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ENU291
10-10-05, 10:36 AM
Ok boys and girls I need some advice. I am about to drop some cash on a new CPU, Mobo and PCI-e vid card so let me know what you recommend. I waited for the X1800 series and am not impressed with the price-performance ratio so I have decided on an all Nvidia setup. I already have some decent memory (Corsair 3200 LL 1G X2) but I'm not to sure about which video card and Nforce 4 mobo to get or if I should go single or dual core Athlon 64. My budget is around $1K.
Thanks! :)

ViN86
10-10-05, 06:40 PM
depends on what you want to do really, here are some options....

CPU
well, first off, do you multitask a lot? if you multitask a lot, for example you like to encode, rip, convert, game, and process at the same time, then go for a dual core processor. larger cache sizes offer better performance (it is very small btw), and these chips can OC pretty well.

do you mainly run games and what not, however you want a lot of power? then go for the high end athlon64 and FX series processors. the FX-57 offers the best performance and can hit 3GHz, but the 4000 and 3700 processors (get the san diego core for any of these) will offer great performance.

if you want to overclock (OC) then you can go with a low range athon 3000, 3200, or 3500 (get a venice core) then you could probably OC to 2.7GHz, depending on how lucky you are.

however, if youre looking at running at stock, get a solid processor (id go with a 3500 venice or 3700 san diego) and that should offer some good performance. also, the 3800 is a good dual core cpu that is more towards the budget end but still packs performance.

Video Card
you said you were interested in an x1800, so youre goin to want a 7 series nvidia card. if you run at high resolutions with a lot of eye candy (AF and AA) then get a 7800GTX, its a shading beast. if you want to save some cash, you can go with a 7800GT, which still packs insane amounts of power for a lower price. if youre really an eye candy fanatic, go with an SLI setup with either card (two of the same of course)

Mobo
again, depends on what you want. seems that the nforce4 sli edition gives the best performance, but if you really have no interest ever in SLI, you can save some cash and go with an nforce4 or nforce4 ultra chipset. if youre going SLI, and you are interested in tweaking, get a DFI motherboard, as it has a large rich array of features. but if you want a solid, reliable board that you can tweak some of the features, get an Asus A8N-SLI premium. (has a lot of features as well)

well, hope that helps some. ask if you have any more questions ;)

ENU291
10-10-05, 08:46 PM
Thanks ViN86. I currently own a DFI Nforce 3 board so going DFI Nforce 4 seems like the right choice. All I do on this PC is play games and watch movies. I guess the single core 3800 or 4000 is what I'll aim for. As per the video card I will definitely go with a 7800GTX. I saw a PNY for about $450 at ZipZoomFly. Is there a particular DFI Nforce 4 board I should be looking at? SLI might be in my future some time next year so let me know what are my choices.

ViN86
10-10-05, 09:42 PM
heh sorry i forgot to add the 3800 venice to the list. that is a very good cpu as well. it seems that all the DFI SLI boards are the same, except that they each offer different accessories/extras. on newegg, you can see four options and what they include.

i wish i got a DFI board because of the high voltage support. they can output 3.3V to the dram, which would be great for low latency pc4000 sticks. theres quite a few DFI SLI users here, im sure they could add some things about their boards ;)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Manufactory=1307&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=719%3A11283&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&PropertyCodeValue=0&description=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&SubCategory=22&Submit=Property
rofl sorry about the long link

ENU291
10-11-05, 10:15 AM
OK ViN86 I followed your advice and purchased the following:

DFI LANPARTY UT NF4 SLI-DR
Athlon 64 3800 Venice
BFG 7800GTX

Thanks for the help. It's guys like you that make this community so great! (salute)

Tr1cK
10-11-05, 10:38 AM
I have my eye on the DFI Infinity series and 7800GTs in the future. Anybody deal with the Infinitys yet? I have seen nothing but good reviews on them.

ViN86
10-11-05, 10:38 AM
no problem :D

that rig is gonna pwn :drooling:

ENU291
10-13-05, 04:46 PM
Hey Vin86 I thought you might like to look at the goodies I recieved today!!

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/8918/dsc008019ri.th.jpg (http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc008019ri.jpg)

:D

Burpy
10-13-05, 08:46 PM
:wonder:

mx125race
10-13-05, 11:08 PM
yeah thats going to pwn some motherfckn n0oBs!!!! I soon should have a setup like that, minus the GTX...
Yes i love vin too, but not like uh homosexually and stuff ya know? lol :nanahump: yes Vin ur a great help to these boards :ignored:

ViN86
10-13-05, 11:30 PM
Hey Vin86 I thought you might like to look at the goodies I recieved today!!

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/8918/dsc008019ri.th.jpg (http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc008019ri.jpg)

:D
:drooling: man those boxes just make me want to max the credit card out, hehe. cant wait to see em runnin :D

yeah thats going to pwn some motherfckn n0oBs!!!! I soon should have a setup like that, minus the GTX...
Yes i love vin too, but not like uh homosexually and stuff ya know? lol :nanahump: yes Vin ur a great help to these boards :ignored:
thx a lot. i love postin on these boards. everyone knows a lot, so i try to throw in a tidbit of info that i know when i can ;)

ENU291
10-17-05, 09:22 AM
Well I started to redo my PC this weekend and found that DFI NF4 mobos require a 24pin power supply! :eek: :( Since I only have a 20 pin I decided to order a OCZ Powerstream 600. Once I get the new PS I should be up and running. ;)

Mr_LoL
10-17-05, 09:59 AM
Hey Vin86 I thought you might like to look at the goodies I recieved today!!

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/8918/dsc008019ri.th.jpg (http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc008019ri.jpg)

:D

Ahh looking at new hardware is better than any porn :drooling:

ENU291
10-18-05, 05:20 PM
Dammit!! I'm so pissed. Newegg burned me on the powersupply I tried to order. Somehow they screwed up the order so everthing is delayed by 2 days. I decided to cancel and go with another vendor. Newegg is sucking the big one lately. My how the mighty have fallen... :thumbdwn:

ViN86
10-19-05, 10:46 AM
if you were pleased with the power rating of your current PSU, you could have gotten a 20->24pin converter :o

ENU291
10-19-05, 12:40 PM
I thought about that. I was using an Antec TrueControl 550 which was rock solid but I figured that I'd redo this new setup the right way with whatever components I needed. I'll have the new PS tomorrow so its not that big a deal. What IS a big deal is the copies of Fear and Quake 4 sitting on my kitchen table. I can't WAIT to check those games out on this new rig.... WOOHOO! :D

ENU291
10-20-05, 04:19 PM
Well I finally got the power supply and I'm in the process of putting it all together. Here is the latest pic.

http://img489.imageshack.us/img489/1830/dsc000121qi.th.jpg (http://img489.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc000121qi.jpg)

ViN86
10-20-05, 05:28 PM
wowww, i had no idea you were goin to put it under water, thats awesome :drooling:

ENU291
10-20-05, 07:49 PM
Yea... I'm using and EXOS. I got Windows XP installed and played FEAR for a bit. Game is sweet! Now it's time to OC a bit and see whats what! :D