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February 25, 2008 2:19:12 PM

I wanted to get peoples thoughts on my list before making the plunge, I might order today depending on the results I get back.

Here are the parts I'm thinking of ordering:

Mobo: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168... $249 after instant rebate

GPU: EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card - FREE Crysis PC Game, 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $309 and comes with Crysis

CPU: E8400 Wolfdale Anyone know where I might pick one up? I've looked around and so far everyone is sold out.

Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm unsure which is the better choice, could anyone tell me which might be the better one?

Components I already have:
Case: Thermaltake Armor series VA8003BWS
http://thermaltakeusa.com/product/Chassis/fulltower/arm...

PSU: BFG Tech BFGR800WPSU ATX 12V Ver.2.2/ EPS 12V Ver.2.91 800W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, FCC, TUV, CUL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(The one I got was on sale from CompUSA, might consider getting another one after hearing how this PSU isn't so great)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA-300 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Plan to get either another 500gb or 350gb WD)


The pc i'm planning to build will be solely for gaming, i do plan to utilize sli down the road but not right away. Budget is roughly $1000-$1200. Already have moniter as well and will keep it for the time being, possibly upgrade it in the near future. I'm sure I missed some information that should have been provided but I hope this is enough for now. Thank you everyone in advance for helping to set me on the right path! :) 




























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February 25, 2008 3:08:19 PM

E8400 - http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
It appears to be in stock, but I can't tell for sure. I know NCIXUS has a 1-2 week waiting / delivery time as they have deemed it a "Special Item".

The DHX version of the RAM is faster w/ 4-4-4-12 timings vs. the 5-5-5-18 of the other RAM. Go for the faster timings.

What size is your monitor? I ask because if you're using a 19" or below, then I would not spend $250 on an SLI motherboard. Just go with a nice single card motherboard with a more stable / compatible Intel chipset.
February 25, 2008 3:10:17 PM

The DHX ram has this 4-4-4-12 timing/latency which is slighter faster than C5. It won't make a world of differences in real world. If you're not overclocking, get the cheaper one.

The rest are fine.
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February 25, 2008 3:47:08 PM

Current monitor is 20 1/2 inch widescreen, not great for sli i know but like i said i plan to upgrade to a better monitor within the next few weeks.

Just checked with Microcenter again and they no longer have the E8400, seems to be a hot product everywhere.

I also forgot to mention I plan on getting the 64-bit Vista home premium most likely for an OS.
February 25, 2008 5:55:17 PM

I eventually want to go the SLI route and this mobo seems to be the best bet for me. Every mobo has it's up's and down's, really it comes down to preference. What mobo's have you been looking at Waspy?
February 26, 2008 1:26:02 AM

bump for advice :) 
February 26, 2008 12:26:54 PM

People are looking for e8400 online, but they totally forgot the old way. My local shops still have a few left. You might find one if you shop around locally.
February 26, 2008 12:32:59 PM

Jaythe I've been looking at some 680i motherboards instead of the 780i stuff since I don't see myself ever going tri-SLI. The one I was/am heavily considering was/is the ASUS Striker Extreme. Reviews I've read say it's as good a mobo as you are going to get for a nForce chipset.
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