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August 2, 2010 1:57:23 PM

mobo : msi nf980-g65
grafix card : gigabyte geforce gtx 460
hdd : samsung spinpoint 1tb
psu : cooler master gx 750w
processor: phenom II x4 955
cpu cooler: hyper 212+
ram : gskill ddr3 1600
thermal compound : ac mx3
dvd rw drive: asus 24x

total price=810$ price limit 850$

monitor res: 1920x1080 already have one (already have a case too) purpose: gaming n only gaming

pros: future sli possibility, high sli scaling and low heat n power consumption of the gtx 460,3d vision support by nvidia;

questions: is 8x read rate enough for blu ray? is 750w enough for sli?

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August 2, 2010 8:30:27 PM

change hdd to spinpoint

you also need a case and ram, as well as an os. and do you need a monitor? all of these things bring up the price another $140 for ram/case, plus $200+ for monitor. save $ by taking out the bluray, or go above your price limit. we need more info
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August 2, 2010 8:41:42 PM

take out blu ray. Switch to spinpoint f3. Get rid of the cooler master PSU, get something like Corsair/antec. You dont need thermal compound, the stuff that comes with the 212 is plenty good.
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August 3, 2010 5:31:30 AM

Hi cyber tron, a 650 watt PSU (80+ efficiency) should be enough for a 2-way sli only. But seeing as your mobo supports 3-way, I think you you either do one of two things. Either buy a different mobo, if you are not thinking of a 3way sli think of another board on the 980 chipset thereby saving some money (in any case this board only supports X32. So you do the math. It wont even be X16 X16 X8. But only X16 X8 X8) or buy a PSU with higher wattage.

Go with this 650 Watt PSU or this one if you want a 750 watt PSU

Both are sli / xfire ready, 80 + efficiency rated, non modular ones (you wont need modular ones, trust me. If you know how to manage your cables, you'll be able to do so any ways).

One thought : Now that I think of it --- Go with the Corsair. Only a few bucks more than the Earthwatts and definitely the much better overall value option. In any case, why pay Nvidia extra just to go 'round certifying "SLI ready"ness?
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August 3, 2010 12:27:50 PM

danman12 said:
change hdd to spinpoint

you also need a case and ram, as well as an os. and do you need a monitor? all of these things bring up the price another $140 for ram/case, plus $200+ for monitor. save $ by taking out the bluray, or go above your price limit. we need more info


thanx,
i'll go with samsung, and i forgot about ram :p 
+ i already have a monitor.
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August 3, 2010 12:30:31 PM

calguyhunk said:
Hi cyber tron, a 650 watt PSU (80+ efficiency) should be enough for a 2-way sli only. But seeing as your mobo supports 3-way, I think you you either do one of two things. Either buy a different mobo, if you are not thinking of a 3way sli think of another board on the 980 chipset thereby saving some money (in any case this board only supports X32. So you do the math. It wont even be X16 X16 X8. But only X16 X8 X8) or buy a PSU with higher wattage.

Go with this 650 Watt PSU or this one if you want a 750 watt PSU

Both are sli / xfire ready, 80 + efficiency rated, non modular ones (you wont need modular ones, trust me. If you know how to manage your cables, you'll be able to do so any ways).

One thought : Now that I think of it --- Go with the Corsair. Only a few bucks more than the Earthwatts and definitely the much better overall value option. In any case, why pay Nvidia extra just to go 'round certifying "SLI ready"ness?

the gtx 460 supposedly uses the same amount of power as the hd 5850, and newegg's wattage calc. suggested 730.
and about cooler master, it is 80+ bronze and has got amazing reviews so i think i'll stick with it.

tnx for your input :D 
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