So I'm not going to be building this immediately but I would appreciate all your help so that when I do buy the parts I don't mess anything up :wink: I'm not planning on over clocking, because i don't trust myself not to send my rig up in smoke. What I'm hoping for is a system for around 1k that'll be used 25:75 between home theater use and gaming. I'm just waiting for prices to take a drop (whenever the next round of parts comes out). I know that a much better system could be had, but I'm trying to balance price and performance on a limited budget... being a non-profit worker sucks sometimes
So I've been doing some more looking into my part selection and I have a couple of concerns about my build...
:?: Is the PSU going to deliver enough power to juice my 8800GTS? I read the specs of the card and it said it needed 12V@30A and when I read over the outputs of the PSU the 12V only gave 20A. I assume that means that I need a PSU that can output more amps on the 12V cable.
:?: The Mobo that I have selected has a little note at the end of the specifications stating that it only works with memory with timings of 5-5-5 or 6-6-6. The RAM I selected is timed at 4-4-3-5. Will that matter? Will the mobo just slow down the timings automatically?
:!: The more I think about things the more I think I need to swap out my mobo. Is SLi the way of the future? Because if so I would want a board and PSU that could support that move later. The current mobo won't handle it and I would also like a mobo with firewire. Any suggestions for what I could get?
I used to have the mentality that bigger wattage was always better. How wrong I was. Amperage is as equally important as wattage. Good thing all nVidia cards list the power requirements on the sites or the packaging.
No problem with lower timings. You can set them manually in bios.
SLI is for bragging rights. 8800gts can handle games pretty well. One card produces less heat & requires less power than 2 cards, usually. When you get one for sli, you wait & wait & wait until you can't find another one to complete the setup. Either buy 2 cards right away or don't.