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Old 05-07-2008, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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And I need recommendations. I'll start with my suggested intel build first.
Processor:
Intel core 2 Quad Q6600
Motherboard: Unsure, either the EVGA nforce 780i SLI Motherboard
or the cheaper
EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW
Video Card (s): I don't quite have the money for SLI, but I will by the end of the month.
EVGA 8800 GT
I do need better suggestions for this video card.
RAM:
I have no idea about the ram yet, I really only need 2 gigs right now.
PSU:
OCZ / GameXStream / 700-Watt * not sure on PSU*
HD: Two of these
WD 250 gig
And I have a case that will support it and a monitor and speakers and I will buy a decent sound card in the near future. I don't think I'm forgetting anything.

I'll post the AMD setup in a sec

And now the AMD
Processor:
AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core
Motherboard:
Gigabyte MA790X-DS4
Vid Card: Need suggestions again
I can afford two of these: Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Video Card
PSU: No idea
RAM: Absolutely no idea.
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Newegg.com - ENERMAX Liberty ELT620AWT 620W ATX12V Power Supply 90V~265V (Auto Adjusted) UL, cUL, TUV, CB - Power Supplies

Don't buy from Tigerdirect. Shop at newegg and clubit.com. You could do a Corsair 520hx and still do sli.

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Take the Intel build. Depending on what resolution you play on you might not even need SLI. I'd suggest an 8800 GTS 512mb
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Newegg.com - ENERMAX Liberty ELT620AWT 620W ATX12V Power Supply 90V~265V (Auto Adjusted) UL, cUL, TUV, CB - Power Supplies

Don't buy from Tigerdirect. Shop at newegg and clubit.com. You could do a Corsair 520hx and still do sli.

Q6600 G0
guarantee G0
I've never heard of clubit before, are the prices similar? Sorry it's relatively late and I don't want to browse too much.
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both sites are cheaper than Tiger
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I appreciate it, any idea on a video card?
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whats size resolution are you playing. If its 1680 or lower I'd just get a 8800GTS 512. If you plan on playing bigger. Two 9600gt's will do you good. Or you can get a X38 chipset and do HD3870 xfire
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whats size resolution are you playing. If its 1680 or lower I'd just get a 8800GTS 512. If you plan on playing bigger. Two 9600gt's will do you good. Or you can get a X38 chipset and do HD3870 xfire
meh, to be honest I have absolutely no idea. It's an "hd" monitor that I've really only used once or twice.
Actually I just looked it's still brand new and it says "Widescreen 1440 X 900"
720p HD ready dvi-d w/ hdcp input
vga analog input...

No idea, i got it for free and i haven't really used it besides dual with my laptop once to mess around

Also when comparing the 8800 GT vs the 8800 GTS what is the big difference? The GT i picked out has a higher core clock and memory clock vs the GTS but has less steam processors. I am not necessarily grasping that. Clearly I have a lot to learn.
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Clock speeds dont mean much if anything. Its the stream processors and architecture.

The GTS 512mb is better than the GT. Two 9600GT's are better than two 8800GT's and a 3870 is fraction worse than a 9600GT.
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Clock speeds dont mean much if anything. Its the stream processors and architecture.

The GTS 512mb is better than the GT. Two 9600GT's are better than two 8800GT's and a 3870 is fraction worse than a 9600GT.
Okay so in theory two 3870's will be cheaper and better than two 8800 gts'?

Basically I just need to know if i should go with the AMD/crossfire setup or intel/SLI?
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2 x 9600GT would only run $300 or less. If you are going SLI that would be the ticket for best bang for the buck.
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