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October 27, 2007 12:56:15 PM

looking to build my own rig. I am relative new to self build, want a stable high performance rig that can be OC'ed later and if need be upgraded in future

CPU QX 6850
Assus Striker extreme (£150)
2 GB OCZ reaper pc 28500 1066 (115£)
NVidia 8800 GTX SLI (2x?) (360 £ each)
Xi-F soundblaster (£60)
WD Raptors 160 GB (2x) (130 each)
Case: Lian Li PC-V1200 Plus II (£ 170)
Coolermaster 850W (£130)

Appreciate you views on the components in general but also some specific questions:

- Do I need a double GPU now or is 1 sufficient to start and can I add another later
- Is the Power supply sufficient also to cover later upgrades
- 2 gb enough or should I go for 4 GB
- Do I need addtional cooling or are the standard fans in the case enough to start with
- Any thoughts on suppliers in UK
- Any important component I missed?
- Should I wait and go for a 45 nm CPU/Any other upcoming tech improvements I should wait for?

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October 27, 2007 1:11:48 PM

General Advice
PC&C 750W is a better choice. Might wanna get watercooled edition of 8800 GTX? just a thought they are kinda hot sli is hotter. The case is wayyyyyyyyyyy to expensive. TT armor series ? Q6600 is enough for anything just OC a bit you can hit 3.0 Ghz easily same as qx6850 (trust me it'll save ya $700 american dollars). X-treme gamer soundcard is another recommendation. don't forget to RAID 0 those Raptors. Dual boot XP and Vista so you get DX10.

-If you wanna play Crysis smoothly 1920x1200 at highest quality you actully do want the 8800gtx sli.
-Power Supply recommendation is in General. But if you really want to future go with a 1000W from Thermaltake or Enermax.
-If you are running Vista 64bit get 4GB. Any 32 bit OS only uses up to 3GB.
-As I said get Watercooled edition of 8800GTX from BFG. and Freezer 7 Pro for CPU or a liquid kit for it if you want to.
-Not familiar with UK suppliers. Don't live there.
-Nothing you missed.
-Nah, just get this Rig it'll kick ass
October 27, 2007 1:20:41 PM

Thanks! do you think I need any extra cooling other than what comes with a standard case?

Want to keep it as "simple" as possible and adding additional cooling seems a bit of a specialist job..
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October 27, 2007 1:58:53 PM

just put on any fan that comes with the case you'll be fine
October 27, 2007 2:15:07 PM

it is actually almost the same as installing the stock cooler...

i would suggest the zalman 9700 as it cools very well and looks good while doing it but it is more expensive than the freezer 7
October 27, 2007 4:12:16 PM

Thanks guys,

2 gb ram sufficient
upgrade power
water cooled 8800
(just love the LL case so will stick with)

- 1 or 2 GPU to start with?
-what about the asus P5E3 WS PRO as a mobo

Is that a good alternative?