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05-10-08, 06:43 PM
Apologies if this is in the wrong forum.

My main hard drive died on me today, so looks like a new hd and XP install will be needed.
I thought, if I'm going to have to go that route might as well bite the bullet and do the upgrade now.
My old system was:
ASUS A8NSLI Premium board
2 gb RAM
XP Pro

This is what I'm thinking:

ASUS Striker II Extreme NF 790I LGA775 board
Corsair Twin 2x 4096mb 240-pin DDR2 XMS2-6400 RAM
INTEL Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16ghz CPU
ANTEC 650w Truepower Trio power supply
2 x 8800GTS cards.

What do you think ???

Any particular brand of graphics card better than the other ?

Any recommendations on a new hard drive.
Was looking at the Samsung Spinpoint F1 750gb which seems to get good reviews.

Appreciate all your input.

05-10-08, 06:59 PM
I think most people around here endorse EVGA, wanna offload that FX-60 to a fellow s939 owner?

05-10-08, 07:48 PM
EVGA ftw!

I can take the 7950GX2 off your hands :). I've been looking for one forever. My goal is to get one before I ship out.

05-10-08, 07:50 PM
Won't the 8800GTS SLI be a complete waste of money? You got ATI/Nvidia putting out new gpus next month or so..

If money isn't an issue the 8500 is good, but otherwise the 8400 seems more logical in terms of price/performance. There is a big mark up price between the 2 here in Australia, i don't know about where you live...it defiantly dosen't seem worth the extra cost for a .16ghz -.-.:headexplode:

For HDD both samsung and seagate are pretty highly rated with there new drivers.

If your in USA, then eVGA or BFG.

05-10-08, 07:59 PM
Hi guys

I live in Australia.

Just noticed that I was mixing a DDR3 mob with DDR2 memory.
There's about a $100 diff between the 8400 and 8500

Change of specs......

ASUS Striker II Formula nf-780I LGA775 board

Corsair Twin 2x 2048mb DDR2 800mhz PC-6400 ( TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX )

INTEL Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16ghz CPU

2 x BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC 512MB PCIe 2.0

Corsair 750w TX-650 PSU (Model CMPSU-750TX) )

I hear what yur saying re the 2 x 8800's. Pehaps I just get the 1 and see what's coming down the road

05-11-08, 03:06 AM
I'd go with a P35 or X48 board and a single 9800GX2.
QFT. Unless you plan on going sli with the new generation of cards.
I'd also get the 8400 instead of the 8500, because those 0.17Ghz aren't worth the extra $. I'd then put the saved 100$ on a better PSU - it's the single most important thing in you comp(or maybe better cooling because 650w should be enough). You should also consider getting a psu that's modular, because the antec 650w has a lot of cables that are very difficult to hide(the less clutter inside the case the better; better airflow and more workspace).

05-11-08, 02:54 PM
I would go with a EvGA motherboard and EVGA video cards just because of thier good support and life time warranty.I would also go with the E8400 and save that extra money.Plus ATI and nvidai is comeing out with new cards in a month or at least I think ATI is comeing out with the 4870 and it should be good just looking at the spec's.

05-11-08, 10:53 PM
I would suggest for the Mb going with the new EVGA 750i FTW board, review here. http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQ5NCwxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

Nvidia is probably going to release a new gen supposedly this july/august and if they do you will be pissed .:) This is part of the reason I have been holding off on building a new system as well. E8400/8500 if price is close go with the 8500 if not then the 8400. ram and psu etc etc look ok.