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Old 07-05-2008, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi i am building my frist gaming pc and wanted to know what you thought any reccomendations/advice appreciated.

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Instead of the 8800gt get a 4850 or 9800gtx and crossfire/sli with one of them later. (4850 - crossfire) (9800gtx - sli)
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The Core 2 Quad Q6600 isn't 1333fsb....

but don't get a Quad and a 650i Chipset, they fail with overclocking when put together...

Don't get superclocked cards, get a reference one and OC it yourself or get an HD 4850
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what OS are you going with? I would personally get the 9800gtx, only $210 on newegg.
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Newegg.com - DIAMOND 4850PE3512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Get that instead of the 9800gtx and the 8800gt you have.. its just as powerful as the 9800gtx, but a heck lot cheaper
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I remember reading on some benchmarks review that had like 5 cards they were testing. Said the msi card showed the best performance @ the same speeds. eVGA is nice sure, but I think you're paying for their upgrade program whether you want it or not, so because the price is a bit higher, doesn't mean you're getting quality.

Newegg.com - MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

This card is $144 after rebate and the performance increase is maybe like.. 5-10% comparing the 8800gt and 9800gtx (check to be certain?) The 8800gt's use the G80 gpu which is probably the most popular card of this year.

If money is an issue, you might want to look into the best bang for your buck, and I think this selection is perfect, otherwise if you have all the money in the world, definatly step up and get a 9 series geforce.

I think the hard drive is overkill, heard 32mb cache is only for high traffic servers.. Probably want to stick to barracuda 16mb 7200 sata

Your mobo.. just get an eVGA 750i FTW board and you're set, no questions asked.. If you are doing SLI, get this board.

Your powersupply, be better off with a PC Power & Cooling 650w.
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I would get a HD 4850 and a Biostar p45 motherboard which gives you the option for crossfire in the future.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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The Core 2 Quad Q6600 isn't 1333fsb....

but don't get a Quad and a 650i Chipset, they fail with overclocking when put together...

Don't get superclocked cards, get a reference one and OC it yourself or get an HD 4850
1333fsb version available here :

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 2.40GHz Guaranteed to run at 3.00GHZ (1333FSB) - Retail

yes will no longer be getting that mobo, does not run gpu's at full speed in SLI mode.

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what OS are you going with? I would personally get the 9800gtx, only $210 on newegg.
most probably XP 64bit, or vista ultimate 64bit, i have heard about alot of conflicts and issues with vista 64 bit, so most probbaly stick with xp.

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I remember reading on some benchmarks review that had like 5 cards they were testing. Said the msi card showed the best performance @ the same speeds. eVGA is nice sure, but I think you're paying for their upgrade program whether you want it or not, so because the price is a bit higher, doesn't mean you're getting quality.

Newegg.com - MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

This card is $144 after rebate and the performance increase is maybe like.. 5-10% comparing the 8800gt and 9800gtx (check to be certain?) The 8800gt's use the G80 gpu which is probably the most popular card of this year.

If money is an issue, you might want to look into the best bang for your buck, and I think this selection is perfect, otherwise if you have all the money in the world, definatly step up and get a 9 series geforce.

I think the hard drive is overkill, heard 32mb cache is only for high traffic servers.. Probably want to stick to barracuda 16mb 7200 sata

Your mobo.. just get an eVGA 750i FTW board and you're set, no questions asked.. If you are doing SLI, get this board.

Your powersupply, be better off with a PC Power & Cooling 650w.

hi im based it the uk so that offer aint any good for me, i think i will go for the 9800gtx, and then get another one at a later stage and SLI bridge them.

the mobo you reccomended seems great, in the uk the eVGA 750i and the Asus striker extreme are around the same price, which one would be best?

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Ahh I see the are guaranting that it'll overclock to 3.0ghz... but at stock its still 1066fsb
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