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Buying Tomarrow, first build, advice badly wanted

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August 4, 2008 6:48:39 PM

It's meant to allow for future sli, a healthy amount of OCing, and I'd prefer to stay Nvidia

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(My understanding is Ati's card runs with it and is cheaper, but this is a much better OCer)

Corsair 750w power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical and HDs are carried over from an older computer

Thoughts?

EDITED TO REFLECT RECOMMENDATIONS
August 4, 2008 6:56:26 PM

Hard Drive? For the hard drive get the 640 unless you alreay have it.
I still think that ATI's graphic card is better the 4850 or 4870 in your case, but you want nvidia.
All looks fine to me.

For the Motherboard if your looking for the 750i i would chip in a little bit more moeny for these..

ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Go Green w/ EPU, plus PCIe2.0 Dual x16 SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Enthusiast design for great overclocking performance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I recommened the EVGA one, which is great for overclocking as in your case its the best.

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August 4, 2008 7:04:45 PM

Thanks, I am going to look into the EVGA board more, but it looks like what I was hoping for!
August 4, 2008 7:07:19 PM

dirtmountain said:
Get the Corsair 750w power supply, save $20 and it's fine for your system
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
get this bracket for the Xigmatek it's $7 and allows better contact for better cooling...push pin mounting sucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's a great deal on the Antec 900.
Good build, good luck.


The 750w corsair was my 2nd choice, and someone else told me to go with it, I think I will swap it in and dump the OCZ. Help off set the cost of the more expensive EVGA board too.

I actually have the bracket in my cart, just didn't add it here
August 4, 2008 7:24:30 PM

If you cant afford sli from day one buy a better/cheaper mobo and the best dual gpu like the 4870x2.
August 4, 2008 7:28:10 PM

^Why? The assumption being I won't eventually upgrade to sli?

and what mobo would you recommend?
August 4, 2008 7:42:22 PM

Quote:
Why? The assumption being I won't eventually upgrade to sli?


Generally speaking, you'll buy more performance buy buying a single "big" card than by pairing up two cards. Also, there's hassle getting the drivers and profiles to work well. That hasn't been as true lately, but I don't generally recommend it unless you have firm plans in the near future (within a year) to upgrade.

Beyond 1-2 years, you will probably get better performance for your dollar by selling your old card and buying a newer card to replace it than by buying a second old card. SLI/CF scaling is only around 60% for the second card.

August 4, 2008 8:05:35 PM

The thing is, I'm more or less around my budget with this build. Even if I get a non-sli Mobo and a more expensive card, It's still likely to be a more expensive set-up ($50+), no?
August 4, 2008 8:16:11 PM

is this a gaming pc because if it is there is no need for quad core unless your a multimedia pc and going to be doing a lot of multitasking

if it is go with the E8400 wolfdale sorry no link
August 4, 2008 8:22:50 PM

You want the HD4850

And isnt there a sticky for the forever ending list of:
"OMG!!! Z MY 1st BLD, NVR SEEN PUTER B4 PLs HLP ME!!!!"
August 4, 2008 8:37:05 PM

hopkiller said:
is this a gaming pc because if it is there is no need for quad core unless your a multimedia pc and going to be doing a lot of multitasking

if it is go with the E8400 wolfdale sorry no link


90% gaming, but it will handle some encoding duties


I picked the q6600 over the E8400 because it can easily OC to 3.2 and I've heard people get it stable closer to 3.5. While I know the E8400 can get close to 4.0, I'm essentially betting that future games will take better advantage if the Quad core. Plus it's only a $15 difference.

If I'm missing something, I loved to hear where I'm wrong! That's the point of this topic!
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