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Old August 15, 2008, 01:10 PM
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Hello, I'm building a new system and have the list of parts picked out. I'm just wanting to get some advice to see if there is anything I should change or anything I could upgrade if the cost is reasonable. Hopefully I can tap into all of your knowledge to figure out the best options. I'm looking to have it primarily for high end gaming with some large hard drive space. Possible options would be a blu-ray burner, aegia physx card or third video card but I think they're still pricey. Also would it be better to get a 790i SLI for the DDR3 since DDR3 is coming down? Will be doing some overclocking. Also if the Antec isn't good for stock cooling please recommend some alternative cooling options. Thanks very much! Here's what I have so far:

Case: Antec 900 $92.22
Mobo: EVGA nForce 780i SLI $232.21
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q9450 $358.80
RAM: Corsair XMS2 Dominator DDR2 1066 (4GB) $155.40
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800GTX+ (x2) $406.36
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $138.99
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223F $28.89
Sound Card: X-FI Xtreme Gamer $90.61
PSU: Corsair HX1000W $254.99
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 245B 24" $443.30
Speakers: Logitech G51 5.1 $144.56
Mouse: Microsoft Habu $53.31
Keyboard: Microsoft Reclusa $51.37
OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit $121.90

Total: $2,519.60
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Old August 15, 2008, 01:17 PM
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Looks like a fine system. PhysX card is totally pointless as your NVIDIA GPUs are capable of doing it now. I'd step up the X-Fi to the Titanium FATAL1TY Pro Series, doesn't cost a ton more but I'd say its a much more feature rich card. Though you could ditch Creative all together and get an ASUS Xonar instead.

Personally, I'd go with a X48-chipset motherboard, and dual HD4850s or HD4870s in Crossfire. The NVIDIA chipsets aren't exactly known to be the greatest...
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Old August 15, 2008, 01:21 PM
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That is a very nice build. The only thing i would change is the RAM, I would get Mushkin Redlines. Also instead of 2 9800 GTX+, why not get the 9800GX2 i find its always better to get the best single card.
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Old August 15, 2008, 01:25 PM
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That build looks fine except for the motherboard and graphic card. Get a P45/X48 motherboard such as the P5Q Pro and change the graphic card to the ATI X4850 X2 for crossfire if you want. As for the hard drive, you might be interested in getting 2 WD Caviar 640GB since they're $78.99 each at NCIX.

The RAM is overpriced as well imo since a good 4GB RAM kit costs only around $100 AR. Power supply might be overkill, depending on what you're going to do with your system. A Corsair HX620 should be more than enough for your needs.

Check out NCIX's Back2School Sale. They have very good pricing for all the parts that you need to build a computer similar, if not better than the the one that you have in your post.

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Old August 15, 2008, 01:26 PM
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I concur on the RAM suggestion - I have 4GB Mushkin Redlines on my 780i and they run beautifully, and can be purchased for less money than the Corsairs as well. Not to mention the excellent support!
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Old August 15, 2008, 01:27 PM
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you can get a Q9550 for $1.20 more at tddirect
With a 24" monitor, getting a GTX 260 would be better for about the same or less price.
You likely won't need a 1000W PSU either, maximum efficiency is usually about 50% of rating.

edit: you meant 2x9800GTX in SLI right? ok, scratch that.

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Old August 15, 2008, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for all of your recommendations, that was fast!

I'm going to re-evaluate the build and swap out some components for some of the things that have been suggested as they only make sense.

Does anybody know if it's worth it yet to upgrade to DDR3? It seems like the RAM doesn't cost too much more than high end DDR2 but the mobo will likely cost more.

I'll come back with my upgraded build once I have it all priced out and see what you think...
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Just taking a look at video cards and am wondering what would be better? Two HD4870 in crossfire mode or a single HD4870 X2? Any thoughts? I read the review for HD4870 in crossfire and it sounds promising but there seems to be a lot of buzz about the X2 also.
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Just taking a look at video cards and am wondering what would be better? Two HD4870 in crossfire mode or a single HD4870 X2? Any thoughts? I read the review for HD4870 in crossfire and it sounds promising but there seems to be a lot of buzz about the X2 also.
The single HD4870X2 would be the better choice. Then you have the possibility of adding an additional one later on for crossfire and thus effectively having 4 GPUs.

I'd go with a X48 motherboard if you do do this so you have full x16 bandwidth on both PCIe slots in crossfire.
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Old August 15, 2008, 07:09 PM
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Sounds good to me and makes sense.

Are you able to recommend a good X48 board?

I'm looking at either the rampage formula or the Intel bonetrail2 which is unfortunately out of stock. Would you recommend the mobos from gigabyte, either the ddr2 or ddr3? I still haven't decided which ram to go with yet but I'm leaning towards ddr3.

Thanks for all your help so far!
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