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Old August 13, 2008, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I think I like this board a little bit better though: NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 ATX LGA775 X48 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound 2GLAN 1394 CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-X48T-DQ6 In Canada.

Just in general, are Gigabytes as good (or better) than ASUS boards? I've always heard that ASUS boards were good, but the Gigabyte brand is new to me (since I haven't really been following new PC parts for years now).
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My last 4 boards were Gigabytes, and I've used them extensively for customer builds. They're great, if you don't mind the "particular" color scheme...
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My last 4 boards were Gigabytes, and I've used them extensively for customer builds. They're great, if you don't mind the "particular" color scheme...
Sounds good. I've also got a question regarding the QX9650 (since I saw it in your sig) vs. the Q9650. If both of these chips were used at their stock performance levels, would they be identical? I know the QX9650 allows for some great overclocking, but if you used a QX that wasn't overclocked, would it perform identically to the Q?

I'm not entirely sure about how easy overclocking is with either chip -- could anyone shed some light on what exactly is done (all I know is that the Q has a locked multiplier while the QX doesn't)?
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Yeah JugarJ has given you a great parts list. I would build it right now if I weren't married.

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Sounds good. I've also got a question regarding the QX9650 (since I saw it in your sig) vs. the Q9650. If both of these chips were used at their stock performance levels, would they be identical? I know the QX9650 allows for some great overclocking, but if you used a QX that wasn't overclocked, would it perform identically to the Q?

I'm not entirely sure about how easy overclocking is with either chip -- could anyone shed some light on what exactly is done (all I know is that the Q has a locked multiplier while the QX doesn't)?
From what I have read they are both identical, except the QX has an unlocked multi. They should perform the same at stock speeds.

Oc'ing a Quad is no more difficult than a Dual core.
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I do understand and believe Gigabyte boards to be a very good quality motherboard. But the Asus P5Q-E isn't all that bad either, seen couple people overclock it quite well though.

Oh and yes I'd second Sugar for all his Part Choices, top notch. Oh note to sugar (thanks for picking WD over Seagate, now I know what 640GB drive to pick :p)..

edit: With the setup of Sugar, maybe save money a little bit more:

Corsair T750 - $104.99 Canada Computers
Intel Q9550 - $365.44 1click2computers
OCZ Vendetta 2 - $38.63 - tdDirect
Mushkin Redlines 4GB - $104.99 NCIX (as for the rebate talk to MushkinGreg, no regrets)

As for your graphics card, the 4870x2 is a very solid card but only a monitor of 30" or more can fully utilize its power, save money stick with 2 cards of 4850, Crossfire performance on low resolution between 4870x2, 4870CF and 4850CF is almost neck to neck.
Price match everything on ncix, and you'll save yourself enough and get a wonderful system.

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Old August 13, 2008, 07:57 PM
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edit: With the setup of Sugar, maybe save money a little bit more:

Corsair T750 - $104.99 Canada Computers
Intel Q9550 - $365.44 1click2computers
OCZ Vendetta 2 - $38.63 - tdDirect
Mushkin Redlines 4GB - $104.99 NCIX (as for the rebate talk to MushkinGreg, no regrets)
See how fast prices can change on the interwebzzz?

Wheezy, I love Giga-byte boards, that X48T-DQ6 would be a great board, but that T in the mix means it's a DDR3 board. Back to the drawing board?

Oh and miggs78, I threw in the 4870x2 because he said he had $3500 to spend. He can afford a $1175 30" monitor now based on my parts suggestions. Here's another suggestion: Wheezy, once you have this thing built, have a beer and think nice thoughts about the guy who (potentially) saved you over $1000.
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Old August 13, 2008, 10:27 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I think I like this board a little bit better though: NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 ATX LGA775 X48 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound 2GLAN 1394 CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-X48T-DQ6 In Canada.

Just in general, are Gigabytes as good (or better) than ASUS boards? I've always heard that ASUS boards were good, but the Gigabyte brand is new to me (since I haven't really been following new PC parts for years now).
You know, just because you have $3500 to spend, doesn't mean you have to spend that much. This motherboard will give you pretty-much everything the $360 GigaByte will and will save you $210 as well. If you decide to overclock, this is fast becoming an overclockers-dream motherboard. It's built with quality components..so it should last a while. Just some food for thought. GL
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umm, personally, looks like a money is not a large concern, so I would actuallt buy one of these puppies

HP Alpha Systems - AlphaServer GS1280 system
think about it, if some one overclocks hte hell out of thieir system, you just pop in another processor!
if someone gets sata 2 raid 0, you just hook up the fiber raid 10 array!
if someone gets 8 GB of ram, you jsut pop in 64 GB of ram!
and if some gets quad fire? no worries, these puppies have up to 512 PCI-X slots LoL.
and of coz, they are kinda pricey, and the shipping costs are a little high right now, but hey! talk about future proofing LoL
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Sorry for the slow response, but could someone give me an idea of whether or not I'd be able to play Crysis with full settings on 1280x720 with SugarJ's setup?

And also -- would it be better to upgrade to a 1000W Corsair so I know for sure that my PC will be able to handle the 4870 x2 at full load, while also supplying power to two HDDs (and possibly more in the future) -- or will 750W do the job fine?
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