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Old 02-24-2006, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default need a good mobo for gaming

i have just starting to plan my new PC and i dont know what mobo to chose.
whats the best mobo for a powerfull gaming system?

these are the components i've chosen such far:
Proccesor: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 2,2GHz / 1024KB Socket 939 (Box) (90nm) (San Diego)

Memory: Corsair XMS 2048MB (2x1024) PC4000 500MHz TWINX2048-4000PT (3-4-4-8)

Harddrive: Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA (10000RPM / SATA)

the videocard is going to be PCIe but i dont know yet if i will go with ATI or nVIDIA.
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Old 02-24-2006, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is that ram DDR2? As they are very lose timmings for DDR at that speed. XMS isn't good ram anyway, if you are overclocking, go with OCZ rev. 2's or G Skill.

Raptors are not that good. If you do really feel the need get some good cooling for it, as they run hot.

For the motherboard, go with the Nvidia 4 chipset. There are 2 main contendors right now, the DFI lanparty range (Extremly good at overclocking, but can be a bit hit or miss apparently.) or the ASUS A8N-SLI deluxe (Avoid the SE, I felt really embarrased building a PC for someone else and I had that motherboard - no firewire ports!!)
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Is that ram DDR2?
DDR2 with a Amd? Hmm

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Raptors are not that good. If you do really feel the need get some good cooling for it, as they run hot.
Raptors are extremally good lol. They do run hot tho.

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Old 02-24-2006, 04:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you want to SLI? Probably not, id reccomend DFI lanparty ultra-d.
that ram wont work with some mobos, pc3200 is most common.
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is there any difference in preformance betwen the nForce 4 nForce4 SLI and nForce 4 ultra chipsets?
and is the OCZ better than the XMS?
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I don't like XMS due to the poor overclocking performance for the price.

And to back up my statement for the raptors: http://www.anandtech.com/storage/sho...px?i=2577&p=11
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That does not back up your statement.
A hard drive that is "not that good" doesnt get the fourth best loading time for half life2.
Them benchmarks just show for loading game levels and if you take a look here > http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/wester...or/index.shtml < for other benchmarks such as loading windows and PcMark results.
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[i]And to back up my statement for the raptors: http://www.anandtech.com/storage/sh...spx?i=2577&p=11 [/B]
thats strange as the raptor has a lot of better ms time

WD1600JS: (a wd drive stated to load on 30 seconds)
Data Transfer Rate (maximum)
- Buffer to Host
- Buffer to Disk 3.0 Gb/s max2
748 Mbits/s max
Average Read Seek 8.9 ms (average)
Track-to-track Seek3 2.0 ms (average)
Full Stroke Read Seek3 21 ms (average)
Average Latency 4.2 ms
Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Read Cache Adaptive
Write Cache Yes
Buffer 8 MB
Drive Ready Time 9.0 sec average
Start/Stop Cycles 50,000 min
Error Rate
(non-recoverable) <1 in 1014 bits read
LBA support Yes

WD740GD: (raptor, stated to load on 40 seconds)
Data Transfer Rate (maximum)
- Buffer to Host
- Buffer to Disk 1.5 Gb/s max2
816 MB/s max
Average Read Seek 4.5 ms (average)
Track-to-track Seek3 0.6 ms (average)
Full Stroke Seek3 10.2 ms (average)
Average Latency 2.99 ms (nominal)
Rotational Speed 10,000 RPM
Buffer 8 MB
Start/Stop Cycles 20,000 min
Error Rate
(non-recoverable) <1 in 1015 bits read
Contact Start/Stop Cycles (CSS) 20,000 minimum
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I'm a Maxtor fan myself, but yes, from what i've heard the Raptor is the best on the market.
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Old 02-25-2006, 01:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I should of used italics for the that.

It isn't that good. It is not worth paying how ever much it is to get slightly better performance, and sacrifise the space.

(This place is really annoying me. I don't know why I bother with it anymore.)
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