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August 30, 2007 2:28:32 AM

I am looking at purchasing a whole new PC and would like some suggestions from you guys,

Pro - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
EVGA Nforce 680i SLI
G Skill 4GB PQ PC6400 DDR2
2 X Leadtek 8800 Ultra Leviathan OC water Cooled edition ( Can these be link and run on 1 X Monitor)
Tagan 1100 Watt Power supply
Creative Sound Blaster X-FI elite Pro
Sony Blu Ray Buner
2 X Seagate 1TB Sata II HDD
Logitech G15 and G5 mouse and keyboard
Lian - LI PC A71

I got this build out of PCPP here in Aus and i want anyones advice on this.

Please suggest what you can i really want to go the best so i dont need to upgrade again for a while.

Thanks Let me know

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August 30, 2007 2:47:03 AM

If you want an honest answer, that looks like you have too much time and even more money to waste. Reasons? The QX6850 is a CPU only for those who don't care about money, same with the 8800 Ultra (Let alone Leadtek's leviathan edition).

What I would do to keep performance at nearly the same and save at least $1500 is to drop the CPU to the Q6600 and get SLI GTX instead.
August 30, 2007 2:50:14 AM

So get 2 X GTX 8800 models and the Q6600?
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August 30, 2007 2:50:31 AM

Is this a dream machine that you wont actually buy or what? this things gonna cost an arm and a leg, maybe even a kidney.
You'll probably want a PCI or PCI-E X1 Raid controller if you want it for your harddrives, Mobo's arent the best at that job.
EDIT: also, will that mobo fit in an E-ATX case?
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2007 2:52:04 AM

1) Save $1,000 by buying a Q6600 and overclocking it.

2) I still say the 8800 Ultra's are a waste of money overall. Just get the 8800GTX and save the extra cash to buy the new gen of GPU's when they come out (which is winter time I believe)

3) Even if I had the money, I wouldn't get anything Blu-ray or HD-DVD for my computer until the industry figures out a format.

August 30, 2007 2:54:14 AM

Wow that is serious money.
August 30, 2007 2:59:54 AM

so can someone lay out the parts they would recommend so i can look at that system. This is not a dream machine it is a bonus and i need to source rather quickly. Please see what you guys can recommend.
August 30, 2007 3:03:56 AM

You could drop one of those hardrives and get a Raptor also.
August 30, 2007 3:12:56 AM

You could sacrifice graphics power for proccesing power if he gets a dual socket J mobo and drops in two X5365's and gets rid of a leviathan
August 30, 2007 3:15:32 AM

thanks for all the info but just a complete spec would be good
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2007 3:16:14 AM

That would be 8 cores running at 2.66GHZ! That's a lot of processing!
August 30, 2007 3:17:53 AM

actually thats 3Ghz but apparently they only sell the X5355 at retail
August 30, 2007 3:19:32 AM

Is there a budget to this bonus, because that would help us give you a list and what will this thing be used for?
August 30, 2007 3:27:19 AM

Richo1981 said:
thanks for all the info but just a complete spec would be good

I am looking at purchasing a whole new PC and would like some suggestions from you guys,

Pro - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
EVGA Nforce 680i SLI
G Skill 4GB PQ PC6400 DDR2
2 X Leadtek 8800 Ultra Leviathan OC water Cooled edition ( Can these be link and run on 1 X Monitor)
Tagan 1100 Watt Power supply
Creative Sound Blaster X-FI elite Pro
Sony Blu Ray Buner
2 X Seagate 1TB Sata II HDD
Logitech G15 and G5 mouse and keyboard
Lian - LI PC A71

I got this build out of PCPP here in Aus and i want anyones advice on this.

Please suggest what you can i really want to go the best so i dont need to upgrade again for a while.

Thanks Let me know
OK Mate, alot of these thing are just burning money in fact this machine is gonna burn ya through like 1.5k extra when you could save 2.5k. in my opinion if you want a really good gaming good experience this is the rig you want

CPU Q6600 Saves 1.2k
The ultras are like 1k each yes you will get better performance then gtxes but it's not worth it. get
Dual Evga 8800 GTX for 600 each instead and get a sperate WC cooling save 800-900 bucks
Get a more brandname Powersupply
Get more cd/dvd drive with a BIG case i have only one dvd drive and trust me it's annoying

Keep the rest you have and VIOLA I saved you 2.2k which is enough to put 9800GTX in sli as soon as they come out... Good Luck
August 30, 2007 3:52:10 AM

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August 30, 2007 3:54:24 AM

G.Skill 4GB 2GB x 2 PC2-6400 (DDR2-800 5-5-5-15 Dual Channel

And that is the memoty im looking at also?


Are the components okay?
August 30, 2007 3:57:05 AM

not bad man... just make sure to get a BIG screen to squeeze everything bit of performance of your gtxes and get a cheaper sound card no more then $300 after that it's just not worth it. do get surround sound speakers enhances your experience when playing horror fps and watching movies not so much when listening to music
August 30, 2007 4:17:35 AM

Im looking at the dell 30" it seems to be one of the better monitors and i have my 5.1 Sony dvd home stereo as my speakers jus t gotta keep budget under 10k
August 30, 2007 4:19:25 AM

Get 4x1 Memory if your getting 32bit vista, the 1GB modules have much better timings and you wont be able to upgrade to 8GB anyways with 32bit.
August 30, 2007 4:22:52 AM

so what ram do you recommend?
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2007 4:39:55 AM

keep it under 10 K you say ?? Holy Shiz. It sounds like you dont know all that much about computers....IMO, or at least saving some money while building one. Put the 10 K in my hands, I'd know what to do with it. Must have alot of money to throw around. OR youre lying.
August 30, 2007 4:49:27 AM

so in having money to spend i have to be lying??? I came to ask advice on the best system to build for a price and you guys would be the people to ask based on personal experience. All i ask is every ones opinion? I have a came into a fairly large some of money and i want to build the ultimate. So i come to you guys for advice.
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2007 4:59:37 AM

If you REALLY want the ultimate then just build it....Go ahead, find the most expenisve hardware and throw it in a computer. Pretty generally most expensive = THE BEST. It's just that other people ( including myself) would probably not like to see all that money go to waste for a few more fps. But if you want the ULTIMATE like you say, then you don't need this thread. Just go build it. The Specs you have posted truely look like the best, although I suggest 4 Gigs of Mushkin REDLINE and 150 Raptors in RAID instead of what you are thinking.
a b U Graphics card
August 30, 2007 5:04:15 AM

Personal suggestion:

Spend a decent amount towards it now ($3,000 will get you a nice system), and save the rest for you next rebuild or upgrades you plan on doing anyway. The way hardware changes every six months and how the newest game pushes hardware, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to spend all the money at once only to upgrade it again when the newest hardware does come out.
August 30, 2007 7:01:56 AM

At the end of the day i want to build a really great gaming machine i had a few quieries such as will the 8800Ultra leviathan work in sli on one monitor? I had read somewhere that it had no pciexpress bridge.
August 30, 2007 8:46:22 AM

C'mon guys! It's his money and his wish. Maybe he won the lottery or a rich aunt left him some serious money. Never-work-a-day-in-your-life-again kinda money. You might not do it, I might not do it even if we had the money, but if that's what gets him off... :p 

Richo1981: The parts you listed are pretty much the absolute best. There are a few changes I would advice.

  • Drop the BluRay burner: pretty useless right now IMO. With the industry swinging from one format to another, it's anyone's bet which format will end up on top. You can just upgrade to whichever format wins, as an optical drive is the easiest and most hassle free upgrade. Plus, you will get a faster and more mature product then (support for more layers)

  • Get 150x2 Raptors in RAID 0, with an external RAID card preferably. The onboard RAID controllers do a decent job, buy RAID cards are still the best option. Get a 1TB drive too for storage if you want. Putting 2 Raptors in RAID 0, with a dedicated RAID card no less, will result in a massive HDD performance jump.

  • Better get a big-*** monitor to go with this setup. Anything less than 30" will not do it justice.

  • Yes, those cards in SLi will run 1 monitor. Otherwise you wouldn't be seeing any performance increase if each card ran separate monitors, would you? Anyway, I think putting THOSE two together isn't a good idea, if even possible. The Leviathan uses some pretty esoteric cooling, and from what I know, there doesn't exist any cabinet that can accommodate two. Read some online reviews to know more about this. You can get 2 non-water cooled Ultras. With the money you are throwing around, I suspect you will have some pretty nice air conditioning :) . The Leviathan isn't really that much higher clock than some of the other factory OC'ed Ultras. Life the XFX 8800 Ultra (SHF9).

    And don't take offence from anybody here if they are suspicious of you really buying this. All too often, on tech forums, some douchebag will come claiming to be buying the ultimate machine, the kind the rest of us dream about. I don't know what pleasure they get out of it. Maybe they feel turned on from all the (perceived) adoring gazes they think they are getting :D . So people are bound to be a little cautious. Just post pics in a personal review when you get it.
    August 30, 2007 9:21:58 AM

    The really funny thing is that he will spend a fortune now and when the new nvidia cards and new amd processors come out it will allready be obsolete.
    August 30, 2007 9:28:57 AM

    If you really really wanna waste money like this (if you're not a liar) then there are also poor children in africa that could use some help.
    a b U Graphics card
    August 30, 2007 9:43:41 AM

    Your name suits you well, dude pass over $300 and I will give you my opinion :p 
    August 30, 2007 12:53:34 PM

    yeah, if you want to buy 2 leviathans, since only one will fit in one setup then you could send me the other...
    August 30, 2007 4:16:01 PM

    You kinda picked a bad time to get a ultimate machine, G92 and Yorksfield/Barcelona is right around the corner, they'll make your machine right now second rate in a few months
    EDIT: Leviathans now $800 on newegg
    August 30, 2007 4:44:44 PM

    wow, only 800, thats so much better, I meen you know you could only get, say a decent mid range pc for that
    August 30, 2007 4:54:17 PM

    I would get a "lower" C2Q and overclock, plus I have heard that 8800GTX's/Ultras in SLI dont overclock very well. It would save you a ton of money
    August 30, 2007 5:25:25 PM

    cristip60 said:
    The really funny thing is that he will spend a fortune now and when the new nvidia cards and new amd processors come out it will allready be obsolete.



    so what ? that's how it's always been, you buy high end product and sthing better is out a few months later. If he has the money, which seems to be the case, and wants to please himself let him do so! There's still no date for a new high end nvidia card btw (g92 being mid-range)
    August 30, 2007 5:38:43 PM

    supposedly, thats the article which said at the bottom that NVIDIA wasn't available for comment
    August 30, 2007 6:02:43 PM

    Look man, if want to build the best, spend the money and get it. Some of these guys seem jealous of the fact that you have all this money to burn!

    Here's my suggestion:

    -Go with the qx6850
    -Get the 8800 Ultra's, they will work in sli for one monitor
    -As far as the mobo, I'd go with the Asus Striker Extreme, or the DFI Lanparty 680i LT mobo
    -You don't need to waste your money on a raid card, those mobos have the capability to run raid just fine
    -For the hard drive setup, 2 western digital 1TB drives in raid 0 will perform just as fast in most applications as 2 raptor 150's. But I would go with the raptors in raid 0 for the main programs, and 3 1TB drives in a raid 5 configuration
    -The case you chose is awesome, but you might want to check out Silverstone's TJ10 case.
    -The memory you chose seems fine, but I would go for some Corsair Dominator PC2 10000 sticks.
    -Power supply- try the Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 Watt, it's the best 1000+ watt power supply you can get right now.
    -As far as a blueray or hd dvd drive, take a look at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    it will burn blueray, dvd, cd, and read hd dvd's. The best of both worlds!
    August 30, 2007 6:17:16 PM

    Yes but the new stuff will come out in winter that's what is funny that he will have a high end system only for a couple of months.
    August 30, 2007 6:22:23 PM

    Richo1981 said:

    2 X Leadtek 8800 Ultra Leviathan OC water Cooled edition ( Can these be link and run on 1 X Monitor)


    Dude, you do realize, the Ultra Leviathan's do NOT SLI???? ....so, why would you get two.

    I also recommend the 37" Westinghouse LCD 1080p panel, 8ms, very fast, very sharp, bright and good color balance.
    August 30, 2007 7:00:43 PM

    Umm, warezme, this was taken from the newegg product description:

    Leadtek PX8800 Ultra Leviathan GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    and

    SLI Supported Yes
    August 30, 2007 7:03:34 PM

    New hardware in a couple months, sure, but after that there will be new hardware in another couple months. It's the cycle of technology. New stuff will always be just a few months away. Why wait, the 680i chipset will support Penryn. He can always upgrade when it does come out. If you were to wait for new stuff, you'd never buy anything, would you.
    August 30, 2007 8:32:47 PM

    wow i hate u dude
    hahaha that sounds awesome,enjoy,and take no notice of the bitter peanut gallery
    August 30, 2007 9:26:40 PM

    Why not get a PCI-E 4x SAS controller card with 128mb cache and 4 150gb 15k SAS Hard drives

    Since we're burning cash...
    August 30, 2007 10:04:01 PM

    Technically the Leviathans can do SLi, but since no case can properly fit them, they might as well not support it. Read the comments from buyers on the product page of newegg itself.

    New technology is always just about to come out. We know the Penryn desktop processors aren't going to be available before the end of the year. Also, they don't seem to be out-performing Kentsfield with too much of a margin. If he were to wait for these to become available, he might as well wait for Nehalem to become available, right? Cause that's a pretty radical redesign.

    NVidia has given out absolutely nothing about the next gen. Everything has been speculation. People believe that it's going to be released around Christmas, that it's going to be twice as powerful as G80. None of this has been confirmed by NVidia. Hell, we don't even know the name of the card yet. 9800? 8900? 8950? I don't think NVidia would have managed to keep everything so tightly under wraps with only 3 months to launch, do you? That's why I think there isn't much chance that there is going to be a new flagship product coming out this year.

    You have to pull the trigger on the purchase sometime, might as well be now, since upcoming products aren't revolutionary or are uncertain.
    Who knows, this guy might have the cash to upgrade to the latest again as soon as it's released.
    August 30, 2007 10:57:54 PM

    A case like the Silverstone TJ09 or TJ10, or the Stacker 830 can accommodate them. Some modifications might have to be made, but it is possible.
    August 31, 2007 12:12:34 AM

    if he has that much money, why can't he afford a saw? so long as it would be possible in theory to fit 2 leviathans on one mobo, then the case shouldn't figure into the equation
    August 31, 2007 1:16:23 PM

    korbin44 said:
    Umm, warezme, this was taken from the newegg product description:

    Leadtek PX8800 Ultra Leviathan GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    and

    SLI Supported Yes


    Well according to a 9 page THG review its not?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/30/leadteks_perform...

    They concluded: "This is neither for the faint at heart nor for those looking to double up with SLI."

    I wouldn't trust some Newegg spec sheet. Why don't you go to the Leviathan website and make sure.
    August 31, 2007 1:17:21 PM

    korbin44 said:
    Umm, warezme, this was taken from the newegg product description:

    Leadtek PX8800 Ultra Leviathan GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    and

    SLI Supported Yes


    Well according to a 9 page THG review its not?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/30/leadteks_perform...

    They concluded: "This is neither for the faint at heart nor for those looking to double up with SLI."

    I wouldn't trust some Newegg spec sheet. Why don't you go to the Leviathan website and make sure.
    August 31, 2007 1:19:48 PM

    Leviathan supports Sli, like all 8800 cards, but the trouble is not whether theyre compatible, but whether they'll FIT.
    August 31, 2007 1:49:14 PM

    itotallybelieveyou said:

    Get a more brandname Powersupply


    You realize TAGAN is a top tier brand?

    Your other suggestions were on par, but the PSU he has chosen is just fine.
    August 31, 2007 4:28:57 PM

    it might be that the leviathans are so monstrous, that the pci e slots are too close together for them
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