GPU compatible motherboard question

Hi guys,

This is my first e-mail on this forum. I am planning on buying a gaming rig in a month or two and currently doing all the research I can to get the right rig. My earlier rig an AMD Athlon xp 2000+ along with Nvidia Geforce 6200 GPU was bought by a computer engineer 4 years ago. I didn’t know much on GPU’s then and was obviously disappointed when I found I could not run my games on high settings, some games would lag even on low settings. However, 4 years later after spending a lot of time on the internet checking reviews, understanding basics of GPU’s and seeing videos, I believe I have found the GPU I am looking for that can run the latest games on high settings, of course, taking into account a budget (150$ for graphic card).

It’s the EVGA GeForce 8800 GS Superclocked Video Card - 384MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV

Enough reviews on net have indicated that this is the best card when it comes to price for performance. BTW, I have no intention of over clocking and happy with running games on 1280 x 1024 resolution with everything set on very high, which this card promises to deliver.

Where I need your help

Having used AMD for 4 years I intend going for an AMD processor. My choice, the Phenom X4 9650 or 9750 or 9850 black edition. I need help in deciding the right compatible motherboard for the above GPU. One that supports SLI. If I could get suggestions on the right compatible motherboard I will be very grateful.

My other concerns are:

1. Phenom X4 processors have been reported to generate a lot of heat. In this case is a cooler a must or are there motherboards that can handle the heat?

2. If a cooler is required, which one would be the best bang for the money, I heard Zalman coolers are recommended, what is your opinion?

3. I was told by a computer tech that in the event of a high end system I would need a UPS with .8 KV capacity and a minimum 400W power supply. Is this reliable?

As a novice this is what I could come up with. I am open to suggestions if there are any. My overall budget for GPU + motherboard+ processor is 500$.

Thank you, :)
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  1. Welcome to the forums!

    First of all, no offense, but this is not going to be a high-end system, not with a $500 cap on CPU+GPU+MB. I'm not saying this to make you feel bad, it's just that the UPS is a 100% crazy idea for a system like this and your money would be MUCH better employed to get a better video card. The tech who advised you to buy that is probably getting nice commissions on selling those and doesn't have your best interest at heart. Or maybe he's just stupid.

    $520 can buy this CPU/GPU/MB/cooler combination.

    GA-EP35-DS3L, $98
    Q6600, $215
    8800GTS G92 512MB, $167
    Xigmatek HDT-S1283, $44
    All prices after rebate and shipping.

    I don't like Zalman coolers much. That Xigmatek does a better job with less cost and less noise.

    You may not really need a quad, but TBH Q6600 at $215 is enormous value and more future-proof than a higher-clocked dual-core like E8400.

    If you have money left you can get a better brand of 8800GTS G92, like BFG or eVGA or XFX. Just make sure it has 512MB, not 256 or 320 or 640.
  2. Since you're not overclocking, you might as well not buy that Xigmatek cooler, or any other aftermarket cooler.

    Add these other parts to your list:

    RC-690 case $85+$22, Corsair 650TX PSU $90, WD3200AAKS $70

    Mind you, the 650TX is great value for today's price of $90. If you're not buying today, and it gets back to the regular price of $160, ask again at that time. I wouldn't pay $160 for the 650TX.
  3. Hey aevm, thank you very much for your suggestions, will take it into account.

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