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My 1st build nVIDIA/AMD....REQ opinions and guidance

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December 9, 2009 12:28:14 AM


I would just like some opinions on my 1st build and which way I should be going next with it. Should I bother upgrading the RAM? What should I be doing to squeeze more gfx power out of my current setup? I am planning on a RAID setup, most likely only 2 more drives. I am also considering a blu ray drive, possibly a burner. Used mainly for gaming/media. I may begin using 3d and 2d design utils and/or audio composition utils.

AMD Phenom II X4 920 OC'd @ 3.08Ghz (41°C idle 56 under load, Tt SpinQ CPU cooler))

Asus M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI
-nForce 780a SLI chipset
-PCIe 2.0 x3 (fully populated all 3 run @ 8x....2 @ 16x)

2x2GB 800Mhz OCZ DDR2 (stock timing & voltage, mobo supports up to 8GB@1066Mhz natively)

Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
LITE-ON 24x DVD burner

Vista64 Home Premium

BFG 9800 GT OC+ 512Mb(factory OC'd, 54°C idle 68 under load)
-SLI'd with
BFG 9800 GT 512Mb (not OC'd....should I? 45°C idle 54 under load)

KingWin 800w (modular with only 2 PCIe 6/8pin modules)

CoolerMaster HAF 922 (9 fans total on/in case)
December 9, 2009 2:59:24 AM

^ Just sell off those 2 9800GT and buy a single HD will notice the difference...
And have you tried to overclock the CPU higher maybe 3.4GHz ? Those temps are pretty after overclocking, those should still be in acceptable limits...

RAID 0 wont necessaryly improve the performance...It wont have much effect in gameplay for sure though maybe slightly improve the game load time but still...
December 9, 2009 4:16:36 AM

thanks gkay, afaik my CPU is "locked". My mobo has some OC options, max is 10% OC from BIOS. I will do some more research on my CPU and see if I can unlock it somehow. Thanks for the advice on the gfx as well!