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Old 11-14-2008, 12:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Here is my updated build. I didn't like that crossfire motherboard for the HD 4850 and this is a pretty good price for the 9800GTX (I might get another one soon, to run SLI). Also I replaced the Velocoraptor with the 2 hard drives to run in RAID O (is this a faster choice than the 10,000rpm of the raptor?) Let me know what you think..

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor $190
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK - Retail $36


Hard Drives: 2 (for RAID 0) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $150

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F $25
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Motherboard: Recertified: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-RX ATX Intel Motherboard $135
Newegg.com - Recertified: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-RX LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: Recertified: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512-P3-N871-RX Video Card $130
Newegg.com - Recertified: EVGA 512-P3-N871-RX GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $70

Total: $895 after rebates and shipping
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I would much rather get the boards we suggested than trying to save money by getting a "recertified" board. Plus, the nvidia motherboards are very craptastic when compared to the P45 motherboards.

I would go for the HD 4850 deal for $130 after MIR and get a P45 motherboard for $115ish.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If I want to do crossfire with th HD4850 what is my best choice for a motherboard?

Here's my build with all of your input.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor $190
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK - Retail $36


Hard Drives: 2 (for RAID 0) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $150


Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F $25
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $110

Video Card: ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $140

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $70

What do you guys think?
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Yeah that is a good board for crossfire.
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Corsair TX CMPSU-650TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-650TX - Buy.com

Better PSU than what you have... I'd recommend an Antec 300 with a couple extra fans instead of the Antec 900 (up to you though)

Overclocking is going to be a painful job now with a q6600, bad batches have made them crappy and have overclocking capabilities of a Phenom..

I'd recommend an e8400/e8500 even though its a Dual-Core its faster in games (can go to 4.0ghz relatively easily)
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Is this build good?

Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Memory

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

ASUS Radeon HD 4850 EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Video Card

ASUS P5Q Pro ATX Intel Motherboard

Total: $925

Any ideas for a cheaper PSU to keep me under $1000?
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Corsair TX CMPSU-650TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-650TX - Buy.com

Better PSU than what you have... I'd recommend an Antec 300 with a couple extra fans instead of the Antec 900 (up to you though)

Overclocking is going to be a painful job now with a q6600, bad batches have made them crappy and have overclocking capabilities of a Phenom..

I'd recommend an e8400/e8500 even though its a Dual-Core its faster in games (can go to 4.0ghz relatively easily)
Maybe a 750TX for future upgrades? $20 isn't that much compared to buying another PSU for $100...
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Is this build good?

Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Memory

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

ASUS Radeon HD 4850 EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Video Card

ASUS P5Q Pro ATX Intel Motherboard

Total: $925

Any ideas for a cheaper PSU to keep me under $1000?
Stick with what I recommended or get the 750tx (but not required..)

Which 4gb kit are you getting? please link to it..

I'd recommend highly to avoid the Raptor, because $1 per gigabyte is not worth it at all!!

A WD 640gb is just as fast for the price.. then with the money saved you can get a better board..

You should avoid the q6600 to be honest.. I'd recommend getting a Dual Core e8400 or e8500 and overclocking it to 4.0ghz, faster than a Core 2 Quad Q6600 in games and still good for multi-tasking
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So Vernong could you post links to some of your suggestions so that my system will be up to par. I'm trying to stay under $1,000. I'd like to do the overclocking and set up my HDDs on a Raid setup. Will I need a RAID card too?
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Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

For CPU's

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives x2
For RAID

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

RAM:
Corsair TX CMPSU-650TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-650TX - Buy.com
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