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March 29, 2006 2:55:36 PM

Well it's that time again where I need to get a case for a new gaming rid. What will the rig consist of?

motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
vid cards (2): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Now, I would like to know what case you all would recommend for the setup. I would assume cooling would be importand and that is another question I had as well. Here is a link to the case I was planning on getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Would that be enough you think? Also, when it comes to colling, the case has 2 120mm fans, the psu has one 120mm fan and the processer will have whatever comes w/it since it's retail. Will I need to add anything else at all? Is there something I'm missing, or should I be ok in the end w/the products I've mentioned?

Thanks! Your help is appreciated greatly!

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March 29, 2006 3:05:33 PM

JAS...
The A8R32-MVP is $180


and the X1800 XT is $289

That is $70 cheaper, and you would get one of the best overclocking 939 boards made, and a faster, higher quality graphics card that has excellent video features thrown in for free.
March 29, 2006 3:06:31 PM

Also, these are available and in good quantities at NewEgg and other retailers.
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March 29, 2006 3:12:00 PM

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JAS...
The A8R32-MVP is $180


and the X1800 XT is $289

That is $70 cheaper, and you would get one of the best overclocking 939 boards made, and a faster, higher quality graphics card that has excellent video features thrown in for free.


OK, well after taking a look, they do look pretty nice... What is the Crossfire.. is that like nvidia's sli?
March 29, 2006 3:14:13 PM

I don't want to change topics.. but I wonder if SLI is better than CrossFire, hence the more $$$ =)
March 29, 2006 3:54:45 PM

At higher resolutions and AA, the X1800XT is the winner, imo, and picture quality is better... the price too. You also get AVIVO hardware encoding, which enables you to encode video up to 5x faster than a FX-60 runing a 7800 card.












Those are comparisons with the 7800GTX 512MB card, using latest drivers from ATI nad nVidia...
March 29, 2006 3:57:49 PM

My PC...Lian Li PC-60plus Black Aluminum Case (w/TR-3B Black Thermometer/Fan Controller 3.5” bay)
Opteron 175 (2x 2.42 GHz, 2MB cache, Socket 939, .09 micron, E6 stepping, OSA175DAA6CD)
ThermalTake BigWaterSE 12cm liquid cooling system complete kit
Asus A8R-MVP Motherboard (ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire, socket 939, SATA2)
HiS X1800XT Graphics Card (625 MHz/700 MHz OC core/1500 Mhz/1600 MHz OC mem, Dual DL-DVI VIVO 512 MB PCIe)
ATI TV Theater 550 PRO Tuner (PCI TV and FM Tuner)
4x 512MB Corsair Micro Xpert DDR RAM (2-3-3-8-2T (spd 2-2-2-5-1T) TwinXP 1024-3200XL)
2x 74gig Western Digital Raptor Hard Drives RAID-0 (WD740GD RAID0 150gig Boot Drive)
2x 250gig Western Digital Caviar SE16 Hard Drives (WD2500KS storage and data)
Plextor 716AL Black 16x DVD/CD Burner (IDE slot loading type)
Antec TP-II 550 Power Supply (550 Watt ATX12V v2.0 PSU)
Dell 2405FPW 24-inch LCD Monitor (UltraSharp Wide Aspect Flat Panel Display)
Logitech G-15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan
Case Fans (SilenX 120mm intake, Adda 120mm exhaust blower, SilenX 92mm exhaust and SilenX 80mm Fan)

Benchmarking hits pretty high according to FutureMark’s results ~ 4,935 3DMarks06 and 9,881 marks in 3DMark05.
Overall, I recommend this system (but with an A8R32-MVP motherboard) as a solid system for gaming, video, or design work.

Analysis of Power Draw consumed from this PC
Based on a brief quick test, I preclude that my AMD Opteron rig when over-clocked at 2420MHz from 2200MHz consumes
≤ 200 Watts at Idle
≤ 250 Watts during Boot Up
and
≤ 350 Watts at maximum load when benchmarking using 3DMark06
Note: This is only the PC measured at outlet from the Power Supply; my LCD Monitor was not measured per these results.
March 29, 2006 4:13:11 PM

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Sorry, I need help w/a case. I'm set on the ASUS/Nvidia.. I like them, always have.

How about this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... ??


That case is really nice. Only problem I had with a build I did involving one was getting the front of it off. Also the motherboard (a DFI) used a seperate piece for audio ports that plugged into the motherboard. It stood up to high and the 120mm fan stopped it from being installed. We were using a PCI sound card though so it wasn't an issue.

Nice and spacious and well built. Its not tool-less though but no big deal.

This is going to be my next case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811112086

And Christ people he's asking about a case not a damn graphics card. If he wants the 7900GT let him get it. Its his money and choice.
March 29, 2006 4:33:03 PM

No it's good that people offer him an alternative. The 7900GT is old tech.. it's also tired and has nothing new to offer over the 7800GTX save for running slightly cooler, drawing less power and a "9" instead of an "8".

I too would go with the x1800XT... but there is a problem. He would need an x1800CF card and those aren't as cheap as the non Crossfire 256MB x1800XT card recommended here.

ATi x1800 Crossfire Mastercard

So yes Crossfire is indeed more expensive right now. It's better for high resolution antialiasing however (sometimes doubling or tripling a 7900GT/GTX).
March 29, 2006 5:18:43 PM

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No it's good that people offer him an alternative. The 7900GT is old tech.. it's also tired and has nothing new to offer over the 7800GTX save for running slightly cooler, drawing less power and a "9" instead of an "8".

I too would go with the x1800XT... but there is a problem. He would need an x1800CF card and those aren't as cheap as the non Crossfire 256MB x1800XT card recommended here.

ATi x1800 Crossfire Mastercard

So yes Crossfire is indeed more expensive right now. It's better for high resolution antialiasing however (sometimes doubling or tripling a 7900GT/GTX).


So, I can't just get two Radeon X1800XT (identical) cards?
March 29, 2006 5:20:34 PM

No, you need a CF and a regular card.
March 29, 2006 5:29:15 PM

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No, you need a CF and a regular card.


OK so if I want to get for the regular card the 1800XT 256MB card, what are my options for the CrossFire card? All I've found is a 1800 CF 512MB card... is that the only option? Is there an XT option or a 256MB option rather than the 512MB? I guess I'm just confused as to what is on the market for the CF type card...

Thanks!
March 29, 2006 5:59:09 PM

No, the CF cards are made only one per series.
March 29, 2006 8:15:55 PM

And thus is the downfall of the whole Crossfire system. It's much more of a pain to consumers to have to buy 2 different version cards as where with SLI as long as the two cards are the same model, you're set. That is just my opinion. I've owned both ATI and nVidia cards and have found nVidia's drivers to be much less of a hassle also, though my ATI card is more powerful.

Back to the case issue. I love Lian-Li cases. They are great for cooling, fairly light, all aluminum and easy to work with. They also possess sleek looks rather than over-aggressive of a windowed out case or the "ghetto" styling of a crappy plastic one. My PC-61B has everything that comes out of it with thumbscrews which makes working in it great. I'm not up to par with the newer models they have out, but all in all they make great cases.
March 29, 2006 8:36:13 PM

The new CrossFire Express 3200 will allow ATI to enable the use of any two identical graphics cards in the CrossFire mode for their entire product range. This way you don’t need to purchase CrossFire Edition mainboards for certain specific configurations. However, this approach will automatically eliminate the highest speed SuperAA support, which is very important for high-end solutions


http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/chipsets/display/ati-c...
March 29, 2006 11:59:09 PM

unlike the folks with ADD up there i will recommend a case

thermaltake Armor/Kandalf...50 bucks more for the kandalf BUT u get a priceless look. Armor and kandalf are the same case but the kandalf is prettier

Extreme?
CM Stacker 830 slots for 9 (nine) 120mm fans

OR

Thermaltake Tai-Chi watercooled or not still a godo case

budget?
Antec TX series is pretty good, lots of room
P180 is also decent but some warping problems
March 30, 2006 12:28:35 AM

Quote:
Back to the case issue. I love Lian-Li cases. They are great for cooling, fairly light, all aluminum and easy to work with. They also possess sleek looks rather than over-aggressive of a windowed out case or the "ghetto" styling of a crappy plastic one. My PC-61B has everything that comes out of it with thumbscrews which makes working in it great. I'm not up to par with the newer models they have out, but all in all they make great cases.


I concur. I have a Lian Li PC-V1000B and I love it. Lian Li makes great quality cases, sure some of the cases are fairly expensive, but in my opinion, they're worth it.
March 30, 2006 12:44:35 AM

I have a LianLi PC-60 Plus... Luv it too!
March 30, 2006 1:30:06 AM

The 7900GT has plenty to offer over the 7800GTX be it the 256 or 512 mb version... It's tons cheaper, runs cool, and runs great. A 7900GT beats the 1800xt in most benchmarks


However a x1900xt oc'ed to xtx speeds would whoop 7900gt or gtx butt. They are a bit more expensive though.
March 30, 2006 2:37:19 AM

Not much more expensive, the 7900 GT are creeping up in price, and teh 7900GTX's are just about non-exhistant.
The X1900XT's are $429 and up at NewEgg... and plenty to choose from.
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