My friend of mine wants to build a Sli computer soon. We have gone over a lot of products and came up with these two systems. In the end he cannot decide on which system to order because he is unsure of which is the best for gaming. I plan on building an AMD system next summer and being a current long time Intel user, I am stuck on the matter myself.
Below are the two systems we have put together. Feel free to give any suggestions on what to replace. Price is also a factor; he would like to spend at least $750. $800 may be pushing it though if needed.
NOTE: He only wants to use one video card at this time, then Sli it later. Is that a good idea?
NOTE2: He is also worried about the AMD venice processor. He is unsure if such a low priced processor is as good as the Intel 630's.
Note1: NO thats a HORRIBLE idea especially with 7600s. Forget SLI unless you want to spend around $2000 on a system. Also ditch that motherboard (A8N-SLI), its horrible.
Note2: If you want a gaming system AMD is the king of the hill and makes Intel look rather silly at all levels. Go with a 3200+ or 3500+ and the Asus A8N-E motherboard. This will be a nice gaming system for now. The 7600 will find the end of its life much quicker than a 7900GT though.
Can i please get another opinion plz. Ive checked the reviews for all the parts listed on newegg and the all have a excellent rating so some one with alot of gaming/pc knowledge plz give me some thorough feedback thx!!! Also in a Sli system can you just use 1 vid card untill you can get the other one??
DO NOT go SLI unless you can get both video cards within 90 days of each other. If you're going to build a gaming rig now (now being within the next 1 or 2 months), go AMD. If you can wait, get one of Intel's Core 2 Duo (Conroe) chips when they come out around the end of the summer. Early benchmarks show Conroe beating everything AMD currently has out (note: these haven't been compared to AM2 chips yet AFAIK) into the ground. Don't even think about putting a 630 into a gaming system. If you insist on Intel... get at least a 930. The video is a problem too.... if you're serious about gaming, a 7600 just isn't going to cut it... not even in SLI.
Don't get SLI unless you are spending more than $1,500 USD. I'm building a PC soon and will probably spend $1,500 - $2,200 USD, in which case I will be getting two 7900GTs in SLI. Like everyone else said, get a 7900GT, much better than the 7600 and will last longer. I think an eVga GeForce 7900GT KO would do you well. Plus, eVga has it's step up program so you can upgrade to a DX10 card later. Don't look at the Newegg reviews either, the guys with bad reviews probably got the defective batch (15% of the KO cards. It's a problem with the RAM I think).
Go with AMD, they're way better. With your budget, don't go anywhere near the X2s.
I just think the 7900 is just a bit to much to spend thats all. I would love to get the 7900 GT its a bit steep but i want to spend around 800 for everything. I'm a bit frustrated because ive been looking around forever!! To build this pc and i cant seem to make a decision.. I dont want to get my pc and make a mistake and regret it... can some one help me make a few decsions i want the best gaming pc possible for my 800 usd.. i would really like to get over the strain of looking its been a month or so on the decision