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PlayerZen14
11-30-07, 03:13 AM
I am building a computer for my friend. Here are the specs:
Liteon LH-20A1/A4H 20X DVD Writer L/S
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66GHz) CPU/4M BOX
ASUS P5K P35 M/B
Cooler Master RP-600 eXtreme Power 600W P.S.
Gigabyte NX88T512H-B 8800GT PCI-E 512M DDR3
A-DATA DDR-2 800MHZ 1G Ram x2
WD 250G 2500YS SATA II/16MB HDD
Any good keyboard and mouse
Logitech X240 32 Watts 2.1 Speaker
LG 19" L1953TR-BF LCD(5000:1,2ms,DVI)

He wants the case to be quiet, tool-less, good looking, and with effective cooling. Which case would be best?

Technoholic
11-30-07, 08:18 AM
Idk about NZXT, but I definitely would go with P182.

Madpistol
11-30-07, 08:57 AM
P182 for sure. Antec has pretty awesome case designs.

Eliminator
11-30-07, 03:20 PM
another vote for the p182

PlayerZen14
12-04-07, 01:52 AM
Any one know if the NZXT Apollo is any good?

CaptNKILL
12-04-07, 04:20 AM
My P180B is excellent.

Antec gets another vote from me.

Its pretty much perfect if you add a slot exhaust fan below your video card. Mine was getting pretty toasty because the case doesn't offer much GPU cooling if your card is too long to install the optional upper fan.

I doubt you'll have any issues with an 8800GT though. Mine never gave me any problems, it just ran hot. Yours should run cooler.

crainger
12-04-07, 04:31 AM
I also vote for the Antec. They do good work. My hardy 550HE PSU is still going strong.

PlayerZen14
12-05-07, 03:27 AM
Okay, my friend just had a budget extension, so now his specs have changed:

Liteon LH-20A1/A4H 20X DVD Writer L/S
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66GHz) CPU/4M BOX
ASUS P5K P35 M/B
OCZ StealthXStream 600W Gamers P.S.
Sapphire HD3850 PCI-E 512MB DDR3 x2
OCZ OCZ2SE8002GK DDR2 800 2G Kit (1Gx2)
WD 250G 2500YS SATA II/16MB HDD
Logitech X240 32 Watts 2.1 Speaker
Acer 22" X222Wbd LCD (1000:1,DVI,CrystalBrite,HDCP)
Logitech G15
Logitech MX518

Now I'm deciding between the P182, NZXT Apollo, NZXT Lexa Blackline, and the Cooler Master 690.

Also, I need to decide which video card to get, and this time, im gonna go crossfire. I know that I want to get him the 3850 (Crossfire). I love the 3850s cause in crossfire, they beat the 8800gt in sli, and theyre so much CHEAPER! (Here in Hong Kong, they cost about 1300 each, which is about 160-170USD) but I wonder if the 512mb version will give a noticeable performance boost from the 256mb version.

Thanks for any help!

mythy
12-05-07, 05:45 AM
3850's do not beat GT's in SLi I know a few sites have benchmarks that show this buts not always true. Then theres the fact that they suck at AA and AF:( Then theres the fact that crossfires profiles are rubbish.. Oh did I mention crossfire/SLI is never worth it $-Performance ratio...


Oh and you need X38 for crossfire P35 will give you 8X 8X and thats no good you'll take a huge performance hit

PlayerZen14
12-06-07, 02:55 AM
so now, im deciding between 8800gt in sli, 3870s in crossfire and 3850s in crossfire. 8800gt in sli is the most expensive, close followed by 3870s, and the 3850s are temptingly cheap. Which one's the best buy?

CaptNKILL
12-06-07, 05:09 AM
You'd need an nforce board to use SLI. I'd advise against that.

Just get an 8800GTX.

Chances are if your friend is having you figure all of this out for him, he isn't going to be able to figure out how to properly use and configure SLI profiles or get around driver\game incompatibilities that are inevitable with an SLI setup.

Plus a single 8800GTX will give you 50% more texture memory, which is very important these days.

mythy
12-06-07, 05:15 AM
What are you talking about? nforce boards are great! I highly recommend the 680i! :retard:

PlayerZen14
12-07-07, 03:04 AM
i think ill go with the 3850s since they give the best bang for your buck.
i heard that in order for best crossfire performance, you need an x38 board, but would it be a better buy than a p35. I was planning for a asus p5k-pro (p35), and if im gonna get the x38, ill have scrap some of the other sweet stuff im getting my friend..:( just so you know, my friend's budget is only 1500. (only?:D )

CaptNKILL
12-07-07, 03:29 AM
i think ill go with the 3850s since they give the best bang for your buck.
i heard that in order for best crossfire performance, you need an x38 board, but would it be a better buy than a p35. I was planning for a asus p5k-pro (p35), and if im gonna get the x38, ill have scrap some of the other sweet stuff im getting my friend..:( just so you know, my friend's budget is only 1500. (only?:D )
I don't have any experience with Crossfire setups, but if its anything like SLI, be prepared to help your friend tweak and update drivers frequently.

I really don't recommend dual video cards when building a system for someone else...

PlayerZen14
12-07-07, 05:20 AM
So Captnkill, crossfire is a bad idea for a complete pc noob? Why? Because they wont know anything about updating drivers? I guess so....
dont worry, ill start giving my friend some lessons :D , and just so you know, he's not a complete dummy, so im sure he can update drivers for himself, though i might have to help him with his crossfire configuration :o

btw, i havent been keeping up with the tech news, but has the crysis issue in crossfire been fixed in the latest driver?