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September 26, 2008 10:44:51 AM

hi guys, this is my first time joining the forum but I always visit the site. I'm new on building a pc but I have read a lot about it and wanted to try it for my self, by the way this is not just for fun, i want to build a new system to upgrade from my current one, I really need some good advise before I buy the stuff's, here's what I have so far:

Cpu: core 2 duo e8400 (to be overclocked)

mobo: I still don't know what to get, I am leaning towards asus p5n-d, but I read a lot of negative reviews about it and also read a lot of good reviews on p45 chipset based mobo's, so this is one thing I need advise from you guys.

RAM: Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5 (2x1GB)

PSU: pc power and cooling 750 watts

HDD: seagate barracuda 500gb

Optical drive: anything that can cd write and dvd - rw, needs suggestions also

GPU: now this is the most difficult part for me to pick, I'm leaning towards the evga geforce gtx 260 and do SLI in the future but I can also have a single gpu thats best bang for the buck, maybe just around $200 - $300 price range?or should i go with radeon 4870?

by the way, my monitore size is going to be 22' or 24 ' depends on the budget. Hope you guys can help. thanks

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September 26, 2008 1:09:30 PM

If you're gonna sli, your only option for a mobo is nvidia-based chipsets. 750i can dual-sli at x8 and 780i can tri-sli at x16:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/LO_nforce7_intel_linecard....

If you're on the fence, look at the benchmarks of the plays YOU play to determine which card meets your requirement. What gpu we suggest is irrelevant. Most of the time we have such & such and we will defend our choices.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...
September 26, 2008 1:57:58 PM

I would suggest that you get 2x2GB RAM DDR2 800 - it's cheap right now and very much worth it.

I would suggest the WD 640 GB HDD - 2 platters - excellent performance and price per gig (only $80).

If you go with the 4870, then you'll want an X48 (crossfire for the future) or a P45 - crossfire possible, but not at full bandwidth.

Like stated, if you want SLI, you'll need the 750i/780i or 790i (only DDR3).

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September 26, 2008 2:12:13 PM

Welcome to the forums!

Motherboard XFX nForce 780i SLI $249.99
Graphics Asus GeForce GTX 260 $269.99
Sound Auzentech X-Fi Prelude $174.99
Antec 900 $129.99
LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray combo drive $149.99
September 26, 2008 2:16:42 PM

well ive heard that nvidia boards are a little more difficult to OC than their intel counterparts...besides that, I would base my decision on what video card I choose....
September 26, 2008 9:45:23 PM

ahslan said:
well ive heard that nvidia boards are a little more difficult to OC than their intel counterparts...besides that, I would base my decision on what video card I choose....


that's what I've heard too, that's why I'm leaning towards intel chipset based motherboard.
September 26, 2008 9:52:48 PM

by the way, I'm really not going to do SLI or xfire if I can find a good single gpu that can play crysis and cod4 in a decent settings, this is one of reasons I want to upgrade, my old computer can even run crysis!
September 26, 2008 10:25:32 PM

jc_092984 said:
by the way, I'm really not going to do SLI or xfire if I can find a good single gpu that can play crysis and cod4 in a decent settings, this is one of reasons I want to upgrade, my old computer can even run crysis!


okey, I have made up my mind and I want to do SLI, so this is the motherboards I'm thinking of:

evga nforce 780i SLI or XFX 780i SLI

and there is evga 780i SLI FTW, what's the difference with the other one?

and as for my gpu is going to be EVGA geforce gtx 260 core 216 sc or BFG geforce gtx 260 OC2 maxcore

which of the two companies you guys think is much better and much more reliable?
September 27, 2008 12:29:33 PM

False - nvidia actually is EASIER to overclock than Intel cuz they let you unlink cpu & ram speeds. Intel links both. No exception. i.e. If the ram is the bottleneck, the cpu won't go too far.

True - There are fewer nvidia overclockers than intel overclockers. That MAY give you the false impression. Go to evga form and see how crazy those overclockers are.

http://www.evga.com/community/messageboard/defaultmb.as...

Basically, EVGA & XFX are the same thing. However, EVGA support is unmatched & they offer step-up & cross-shipping (less wait time for a return).

Scroll down to the green chart for the differences between the 2 boards.

http://www.evga.com/articles/420.asp
September 28, 2008 12:00:13 AM

auscanzukus said:
False - nvidia actually is EASIER to overclock than Intel cuz they let you unlink cpu & ram speeds. Intel links both. No exception. i.e. If the ram is the bottleneck, the cpu won't go too far.

True - There are fewer nvidia overclockers than intel overclockers. That MAY give you the false impression. Go to evga form and see how crazy those overclockers are.

http://www.evga.com/community/messageboard/defaultmb.as...

Basically, EVGA & XFX are the same thing. However, EVGA support is unmatched & they offer step-up & cross-shipping (less wait time for a return).

Scroll down to the green chart for the differences between the 2 boards.

http://www.evga.com/articles/420.asp


thanks! so EVGA then but I think I'll just go with the EVGA 750i FTW,I don't think I'll go with tri - SLI.

how about the GPU? which of the 2 will be a good buy?
September 28, 2008 1:28:54 PM

If money is object, go gtx 280. Otherwise, gtx 260 for less than $300 at most places. BTW, EVGA, BFG & XFX offers factory-overclocked nvidia cards. They're faster than stock ones, but will produce more heat. Personally, I don't think they're worth more than $50 of the stock card cuz i can overclock them.
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