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Old 06-23-2005, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Was thinking about maybe building a new computer, might recycle some older hard drives, but want to get a good setup for cheap (around 600-800 cash American maybe). Looking at, so far:

Athlon 64 3000+ Venice
EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLi nForce4 Motherboard
ASUS GeForce 6600 GT (don't really need anything too spectacular, plus I can wait 'til these come down and get another one)
OCZ Value Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel
Thermaltake PurePower ATX 560W PSU, not too sure on this yet

If anyone has any better suggestions, or know of any problems with compatibility, please let me know, thanks.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I see a lot of people on this site saying that the eVGA and Leadtek 6600gt is the best one to get.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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AMD Athlon 64+ Venice
DFI Lanparty SLI-DR or Ultra-D, Epox are crap.
eVGA / Leadtek 6600GT
2x 512 meg Twinmos Ram (The dual pack on newegg)
One of the 480 watt thermaltakes should suffice.

In the future, it will be better to replace your card than do SLI probolly.
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Now I'm looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813136151
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130215
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817104155
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103537
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820218062

~$900, a little more than I want to spend..

Concerns:
Should I get better RAM?
Will the PSU work without problems?
Might go for a 6600GT so save some $$, twice the price... might be worth it, not sure.
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That ram is great, expisally paired with a DFI board, this ram likes ALOT of voltage and can get nice speeds. Be warned, it gets hot at high speeds and a fan is good to cool it

Yeah it's a great PSU

And the 6800GT is worth it



Great PC, gets my thumbs up
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If you get a 6600GT it dosn't really matter what brand you get, but if you get a 6800GT, I would suggest you get the Leadtek one, because it's cooling is far superior to any of the other 6800GTs. Other than that, it's a great PC.
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Why don't you go with the OCZ Powerstream 520w over the Modstream? Is it loads more expensive? It is a better power supply, but the Modstream had extremely good feedback also.

I own the same GPU. I will say it runs hot, at least on mine, when I clock it up a bit. It will idle around high 40s to low 50s. Under load in BF2, it runs in the very low 90s, but I must admit, that is very high. I've set aside plans for a water cooling rig for safety and more overclock. Besides the heat, runs fantastically. The eVGA and Leadtek won't even bring you much performance difference anyway, both great GPUs.
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If you get a 6600GT it dosn't really matter what brand you get, but if you get a 6800GT, I would suggest you get the Leadtek one, because it's cooling is far superior to any of the other 6800GTs. Other than that, it's a great PC.
Incorrect eVGA and Leadtek are the best, with BFG in the rear.

Brands like XFX very often do not work, period.
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What about cooling-wise though? That Leadtek heatsink is massive, and my eVGA 6800 GT runs hella hot.
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The PowerStream is $30 more and the specs look better, so I guess I'll go that route. Thanks for all your input.
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