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Old 06-30-2009, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I saw this pop up on newegg today for their 4th of July sale - Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Is that a pretty good start for the price? I don't know much about it, but it has been suggested to me before to run duel graphics cards, I think it is called crossfire? Is that possible with that mobo?
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You could do better.

What is your budget and what do you need?
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Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Put the extra money towards that!

$20 more, but owns that board... more chokes, better OC'ing ability, and its 790gx
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I'm thinking maybe $400-600, maybe more depending on how sweet it sounds. Something that will be good for games and good for Photoshop. I would need whatever memory is required by that mobo and I'd probably have to get the new standard of hard drive since right now I've only got IDE drives. My power supply is only about a year or so old and I believe it is 550 watts. My current tower is from emachines, I don't know if I would have to replace it or not to fir that mobo but that wouldn't be a problem.
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You want DDR2 800 for that board (avoid your combo especially because of that ECS board, which is a bit on the cheapside)

You'll want a fast SATA drive for Photoshop, and since I think 1TB drive's are the sweet spot in bang for the buck, get one of them

For PSU's wattage means almost nothing, you need enough amps on the 12v Rails, something like a decent Corsair 650TX (if you want to CrossfireX). For your GPU, I'd highly recommend the HD 4850 in your budget.
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ECS boards are terrible. I wouldn't even use them on a budget. The deal that Vern posted is your best bet, and for only 10 bucks more.
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This is my power supply - Newegg.com - Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Power Supplies
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Emachine = mATX only. You will need a bigger case for a ATX board.

Both of these are great cases. both have free shipping right now, and the CoolerMaster has a $10 MIR.

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

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