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    Default Which Computer should I buy?

    Hey guys I'm wondering if anybody could help decide on what computer I should buy? I'm getting a whole new tower so I'm looking for any advice on the parts.

    Right now this is what I'm thinking...

    Case and Power Source- Antec Performance TX1050B SOHO Tower w/ 500W SmartPower 2.0
    Memory
    - OCZ 2GB PC2-5400 Value Pro Dual Channel DDR2
    Motherboard- Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe w/ DualDDR2, 7.1 Audio, Dual GB Lan, Dual PCI-E x16 SLI, Cool-Pipe
    Processor- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ w/ 2x512K Cache
    Video Card- eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GT KO 256MB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDTV-Out

    This isn't all of it of course but it's what I'm looking for about. There is a premade set that I could get instead...

    # AMD Athlon64 4400+ Dual-Core Processor
    # MSI K8N Neo4 SLI-FI Motherboard
    # 2GB (2x1GB) Kingston PC3200 DDR SDRAM
    # Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Black Mid Tower
    # Enermax 535W SLI Power Supply
    # 2 x 250GB Samsung 7200RPM SATA II Hard Drive
    # Samsung 16x16 Dual Layer DVD-RW Drive
    # 2 x eVGA/Leadtek Geforce 7800GT 256MB PCI-E SLI

    Almost the same price as the other one above, but it has dual video cards and a better processor. The first set has better motherboard/memory though.

    I heard that the nVIDIA 8000 series is coming out so I don't know if I should buy it now or later. What do you guys think?

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    I am using that case. It's REALLY huge and heavy, but great nonetheless.


    As for your other parts, just avoid socket 939. AM2 is coming out in less than two days and early reports show that they are cheaper than skt 939 processors.
    If you can hold until July, that would be TOTALLY awesome because Intel are releasing their Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processors.
    How great is Conroe?
    Well, look at one of the most CPU-limited games on the market: Half Life 2 Lost Coast.

    Price of the 4800+? $632 on Newegg.
    Projected price of that 2.66GHz Conroe (Core 2 Duo)? $560.
    Naturally, you will be able to buy a lower clocked Core 2 Duo for about $200 and get better performance than a $400 AMD processor (939 or AM2).
    If you insist on getting a 939 system, get some better RAM, like OCZ Platinum 2x1GB dual channel kits. Avoid value ram.
    Oh and getting SLI 7800GT is just a REALLY bad choice because they use huge amounts of power, generate heat and just not worth getting since the 7800GT is a mid-range card now.
    If you insist on SLI'ing, get at least two 7900GT. Moreover, SLI helps only at really high resolutions (higher than 1600x1200).
    May I suggest a 1800XT instead of that 7900GT?

    So yeah, just get a Core 2 Duo in July and avoid SLI 7800GT.


    I'm running:
    Intel Pentium D 940 @ 4.6GHz
    2GB DDR2 RAM (OCZ Gold) @ 4:4:4:4 @ 800MHz
    PC Power and Cooling 850W
    Two Geforce 7900GTX in SLI (recently upgraded from two 7800GTX 512MB in SLI)
    4x WD 320GB SATA300
    Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
    Apple 30" Cinema Display.
    As I said, I am using SLI only because I'm on a really high resolution.
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    And the Conroe it is.

    So a single good single video card would be better? I was thinking of either these...

    eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GT KO 256MB PCI-E
    eVGA e-GeForce 7800 GT CO 256MB PCI-E
    ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E

    I can't link all of the cards since there are like 80, so if you want you can take a look at this place I'm buying the stuff from and recommend which ones are good.

    Here's the link http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.p..._menu=193&SID=

    Where I am buying from that 1800XT isn't available I think. For the video card I'm looking for something under 500 for sure, and I'm struggling between ATI and nVidia (I have a friend that insists ATI is better, and another that says if I don't buy nVidia I'm an idiot)

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    Hmm, get the 7900GT KO and do the voltmod and overclock the hell of of it. It can be as fast as a 7900GTX but with only 256MB, which is still great for what you are paying.

    By the way, great decision on the Conroe.

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    Ok, thank you for all the help. I do not trust ATI since I have heard it's more buggy and there are a lot more problems with it than nVidia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gensoku
    Ok, thank you for all the help. I do not trust ATI since I have heard it's more buggy and there are a lot more problems with it than nVidia.
    Nah, be open-minded. ATI have been releasing GREAT video cards. Just don't limit yourself to one company. Currently, the 1900XTX is the fastest card, but nVidia have great-priced mid-range cards.

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    I also heard that the nVidia 8000 card is coming out sometime? Maybe by the time the Conroe comes out?

    I might buy that one instead of the 7900GT, or get the 1900XTX... if the price is worth it.

    After reading about the Conroe I'm really excited, Intel is put down by gamers as an inferior processor compared to the AMD ones.

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    The Geforce 8 series won't be coming out until Vista rolls out. That would be around January.
    The 1900XTX is amazing.

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    Damnit, after rechecking watts needed for the 1900XTX I don't think I can find a large enough power supply! The power needed was at least 520W...I will probably need to upgrade the power supply and case /w more fans.

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    Hmm get an Ultra X-Finity 600W. They are pretty cheap and good.

 

 
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