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Old April 8, 2008, 10:38 AM
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Hey everyone, didn't really know where this would go, but saw some others so figured why not. Alright, so it's time for a new rig. There are some definite points I need help in, and then opinions on everything else is appreciated. I'll throw down the basics:

Mobo: No idea! This is a point of definite help.
CPU: Q6600
RAM: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 either 2 or 4 GB.
Video: 2x eVGA 9600GT
PSU: I was thinking of the PC P&C Silencer 750W, but I definitely want something that will be able to handle SLI and plenty of room for future additions and being able to carry over to new builds.
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 80GB & 250GB
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
Case: Antec 900
Heatsink: Thermalright 120 eXtreme

Alright, so this build will be mostly used for games and video editing/photo editing and possibly 3D work in the future. I definitely want to OC this and get 3.2~GHz on the CPU. I have absolutely no idea whatsoever on the motherboard though SLI is a must though. Opinions on all the parts are greatly appreciated! There really isn't any kind of budget on this build as well, but I'd like to keep it at around $1500 or less. The store I will be purchasing all my stuff from is Memory Express just so you all can see what the prices and supply are like. Thanks for any/all help!

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Old April 8, 2008, 11:08 AM
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The 680i or 780i are your only choices really if you want to run SLI and DDR2.

I would go the EVGA 780i or Asus P5N-D will do.
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Old April 8, 2008, 11:12 AM
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What monitor are you going to be driving and at what resolution?

Unless there is a definate advantage to SLIing the two 9600GTs, I think you'd be better off with a single 8800GT or GTS. Not only would this remove the vagarities of SLI performance under different apps, it would also open up a larger range of motherboards for you to consider.
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Old April 8, 2008, 11:30 AM
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I'll be using the Samsung 226BW. For everything except games I'll be using 1680x1050. For RTS games, i'll be using 1680 as well, but for most other games such as FPS I'll probably use 1280x768. The main reason behind the SLI was because 2x 9600 is only about $50 more than a 8800GT, but I'll get better performance. I know SLI isn't the most beneficial technology since you don't fully utilize the second card, but it seems like a good investment at the moment because once the full line of nvidea 9 series rolls out, I'll be able to get one of the top cards and sell off the other 9600's. Or the 9600GT's might just last me a long time and I can last past the 9 series.

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Old April 8, 2008, 12:34 PM
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SLi 9600Gt's will also handle Lots n Lots of AA and AF without a problem to make those games much smoother and prettier.
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