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March 10, 2008 6:41:11 PM

Hi guys,

I think ive decided to go for a E8400 CPU and 2 8800GT in SLI. Its going to be used for a gaming-PC with
a resolution of 1920*1200.
If this is a bad idea NOW is the time where I would really appreciate it if you tell me. I can wait for a
couple of weeks but not more than that.

Anyway, I have no idea what else to put in the machine. So im looking for advice on all kinds of hardware
(Motherboard, Harddiscs, RAM etc etc.)

Please help me find a great Gaming PC.


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March 10, 2008 6:55:26 PM

That is a great combo.

You will not have any complaints.

The only thing....E8400s are a bit hard to get right now.

As far as other hardware....


Make sure to get the bios update.


Hard drive: Just get a Seagate or Western Digital 7200 RPM with 8mb cache or better. 16mb if you get 500 gig or larger.

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 series

PSU: OCZ GameXStream or Corsair

Personally, I would wait and grab a Q9300. But the E8400 is a great processor; you will be happy with this build.
March 10, 2008 7:01:38 PM

The common rule when choosing a single video card configuration or SLi, is that it's better to get one good kickass card (8800 Ultra for example) than to get 2x8800GT.

Hard Drives are really cheap right now. You can get a 750GB drive for 150$ on Newegg.(

RAM is becoming dirt cheap too. You can get 4GB of DDR2-800 for under 100$ easily.(

As for the motherboard, if you plan on adding a second videocard later on, I recommend an nVidia 780i(

If not, then you can always go with a P35 or X38.

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March 10, 2008 7:03:10 PM

At that resolution... It's a good call. Just make sure you have proper cooling for the GT's. They tend to get hot and if they have the stock OEM cooler they heat up pretty well. I'd look at models that have a better cooling solution.

Good CPU choice.
Hard drives: Seagate 7200.11 or ES.2 drives (they have a 32MB cache
and run all but with a raptor, but with a lower price tag)
Ram: If you are running stock you can stick with PC6400 as a standard. If you want to overclock I'd go with PC8500.
Motherboard; I'd say a 750i or 780i mobo, I like ASUS to tell you the truth, they are pricy though, but solid.
March 10, 2008 7:25:04 PM

The Ultra will not outperform 2 GT's. And it is more expensive.

The 780i is a better chipset than the 680i, but at least $70 more for a good board.
March 10, 2008 7:59:02 PM

Id just wait for the 9800GTX
March 10, 2008 10:11:28 PM

Thanks for the answers - man this is the most difficult task ive ever had :) 
Ive been looking at some components - how does this looks like (sorry about the danish links, I think you'll be able to understand them though :)  :

Motherboard :
ASUS P5N-T Deluxe AiLifestyle Series

Or :

ASUS Striker II Formula Republic of Gamers Series

Whats the difference between those 2?

Core 2 Duo E8400 3 GHz
I found one on Ebay ;) 

2 8800GT in SLI - but which one? Im considdering those 3 from ASUS

ASUS EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP (512 MB) - 700 Mhz - no idea how much that matters though

ASUS EN8800GT/G/HTDP (512 MB) Same as the above I think but with 600 Mhz instead.

ASUS EN8800GT/HTDP (1 GB) - Same but the 1GB version which should be in stock here within the next week or so.

Ram :
Eeeeh no idea - there's just too many for someone like me to figure out which one I should go for. I need 4 GB
of PC6400 DDRII ram - thats all I know :) 

Been looking at those 2:

Samsung SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ 500 GB

WD Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500 GB

Power Supply
A Corsair of some sort. Which model do I need to power this system?

And I guess thats it?! - Does these parts fit together and do I have better options?
Thanks again - a guy like me wouldnt have a chance without helpfull people like you.
March 10, 2008 11:45:59 PM

About the PSU : anything based on Seasonic (and yes I think most if not all Corsair are based on Seasonic's).

You might want to check the 8800Gt's from EVGA too.
March 11, 2008 5:39:04 PM

EVGA is the way to go.

XFX would be another contender, but ASUS is usually a bit overpriced in my opinion. Especially considering the warranty you get with EVGA and XFX cards.