply to get. Nothing hopefully to expense but I hope you can future proof it a little so I can possible upgrade my video card in the future but it's not needed.

Next, how high can I overclock my CPU would you think with the cooling I have?

Last, is my case any good? I really don't want to spend a lot of cash on it.
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Get rid of the raptor and why do you have two different types of ram? Get a different case if you would like and get the 8800 gt over that ATI...
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Why should I rid the raptor? 10K RPM seems good? I have the ram because I wanted 3Gb of Ram. I'm fine with the fine the case if you think its an alright case. Lastly, do you have any reasoning of why I should get the 8800GT over the ATI and which GT should I get?
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Get the ZOTAC one. I want that card. It's factory overclocked so it'll be faster then most gt's.

10k RPM's would probably be noisy-the cache isn't that great-and it's only like 1.5gb/s sata..most are 3.0gb/s
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But I still don't understand how it beats the ATI when according to the specs it's inferior in every category?
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Last time i checked I saw you had 2 different brands of ram... I would recommend XFX or EVGA but that's just me. The 8800 GT beats the ATI. If you want a cheap, good case look at this one...Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


EDIT: Don't look at just specs that doesn't mean the card is better/faster...
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Don't waste your money on factory overclocked cards; You can overclock them yourself and save yourself about $20-30.

Also, raptors aren't worth the price to storage ratio. You can get a 500-750GB SeaGate drive with 32mb (the 7200.11 series) of cache that'll perform just as well, unless those extra 2-4 seconds of program loading time is worth the extra price.

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And as for a PSU, one of the most recommendes ones around here is a Corsair 520hx.
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Don't waste your money on factory overclocked cards; You can overclock them yourself and save yourself about $20-30.

Also, raptors aren't worth the price to storage ratio. You can get a 500-750GB SeaGate drive with 32mb (the 7200.11 series) of cache that'll perform just as well, unless those extra 2-4 seconds of program loading time is worth the extra price.

As for a CPU cooler: get a TRUE (thermalright ultra 120 extreme), and one (or 2) of these fans: Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme CPU Cooler for AMD AM2, Intel LGA775
Scythe SY-1225SL12M SlipStream 120mm Fan 1200RPM 69CFM 24dBA


And as for a PSU, one of the most recommendes ones around here is a Corsair 520hx.
agreed also I noticed you have two different types of RAM already in there, and mixing isn't the best idea, especially if they are different voltages and different speeds

but the PC Power and Cooling 610 is still cheaper than the Corsair 520hx and is a bit better with its massive 12v Rail
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ya just get 4gb if you get 64-bit vista otherwise 2gb will last you until you upgrade your OS to 64-bit vienna or w/e
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Okay I updated my setup here: https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...Title=Number+4

But I'm still not sold on the 8800GT yet or the PSU. I'm sorry, I'm not paying more than 80 or 90 dollars on a PSU. Also, any GFX experts care to explain to me HOW a 8800GT beats the 3870 that has better specs?? SOrry I'm being stubborn but I want my money well spent.
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