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March 26, 2008 1:01:12 PM

I plan on using windows vista 64 bit, i may overclock later in time but not right away, i am still looking for a good external drive to backup my files on, and my hdd are oem so what else must i get with them to make them work.

Processor- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400

Mother Board- EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail

Memory-(2) G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Hard Drives- (1)-Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

(1)Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Cd drive- SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

Case- COOLER MASTER Stacker RC-832-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

PSU- PC Power & Cooling S75QB EPS12V 750W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, ULC, CE, CB, RoHS

Video Card- 2-EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Case Fans-(4)-Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Retail

Cpu cooler- Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink - Retail
Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Retail

Monitor- Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built in Speakers

acronis home edition- to back up files

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

UPS- CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 4 x 5-15R Battery/Surge Protected 4 x 5-15R Surge Protected Outlets UPS - Retail

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March 26, 2008 1:06:28 PM

Why the 2x GTXs? Have you heavily considered 2x eVGA 8800 GTS G92 512MB? The performance difference between the two is not much, and the GTSes run cooler and are newer tech. With a 28" you'll need 2x something if you want to do any gaming.

Also, how did you pick out that burner? My system is pretty similar to yours, although I'm really stuck on getting a QX9650...but I might work myself off and get an E8400 as well too. Not sure yet...waiting to straighten out a few things in other aspects of life before I make my final purchase.
March 26, 2008 2:58:00 PM

i went with the gtx in case one day i decide to do 3 sli which is very possible, my case will be plenty cool i do believe and if i absolutely have to i could change it over to water cooling if it does run to hot but i dont believe it will, i picked the burner because it has pretty good reviews and some guys on this forum recomended it, id like to get the qx9650 but thats alot more money, i may upgrade to something similar to that but not for a while
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March 26, 2008 8:34:50 PM

Tri-SLI with GTXes does not sound too appetizing...ever. They are hot **** right now (literally), but my guess is the upper end of the 9XXX series will beat them out. I'm not a big fan of SLI, but it really becomes the only option when you are talking about 28" and 30" displays. It's SLI or multi-GPU card...essentially the same, and both solutions donkey but that is it right now, QQ.
March 26, 2008 8:53:00 PM

Looks good. Drop SLI and that motherboard. Get a P5K or P35-DS3R.
March 26, 2008 9:59:06 PM

what advantages are there of the P5K or P35-DS3R over the evga780i and why not sli, not arguing just curious