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September 22, 2008 7:50:17 PM

Hi all,

Im building a new rig and need some help. Im going to be reuseing some of my old hardware along with my new stuff and is as follows.

Hdds 1 74gb raptor, 250gb seagate
Sound card Sound blaster Audigy SE
PSU Ultra 600w
Lite on Cd/Dvd burner

As far as the GPU goes that is going to a brand new XFX 8800 Ultra I picked up off TD for $199. Now comes the hard part, what to do about a Mobo and Cpu. Ive narrowed it down to three options a stupid fast overclocking dual-core, a budget build that will last a while and is best price to performance ratio, and a modern quad core gaming machine.

Budget build - Q6600 and a DFI DK P35 T2RS

My dual core build - E8600/E8500/E8400 E0 with the new Biostar T Power I45

I know I can get that I45 $20 cheaper at ZZF

and lastly the beast - Q9550 and some kind of P45 board Id like the Maximus II but I think its two sweet for me at $269 so If I go this option I may get a cheaper board like the Biostar or a DFI.

The thing that sucks about this rig is I hate to get a Q9550 or a E8400 or E8500 for that matter without E0 Stepping and im getting tired of waiting. I do about 33% gaming and 33% multitasking and 33% overclocking. I know the dual will be better for gaming but since ebay and paypal are such a PITA now I dont like selling stuff on Ebay anymore because I have to wait for my money forever so building a quad machine should last me a while and maybe ill be able to skip Nehalem all together.

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September 22, 2008 8:15:12 PM

So you want me to tell you which system to build?

You don't need a Maximus II to overclock well. P5Q-E has the same ability, as does the DDR2 version of the P5Q Deluxe.

A P45 board will be more likely to support a Q9550 out of the box without a BIOS flash.
September 22, 2008 8:19:40 PM

Couldn't you just upgrade that system in your signature to a quad-core?
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September 22, 2008 8:38:16 PM

I just wanted some opinons.

I know I dont need the Maximus its a nice board but overpriced IMO.

I like the P5Q-E except for the placement of the 24pin power connector.

My sig hasnt been updated in a while. I no longer have the Striker, that kingston ram or that cpu or those video cards.

I will be using the 4gigs of Crucial Ballistix Tracers DDR2 PC6400 that I already have.
September 22, 2008 10:30:14 PM

For the 1st two options I would get the LT p35 over either the DK or TPower mainly because it is a 6 layer 8 phase board compared to the 4 phase and 4 layer of the DK and it looks like the TPower is also.

For the third option I would get the Rampage Formula since from what I have seen it is about the best for clocking the 45nm quads.
September 22, 2008 11:13:26 PM

Whats wrong with the system you already have??
Pop in the 8800 Ultra, add 2gb, and you have a great box.
September 23, 2008 12:09:10 AM

geofelt said:
Whats wrong with the system you already have??
Pop in the 8800 Ultra, add 2gb, and you have a great box.

The problem with the system I already have is I dont have one lol. The striker has been sold for sometime and just recently the E8400 and 8800gt. So im missing a mobo and cpu. I sold the striker for a evga 780i and got 2 8800gt's but im done with Nvida chipsets and my 19" monitor doesnt really scale in SLI.

sig updated lol