64 bit newb

I made a new PC as my old one is not up to date
Processor :Quad core 3000mhz
Ram :4 X 2gig ddr2 800 (8gig total)
Mobo :ASUS Maximus Formula Republic of Gamers iX38 (love it)
Graphics :2 X PNY 8800 GTX
HDD :1 TB segate
Cooling :Zalman resivator (2nd one... there great)
OS :XP X64
It all lives in some giant box CM Stacker
Its probally not the best for games but I really like it because its fast to boot etc
It should be good for over a year but this is my first 64 bit PC, any tips or things I should know?
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  1. What are you planning on using this rig for?
  2. Neebert said:
    Its probally not the best for games but I really like it because its fast to boot etc



    You're right; that system is really not the best for games. For starters, get another 8GB of RAM and third 8800GTX.
  3. Actually, that system will run 99% of the games out there at MAX settings.
  4. haha the 1% being crysis...
  5. runswindows95 said:
    Actually, that system will run 99% of the games out there at MAX settings.


    Hook, line, and sinker
  6. Are you bragging, or complaining...
  7. Would have went with Vista 64 myself on that build (I know I know it's not as good as XP for some things but at other things Vista is the only game in town *sobs*)
  8. Why the 2 x 8800GTX. The Maximus Formula is an Intel X38 chipset and ATI Crossfire capable MB, it's not an Nvidia SLI chipset capable of running those two cards in SLI?
  9. badge said:
    Why the 2 x 8800GTX. The Maximus Formula is an Intel X38 chipset and ATI Crossfire capable MB, it's not an Nvidia SLI chipset capable of running those two cards in SLI?


    Good catch... And you are, indeed, correct.
  10. Shame on Neebert for being a neeb.
  11. badge said:
    Shame on Neebert for being a neeb.


    Would it have not been simpler to ask the forum 'check out this build'?

    And JonathanDeane is correct, IMO. If I were going with a new build, I'd also use Vista 64 bit.
  12. croc said:
    I should ask the forum to 'check out this build'(Fixed)?
  13. So can I SLI the 2 8800's?
    I don't need to because I have 2 moniters and my TV takes an input too.
    I recommend a Panasonic Vieta 37 or 42
    I dont like watching films on a computer chair.
    Oh and get a long moniter cable and if you can a extra wirless mouse and keyb
    my old system was similar to the new one but just a dual core and 7800 GT's
    It has 4 X 1gin ddr2 533's
    It is still a good machine but suprime commander went slow when I moved about the map fast
    I guess Im a Neeb at heart :P
  14. You can Crossfire 2 ATI cards, but Nvida cards do not run in SLI on an Intel x38 chipset.
  15. Well I just tryed it but I think I need 2 bridges?
    I only have one though...
    It would be nice to see if the SLI really makes a difference.
    Anyone who is a SLI guru let me know where I stand :)
  16. What about x64?
  17. The only critique of your system I have is that instead of 1 single 1TB harddrive, I would have put 2x500Gb drives in a RAID 0(i think) striped configuration to nearly double the harddrive bandwidth. It makes the computer seem nearly twice as fast, because it actually is twice as fast!

    Also x64 has nothing you need to worry about. I've been on it for nearly 2 years and I've had no compatibility problems with any software made past 2001. Enjoy all that 4Gb of memory to the fullest.

    P.S.: Your rig is faster than most people on this forum so don't try to be all humble about it's performance! Two GTX's is insane, however I would suggest sending them back for two G92 GTS's for the extra video processing features :)
  18. The chipset (Intel X38) determines ATI Crossfire capable or Nvidia (680i, 780, etc.) SLI capable. 64 bit OS has nothing to do with multiple video cards running in either of those modes.
  19. I should have put a newb 2nd card in it for watching films...
    I wonder if I could swap a 7800 and give my old box a 8800?
  20. Ahhh I get it :)
  21. Running a 7800 plus an 8800 may present a video driver conflict. Unless the 7 series driver works on the 8 series and visa versa. Don't know how to load both drivers (7 and 8).
  22. My problem is that im running a 286...
    I only have 512kb of memmory too....
    I need to go to the doctor for a upgrade...
    Anyone a brain doctor here? :)
  23. what's a 286? 512mb of video memory? 8800GTX's have 768MB. 512 on a7800GT is still good for higher resolutions.
  24. I rate my system at 6/10
    GFX not the best
    Should have a raid 0 setup too
    Cant use the pci slot coz the 8800's are too big
    Good points:
    64 bit os's own
    it stays very cool
    Thanks for all the help... I feel less newb now :)
  25. btw my 7800's in my old box had 256mb memmory I think...
  26. 6/10? Pci slot for an 8800gtx?
  27. Well I cant fit my TV card in it now :)
  28. Thoes 8800's take up 2 spaces... I must say there good though.
  29. badge said:
    what's a 286? ...

    :ouch: Oh I hope that's sarcasm, I feel old enough already.
  30. A 286 is a very old computer..... it went 286... 386... 486... pentium etc :)
    I had a 286 that was 8mhz :)
    it also had 256K! of memmory :D
  31. Neebert said:
    A 286 is a very old computer..... it went 286... 386... 486... pentium etc :)
    I had a 286 that was 8mhz :)
    it also had 256K! of memmory :D

    Nah thats crap. I was still on my Amiga then.
  32. outofdate said:
    Nah thats crap. I was still on my Amiga then.


    Hehe me too, and I'm just starting to accept it wasn't really "the best computer ever."
  33. lol, 64bit does rule especially when im 3dsing...
  34. FFS!!!! Amiga A500 was the best computer ever.... My new box is like noob! A A500 with New Zealand story, north and south and 50 joy stick would own it!!!
  35. badge said:
    Running a 7800 plus an 8800 may present a video driver conflict. Unless the 7 series driver works on the 8 series and visa versa. Don't know how to load both drivers (7 and 8).


    Nvidia cards use a unified driver architecture. He wouldn't have any problems running both cards side by side (obviously not in SLI), the driver supports 8, 7, 6, and the FX series.
  36. Cool thanks :)
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