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Old 01-30-2006, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aight how does this build sound set for June. I think trying to build a Vista/DX10/G71/AM2 system this year is absurd. However....this does mean that 939 and its buddies will drop like a rock 2-3 weeks after the release of AM2 and a 7800GT/X would be rather cheap after Nvidia releases allll their goodies. So you think this build is a good idea for june?

CPU - AMD 64 4000+ 2.4GHz 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache
GPU - eVGA Geforce 7800GTX 256MB
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TOWER - Aspire x-Plorer Black w/Side Window
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and some sweet UV fans and a mouse etc

But does that seem like a good build goal to save up for by June? It's priced out at about $1300.00 right now. But I'd like to build for a thousand. Possible? I could easily swap out the 4000 for the 3700 and OC. Also i could just snag a 7800GT instead and SLi eventually. So with that...unless I can build a DX10/AM2 system for a similar price (for extended life) that's my plan if prices drop enough. PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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... Drop the 7800GTX, go for an x1900xt.
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Defianately the x1900xt is such a good price for its performace. $500 and it significantly beats the 512mb gtx.
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actually, they tend to be neck-in-neck depending on what apps you're running. Personally though, I would go with the X1900XTX

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hmmm...I usually don't like ati because they abandon thier products as far as drivers go. But maybe this card is really good. I'll have to look into it.
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actually, they tend to be neck-in-neck depending on what apps you're running. Personally though, I would go with the X1900XTX

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That's not true. Sure they're about the same with AA and AF off but turn them on and the x1900ct utterly destroys the gtx 512.
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hmmmm....maybe i'll wait to see what nvidia has to in their box of tricks... i really don't like ati. If its too early to buy then ill stick with a 7800gt
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Nothing wrong with ATI. People just like Nvidia more because they tend to make better products.
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A couple tips to lower the price, but keep performance:

1) As already said, dont get the GTX. The priceerformance isnt the greatest. Perhaps, go with a 7800GT, or even a 6800GS.

2) You can save about $100 if you go with a 3700. The performance difference is marginal at most.

3)The motherboard can be downgraded a bit. If you insist on keeping SLi, then a Gigabyte mobo is a bit better on the wallet:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128301
You could even drop SLi altogether and save even more money... If you still want to get the ASUS A8N-SLi, just make sure to get the Premium, not Deluxe. The Premium does away with the chipset fans, which are a source of frequent problems.
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Ya i've heard about the fans. : / lol Well im just looking at the base sli model. I reallly like the idea of sli because i trust that Nvidia will make it better. I can also upgrade with an identical and eventually cheap card. eVGA offers a 100% trade in deal after the first 90 days of purchase so ya....7800 + $$$ = 7900! then SLI that bad boy in like 2 years

so 3700+, oc if need be, (But the 1mb L2 cache is a good idea right instead of the 3800?) If i do OC i might need to choose a new mobo. graphics and mobo are the hardest part. : /
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