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New System Build by a newbee,comments on my picks

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April 30, 2008 12:01:29 AM


I am building a gaming system for the first time and need advise on my choses, is everything compatiable, am I leaving anything out(I have monitor,keyboard,mouse)etc

1.NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
2.DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
3.OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail
4.Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
5.WINTEC AMPX 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400C5-2048 - Retail , Quantity:2
6.PALiT NE/960TSX0252 GeForce 9600GT SONIC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
7.Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK - OEM
8.Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
9.Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 English NA DVD - Retail
April 30, 2008 12:34:51 AM

DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS review

-> DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS Crossfire motherboard
-> PALiT NE/960TSX0252 GeForce 9600GT SONIC SLI video card
A bit of a mis-match on motherboard type and video card type? Did you consider ATI video cards for that CF motherboard?
Or do you want to match the GF 9600GT with a motherboard that will allow you to use 2 in SLI? ASUS P5N-D 750I SLI MB

April 30, 2008 12:56:03 AM

I'd get a SATA burner, not IDE. E.g. SH-S203B.

WR2 is right. No point in combining Crossfire mobo+nVidia GPU. Your PSU is good enough for either Crossfire or SLI, just decide which one you want.
Also, if you're going to do SLI later, get a high-end card for now, not the 9600GT.

If you want Crossfire, change the video card to HD 3870 or HD 3870X2.

If you want SLI, change the mobo to eVGA 780i and the video card to 8800GTS 512MB.

If you want a single video card, change the mobo to GA-EP35-DS3R for example, and get a 8800GTS 512MB or HD 3870X2.

Check out the RC-690 case, especially if you're going for SLI or Crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137
April 30, 2008 1:24:35 AM

^Agreed. on DVD burner and SLI/CrossFire.
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