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Old 02-29-08, 07:49 PM   #1
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Talking Time to build another awesome rig!

I'm gonna be co-building this amazing computer for one of my buddies. He's mega-rich and has a budget of about 50k HKD (thats about 6125 USD), so this is what ill be building (btw, since its only my second time building a pc, my other friend, a more experienced enthusiast, is going to do most of it, hence calling myself a 'co-builder'):

QX9650 w/ Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme

Asus Striker 2 Formula

OCZ ReaperX DDR2 1066 1gb x 4

XFX 8800GTS 512MB XXX x2 in SLi (was going to go 3-way 8800ultra but the scaling on that isnt good, plus, its expensive. Very tempting to match up to JakUp tho... )

WD 74GB raptor for boot
WD 500gb x2 for storage

LG 20x DVDRW w/SATA x2
Sony Blu-ray 4x writer

Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P80 or CM Stacker 832

CM real power pro 1000W modular

Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers
Logitech G15
Logitech G5/mx518
Samsung 27"

note: we're not getting watercooling or a sound card because those are too hard for my friend to manage

cant wait
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Old 02-29-08, 08:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Time to build another awesome rig!

hold out for some 9 series cards. or at least get some gtx's in SLI. gts's with a 6k budget?...makes sense
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Old 02-29-08, 08:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: Time to build another awesome rig!

gtx's in sli and gts's in sli have almost the same performance, except the gts's are cheaper. i would wait for the 9 series, but my friend doesnt. remember, its not even my computer so im not to decide .
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Old 02-29-08, 08:58 PM   #4
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This bord doesn't like 1066 memory, with the current BIOS at least. I recommend you get something like the 2x2GB in my sig. I have the reaper HTC edtion that I bought from ebay as well, which is just the same memory but different cooling method.

Also, you need a fan blowing over the northbridge area otherwise you won't be able to run stable even at stock 1333FSB. When I got errors in memtest and prime95 blend test, I thougt my RAM was bad, so I bought some OCZ XTC RAM with same rated speed local (Hong Kong doesn't have the Reaper edition), but it turned out the RAM wasn't the problem. It was the northbridge overheating.
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Old 03-02-08, 04:25 AM   #5
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This bord doesn't like 1066 memory, with the current BIOS at least. I recommend you get something like the 2x2GB in my sig. I have the reaper HTC edtion that I bought from ebay as well, which is just the same memory but different cooling method.

Also, you need a fan blowing over the northbridge area otherwise you won't be able to run stable even at stock 1333FSB. When I got errors in memtest and prime95 blend test, I thougt my RAM was bad, so I bought some OCZ XTC RAM with same rated speed local (Hong Kong doesn't have the Reaper edition), but it turned out the RAM wasn't the problem. It was the northbridge overheating.
It was actually really difficult to get hold of the Striker 2 formula because no shop in Sham Shui Po stocked it, so we called a shop in MK, and they sent their board over to Sham Shui Po within a half hour .

quite a few things we changed- we got the OCZ ReaperX 2x2gb kit instead of the 4x1. Bought the Lian Li PC-P80 instead of the stacker 832. Got a Lite-on 2x blu-ray writer because we couldnt find the sony or pioneer bluray writer. Couldnt find the CM real power pro 1000w modular psu so got the enermax galaxy 1000w modular. Again, we couldnt find the samsung 27", so we got a viewsonic 28" VX2835wm. Mx518 was out of stock so bought a g5 instead.

the ram seems to work fine on the asus m/b, although since we only used vista home premium 32bit OS, only 3gb showed up. Also, doesnt the northbridge already have a load of heatpipes? or is that not enough to keep it cool.

I'll post some pictures of what we've done, and how much space there was left in the pc-p80 even afterward . Wish i could have it
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Old 03-02-08, 04:48 AM   #6
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forgot to post the 3dmark06 benchmarks:

3dmark06 @ default (1280x1024 no filters)- 15800-16000

3dmark06 @ 1920x1200 with no filters- 14800-14900
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Old 03-02-08, 05:03 AM   #7
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I always buy from Hornington, the distributor, directly for any Asus, Corsair, Coolermaster, stuff. Very nice serivce.
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Old 03-02-08, 05:04 AM   #8
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to see the pics, go to http://forums.bf2s.com/viewtopic.php?id=94899

this is the thread my friend (the 'main' builder) started. there are still pics to come.
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Old 03-02-08, 05:24 AM   #9
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About the northbridge, the heatpipes aren't enough to cool it. You need some kinda active cooling. I use an Antec Spot Cool fan.
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I'm gonna be co-building this amazing computer for one of my buddies. He's mega-rich and has a budget of about 50k HKD (thats about 6125 USD), so this is what ill be building (btw, since its only my second time building a pc, my other friend, a more experienced enthusiast, is going to do most of it, hence calling myself a 'co-builder'):

QX9650 w/ Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme

Asus Striker 2 Formula

OCZ ReaperX DDR2 1066 1gb x 4

XFX 8800GTS 512MB XXX x2 in SLi (was going to go 3-way 8800ultra but the scaling on that isnt good, plus, its expensive. Very tempting to match up to JakUp tho... )

WD 74GB raptor for boot
WD 500gb x2 for storage

LG 20x DVDRW w/SATA x2
Sony Blu-ray 4x writer

Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P80 or CM Stacker 832

CM real power pro 1000W modular

Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers
Logitech G15
Logitech G5/mx518
Samsung 27"

note: we're not getting watercooling or a sound card because those are too hard for my friend to manage

cant wait
Go with the 790i chipset, 780i is bad for overclocking and doesn't like the QX9650 very much had that board and had to turn on/off the power just to get the thing to post reflash bios never fix problem,so when x38 chipset no problem at all. if you want 8800gts then go 790i chipset, And would look into watercooling if you are planning on overclocking.
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If he is so mega-rich, how about you guys build some for us too. ::
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Go with the 790i chipset, 780i is bad for overclocking and doesn't like the QX9650 very much had that board and had to turn on/off the power just to get the thing to post reflash bios never fix problem,so when x38 chipset no problem at all. if you want 8800gts then go 790i chipset, And would look into watercooling if you are planning on overclocking.
Maybe you got a dud? My board works very well with the QX9650. People either get a board that works very well or one that doesn't work at all. Asus is hit or miss these days. I had a dud x38 Maximus Formula from Asus last year.
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