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bee7312004
07-24-05, 12:41 AM
ok i'm planning on buying this computer. i not a die hard gamer. just need somthin fast cause of my old computer can barley handle warcraft 3 and my battle for middle earth it has alot of slow down. and i'm planning on getting a new game guild wars. so i need a new computer and here is the specs.

CPU : (939-pin) AMD ATHLON64 3200+ CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology

MOTHERBOARD : (Sckt939)ASUS A8N-SLI nForce4 SLI Chipset SATA RAID Dual PCIE MB w/Gb-LAN, USB2.0, IEEE-1394, &7.1Audio

MEMORY : 1024 MB (512MBx2) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair Value RAM)


HARD DRIVE : 120GB 7200 RPM ATA 100 HARD DRIVE

VIDEO CARD : NVIDIA Geforce 6600 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD

VIDEO CARD 2 : NVIDIA Geforce 6600 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD

is really worth it to have 2 video cards?????
ok what do yhou think and will this computer be an obsolete technology in 5 years.....

john19055
07-24-05, 08:07 AM
everthing sounds great except I would'nt go with two 6600 ,get a 6800Gt it will be just as fast if not faster then two 6600 and later on when you have more money you can get another 6800Gt and then you will have a slaming system.Anytime you put a system together a couple of months down the road there will always be something better.

zoomy942
07-24-05, 09:32 AM
uif you arent a hardcore gamer this is what i would do...

get an nforce4 mobo, you can get an nforce 4 ultra if you want, but thats only if you REALLY need sata II. then get a 6600gt. you arent playing games a whole lot, and a 6600gt is plenty powerful enough. this will save you a ton of money

Rytr
07-24-05, 09:49 AM
The system you selected will run Guild Wars with no problems. However, I agree with john19055 on selecting a single 6800GT over two 6600s cause the potential of two 6800GTs is a major step up for gaming.
5 years in gaming technology is a long time, 2 to 3 is more feasible. However, it will solely depend on what games you want to play at your preferred resolution and settings.

bee7312004
07-25-05, 06:19 PM
thatnks guys for opinion i will go with the 6800gt and maybe by next year it will be cheap to buy...thanks again ;)

keith33
07-25-05, 06:27 PM
Seriously guys, you invest in all this high-end equipment then nickel and dime the motherboard. You're getting a 3200+ Venice assuming you're going to do some overclocking right? Spend the extra and get the passively cooled and bios enabled SLI Premium model. Or if you really want to OC, get the DFI SLI-DR. Good luck though.

saturnotaku
07-25-05, 06:31 PM
The original video cards listed wouldn't work as non-GT 6600s don't support SLI.

dandano
07-25-05, 08:01 PM
The original video cards listed wouldn't work as non-GT 6600s don't support SLI.

According to Nvidia, the vanilla 6600 now supports SLI:
"The new Release 75 ForceWare graphics driver, released today [June 22] on the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com/drivers adds support for NVIDIA SLI technology to the current installed base of over two million GeForce 6600-based graphics cards."

http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_23412.html

danh

Gator
07-26-05, 11:20 AM
Well regardless if it works or not, 6600 non-GT SLI simply is not worth the money, a 6800GT makes a lot more sense.

Nice rig otherwise, some fine choices. If you don't plan to ever go SLI though (and it's probably a waste for Warcraft3) then you could grab a cheaper non-sli S939 Nforce4 motherboard. Just a suggestion ;)

zoomy942
07-26-05, 11:42 AM
Well regardless if it works or not, 6600 non-GT SLI simply is not worth the money, a 6800GT makes a lot more sense.

Nice rig otherwise, some fine choices. If you don't plan to ever go SLI though (and it's probably a waste for Warcraft3) then you could grab a cheaper non-sli S939 Nforce4 motherboard. Just a suggestion ;)


agreed. either a 6800gt or 6600gtSLI.

PSYCHODAD
07-26-05, 11:54 AM
I would also consider getting a SATA hard drive.

zoomy942
07-26-05, 12:02 PM
inregards to your question about whether its worth having 2 video cards... it depends. 6600GT SLI perform almost exactly like a 6800gt (some things are faster, some things are slower), so it comes down to that you want. if you think you will get a 6800gt now and get another later, then do that.
i am one of those people that am getting 6600GT SLI, from my 6800GT AGP. i went this way cause i know i'm not interested in the 6xxx series, and i'll get a 7800 of some sort around xmas or in january. a pair of 6600GT's will get you by till then easily

wrugoin
07-26-05, 09:27 PM
everthing sounds great except I would'nt go with two 6600 ,get a 6800Gt it will be just as fast if not faster then two 6600 and later on when you have more money you can get another 6800Gt and then you will have a slaming system.Anytime you put a system together a couple of months down the road there will always be something better.

I agree 100% with John here. Don't invest time and effort into SLI unless you're a hard core gamer. I'd just go the safe route with the 6800GT or even the 6600GT. Like John said, this leaves room for expansion. Reason that I say this is if you run into a game where SLI isn't supported, you're going to putter along with 6600 vanilla performance until updated drivers/patches come out to support it. With the 6800GT, it's a no brainer out of the box.

That's just my opinion. Not attacking SLI, just don't think it's for the casual gamer.

Ninjaman09
07-26-05, 09:46 PM
Ditch the SLI, grab an nForce 4 non-ultra motherboard; if you're not overclocking it won't make a difference. If you're going to spend 300+ on your graphics you may as well get a 6800GT instead of two 6600's as it will perform better in general, and there will be fewer compatibility issues.

rewt
07-26-05, 10:03 PM
Get the 3000+ Venice CPU instead. Not only is it cheaper (around $146US), it is a newer core and has much better memory support. And it is also a serious overclocker from what I've heard.