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June 18, 2007 5:51:27 PM

I'm spending around $1,800, but I can't decide whether to go AMD or Intel. I'm not an overclocker! I want this machine to run all stock, with as high of benchmarks, and play newer games as good as possible.

Here's what I have spec'd out so far.




Video: (SLI)

Again, I have only $1,800 - $1,900 to spend.

Should I stick with this? Or should I go with Intel's e6700? And if I should go with Intel, what motherboard/memory combo works the best with it?

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June 19, 2007 12:06:25 AM

Well, we are going to need a little more info than that. What do you plan on doing with this machine, is it just for hard core gaming?

I'm not sure how soon you want this built, but if you can wait until July 22nd. Then Intel will have their giant price drop and you should go with them. But actually, if your budget is that large, I would just go Intel anyways. the E6700 will beat the 6000+ in pretty much everything. You can check the Tom's Charts. I'll get back to you for a mobo/memory combo.
June 19, 2007 1:38:37 PM

Yes this machine is going to be strictly for gaming.

If i'm not going to overclock, do I still want to go with the G.Skill memory? Or would some high end corsair be better?

Here's the motherboard I was looking at:

And the memory (4gigs)

Also, my budget has to include a case, I think i'm going to go with the Antec 900 case. It looks sweet!

Thanks for your help Sniper :p 
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June 19, 2007 3:45:57 PM

Antec 900 truly is the bess case I've seen for what it has.

Ok one thing, dump the SLI cards sli on those is not good. For the price of those 2 you could get a 8800gtx which I highly recomend over SLI setup.

As said before the price cuts are so damn close... I think all shops are going to sell out of Q6600's when the price comes down lol. Definatly good to wait for those or if not a cheaper dual core prossessor.
June 19, 2007 3:53:24 PM

I switched my build up a little, how's this look?

I went with the higher end GTS video cards, 2 of them for SLI, and I switched to the core 2 duo e6700 processor. Also going with 4 gigs of g.skill pc6400 ddr2

(2) EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130071
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
($379.99 each)

(2) G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$40.00 Instant
($104.99 each)

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188012
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6700 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115002
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

This is still around my budget.

Question, would 1 8800ultra outperform 2 8800GTS's setup in SLI? The GTS model that I posted above?
June 19, 2007 6:34:05 PM

Anybody? :cry: 
June 19, 2007 6:38:17 PM

From what I've been told about SLI, it's only going to do "better" for you if you run at some HUGE resolutions... 22"+ or something like that... I'm not sure, but I got some good answers in a thread I posted earlier asking about SLI. Scroll down a bit and you should be able to find it (=