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Motherboard, Cooling System, Power and 32-Bit or 64-Bit Advice

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August 11, 2007 8:38:36 PM

Hey everyone. I'm getting a computer either from Dell or IBuyPower. I realize many of you advocate building your own computer, but I don't have the skill or the time to learn. IBuyPower gives you many more options to customize your computer. I've narrowed down everything except for the motherboard type, cooling system, power supply and version of Windows Vista.

I use my computer primarily for games but will also need it for productivity software (namely MS Office). I will get a 2.66 GHrtz Quadcore Processor, a Geforce 8800 GTX video card, 4 GB of RAM, and Vista Home Premium Addition. I'm not that computer savvy so I will likely not be upgrading much (if at all) nor overclocking my components. Below are the choices:

MOTHERBOARD OPTIONS:

I would like a good motherboard but really have no clue which one to pick. I know the most expensive isn't always the best.

-Asus P5N-E SLI nForce® 650i SLI Chipset w/6-channel CODEC, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB
-Asus P5N32-E SLI nForce® 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB
-[New !!!] Asus Striker Extreme nForce® 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB
-eVGA NForce 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 Dual PCI-E MB
-[$15 OFF Mail-In Rebate] MSI P35 Neo-F P35 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA, USB 2.0 PCI-E MB
-MSI P6N SLI-F nForce 650i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, PCI-E MB
-MSI P6N Diamond nForce 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, PCI-E MB

COOLING OPTIONS:

Next, I am curious about the cooling system - one is silent, supposedly, which is cool. The other is a liquid cooling system. Which would you recommend?

-CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit
-[=== Silent ===] Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooling Fan System Kit Silent & Overclocking Proof = Maximum cooling efficiency for quietness and performance

POWER SUPPLY:

I am wondering if 750 Watts will be sufficient to run the rig properly? Do I need more? Is less alright?

WINDOWS VISTA - 32-BIT OR 64-BIT?

I understand that 32-bit is usually what is recommended for people. I plan on keeping this computer for awhile, however, and don't want to be stuck in the Stone Age if I choose 32-bit. However, I am not sure I will be able to tackle the driver compatibility issues with 64-bit and am afraid of putting myself in a niche OS market. Opinions?

Thank you greatly for your help!
August 11, 2007 9:16:32 PM

Cooling need more info.
Motherboard none Nforce is a power hog and only useful if you plan on SLI. A P35 would be a better choice.

PSU is fine by the wattage a slight overkill actually.
Vista 64, and I would opt for Vista Business unless you plan using the windows software for watching tv or movies.
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