Hey so I'm building my first rig and could really use some input. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do play AoC right now and averaging 5fps on my labtop is just not working out for me anymore. So it's about time for an upgrade that is fairly future-proof. Here's what I'm thinking thus far:
Total Cost: ~$1377 before tax/shipping and w/o Vista
So I have a few questions here. First of all, I was originally dead set on running an SLI set-up on the idea of "get one GPU up front and second in the near future" but the general opinion seems to be that this is a tragic mistake especially with the new cards coming out in a few weeks. So i swapped the Asus nforce 750i with the X38 and Im sticking with an EVGA GPU so that I may trade-up over these next few months (if its worth it). Anbody actually think sticking with SLI and grabbing another 8800 GTS down the road is a better option?
Second, I have mixed feeling on the Q6600 CPU considering it's rather old technology (65nm & 1066Mhz FSB) and I'm going to be stuck with it for at least the next 2 years. The Q9300 is the next step up but for $65 more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My question is do you think its worth jumping up in class to the Q9300 and how do they compare when OC'ing.
And lastly for the hard drive, I'm currently planning on running my OS on the raptor and everything else on the Barracuda. I have an external HD so I already have enough space to back everything up. I'm still just not convinced how much a 10,000rpm drive will effect gaming, and do those games have to actually be on the raptor drive as well? because if thats the case, I'll need to drop even more money on a 74GB or a 150GB.
Oh and am I stuck dishing out $240 for Vista? Newegg sells a OEM version for around $100 but I think those require an authentication key to be bought separately right?
Sorry for making it so long! Any input or advice would be awesome, nothing is set in stone yet and I am still open to making changes anywhere on the system. Thanks!
Don't bother w/SLI unless you have a really big (24 inch or more) monitor and game at very high resolution (1920X1200 or more).
The games would need to be on the raptor as well to see benefit, so you can decide if that's worth it to you or not (AoC takes up 30gigs of HD spot by itself!).
Pushpins get a bad rap; imo, they're fine for the xigmatech cooler - it's not that heavy of a cooler that it concerns me.
Get the OEM verson of Vista, not the retail. You get an auth key with either.
The Q6600 vs. the Q9300 is a tough question. A lot depends on how long it will be before you upgrade. If you really won't upgrade for 2-3 years, then go with the Q9300. Both will oc about the same actually, but clock for clock the Q9300 is probably a tiny bit faster and cooler. If you upgrade every 1-2 years, get the cheaper one, b/c Nehalem will be out in 8 months or less sporting 4 cores (eight thread/yes, HT is back), and will be 20-30% or more faster than either one.
Thanks for your quick replies guys. The ECS 8800 GTS at $160 is definately tempting, my major drawback there is it doesnt look like ECS offers a trade-up program like EVGA or BFG so the purchase would be permanent with the new cards coming out.
The xigmatek heatsink looks like a pretty good deal and I think I'll stick with the Q6600 for now since you'r saying there's not a huge difference in performance.
I also had a question concerning the MOBO. I was debating going with an intel P35 chipset instead, but the lack of a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot concerned me. Will it not work with the 8800 GTS (g92)?