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Configuration based on nVidia 790i Ultra SLI

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September 25, 2008 11:59:17 PM

Hi,

I'm planning to build a new system. I'm working on game development, so the performance is the first issue for me. But although it doesn't mean that I'm planning to spend $5000 :) 

I have the following configuration in my mind:

Motherboard
ASUS Striker II Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131274

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115054

RAM
OCZ Intel Extreme Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227339

[GPU]
2x XFX GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI-x 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150310

Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro1000 RS-A00-EMBA 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171022


The main thing that I'm not sure are the RAM and Motherboard. It seems like this RAM is not SLI-Ready and does not have EPP. Can it cause any problems with my 2-way SLI configuration? Another thing is the nVidia 790i Ultra SLI chipset. Does it have some stability issues?

What do you guys think about this configuration?

Thanks in advance.
September 26, 2008 12:07:25 AM

DDR3 and 790i (or any nvidia chipsets for that matter) are a waste of money, more so the chipset than the memory, since the memory actually works well, but it's expensive. I suggest you get a superior X38 chipset, with DDR2 support, and with the savings you get a quad core.

Q9550, HD 4870 X2, DFI Lan Party X38-T2R, 4GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1066, Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W. Those would be my picks for your system.
September 26, 2008 12:42:16 AM

emp said:
DDR3 and 790i (or any nvidia chipsets for that matter) are a waste of money, more so the chipset than the memory, since the memory actually works well, but it's expensive. I suggest you get a superior X38 chipset, with DDR2 support, and with the savings you get a quad core.

Q9550, HD 4870 X2, DFI Lan Party X38-T2R, 4GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1066, Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W. Those would be my picks for your system.


You're suggesting me totally different system. I'd like to fix the CPU and GPUs. I'm not sure concerning the Motherboard and RAM. What can you suggest for E8600 and 2-way nVidia 260? What's the difference between 780i and 790i?

I've just found another Motherboard:
EVGA 132-YW-E179-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI FTW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188028
It supports DDR3-2000, does it mean that i cannot put DDR3-1333 ram on this board?

any ideas?
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September 26, 2008 12:44:59 AM

The whole problem revolving around it is the motherboard, the difference between the 780i and 790i is that one supports DDR2 and the other DDr3. If you insist on pursuing a build around an nvidia chipset, then consider yourself warned and I just wish you the best on not running into the many issues with them.
September 26, 2008 12:58:04 AM

I'm planning to have dual nVidia 260 GPUs, that's the reason i'm going for nvidia chipset.
September 26, 2008 12:58:33 AM

What's the stable configuration for 2way SLIs?
September 26, 2008 4:33:52 AM

noone knows about 790i chipset?
September 26, 2008 5:21:25 AM

They're suggesting you stay away from the 790i and DDR3 because of the cost, you won't notice much of a difference in choosing a DDR2 mobo, except for the extra $$$ you save.

Nvidia lost this generation, I strongly suggest listening to emp, you'll be happier in the end.
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