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Building around an Asus P5N-T Deluxe

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July 4, 2008 8:38:31 PM

I'll be getting an Asus P5N-T Deluxe:
http://ca.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=610&l4=0...

for free but I've got nowhere to put it. Old mobo died, sent it to ASUS, bought new mobo cuz I couldn't wait, ASUS sends me upgraded mobo cuz can't fix old one.

So I want to build a new system with this motherboard.

I was thinking:

Case:
Antec 300:
http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15300

Because my current case
Antec P180 is much too heavy:
http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=81800

Power Supply:
I dunno about this, since the mobo can support 3-way sli I'd like to try that out eventually, but also I've had too many unused cables in my old psu. I'd like a psu with only the cables I need, or one where extra cables can be taken out.

My last power supply was:
OCZ GameXStream 700 W:
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/power_management/...

but I'm guessing tri-sli requires 1100 + Watts.

I'm only planning on having 1 hard-drive and don't really have any extra devices besides the video cards, and a DVD burner, so all the extra power to those things is just annoying cables for me.

CPU:
Some Intel Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad, haven't really decided yet.

RAM:
2 Gig of OCZ or Corsair.

Video Card:
I've got an extra BFG 7900 GTX that I'm gonna use for now, maybe tri-sli in future.

P.S. I haven't ever overclocked and I'm still nervous to start doing that.

Any thoughts? Am I stark raving mad?

Thank you,
Nurdin.
July 5, 2008 12:36:56 AM

Sell it. :) 

7x8i chipsets are loaded with issues and are generally best avoided.

Then buy a good Intel chipset motherboard and some ATI cards. :) 
July 5, 2008 4:32:35 AM

Hehehe,

Although isn't that a catch 22, if they are best avoided, who would buy one?
For that matter, who would buy the BFG 7900 GTX I've got sitting in my desk drawer. Stupid DirectX 10
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July 5, 2008 4:42:10 AM

Most people don't know they are. A good salesmen does not let information like this stop him from making the sale. :) 

For a user not running Vista DX10 makes zip.
August 5, 2008 2:17:01 AM

Well I've been unable to sell the motherboard. Also, worst case scenario it doesn't work and I send it back to asus to get it upgraded to a new model.

I'm thinking of doing the following as a final build:

Case: Antec 300
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66 Ghz
Memory: Kingston Value Ram 800 Mhz 4 GB
Power Supply: Antec NeoPower 650
Video Cards: BFG Tech GeForce 8800GT x 2
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2226w 22" widescreen.

Anything terribly wrong with this? I can get all these parts for just under $1200 locally.
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