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Let me know what you think of this build, just wanna see where I stand

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September 6, 2008 1:58:43 AM

So this is my build just wanna see what everyone thinks and where i should go to upgrade.

asus m2n32 wireless deluxe
amd athlon 64 x2 6400+ black edition
8 Gb 800 mhz ddr2 dual channel ocz sli ready ram
2 bfg nvidia gtx 260 OC SLI
500gb western digital green sata 7200 rpm
350gb western digital sata 7200 rpm
antec 1000 watt power supply

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September 6, 2008 2:46:06 AM

Ok...a couple of things.

I would go with a WD HDD that is 640 GB - better price and performance.

I think the 1000w PSU is overkill (by quite a bit).

There are a few studies that have proven that 8 GB of RAM has no benefit over 4GB of RAM right now, so I'd only get 4GB.

If it were me, I would get an E7200/E7300, an p 45 or X48, and get a 4870x2 or 4850x2 or 2 4850s/4870s and crossfire, etc for that kind of money. ATI and Intel just have better performance ratios for the $$$ right now.

Those are just my suggestinos
September 6, 2008 3:14:59 AM

even when running a 64bit os in terms of the ram
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September 6, 2008 3:16:23 AM

the reason i got that psu was for future investment, the gtx 260 at max consume 310 watts
September 6, 2008 3:47:39 AM

What do you plan to do with the computer? That determines what you need. If games - what games with what settings? What monitor(s) size to support?

Do you have an unlimited budget? Do you want to pay the extra dollar to get ultimate performance?

Generally I agree with huron on going with an Intel CPU and related mobo - probably x48 if you really want top end - again can't tell without more info.
September 6, 2008 4:29:45 AM

You have more CPU overhead with any dual graphics setup. Phenom 9850. My quad uses all 4 cores even with old games such as Command and Conquer Generals. Secondary get a modern SLI chipset like 780a or 750a
September 6, 2008 4:30:38 AM

1000w is not overkill for a pair of GTX cards, id say its right on
September 6, 2008 4:36:50 AM

It just feels good to have more than you need for some reason. Im as guilty as the next guy...
September 6, 2008 5:12:25 AM

Yeah i agree, the human condition meets shiny technology. Yeah I def want to transfer to an intel based motherboard. I really want to get a nforce 790 sli ultra chipset board with ddr3 support socket 775 but my finances are not unlimited
September 6, 2008 5:14:39 AM

i like to play mostly eve online which has low spec reqs but i also play crysis and im a bitch for max settings on native resolutions (32" 720p 16:9) def pissed i didn't buy a crt display with higher res and just bought a tv card but you live and learn
September 6, 2008 5:17:19 AM

ive also thought about upgrading to phenom e9950 and just updating my bios and over clocking my HT to 2.0 ghz or should i just save the money and wait for an intel based motherboard
September 6, 2008 5:26:05 AM

well if you want to stick with amd, as a previous poster said, go with a combo deal from newegg on an Phenom 9950... with 4 gigs of quality DDR2 800 ram (there is no benefit going with DDR3 ram) and you will definitely be satisfied with the performance of your rig...seeing as you already have 8gigs, ur good...

EDIT: just noticed ur mobo isnt an AM2+ mobo...ummmm....well I believe you will suffer a performance loss if you go with a phenom...not too sure...maybe someone else can enlighten us..
September 6, 2008 5:38:48 AM

i heard with the am2+ the only benefit is the HT link 2.0 support but by overclocking that to 2.0 ghz you get the same performance don't know for sure im just a hobbyist
September 6, 2008 5:39:54 AM

also with the ddr2 i know it works on the up and down of the cycle how does ddr3 work and is it stable
September 6, 2008 10:28:53 PM

Well now you have me really confused. At first I thought you were listing a proposed build and asking for suggested modifications. Then you implied that did not want to change certain things - indicating you already had it. But earlier talk - such as about 8 GB of RAM - seemed to belie that. How much of your build do you already have?
September 7, 2008 4:50:52 AM

lol sorry rockyjohn that is my current build. I'm growing bored of it. I actually have more fun building then actually using. I'm looking for advice on where to go and what i should keep.
September 7, 2008 5:40:53 AM

happy_fanboy said:
1000w is not overkill for a pair of GTX cards, id say its right on

wrong. two 9800GX2's, an overclocked Q6600, 2 hard drives etc only need a 700 watt PSU at 100% load! i would get a 750 or 800 watt just for future upgradeability and some overhead.
September 7, 2008 5:42:43 AM

joudheus said:
lol sorry rockyjohn that is my current build. I'm growing bored of it. I actually have more fun building then actually using. I'm looking for advice on where to go and what i should keep.

yeah i totally agree, i find it much more enjoyable to build and overclock than game! :sol: 
September 7, 2008 11:36:38 AM

I'm in the same boat. I do enjoy gaming, etc, but I truly enjoy putting together systems (picking out parts, putting it all together, managing the wires, getting it up and running, etc).

I always have a "project" ion the horizon - HTPC, Media Server, etc.
September 7, 2008 3:33:06 PM

V3NOM said:
wrong. two 9800GX2's, an overclocked Q6600, 2 hard drives etc only need a 700 watt PSU at 100% load! i would get a 750 or 800 watt just for future upgradeability and some overhead.


actually we are talking about the bfg nividia gtx 260, consumes more power than the 9800 gx2, 600 watt at max load (2 gx2s at full load sli) while the gtx is 620 watts at max load (2gtx at full load sli)
September 8, 2008 4:57:56 AM

huron said:
I'm in the same boat. I do enjoy gaming, etc, but I truly enjoy putting together systems (picking out parts, putting it all together, managing the wires, getting it up and running, etc).

I always have a "project" ion the horizon - HTPC, Media Server, etc.


You rich bastards...lol...j/k... :kaola: 
September 8, 2008 5:53:04 AM

haha hope you're not calling me a rich bastard! E4400, 7-10 year old case with 40mm fan slots, $50 asrock mobo, $30 power supply, 7600GS - yep, i'm pretty rich as you can tell :lol: 

but my next rig will be killer! :)  9800GX2 ftw
September 8, 2008 12:08:54 PM

Haha. I just have to convince the wife that I'm not crazy for "needing" so many computers in the house. :) 
September 8, 2008 5:49:07 PM

you guys just need to find friends that need sweet comps...In high school, I built all my friends' computers and at the same time, made some money...it was really fun...and this past summer my roommate decided he needed a serious poker rig, so I decided to build him one...god that build was fun...quad core, 4gigs of ram, three 24" monitors...oh ya...
September 8, 2008 10:09:49 PM

yeah im always taking up projects for people its the only way to get by on my addiction without spending thousands of dollars every month
September 10, 2008 10:42:44 AM

Yep...I've built 3 in the last year for others, but all family, so no $$$ made. I need to find some friends who need computers.
September 10, 2008 11:34:28 AM

yeah im gonna build a guy a quad 4gig ram cheap $600 without monitor cos he needs one for a media-type uni course :)  also sold off an old pentium 1.6GHz system to a guy who then put pirated winxp pro on it... got all **** with me and reckoned a virus had stuffed it and it wouldnt even turn on.... im just like stuff you mate you're friggen fault
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