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Looking to build a New system this is what I came up with

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October 6, 2009 4:27:24 AM

I'll take any and all advice on this build idea. Please feel free.

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (3 of them) Why not? :p 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heres the real kicker. I have a Geforce 9800 GT in my computer now I was going to pickup another and SLI them in this new build for the time being, Anyone think thats a bad ided?

Going to run Vista 64-bit And I plan on throwing this all in an Antec 1200.

Also I wonder, has anyone OCed this CPU to over 3.0 on AIR cooling?

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October 6, 2009 4:31:07 AM

Please see the sticky. Hard to say until I have more info like budget and usage.
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October 6, 2009 4:35:10 AM

Oh sorry. Not so much worried about money...Obviously I don't want to go crazy and spend 6000 dollars...And usage is gaming rig. I would like to use my 9800 and SLI it with another unless thats total suicide Im just told that two 9800's out do a 285 GTX. I have no idea if thats true or not lol.
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October 6, 2009 4:53:28 AM

I think that SLI might be in the same range, but that's not to say that the GTX 285 is a great card. It's overpriced for the performance.

I think you would be better off getting a single 5850 or 5870. Either card will get you better performance and DX11.

The first two PCI-E slots are tightly spaced on the EVGA board. An Asus P6T deluxe will handle any future dual-card setup easier and cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 6, 2009 4:57:53 AM

Let me ask you this. Think If I went with that asus board it would make my life easier if I got 1 5870 now and went to SLI a few years later?
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October 6, 2009 5:19:26 AM

Id vote against SLI.
Performance can often vary wildly from game to game.
Look at a 5850.
The CPU should do fine @ 3.0 on air with the stock cooler, tho it will probably run a little loud.
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October 6, 2009 8:16:50 AM

TheGreatDew said:
Let me ask you this. Think If I went with that asus board it would make my life easier if I got 1 5870 now and went to SLI a few years later?


My experience, which I believe is fairly accurate, is that you have about 8 months max to get a second GPU for crossfire or SLI. If it hasn't happened by then, it likely won't. You'll just end up buying another single card.

This board is full of people that have bought an SLI/CF board intending to add a second card and then never bothered.

That's one of the main reasons I promote P55 boards more than X58, unless you are buying two video cards up front.
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October 6, 2009 3:23:48 PM

After looking into it, I really do like that Asus board. the P6T Deluxe I think im going to go with that for sure.

And another question, Mmrez you said I could probably get the CPU to 3.0 on STOCK cooling?? I wonder If I were to go and get a nice Zalman or something upgraded could I push it further?

And to Rag, I have the Antec and that PSU already they were a handme down? Sort of not really My cousin had them sitting together in his living room both brand new in box, SOO I asked him, "Yo whats going on with that?" Apparently he just didn't like the case? I don't know how thats even possible! But gave it to me! Threw that PSU at me too. So I think ill stick with it for now. I do appreciate the advice on the other PSU tho.
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October 6, 2009 8:57:01 PM

TheGreatDew said:

And another question, Mmrez you said I could probably get the CPU to 3.0 on STOCK cooling?? I wonder If I were to go and get a nice Zalman or something upgraded could I push it further?



If someone told you water cooling was needed for good overclocks, they were wrong. A good air cooler will help a lot though. Zalman may look nice, but they mostly fall behind when it comes to lowering temps.

One of the best air coolers is this Noctua... It dosn't always get top results, but it's usually right up there near the top and does it quieter than other brands.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 6, 2009 9:15:22 PM

If the Noctua is too expensive this Coolermaster Hyper 212 is only $30 and also gets good ratings on both cooling and noise.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Watercooling used to be alot more superior to aircooling, but now its more for squeezing out an extra 200Mhz overclock or noise reduction. The air coolers today are good enough to overclock an i7 920 to close to 4GHz. Zalman raised the aircooling bar a few years ago but most of the newer coolers have passed them now. Zalmans newest cooler is a tower cooler like everyone else.
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October 6, 2009 10:35:56 PM

Awesome! You guys have been more than helpful! I'm going to retweak this whole build a bit and repost it later tonight. I have alot of good ideas now Bwahahha
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