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Old 12-06-2007, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seriously considering selling my 6 month old PC and building this one. By the time I sell it though the 8800GTS 512MB will probably be out, along with a more attractive C2Q. What is the next C2Q gonna be, and can anyone estimate a cost?

Should I leave the stock cooler on the GPUs or go aftermarket? Any recommendations?

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Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKR3-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case Real Power Pro 1000W Power Supply - Retail


Motherboard: Newegg.com - EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Video Card: 2 of these for SLI Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N805-A1 GeForce 8800GT KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

HDD: 4 of these in RAID 0 Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DVD Burner: 2 of these Newegg.com - PHILIPS 2-Tone 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

CPU Cooler: Newegg.com - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

TOTAL: $1,653
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good choice on the stacker
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah...I KNOW!! Love my Antec 900, but that is an amazing case too.

Or................instead of 2 8800GTs, what about a pair of Radeon 3870s with an x38 board and DDR3 1333 memory?

A little bit more but not much, how do the 3870s do against the 8800GTs?
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Its not a total killing (38xx vs 8800GT) but the 8800GT is better.
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In single card configurations, the Radeon 3870 doesn't hold up well compared to the Geforce 8800 GT. However, two 3870s in Crossfire mode seem to scale very well, and will give a pair of 8800 GTs a run for their money in this price range. In addition, dual 3870s should be notably cheaper than dual 8800 GTs, as availability increases. Finally, Crossfire supports a wider range of chipsets than SLI, so it's often an attractive option.
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im going cross fire:] for cross fire :[ for leaving my beloved nvidia.
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Also, factor this in. I'm scratching the 7200RPM hard drives and putting 2 of the 150GB 10,000RPM drives in:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
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scrap the case+psu combo in my opinion, its a waste of money


Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 RC-830-SSN2-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail (120 after MIR) + Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail (150 after MIR -- or a silencer 610 for 120) will suit you just fine.

also from what we've seen on bechmarks, crossfire 3870 are supposed to be comparitive to sli 8800gt's, but cheaper

imo, go 2x 3870 and get a nice x38 board

with the extra money you could get a TRUE and a scythe s-flex fan, and drop the zalman 9700


also, stock heatsinks on gpu's tend to be rather crappy ~ aftermarket gpu coolers are a lot better, but they can get HUGE ... make sure your motherboard has enough room between the pcie slots


estimated c2q yorkfield prices ~ List of future Intel Core 2 microprocessors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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from what I've seen... the Crossfire scales way better than SLi and it performs better.. I highly recommend the p35-ds3p for Crossfire.... or a good x38 board
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