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Old 07-07-2005, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've carefully thought it out and have decided to stray from Intel. Don't get me wrong I have an AMD machine and love it. But I am really ready to do something big with it. So I am not an out of control baller with loads of money to spend so here is what I have:

Processor: AMD 3500+ Venice
Memory: 1gb (2 x 512mb) OCZ EL Platinum Revision DDR 400
Hard Drive: 2x WD Raptor 74gb
VGA: 6800gt
Sound Card: Audigy ZS

Okay my questions:

1. I need suggestions for motherboards (I've been thinking about the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum

2. Any suggestions on better memory

3. Would the 3200+ be enough or is the 3500+ noticeably different(O'Cing and not O'Cing)

4. Would you go with an ATI instead?

5. New heatsink and fan?

Any other suggestions would be helpful. THANKS

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Old 07-07-2005, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if you are into overclocking, a 'DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-d' would be good. It has lots (and lots) of OC'ing options.

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I was considering that motherboard too, thanks
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Old 07-07-2005, 07:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Drop the dual Raptors. If you go with a mobo that supports SATA and RAID, you can pop in a couple of decent SATAs and get pretty much the same results (not that your human senses could tell a difference).

With the ka-ching you save, you can drop it all into a nice case.

Would you go with an ATI instead?
I wouldn't even consider it until ATI gets their stuff together enough to get Crossfire out of vaporware and get their new cards to market.
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Anything better than the 6800gt other than 7800? SLI worth it?
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6800GT is more than enough for at least 2 or 3 years IMO
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And no SLI isn't really worth it.

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Old 07-08-2005, 01:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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So I've decided to go with the 6800gt and possibly stick with something not as pricey as the 2 raptors.

Now motherboards its down to the DFI and the MSI which or which others.

No need for new heatsink and fan?

I'm assuming the OCZ ram is sufficient

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