I probably should have asked this here before this. I'm just now really exploring this site. I'm in the process of building a new rig. My current system is a HP "package" I got from best buy about two years ago. It's an athalon xp running at 1.9mzh, 1G of ram and a 6800GT.
It's been a decent computer but it's having problems playing some of the newer games. So I'm getting a new rig.
Cooler Master RC-810-SSN1 Stacker. I also ordered the "optional" side panal
that has a big window on it. This case freaking rocks..
I'm putting a Thermaltake 550w SLI Power Supply in it.
The mother board is Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe.
CPU is AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual-Core.
Hard drives are
Primary drive is a Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial
For storage I got a Western Digital Caviar 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard
I also picked up a new SAMSUNG 16X DVD±R DVD Burner, althought I'll take the
dvd burner out of my old (current) computer and install that as well.
To help cool it, I got a Zalmon 9500 heat stink/fan.
Everthing above is already bought and paid for. I did that Sunday night..
I'm going to put two gig of Consair low latency memory in there. When vista
comes out, I'll jump it up to 4 gig total.
I'm also going to get two 7900GTX (with the 512m ram each).
A few questions. What do you guys thing about it? Not that I can change it, since I already paid for the parts. Infact, some have already arrived.
The mb has a built in raid controller. Does raid really help in gamming? Would TWO of these 150G raptors in raid array be over kill?
What would you guys have done differently? I could always exchange the parts real quick.
i think its stupid for one reason. sli is nothing good. u should be fine with one 7900gt.the motherboard is nothing good either. just get the a8n sli or something else. the other is you should drop down to a 4400. well too bad u already paid for it. but other that that its good. just dont get sli. trust me. mostly everyone will tell you that. (i was the same way i wanted sli but the advice i got was real good) another thing is the mobo wont be able to handle 4 gigs of ram.2 gig should be fine for vista or maybe you can do 3.5 gigs
First, if you plan to go to Vista in January, don't get SLI. By October or November, the next generation video cards will be out. They will likely cost as much as one 7900GTX but be twice as powerful. Meanwhile, two 7900s will only increase your performance by 10-30%, sometimes even less depending on the application.
You're much better off getting on 7900GTX now and upgrading in six months. Vista is supposed to be a very graphics intensive OS.
I disagree with Kais on the MB - I know two people who've had good experiences with it.
Finally, love the case. I have a CoolerMaster Centurian (great, very reasonably priced case) but I am using the Stacker for my next build.
I've been saying that about SLI for long now. It DOES NOT double performace, so in majority of cases it's not worth it. Also, if you're spending that much money, get a single 7900GTX, and when next gen cards come out, get them.
I think i will probably do that. The rig I'm building, along with a 7900GTX will be very nice. Then in Aug (or whenever) I can buy two of the 8800s'.