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Old October 9, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Hello, first post here.

My roommate and I are thinking about putting together a PC that eventually will be made in to two, but for at least 6 months will be the house PC. Anyway, we are not experts and any advice on our current build would be much appreciated.

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Old October 9, 2008, 11:29 PM
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mmm, the nvidia card is decent i geuss, but, the nvidia chipset may cause you some greif due to stability issues. Mat wanna look at the x38 or x48 platform.
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Old October 9, 2008, 11:58 PM
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mmm, the nvidia card is decent i geuss, but, the nvidia chipset may cause you some greif due to stability issues. Mat wanna look at the x38 or x48 platform.
Would those platforms be compatible with the Nvidia card, or would we require switching to the 4870.

We aren't dead set on the Nvidia if we can't find a relatively stable mobo with SLI available.
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Old October 10, 2008, 12:01 AM
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Yes the platforms will be compatible, just look for a decent board that is X38, X48, or even P35.

You may want to take a look at the Asus P5K-E or the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, both great (inexpensive) boards, the Gigabyte one is a bit cheaper, and overclock great.
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Old October 10, 2008, 12:03 AM
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As long as you run a single video card it doesn't really matter which brand(ATI/nVidia) you run. All mobo's run ANY single vid card....when you want to run two vid cards...then you have to make a choice....ATI or nVidia? That choice is up to you!
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Old October 10, 2008, 01:47 AM
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I stand with the already many recommendations its probably in your best interest to shy away from the nVidia chipsets and look to intel chipset and like Prof. Dr. Silver said it doesn't matter about the video card as long as you run a single videocard. Personally this will most likely be my choice when I go intel.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Given what I have seen here primarily will this computer be used for gaming and are you planning on doing any overclocking?

Some recommendations:

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The powersupply would not be my first recommendation this psu from BFG leans heavily torwards the "value" side and a good psu is really the heart of any computer I highly recommend this here NCIX.com - Buy Corsair HX620W CMPSU-620HX ATX Triple 12V 50A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 120MM Fan 2X PCI-E - CMPSU-620HX In Canada.
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Case: Well thats more of a personal decision than anything things to take into consideration are: airflow, cable management and size; full tower or Midtower
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