I've decided to go with Intel/Nvidia for the first time in about 10 years....
- I've got about a $1000 to burn on a new build, as my old Athlon 3700+ build from a few years ago just aint cuttin it anymore. I've already got an 80 gig Maxtor 10,000 rpm SATA hdd and two other 7200 rpm sata seagates. Are they good enough for the new build or should I buy a new HDD for my primary OS install?
- What to do about dual core or quad core? I don't encode or rip videos on my desktop, I use my laptop for that function, so this build will focus almost 100% on gaming. I'm really tempted to get an E6850, but the Q6600 is so damn enticing as well. Is there another proc out there that's worth it, even though it might be a bit more expensive?
- I want to be able to go SLI down the road once I need a performance boost. Good idea, bad idea? Given that I'm going Nvidia this time around, what's the best mobo for an 8800GT/C2D or C2Q with SLI down the road?
- I'm guessing 2 gigs is a good choice. I've always liked Corsair and Mushkin. What's the best ram to go with the board recommended?
- Power supply? I want to go SLI in the future, so I would like to be future proofed.
Thanks in advance! I just need a little help and I'm off to the races again..
-Only you really know how much space you will need, but they do look good enough to me.
-Currently, faster clocked dual cores are better for gaming, but in the future, when games start using more than 2 cores, those processors will have an advantage. You could go with a cheap processor now and upgrade when the new quad cores come out. I really have no clue as to when they would come out though.
-Hmm...there are really so many choices out there. Do you happen to have anymore criteria than SLI? Good OCer? Raid Functions? Firewire? An uneducated guess would be something like the 680i.
-2 gigs should be good. If you will be using vista, I might suggest going with 4gigs, but it is certainly not *needed*. You could try Corsair, Kingston, Crucial, OCZ...I like any one of those.
-You will probably want to get a ~750W PSU. It will give enough for SLI and minor performance loss over time, etc. I'm not really sure how many amps you would need as that is not my forte. Also, there is a tiered PSU listing floating around somewhere...a quick search should find it.
You can't get a newer nivida chipset cuz it's not out yet. The next one is 780i which is a minor update to 680i. Diff is Tri-SLI, PCI-E 2.0, etc. Even if it's out, it's gonna have some bugs to be weeded out. 680i is mature & ready.
ASUS has 680i boards, but for a premium. EVGA is the most popular choice. It's not as expensive, but packs the same chipset.
I wouldn't be too picky about 8800GT brands as they sell like hot cakes. You'd be lucky to get any at MSRP. Inflated prices is $300.
We cannot ignore the option of NVIDIA's SLI graphics for gamers, so we had to throw in the NVIDIA 680i SLI chipset. Overall, quad-core CPU overclocking is a little short compared to the Intel chipsets, and the chipset is having a tough time with Yorkfield at this point. The 8800 GTS/GTX/Ultra still have some life left in them, but new buyers will prefer to experience the goodness of two 8800 GT cards running Crysis. If SLI gaming is your goal, then this is the board to buy for now.