Just built this last week
Q8200 @3.325GHZ 7X475 @1.296V
2X2GB Corsair 1066mhz ddr 2 @1198mhz
asus maximus 2 formula
2x4890 1gbs saphire connected via HDMI
2x500gb wd 32mb buffer raid 0
supreme x-fi sound card (if i can make it work)
weapons of choice
logitech chat lx3000 headset
logitech g11 keyboard
logitech g7 lazer mouse
panasonic 56inch lcd
3D06 SCORES 17322
SUPER PI SCORE 16.28 1M CALCULATION
I personally wouldn't have wasted money on a Maximus II Formula, and well I wouldn't build a Core 2 Quad, especially a low end one, at this point in time. AMD Phenom IIs are faster and around the same, or less money. And well there's always Core i7 as well which just dominates all.
Also seeing as your TV can only be a max of 1920x1080, I would of just used a single HD4890.
It's an alright PC though, just not really what I'd buy.
jdrom17 bet u dont get 17 k with once card like i did
and super pi me i dare u
if your e-peen is worth this much to you, so be it.
I would drop a 4890 for a SSD though.
And with my HD4890 at stock I get 17872:
A quick SuperPi run yields 13.796s without me doing anything to try and improve it. I even left all my programs open. So really, you're bragging about scores that aren't anything amazing.
The Q8200 is a rather crippled quad-core having only 1/3 of the L2 cache my X3350 (aka a Q9450) has and I also still have a slightly faster clock too even though my X38-chipset severely limits overclocking on 45nm quads (425FSB max).
I was merely sharing my opinions on what I would have bought at this point in time. There's nothing terribly wrong with your choices, just that there's better options you could of chosen to yield better performance. You asked if your setup sounded decent, so I told you my thoughts...
Next time ask before you buy rather than getting all cocky and "daring" people when somebody tells you there were better choices.
I would personally have taken some of the money from the second GPU, the motherboard and the second HDD and invested in a better processor and a SSD. That 3DMark06 score is pretty low for CF 4890s which leads me to believe they may be bottlenecked by your processor. And based on everything I've been reading about SSDs, they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I'm not quite sure what you expected with challenging jdrom17 in SPi 1M. His processor has way more cache, which alone gives him a HUGE edge, and he is overclocked to a higher speed. The only "advantage" you had was slightly faster RAM which isn't even that important for 1M.
Nothing wrong with his maximus 2 formula. Yes it's more expensive then others but it's a very good board.
Not everybody has to go to i7 or AMD.
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