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285 GTX Build..need opinions

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July 15, 2009 6:25:17 AM
July 15, 2009 6:39:00 AM

You cannot SLI with your motherboard... Just Crossfire. I recommend you switch out the GTX285 for a HIS ATI 4890 from Newegg ($199... I believe). It has similar performance and gives you the option to Crossfire as well.

It you want to SLI, you'll need to go with the a Nvidia AM3 980i MOBO or move to a Core i7 920 build.

edit: Also, I recommend going with the Western Digital 640 GB Black OEM hard drive for $5 more. It is a better & faster hard drive.
July 15, 2009 6:56:43 AM

tecmo34 said:
You cannot SLI with your motherboard... Just Crossfire. I recommend you switch out the GTX285 for a HIS ATI 4890 from Newegg ($199... I believe). It has similar performance and gives you the option to Crossfire as well.

It you want to SLI, you'll need to go with the a Nvidia AM3 980i MOBO or move to a Core i7 920 build.

edit: Also, I recommend going with the Western Digital 640 GB Black OEM hard drive for $5 more. It is a better & faster hard drive.

Ahhh I see.
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July 15, 2009 7:23:10 AM

Corsair 750TX
Core i7 920
Foxconn Bloodrage GTI
Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb / OCZ Platinum 6gb DDR3 1600
GTX 275

Current total: $1,057.44 | After rebates: $1004.44

The price/performance ratio for the GTX 285 isn't worth it. A GTX 275 will offer similar, if not the same frame rates as the 285. I realize I didn't add a case, but that's a personal choice. You cannot sli with amd.

I don't want anybody coming in here and talking smack about the Bloodrage. Its a budget board with four pci-e 2.0 lanes. Even if the op doesn't use them all, They are spaced apart better than other motherboards, allowing better gpu cooling. Not to mention it's actually a really good overclocker, people have been getting upto 4.0ghz with it.
July 15, 2009 7:49:40 AM

not moose said:
Corsair 750TX
Core i7 920
Foxconn Bloodrage GTI
Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb / OCZ Platinum 6gb DDR3 1600
GTX 275

Current total: $1,057.44 | After rebates: $1004.44

The price/performance ratio for the GTX 285 isn't worth it. A GTX 275 will offer similar, if not the same frame rates as the 285. I realize I didn't add a case, but that's a personal choice. You cannot sli with amd.

I don't want anybody coming in here and talking smack about the Bloodrage. Its a budget board with four pci-e 2.0 lanes. Even if the op doesn't use them all, They are spaced apart better than other motherboards, allowing better gpu cooling. Not to mention it's actually a really good overclocker, people have been getting upto 4.0ghz with it.

Thanks for the input but I think I am gonna just go with 4890 Xfire since I don't really want i7.
July 15, 2009 8:36:12 AM

RAM:
You have DDR2 listed here. Maybe the motherboard can do both but if you are building a high end system you will find situations where your RAM bandwidth is too low.

I highly recommend using DDR3 1600MHz.

Graphics:
If you go with ATI then you'll be missing PhysX support if that's important too you. ATI claims physics support is coming. We'll see. I imagine SC2 and Diablo3's Havok engine will work with NVidia, ATI and CPUs.

NVidia just released it's 40nm low-end desktop graphics cards so will the high-end ones be available within the next two months?

If I was building a new PC I'd consider holding out and getting an SLI system with two high-end 40nm cards or preferably a single card with higher than GTX 275 performance.
July 15, 2009 8:41:35 PM

photonboy said:
RAM:
You have DDR2 listed here. Maybe the motherboard can do both but if you are building a high end system you will find situations where your RAM bandwidth is too low.

I highly recommend using DDR3 1600MHz.

Graphics:
If you go with ATI then you'll be missing PhysX support if that's important too you. ATI claims physics support is coming. We'll see. I imagine SC2 and Diablo3's Havok engine will work with NVidia, ATI and CPUs.

NVidia just released it's 40nm low-end desktop graphics cards so will the high-end ones be available within the next two months?

If I was building a new PC I'd consider holding out and getting an SLI system with two high-end 40nm cards or preferably a single card with higher than GTX 275 performance.


ATI has Havok engine and NVidia has physX; ATI released its 40mn a couple of mounths ago. ( 4770). I am waiting till the end of the year when windows 7 and directx11 comes out untill I build my cpu and SDD's become cheaper
July 15, 2009 8:52:12 PM

The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 motherboard supports DDR3 RAM only. The DDR2 RAM you listed is not compatible with that motherboard. This kit is a good price for DDR3 1600 CAS 7 RAM:

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75.99
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