New build to be used with DLP TV

Dear all,

I am planning to upgrade my current system. My system is connected to my Samsung 1080i DLP TV, and I use it mainly for gaming. I also plan to run VISTA.

I am considering to upgrade with the following components:
CPU: Intel Core Duo Q6600
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017)
Motherboard: Asus P5K-E (with CrossFire)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131196&Tpk=Asus%2bP5K-E)
or
Asus P5N32-E SLI
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131153)
Memory: Crucial PC6400 Ballistix 2048Mo DDR2 4-4-4-12 (2x1024Mo)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565)
Graphics: Asus Radeon EAH2900XT HTVDI 512 Mb
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121073R)
or
Asus EN8800GTS HTDP 640Mo
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121034&Tpk=Asus%2bEN8800GTS)
Cooling: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835109140&Tpk=Thermalright%2bUltra%2b120%2bExtreme)
Power Supply: Enermax 600W Noisetaker EG701AX-VE (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194005&Tpk=Enermax%2b600W%2bNoisetaker%2bEG701AX-VE)
I will reuse my current case, DVD-RW player, SATA HD, IDE HD, and PCI WiFI card.


I am still doubting whether to go for the combination P5K-E + Radeon HD2900XT (Radeon continues to improve with new drivers, but consumes a lot of power) or for the P5N32-E SLI + 8800GTS 640Mb. If the power consumption between the two is not too big, I'd prefer the Radeon.

I am also not sure about the memory choice, nor the Power Supply choice (how much power would I need, especially if I want to overclock at a later stage and maybe add a second graphics card).

Any advice would be really appreciated.
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  1. http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=2&l2=8&l3=544&l4=0&model=1673&modelmenu=1

    If you plan to crossfire (run 2 identical ati cards), you might need a 750w psu, so say Asus.

    The Enermax 600W has 35 amps on combined +12v, enough even for an 8800 ULTRA (needs 35A).

    The ballistix is a good choice.

    That HSF will need a fan to go with it. One of these is fine:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=50002108+40000573+1372726538&name=120mm

    The only thing I'd do different is get a new video card. The EAH2900XT is an open box or return.
  2. Thanks for the advice.

    Would the Thermaltake ToughPower W0117 750W be a good power supply for this ? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153036)
  3. Yep, that is one of the better psus. It's more than enough for crossfire.

    http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon
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