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May 26, 2008 3:53:20 PM
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May 26, 2008 4:14:56 PM

You'll get more help if you write the names of the parts. Some of us are too lazy to click all your links...
May 26, 2008 4:37:28 PM

All excellent choices except for the mobo and maybe the GPU imo.

No reason to get a mobo with an nvidia chipset like the 780i (since they're not as stable as the current intel chipsets) unless you're determined to go SLI, which most people don't recommend since the performance difference rarely justifies the cost.

If you want to spend 2-300 bucks on your motherboard, here's an excellent choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or you could probably be just as happy with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or even this (trust me, it's still nice, and a great value):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

New GPU family coming out next month - so you can then either get the latest and greatest or at least pay less for a 9800 series when the price drops. If you have to build now, consider a card like the 8800gt 512MB (170$) which will still max out most games on the market currently but costs less, so you won't feel so bad about upgrading a year from now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2008 4:47:54 PM

modode said:

or you could probably be just as happy with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Did you mean the GA-EP35C-DS3R, or the GA-EP35-DS3R? The "C" supports both DDR2 and DDR3 and costs $25 more.

It's not a bad idea IMO, I'm just surprised. I own a "C" myself and I don't see it recommended much :) 

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May 26, 2008 4:49:58 PM

Pretty good.
As I post all the time, I would buy an 8800GTS 512 g92 card for around $200 before I would spend a hundred more on a card that is only about 2% faster. The 9800 is simply a rebranded 8800GTS with a little faster memory, that doesn't really mean much. An 8800GTS will easily overclock to speeds of the 9800 and faster.
The 9800 will do triple SLI though and the 8800 won't. (for what that is worth)
May 26, 2008 4:51:27 PM

I would strongly suggest against a 780i board, Nvidia chipsets are a big headache. In the same price range I would go with something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 9800GTX is overpriced, I would go with a 8800GT/GTS. Something like this will give you 95% of the performance of the GTX for half the price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the case I would find the lights and front panel connectors on the side annoying but a case is a very subjective decision.

RAM is good but I just bought this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
very good memory, very good price after MIR
May 26, 2008 4:56:38 PM

Good pickup. He probably doesn't need DDR3 support.
May 26, 2008 5:17:54 PM

If your looking at a P35 board I would go with one of the Gigabyte boards.
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May 26, 2008 5:20:25 PM

Not bad. If you need WiFi or a second video card (not for Crossfire, just for a 3rd or 4th monitor) then yes, it's worth buying that P5K.

Also look at the aBit IP35 Pro, if you want a good P35 MB with lots of features and don't mind paying more.
May 30, 2008 11:17:17 PM

OK well here's my newest (finest?) build:

Case: NZXT Apollo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
GPU: XFX 8800GTS (G92) 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: MSI P7N SLI Platinum
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

HD: Western Digital Caviar 500GB
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

RAM: Mushkin 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: OCZ GameXStream 600W
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I want to spend money as less as possible and still get a pretty decent gaming rig (basically, I'm capped at 1000$ now :/ ). What do you guys think of this? Oh, and I chose a SLI motherboard because I'm considering SLI'ing the video card in the near future. Also, can anyone tell me what are the differences between the MSI P7N SLI Platinum motherboard and the ASUS P5N-D motherboard? They are at same price so I don't know which one to choose :D 

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May 31, 2008 2:40:12 AM

Get a WD6400AAKS or WD7500AAKS from newegg instead of that ancient WD5000AAKS without PMR. Major speed difference. Check my config, this one is from personal experience, not just reviews.

The rest sounds nice.

The MSI seems to have better features than the P5N-D (eSATA, for example, or the third PCI-E x16 slot). It also seems to make more newegg reviewers happy (62% love it, 3% hate it - both numbers are better than for P5N-D). This is totally unscientific, I know, but I'd get the MSI anyway if the price is the same :) 
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