Hey, I'm currently looking forward to buying a complete new rig and I really want it to be futureproof as I don't have thousands of dollars to put on computers Here are the 2 set-ups I came out with, I really cant make a decision ( All prices are in Canuc money )
well, futureproofing is never a sure thing... though i didnt see that you had a gpu listed either (i could have missed it though)... unless youre planning on using on board, whichcase, yeah... otherwise, depending on your monitors native resolution, one of the 8800s may be a good idea
quad core definetly, as an OC can easily make up the difference between the 2 cpus anyhow... and the price is fairly reasonable now too
as far as memory, 2GB is a good starting point (regardless of speed), since ram is always going to be faster than going with a mechanical hdd for virtual memory... whichcase, going with anything above ddr2-800 may be overkill, TBH (unless you plan on some extreme OCing)
sidenote suggestion: you may want a second hdd for data redundancy, manual backing up works fine, so you dont need to bother with the possible added complexities and disappointments of using raid
I currently have a x1950pro but I'll be buying 2 8800gts and put them in SLI.
I run games at 1680 x 1050 with a 22" WS monitor and my x1950pro isnt doing it really...
I was wondering what kind of mobos work with 1333FSB cpus... ?
You're better off with a single 8800 GTX instead of two 8800 GTS. Plenty of threads on this subject, do a search. SLI has issues about buggy drivers, heat, noise, power consumption, system RAM being grabbed by the drivers (as in, maybe as much as 1 GB, yuck), cost, etc. Performance is nowhere near double that of a single card either, it's more like 0 to 80% more depending on lots of factors.
If you do want SLI after all then you need something based on 680i.
650i will make the second card work at only 8x, and P35 won't accept a second card at all. The 680i chipset accepts FSB1333 CPUs (with a BIOS update). P35 accepts them without worries about BIOS updates.
You could also wait 4 or 5 months, with lower settings maybe in some games to keep the x1950Pro happy. The new card promised by nVidia for Thanksgiving or Christmas will apparently be much better than the 8800 GTX.
I agree with aevm's comments about SLI, mobo, and RAM. The case is purely personal choice. They both look really nice. The 900 looks flashier; the P182 more subdued.
I'm going with a Gigabyte mobo myself (the micro-ATX version). The quad runs hotter and draws more power, even before any o/c. Partly for that reason, and because no game I play benefits from four cores, I chose the e6750 myself. I don't see how you wouldn't like either one.
Very nice build.
I think it's OK. Couldn't find reviews either, but the specifications look nice. I like the 3 PCI slots for example, very nice if you need a sound card, modem, and tv tuner. It's probably excellent value at $100.