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Old January 30, 2009, 09:55 AM
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I was thinking along the lines of the Corsair 850W since that isn't overly expensive yet packs enough power even if it's not certified by NVIDIA. It's like $100 less than the 1KW Corsair...
SLI Certification is simply a marketing tool, but we know Corsair's repuatation speaks louder than any marketing gimic.

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I don't know man, I'm pretty sure the 750i and 780i still had some issues. However most of the time you can "fix" it by tweaking your settings as such with the 650i boards I have in my house, but out of the box, I still say nForce chipsets are behind on Intel.
I think a P45 would better if he went with Q9550 simply because they're cheaper and overclock better with qauds than the 7xx series.

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It's way more costly to enter the i7 market (motherboards are more, DDR3 is way more) and the Yorkfields perform pretty decently. Plus as things slowly become multithreaded, the gains will only further improve. A Q9550 would be decent IMO but I doubt he could afford it.
If he did go with a Qxxxx he certainly won't be disappointed, I love my setup. I guess its what I would do right now thats clouding my judgment here, a nice P45 board a Q9550 and some fast DDR2 would be a heck of alot cheaper than an i7 rig.

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Old January 30, 2009, 11:19 AM
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would be a heck of alot cheaper than an i7 rig.
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Old January 30, 2009, 01:30 PM
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All the others beat me to it.

If you're not planning SLI, ditch that motherboard and get a ASUS P5Q Pro or Gigabyte UD3P series motherboard. Keep in mind that SLI doesn't work in all games, and I doubt there's gonna be another "Crysis" game in the next 2 to 3 years which just kills your GPU.

Get the Intel Q6600 or Q9XXX. If you're gonna spend that much, get a quad core CPU.

Since you're gaming at 1680X1050, you might wanna drop it down a bit to a GTX260 Core 216 or a ATI 4870. The GTX280 isn't worth it imo.

Other than that, looks good. Be sure to read the other's advice. Don't forget to price match, and buy from the on sale section.
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