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 Post subject: Serious gamers build. 2 years out of the loop.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 5:09 pm 

Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 1:51 pm
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Location: New York
Its that time again. This is my planned build with a few questions. More importantly though I am interested in your opinion on a few things. I am very confused on the mobo situation and have another question at bottom. Dont be shy.

First the build:

Antec Sonata II 99.99
-I like things quiet and small. I dont want a huge obtrusive box sitting in my room and this one looks perfect. My concern, will it be effective in cooling my setup? I do plan on using both front and back 120mm fans but as you will see I am putting some pretty demanding hardware inside.

Proc: Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 2.4ghz $325.00

**Mobo: ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard $229.00
-Im not really crazy about this board at all. I wont be needing crossfire for starters but everywhere I go people recommend it.
-This seems to be the one everyone is talking about. Reviews look good for both stability and speed and I have always liked Asus. I do nto however have any interest in crossfire. I plan on using a single card solution from Nvidia. How does this impact the choice of this board?
-What if I wanted to go with the 7900GX2 sli card? Will it run OK? I realise it is a single card but its still technically SLI. How will that clash with the whole crossfire thing?
-Is there a better "non sli/crossfire" board I should look at. I have seen a few mentions of a Gigabyte board?

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $325.00
-Used corsair for years, very loyal.
-The timining/speed/DDr thing is always confusing to me. Is this the "correct" ram for my mobo/cpu selection?

PSU: Leaning towards the PC Power simply because of brand recognition but if people vouch for the OCZ Id snag it and save a few bucks.

Videocard: eVGA 01G-P2-N592-AX Geforce 7950GX2 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual GPU Video Card $494.00
- WIll it work on that Asus board? SLI vs Crossfire?
- Huge gamer, willing to pay for it and loyal to Nvidia.
- Regular dual card solutions seem messy" to me, im jsut not itnerested.

Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card 121.99

Storage: Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive $159.99

Optical: Standard DVD burner $32.99

Display: Dell 24" widescreen


I realise I am spendign $500 on DX9 with DX10 so close. I do plan to upgrade to Vista and spend another $500 on a DX10 card. Is there anything else I need to take into account for upgrading to Vista and DX10?


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