I would appreciate any comments and suggestions before I spend a shed load of money on this stuff. After looking through the forums I have a list of stuff but can't decide on a SLI motherboard. I want quiet but powerfull and the option to go SLI when the prices drop.
Case Antec P180 with and SP500PGB PSU
Processor AMD X2 4400 (budget permiting)
Gainward 7800GT x1 (in stock and cheapest)
Reuse my existing DDR400 memory 1Gb OR
Corsair Memory TWINX1024 - 3200C2PT PC3200 2x512MB CL2Silver
Nec LCD2070NX monitor
The three MB I have looked at are
Abit An8-Ultra SLI
Epox 9nPA +SLI
Your help in wasting my money wisely is most appreciated..
I'd only recommend that when he needs to make that upgrade. As long as gaming performance is good, he can stick with the RAM he has.
Harm: I'd go for a 3500+ or 3700+ if not OCing. Personally, I'm going to go with a 3200+ on my next build and OC to 3700+ performance. You can also adjust the timings on your current RAM. The first thing that I would adjust is the Command Rate - put it on 1T if it is on 2T and then test for stability.
NP. I'm not a huge believer in SLI unless you game at high res with all of the eye candy. I don't typically upgrade on a regular basis. I'll do a build and then run it into the ground, so when I upgrade I find a good balance for the vid card (price/perf) and stick with it for the long haul. The thing with vid cards is that the next gen cards have been outperforming SLId old gen cards. The prices on the old gen haven't dropped to the point that it is cost effective to just pop in another card - it's usually better to get the new gen card for a few dollars more. JMHO.