Hi, I finalising a new build and just wanted some critique before I jump into anything. it's going to be mainly for gaming.
CPU: E8400 GPU: XFX 8800GT 512MB XXXedition Motherboard: unsure? 680i or p45 or X38 ETC PSU: Again, unsure Hard drive: 2 x 250GB RAM: 4GB Thinking of Corsair 4GB XMS2 DHX http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142433 CPU cooling: Zalman CNPS 9700 Case: Coolermaster CM690 Dominator Black Cooling Fans: couple of 120mm fans (case can house 6 or 7 in total) Monitor: 22" LG W2252TQ
Having done this I've three main questions:
1. should I go SLI or just stick to the single 8800GT?
2. What power supply would be sufficient for all this
and 3. What motherboard and chipsets are the best for me
I appreciate all your replys and any suggestions that you may have on other items I've chosen thanks in advance
1. Nvidia and AMD are releasing new GPU's in a few weeks, I'd wait for them. If you don't have time to wait, just stick with single 8800gt 2.Case& PSU: Antec Sonata III, 500W, which is enough for your rig. 3. I'd take p45
Go with P45. Asus P5Q Pro is a good board at $149.99.
Or you can save even more and go P35 with the DS3L for $90
Get 1 500GB Seagate 7200.11 32MB cache drive for 90. RAID (if that is what you plan to do, offers no benefit unless you are performing large drive writes but doubles your chance of failure. (either drive fails- byebye data).
TRUE is a great cooler, but unfortunately it's become outdated with the advent of HDT tech and the xigmatek S1283/ OCZ Vendetta 2. Maybe if the heatpipes used HDT and didn't have nickel, that would be a perfect "TRUE"