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K007
10-09-05, 09:45 PM
Ok i plan to get a 7800GTX Rig up and running, and i just need a few advice from people about brands and what to get and what not to get.

ASUS A8N-SLI-PREMIUM
Corsair 2.0 GB TWINX-3200C2 (400MHz)
Geil 2 x 1GB Dual Channel DDR400
Seagate SATA 250G 7200 8M
Xpertvision 7800GTX 256MB DDR3 PCI-E 16x x 2

With the memory i am not sure which is better? The Geil is much cheaper, from australia its about $130AU difference compared to the corsair one...now which would be the better choice? Is it really worth the extra cost to get corsair? or the Geil ram good?

Also the xpertvision 7800GTX...reliable? I remember the XFX 6800 ultra or gt had some problems when it came out of the box...

Also i am going to be getting the AV5 Silencer for the 7800gtx cards, from what i have read and i saw someone post a screenshot, the asus mobo seems to be able to give some good space for dual slot coolers, and using av5 is great because of the air bieng vented out.

With the CPU

AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ (2.0GHz 1MB 939)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+ (2.2GHz 1MB 939)
AMD Athlon64 X2 4400+ (2.2GHz 2MB 939)

These are the options i have...anything more higher and it jumps up in price alot, the price jumps as i move up from the three (3800) by about 100-120, i am thinking of 4200...but is it worth the extra money for 4400?

Again i ask this info because this is a upgrade i plan to hold down for awhile, so i am trying to get the 'bang for buck' and also a bit of future proof...

Thanks.

Roliath
10-09-05, 10:04 PM
I'd get the 4400+...
Also If i were you i'd wait a month and buy the DFI SLI-DR Expert it has the same spacing as the ASUS but it is a better mobo imo.

acrh2
10-09-05, 10:46 PM
Get the fastest CPU you can afford. If you plan on overclocking, the closer you are to the target speed at stock, the better of a chance you have at reaching that target. That's because OCing has always been a hit-and-miss process (with a few exceptions).

Amuro
10-09-05, 10:54 PM
I'd get the 4400+...
Also If i were you i'd wait a month and buy the DFI SLI-DR Expert it has the same spacing as the ASUS but it is a better mobo imo.
Does it allow switching between daul card and single card without having to open the case to change jumpers? I think the DFI board is only better if you overclock a lot.

Roliath
10-10-05, 01:13 AM
I do believe so.

K007
10-10-05, 09:54 AM
What about the memory?

Fotis
10-10-05, 10:12 AM
What about the memory?
If you're not going to overclock they the memory you've chosen is just fine.
As for the cpu the $ difference between the 4200+ and 4400+ isn't much so I'd go with the 4400+.
You should also get whichever 7800GTXs are cheaper.Most are reference design anyway and if Xpertvision is the cheapest and has a decent warranty go for it.

garikfox
10-10-05, 10:24 AM
What about the memory?


Dont use Geil, Use the Corsair ! way better.

P.S the Premiums are only 161.00US new at NewEgg so thats really good if ya ask me, Also the eVGA 7800GTX's are only 469.00US which is Great !

acrh2
10-10-05, 10:39 AM
removed for personal reasons

K007
10-10-05, 04:56 PM
Yea, Xpert is the cheapest i cauld get hold of, plus i plan to put av5 on them :D, did more shopping arround and managed to cut 60 bucks off (AU$) on the cards ^_^

garikfox
10-10-05, 08:31 PM
Yea, Xpert is the cheapest i cauld get hold of, plus i plan to put av5 on them :D, did more shopping arround and managed to cut 60 bucks off (AU$) on the cards ^_^

Whats a Xpert?, U might be not doing this correctly !

YES these online monkies can seem "Hounding". :)

Ohh NM, NO DO NOT get a XFX 7800GTX ONLY one U need to get is a eVGA Hands Down !

Only one with a Lifetime (FULL) Warranty !!

K007
10-11-05, 12:42 AM
Whats a Xpert?, U might be not doing this correctly !

YES these online monkies can seem "Hounding". :)

Ohh NM, NO DO NOT get a XFX 7800GTX ONLY one U need to get is a eVGA Hands Down !

Only one with a Lifetime (FULL) Warranty !!

Xpert as in Xpertvision.

eVGA is not easy to get if your in Australia.

DeaDLocK
10-11-05, 02:41 AM
Ohh NM, NO DO NOT get a XFX 7800GTX ONLY one U need to get is a eVGA Hands Down !

Only one with a Lifetime (FULL) Warranty !!Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't XFX offer a double lifetime warranty?

I've got two 450MHz XFX GTXs. I'm perfectly happy with them.

Fotis
10-11-05, 03:51 AM
EVGA is US only and XFX double lifetime warranty is only valid for the US too.:thumbdwn:

Amuro
10-11-05, 04:38 AM
BFG's is worldwide though.

Fotis
10-11-05, 05:33 AM
BFG's is worldwide though.
AFAIK BFG is US and UK only.

I've heard that EVGA will soon be coming to Europe and that they are opening offices in Germany.

Amuro
10-11-05, 05:50 AM
I think you can still RMA stuff back to them if you're not in the US or UK, you just have to pay the extra shipping cost that's all. You also don't get toll free phone support, but IDD rates are so low here. Calls to the US and Canada are like 1.5/2 US cents per minute.

K007
10-11-05, 07:46 AM
ordering products that big all the way to ure home in australia is not worth the risk.

auspcmarket.com.au is agood place for ozi's to get there products.