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Old 02-03-08, 05:15 AM   #13
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I'd recommand Asus over MSI.
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Old 02-03-08, 05:21 AM   #14
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I bought an Asus HD 3870 X2 and tried it myself. If you notice @ Newegg they don't allow a refund on that item just an exchange for another if it's defective.

In some titles where Crossfire doesn't work you get stuck with single HD 3870 performance. In other titles Crossfire causes very rough game play, example; "The Witcher".

The fan sounds like an outboard motor when it spins up to high. I had that happen quite a bit in "Crysis".

It puts up a decent 3dmock06 score and I'd get something else to game.

18.5k
http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=4997365

If you want a great bang for your buck card try an overclocked 8800GT 512Mb. Many of those can cope all the way up to 1920x.

http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews/8800GTs/index.php

If you want a little extra push and better cooling try the 8800 GTS 512Mb.

I am kicking myself in the rear for bothering with the HD 3870 X2 now. If you really must try it buy it from a place that allows you to return it.

I've used mine less than 6hours and will be selling the full retail box for 400usd.
Not possible in Hong Kong. Stores here only allow exchange of defective product for same product or something of the same value within 7 days of purchase.
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Old 02-03-08, 06:03 AM   #15
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I'd recommand Asus over MSI.
Same here but the P5KR is basically the P5K with ICH9R and RAID. But reviews of the p5k are pretty bad from newegg, so i wouldnt think that the p5kr would be much better.

At the same time, the MSI Neo2-FR doesnt have such great reviews either.

I really need some opinions here, im buying the parts TOMORROW!
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Old 02-03-08, 05:03 PM   #16
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Why don't you get a new X38 board? The P5E has got some good reviews:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131219
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Old 02-03-08, 07:38 PM   #17
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Today's the day Here's the final setup:LG GH-20LS10 20X SMulti DVDWriter L/S,SATAIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.4G)8M BOX (G0/95W)Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (Intel LGA775)Asus P5KRFSP 700W (FX700-GLN) ATX P.S. [24pins+SLi+Server) HIS 3870X2A-DATA DDR-2 800MHZ 2G Ram x2Seagate 250.0GB ST3250310AS SATAII HDDNZXT ApolloLogitech X230 32 Watts 2.1 Speaker Acer 22" X222Wbd LCD (1000:1,DVI,CrystalBrite,HDCP)Logitech G15Logitech MX518
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Old 02-04-08, 09:30 AM   #18
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I'm currently halfway through building my friend's computer. Ive got some problems already since i have no experience in building computers.

Ive got some problems regarding connecting the PSU cables to the right components. i bought the FSP Epsilon 700W PSU, and im not exactly sure where each of the cables are supposed to be connected to . I connected the SATA cable and the main motherboard power connector, but thats about it. Sorry people, building computers was much harder than i thought
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Old 02-04-08, 08:33 PM   #19
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I've finished building the computer but it doesnt boot properly. I havent connected the computer to any monitor, speaker, keyboard or mouse. Basically, when i press the ON button, all the fans turn on (gpu, case fans, cpu cooler) for about a second, and then it turns off. What parts do i need to check for? Do i need to connect the pc to the monitor before i can boot?
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Old 02-04-08, 09:09 PM   #20
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Something weird just happened. The computer boots (i havent set up the monitor) and the power supply fan spins for about a second, and then stops. Even though the fans stops spinning, all the other fans for my other components (gpu, cpu cooler, case fan) are still spinning in my computer are still working. Is there a problem?
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Old 02-05-08, 04:18 AM   #21
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finished building and booting up xp pro 32

BUT....

there is absolute NO sound. I have the logitech x-230 2.1 speakers and they were attached to the back i/o ports on the case. I turned them on and turned up the volume, but there was no sound. I checked control panel and checked the sound properties and it said that no audio devices were detected. You couldnt change volume or anything like such.

Also, my freezer 7 pro didnt mount on the mobo holes very well, so it was pushed into place through the holes, but i couldnt lock them (by turning the pins a-clockwise). It still seems pretty secure though

THe 3870x2 BARELY, and i mean BARELY fit into the tiny little nzxt apollo. Shoulda done some measuring before i bought that thing . It is about a centimeter away from the hard drive cage .

Ram was installed well, but since i booted xp pro 32bit, only 3gb showed up.

Had some trouble connecting all those psu cables, but managed to do so. Didnt bother plugging in those HD Audio front i/o wires or the ac 97, or the 1394. I only plugged in the USB and the power led, hdd led, and reset switch.

Ill try to find time to manage the cables, and ill post up some pics soon to let you see.

Try to help me with my questions. This build took us more or less 6 hours! (its my first time, so much for my tech knowledge )Thanks a lot!
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Old 02-05-08, 04:22 AM   #22
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Make sure you connect the EPS/+12V motherboard connector as well, besides the 24 pin main connector.
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Old 02-05-08, 04:24 AM   #23
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Yeah i did that. I think i got all the power cables connected. Its just the sound thats the problem, as well as cable management. the only place in the apollo where i can fit some cables is in the 5.25inch bays.
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Old 02-05-08, 04:27 AM   #24
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also forgot to say- the 3870x2 shows up in Catalyst hardware info as only having 512mb of memory. thats weird, i thought the 3870x2 had 1gb ?
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