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Need some help deciding a few parts for my 1st PC (gpu, psu).

Last response: in Systems
September 22, 2008 8:41:34 PM

  • Ok so here are the basic stats:
  • e8400, i plan to oc maybe to 3.4ghz?
  • p180 case, fits my needs but i was wandering if i could fit a 2 9800gtx a fan?
  • ocz sli ready ddr2 800mhz ram, plan to oc to 1066mhz
  • 780i p5n-d board, sli ready
  • Porblems:
  • for gpu i might go with 8800gts then sli later or go with 9800gtx and sli later or go with 9800gx2. can someone help me decide btwn these 3 options and explain the diffs plz? is the gx2 just 2 gtx?
  • im really at a loss for the psu, i don't understand the concept of 12v rails, do the plug in to the mobo, the gpu, the cpu or what?why do i need multipe 12v rails?
    PLZ help! :( 
    September 22, 2008 9:30:07 PM

    GX2 is essentially 2 8800GTs. And as much as i love Asus motherboards, i heard that p5n-d isn't very good for overclocking but if thats your budget then i guess you would have to go with it, i would recommend 750i FTW from EVGA since i've heard some good stuff about it but i aren't really sure. honestly, by all means, try the asus, usually Asus motherboards yeild pretty good overclocking results. I would go with a 9800GX2 if you can find one for about $300, if not, you can go with a 8800GTS 512mb. PSU, HX620 from Corsair but that just might be a bit tight and to give it headroom, you can get an Antec Quaddro 850W. Both are modular so less cable hassle for you.
    September 22, 2008 10:09:26 PM

    Thanks dude, that clears up alot of things. But, all i need to know now is the gpu will fit in the p182 case and i need an explanation on 12v rails for PSUs.
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    September 22, 2008 10:22:15 PM

    Could i get something like this in a p180?
    September 23, 2008 12:04:41 AM

    Why so many posts with the same title?
    September 23, 2008 1:02:09 AM

    That should work since p182 is about to support 8800GTX cards so it should fit most cards, i am pretty sure about that. If it doesn't, just take out that Hard drive cage and you are sitll elft with the one on the bottom.