My main goal is to find a decent PSU, Mobo and case for this new system. According to the coolermaster site's calculations, my consumption is around 556w, even with dual 8800GTX's (443w with 1 card), which makes me wonder what was going on with the XPS 710 that it needed a 1kw PSU?
I reckon I'll probably be fine with a 750w PSU, what do you guys think? I have only ever bought 1 PSU before and it was a coolermaster (7 years and still going), does anyone have any recommendations? Keep in mind that I'll not be using SLI straight away, but if the coolermaster site isn't lying, and the Mobo supports it, I could be tempted.
I've been looking at some Mobo's by Asus and Gigabyte:
As you can see, I've only really looked at dabs.com because I don't really know any other good uk/european sites. I like the ones above but the problem is that I have 4 sticks of RAM (I know the linked Mobo's above don't all have 4 Dimms) and it seems pretty difficult to find 4 Dimm, socket 775 Mobo's that aren't discontinued. Considering I'm running XP, which only recognized 2.53Gb's in the Dell, I guess I'm not too bothered about the 4 Dimm's as I won't be upgrading my OS any time soon; although the option would be nice.
Apart from that, I'm not too bothered about the tower as long as it can fit the 8800's into it then we're in business.
I'd never really heard of this make before (haven't upgraded a system in over 5 years) but from reading around different sites, it seems quite well regarded. The good thing is that it is SLI ready, so when I decide to later upgrade my motherboard and processor etc. I know I shouldn't have too many worries with this once I SLI my 8800GTX's. 4 channels at 18A seems pretty sufficient and the 6 SATA connectors is definitely comforting for future proofing.
I've heard a lot of good things about OCZ's price/quality, so this is looking pretty good. Once again, another SLI ready PSU here, but with plenty of power and surge protection as well as plenty of connectors for future expansion.
This is a company I have no real knowledge of, but once again I've read a fair amount from happy (and not so happy) customers. Well it's dual channel (8Gb max), 1x ATA, 4x SATA, 1x PCI-e 16x, 2x PCI-e 1x, 3x PCI, up to 10x USB and there's 1x Firewire. Comes with a lot of opportunity to overclock (doubt I'll do much though) and plenty of software to monitor temperatures if the cpu and motherboard, amongst other things.
There isn't much difference between this and the ASRock, except it is missing Firewire and 2 potential USB ports. On the plus side, it has 4 fan connections on it and an extra PCI-e 1x than the ASRock. I has a slightly more up-to-date BIOS and some more interesting software such as; Virtual Dual BIOS, Xpress Recovery2, Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced etc.
In the end, I can choose any one of these options and should stay just about inside my budget. The only thing I'm curious about though, other than which options you guys prefer, is whether there are any noticeable compatibility issues with this stuff. It all seems to be compatible but then again I could have missed something.
I really like the look of all of this stuff lol sadly I didn't have much choice as far as dual channel DDR2 (with a bigger max than 4Gb's), PCI-e 16x that my 8800GTX wouldn't block a necessary PCI-e 1x port (need it for my X-Fi sound card) socket 775 mobo's.
It's taken me another couple of days but I've decided on what (new) parts I want. I had to revise my original options for my build, making it really feel like more of an upgrade build by changing the mobo choices to something that could handle DDR3. I also decided to choose a different PSU that really gave me greater options for later expansion, something that met the expansion opportunities offered by the Vulcan case. So, here they are:
Case: Advance Vulcan 8002R
ATX, Tool free installation, 5x internal + 2x External 3.5" bays, 4x external 5.25" bays, 2x USB 2.0, 2x HD Audio connectors (fancier than saying microphone+headphone connectors lol), Dust filters, water cooling compatible, 4 fans included (1x 120mm front, 1x 120mm back, 2x 80mm sides).
So I ended up going a little over my budget, but I made that budget figure before factoring in the DDR3 RAM, so I'd say that's not too bad. Any thoughts on the stuff I went for? Although the PSU supports SLI, I really doubt I'll bother SLI'ing in the future as I'd rather upgrade from GDDR3 to GDDR5 by the end of the year. Probably will upgrade processor and mobo then too.
My only problem now is that the mobo doesn't support RAID and my 2 HDD's are RAID 1... I fore-see a large headache in the future