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icantgo_onlivin
01-28-08, 05:51 AM
Since ive got Uni starting in October I figure that If I build a rig now then I can just about hang on til October til I build a new rig.

Here is my proposed rig. (Sold my Quad)


Intel C2D E6420 (If I can sell it I might get a 45nm)
4Gb DDR2 Patriot (2x2gb) 800Mhz 4-4-4-12
eVGA 780i (upgrading from 680i)
2x500Gb Samsung HDD 16mb cache
BFG 8800 GTX
BFG 8800 GTX (might get sli for a laugh).
Gigabyte Odin 800W PSu http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-024-GI
BenQ 24" HDMI HD screen
Zalman 9700 Aero flower (might replace with Ultra 120 as zalman is really noisy)


What do you think? Ive already got the 780i, 1x500gb hdd, bfg 8800gtx, e6420, 24" hd screen.

Any recommendations or should I plough on ahead?

cheers


p.s I decided not to go for 8gb per my last thread because even though I searched for ages, I could not see any article showing even 3gb being needed let along 8gb. :(

Shame :p I wanted the "rights". DDR3 seems to be plummeting in price though :D

Uberpwnage
01-28-08, 03:35 PM
Definetely try to go for the 45nm, either an E8400/E8500 or a Q9450/Q9550 but you don't seem to be a big fan of quads.

Adding another GTX seems like a reasonable idea, considering it would own a single 9800GX2 (2 x 512MB GTS). It is possible that it might even be better then 9800GX2 SLI if the new quad drivers aren't well done. I'd go ahead and go with the other stuff, and wait until the GX2's release just to be safe. Even if the GX2's are a threat, you could also go tri-GTX eventually which would certainly be faster at higher resolution w/ AA.

800w seems a little low for an SLI setup, probably could get by with GTX SLI but if you were to SLI any more power hungry cards in the future, you might run into problems, especially with multiple hard drives and an oc'ed CPU (which with 45nm is hard to resist). So I'd say 1000w would be a good choice, a little extra power if you need it.

An Ultra-120 Extreme would be good too, even more so if you plan on overclocking.

Everything else looks ok IMO.

K007
01-29-08, 04:17 AM
Quad New intel chips or the E8500 for sure..

Heinzftw
01-30-08, 02:15 AM
1000 Watt Thermaltake Toughpower Psu = amazing. Get one :captnkill:

Absolution
01-30-08, 04:01 AM
i'd wait 3 months and get a 9xxx series card, the GTX will be matched by a 9700 or something that is way cheaper, also, idk about your plan, but i plan to stick it out with my OC'ed core2duo until the next big socket change (not the 680i->780i)

Uberpwnage
01-30-08, 02:57 PM
i'd wait 3 months and get a 9xxx series card, the GTX will be matched by a 9700 or something that is way cheaper, also, idk about your plan, but i plan to stick it out with my OC'ed core2duo until the next big socket change (not the 680i->780i)

There's really no concrete info on 9 series cards, except for the 9800GX2 and the 9600GT.

The GX2 is simply two G92 GTS's in SLI, possibly underclocked. The 256-bit bus and low memory clock, along with only 512MB GDDR3 will bottleneck it's theoretical performance at high resolutions with AA or in texture heavy games when compared to an 8800GTX or GTX SLI. And this is all depends on IF the drivers are optimized well.

The 9600GT comes in a little slower then the 8800GT. Considering I haven't heard anything about a 9700, and 9800GTX rumors are few and far between (and not that impressive), I'd still only wait for the GX2, which should be here in about a month and a half. Also, GTX's are cheap enough now if SLI was an option, $420 after rebates isn't bad. And really, I couldn't see a 9800GTX (if there is one) costing under $400, and the performance from two 8800's would far outweigh that of one 9800 GTX for around the same added price. Remember - the cards being released in March aren't a new architecture, they're almost definetely based off of G92. Revolutionary performance increases and price reductions won't occur until a new architecture is released, probably in the Q3 timeframe.

As far as waiting for a new socket, thats a pretty long ways off. Since the 45nm chips are so cheap with much more overclocking headroom, theres not much reason to hold off for almost a year, if not more just for a new socket, which will be insanely expensive when it launches.

just my opinon though :)

edit: He was banned?

Lenin
01-30-08, 04:48 PM
Don't make yourself unlucky w/ a nVidia board :thumbdwn:
Better get a P35 or X38 board.