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May 26, 2008 11:13:39 AM

Hello to everyone that browses my thread here.

I am currently looking to build a new high end gaming rig and thought I would come to the best for help with it.

here is the current build i have:

BACKBONE/CASE: Thermaltake VA7000BWA Shark
CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770
GPU: XFX 9800GX2 x2 SLi
RAM: OCZ SLi 4GB (2x2GB)
HDD: WD Caviar RE2 750GB
SOUND: Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Champion
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

It works out to around $4,400, but well worth every dollar, so please feel free to offer your opinions and suggestions!

Thanks guys.

EDIT: Added in OS.

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May 26, 2008 11:46:24 AM

First off, Quad SLI is a total waste.
Nvidia is not truly interested in their dual GPU single slot solutions meaning they do not offer the level of suport they should for them. They only offer them to counter ATI's X2 card. There are not any games out there that would benefit from more than 2 GPUs anyways. Anything more is just wasted power. Add to that the next generation of nVidia and ATI cards coming out in less than a month and it comes out to a very bad choice.

2nd, why would you want to spend $1500 on a CPU? You can get the same level of performance from an overclocked Q6600 for around $250. Hell, you should be easily able to push the Q6600 to 3.6GHz or higher. Just pissing cash out there.

3rd, do you really need a Blur-ay burner? You can get buy just fine with a $25 DVD/RW.

Not saying that it wouldn't be a smoking rig, but you are wasting quite a bit of cash where you need not.
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May 26, 2008 11:51:14 AM

There are many high end games that utilize quads as well as new games coming out and believe me SLI works great. Make sure you get a 30" LCD so you can take advantage of all that power and if you can afford it go for it.
May 26, 2008 12:35:43 PM

Your going to regret getting the 2 9800gx2's in about 2 months when the new generation of cards are released.

If money really is no object then go for it, however you could save a ton of money and get nearly the same performance if you wanted.
May 26, 2008 2:44:07 PM

I am with lameness and outlw, don't waste your cash on quad SLI, especially that card which is just a rehashed 8800GT. Remember the 7900GX2, same idea. STOP GAP measure. Don't fall prey.

Same thing on the CPU. WHY WHY WHY? Q6600 or Q9450 and save the cash. :) 
May 26, 2008 3:12:45 PM

If you're going with a blu-ray drive, you're going to want an HD capable monitor/tv. Spend less on the cpu and graphics cards and throw in a big ass hdtv.
May 27, 2008 1:36:05 AM

Thanks to all the suggestions so far.

My current TV is a 32" 1080p HDTV, so I'm all set for media content, my PC monitor is a 22" widescreen, specifically for gaming.

So should i be waiting till the next-gen 260/280 GTX cards come out and just have a standard SLi setup?

In lieu of the CPU query, I wanted to get the best performance I could without clocking at all, not much of a fan of clocking.

However I will consider it as a serious option if it's going to save me some cash, however cash isn't an issue. So any sweet cooling suggestions are more than welcome :) 

Thanks everyone!
May 27, 2008 2:43:17 AM

Well cash isn't an issue eh. Save the money, overclock the CPU and invest the difference into stocks or something and make something off it ;) 

Overclocking is really easy now, its a shame not to!

I would get one 8800GT right now, and upgrade in a few months. I also have a 22" LCD, 8800GT will run everything you throw at it.
May 27, 2008 7:12:03 AM

I already have an 8800GT and I'm telling you right now they don't handle what I'm throwing at it. Lol.

The purpose of this new machine is to be a complete knockout.
May 27, 2008 9:08:41 AM

Thanks for the lovely spam attack..


Major update really.

Following lovely advice given here I am changing to:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W
MOBO: EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3
GPU: GTX280. Perhaps SLi.
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive x 2

Any comments on these changes?
Also I would love some RAM suggestions.

Thanks!! :D