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February 16, 2007 4:06:24 AM

I think im almost ready to order it! What do you guys think, any incompatibilities or money spent better elsewhere? And bottlenecks, I tried to eliminate any possible ones, did I leave any?

Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker RC-832
Mobo: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR
GFX1: EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB
GFX2: EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB
PSU : COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBA ATX12V / EPS12V 850W
CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
RAM : CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 4GB DDR2 800
HDD : Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB

Monitor: Acer Office Line AL2223Wd

Cooling:
Case: 3xScythe S-FLEX SFF21F (1 on top, 2 on side)
CPU : ZALMAN CNPS 9700
and Arctic Silver 5

I also have 2 other HDD's in my current computer i'll toss in, I have a mouse / keyboard along with a dvd rom, dvd/cd rw, and a floppy.

Did I miss anything? Will anything not work?

Also, I want to get vista, but what version should I get... and do I get the 32/64 bit versions?

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February 16, 2007 4:15:53 AM

You sure you want to go with SLI right now? Maybe in a month you can get a 8950GTX that smokes the 8800's in SLI, that's what happened with the 7800, 7950. Prices are due to drop very shortly. And the r600 is coming out really soon too.

Nvidia does not support SLI in the Vista drivers yet, and just got DX10 working.

4GB RAM may not be necessary yet. It's useless with XP, and with Vista it'll likely help, but there may be problems with 4 sticks of RAM in the 680i motherboards.

Looks like a great system although very expensive.
February 16, 2007 5:57:26 AM

Make sure your drives are SATA or you have enough IDE ports. Sound like you might need 4 and new boards come with 2.
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February 16, 2007 9:05:38 AM

There no point SLI'inf GTX's now, or ever, you are just wasting money, should the need arise for SLI'ing GTX's is 2 years away and then a GTX will cost peanuts. Buy a 2nd one them/

My advice is, if you can afford one top end card, stick to one top end card, then buy and sell on that basis.

The Raptor is a waste of money IMO, all hype for very little performance.

4 GIG is over the top, you won't see any advantage over 2GIG with that setup, get 2 an extra 2GIG when and if needed down the line.
February 16, 2007 1:56:10 PM

I didn't think I wanted to SLI a GTX now with the price for that being as crazy as it is. I wasn't sure on the ram as well, the 4 gigs seemed to much I think ill just get 2 DDR 800 of the dominator, then 1 more if I need.

The hard drive messed me up a bit, and a raptor is pretty expensive, but what should I get in place of it and why shouldn't I buy it? Spinpoint or WD Caviar?

Will the PSU I have supplied be enough in the long run to do a SLI setup?
February 16, 2007 4:42:04 PM

The Raptor is indeed expensive but its real fast.I have the 74GB and the next one i`m buying is the 150Gb.Just as for a few more fps you pay a premium , the same for a few seconds of loading for hard drives.You pay more but you get speed.Its not hype like someone said.They are faster than any 7200rpm drive out there.
February 16, 2007 4:52:41 PM

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The Raptor is indeed expensive but its real fast.I have the 74GB and the next one i`m buying is the 150Gb.Just as for a few more fps you pay a premium , the same for a few seconds of loading for hard drives.You pay more but you get speed.Its not hype like someone said.They are faster than any 7200rpm drive out there.


Ya, even the benchmarks on this site, and most others, will say raptor's are the fastest.
February 16, 2007 5:23:18 PM

Just get one 8800gtx.
February 16, 2007 5:59:55 PM

"didn't think I wanted to SLI a GTX now with the price for that being as crazy as it is. I wasn't sure on the ram as well, the 4 gigs seemed to much I think ill just get 2 DDR 800 of the dominator, then 1 more if I need.

The hard drive messed me up a bit, and a raptor is pretty expensive, but what should I get in place of it and why shouldn't I buy it? Spinpoint or WD Caviar?

Will the PSU I have supplied be enough in the long run to do a SLI setup?"



The only people SLI-ing GTX's are people who need to massage their e-penis's with benchmark scores.

Really don't bother with the Raptor they are not worth the price v performance, they are three times he price for the same capacity and nowhere even near 3 times quicker.

You don't need one, don't buy the hype, they are hot running overblown trinkets sold to epople who just have to have "the best" of everything.

Upgrading GPU will give you so much more performance per upgrade dollar spent over buying Raptors it's not even funny.


I'd buy WD.

You could run anything on that PSU, anything at all.

PS Don't get Vista, get XP.
February 16, 2007 10:21:08 PM

Uhhh... That link's to a password protected site.
February 16, 2007 11:55:42 PM

SILVERSTONE TJ09-BW Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBA ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail

CORSAIR XMS2 DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

TWIN2X2048-6400C4D - Retail

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial

Acer Office Line AL2223Wd Black-Silver 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Bruner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black

X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series - Retail

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail
February 17, 2007 12:02:14 AM

You only need 2GB's of that Corsair Dominator series, 4GB isn't really needed. Also, like everyone else said 1 8800GTX will be more than enough power for your setup. You also dont need the Fatal1ty series sound card either. Your paying roughly 100 bucks more just for a faceplate. A Xtrememusic one will do just pretty much the same:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Cut corners on the price of the PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Also with the OS, I personally am waiting for Vista to release a Service pack edition before I get it, that way also, most if not all the bugs will hopefully out of it. Otherwise, you could just get Vista Home Premium. 32bit sounds fine.

Overall, a nice setup. Have fun :D 
February 17, 2007 3:49:02 AM

Thought you already had a dvd-rw... But WTH, they are cheap.

I've never dealt with that monitor, but if no one else complains go for it.

My 2p...
February 17, 2007 4:03:44 AM

You never said your uses but I think the 8800 w/ 320 meg is still a hot card and they are under $300 now.
February 17, 2007 7:29:25 PM

The system is for gaming and game development really...

Just wanted top of the line stuff, it's kinda graduation present. I have a DVD RW, but the eVGA only has 1 ATA100 w/ support for 2 devices, so that's 2 HD's or 1HD 1 DVD or something. Or is 100 the floppy drive port? Eityer way, sata is the way to go with the eVGA 680i.

The PSU I want to be enough to run SLI on vista once it's supported months down the line, and this one looks pretty good.
February 17, 2007 8:05:27 PM

680i should be good but 965 mobos are also limited to 1 ATA port ( 2 devices dont count the floppy , anyway you wouldnt need it that much).Dont know if there are any with more but just get a new HDD they are real cheap now.
Dont know about that PSU , how much does it cost?
February 17, 2007 8:44:34 PM

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Nvidia does not support SLI in the Vista drivers yet, and just got DX10 working.

4GB RAM may not be necessary yet. It's useless with XP, and with Vista it'll likely help, but there may be problems with 4 sticks of RAM in the 680i motherboards.

Looks like a great system although very expensive.


SLI driver will work in Vista when Nvidia driver version is updated, it should be someday in few months later. The best suggestion is to wait for least 8900 series coming out.

4 GB or more of RAM will work in Vista 64 bit edition. The best recommended to buy Windows Vista Premium 64 bit edition for good pricing. The 32 bit edition is limited; it works up to 3 GB of RAM.
February 17, 2007 9:47:30 PM

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You sure you want to go with SLI right now? Maybe in a month you can get a 8950GTX that smokes the 8800's in SLI, that's what happened with the 7800, 7950. Prices are due to drop very shortly. And the r600 is coming out really soon too.

Nvidia does not support SLI in the Vista drivers yet, and just got DX10 working.

4GB RAM may not be necessary yet. It's useless with XP, and with Vista it'll likely help, but there may be problems with 4 sticks of RAM in the 680i motherboards.

Looks like a great system although very expensive.
The 7800GTX was released on 6/22/05, where as the 7900GTX wasn't released until 3/17/2006 and it's not as fast as two 7800GTXs in SLI.

As to the original topic, I say wait until the end of the month to see what ATI has in store for us. Also, if you're going to spend around $1200 on GPUs, you should either plan to overclock that E6600 a lot or get a higher end CPU.
February 17, 2007 9:48:08 PM

I don't know exactly what you're doing with the computer, but I agree, SLI, especially with 8800's is not applicable right now and just forces you to buy a bigger PSU and pours more heat into your computer.

If you want your computer to boot faster, a fast HDD is needed. Have you ever thought of going the scsi route?

I remember that newegg had 74 gig 15k SAS (serial attached scsi's) for 285 each (not now though :(  ). Get 2 or 3 of those in raid 0 and that'll be an extremely fast computer.

I'm not sure if you wanna drop that kinda cash, but since its a hdd and they last a while, you could use it in future builds, so its not a like buying a CPU thats get outdated in 6 months.

If speed isn't THAT mission critical, you could always get a quad core so you're semi-future ready. Add that 500 you'd spend on the gtx to the CPU and you have yourself about 850. In other words, a Q6600.


Just a few ideas of how to play around with the money. Have fun with this build..... :twisted:
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