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#27
Yeah...get on AIM sometime :)

How reliable are the MSI's? If they're anything like the older stuff, then I'll be a little worried. About the 9600's, I think I read that a 8800GT performed about the same or better? Maybe I'm wrong? I dunno. :eek: Um, ATM I don't see a need for a quad, as I have no applications that'll benefit from it.. 2x2GB may be more, but hell, i dunno. I was looking at a PCP&C 750 silencer..I may get one of those bad boys. [as in good :)]

I was also taking sneeky's post into consideration..
The 8800GT is better. I just sold my 9600GT, and going back to a 8800GT. higher fsp, and about 1000 pts more in 3dmark06.
 

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Mushkin one looks tempting..... plus it has a 5yr warranty :)
 

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No offense Paulie, that PSU looks a little weak on the 12v rail side of things for a 650W.

W00t w00t:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817814006

Nah on a serious note:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817812004
No offense taken, but a friend of mine is running 2900XT's in crossfire with that Zeus. Not to mention 3 HD and 4GB of RAM. Perfectly stable. There are obviously better PSU's, like my 700w Tagan ITZ. But the price is right, under $100.
 

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2900XT's...how do they bench compared to the 8800GT's?
 

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Yeah, to each his own as well. I hate these kinds of threads, they can turn into such a big flamewar. Either one is nice.

Really, 3991, I'd nix the whole 775 build and work on a Nehalem(think thats how its spelled).

EDIT: I cant really comment on the 2900XT's, but they are a power hungry card.
 

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Nehalem? AMD?

Blah..nvm then about 2900's... the power bill will be bad enough lol.
 

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No man, its Intel's new stuff.
 

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oh.. i guess it won't be LGA775?
 
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stick with 775 .. lket everyone else have teh teething pains and the initail high price
 

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2900XT's...how do they bench compared to the 8800GT's?
The 8800GT's bench slightly higher than the 2900XT, and require less power.
 

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-legit reviews
 
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I like that you are seeing past the quad recommendations. A faster dual core is better than a slower quad for gaming.

I also have to agree against the dual budget vid cards. Spring for a better single card and upgrade to SLI with another in the future. Going SLI with budget is like shooting yourself in the foot twice and being stuck with it.
 

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9600GT SLi is considered budget??
 

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9600GT SLi is considered budget??
It shouldn't be. It's a great card for the money. $150 for a card that reaches 8800GT stock speeds when OC'd? May be the best mid range card Nvidia ever created. $300 for a 9600GT SLI would fly..
 
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ok here we go this is a way better setup=cheaper

gigabyte ex38 ds4 @ www.clubit.com
same ram
2xhd3870 from neweg
buy my powersupply I'm selling 800watts &80.00
e8400 I'm selling for $180.00
 

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#46
Did a quick scan, didn't see this posted...I may have missed it...but after MIR's, you can have 2 Palit 9600GT 512's for about $220...talk about a bang-for-the-buck SLI setup! Fairly decent cooling, from what I've read these are pretty good cards, plus the price is just kickass!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261002

149.99 - 40 MIR. Pretty sweet deal, good till the 30th too!

I think you can only have one MIR per name/household, but have a buddy order one for ya and you're good to go!

:toast:
 

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I plan on doing a highend gamer. Here's what I have so far

Motherboard- XFX MB-N780-ISH9 $259.99

Proc- Intel C2D E6850 Conroe $269.99

Graphics- 2x XFX Geforce 8800GS 384MB $259.98

RAM- 4x 1GB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 $99.96

HDD- Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB $89.99

Optical- Asus DRW-2014L1T $36.99

PSU- Antec NeoPower 500 $69.99

Total Cost: $1086.89 Not including shipping

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Dude!

Get a 750i SLI board such as ASUS P5N-T or MSI P7N SLI Platinum. SAVE upto $110.

Get a single 9800 GTX instead of the two 8800 GS !

Get a Q9300 instead of the E6850. There's a price slash.

And you'll not end up spending more than your budget.
 
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Just get a quad instead of the c2d and vista ultimate 64 bit it will be sweet
 

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Dude!

Get a 750i SLI board such as ASUS P5N-T or MSI P7N SLI Platinum. SAVE upto $110.

Get a single 9800 GTX instead of the two 8800 GS !

Get a Q9300 instead of the E6850. There's a price slash.

And you'll not end up spending more than your budget.
Yeah, suggested a MSI 750i board already. Honestly, if a Q9450 is not in the budget, I'd stick with a Q6600. The Q9300 with it's low multiplier is not worth the current price premium, especially when a Q6600 will only cost $200-$250, compared to $300+ for the Q9300. The 9800GTX is a good option, but if he can get 2 9600GT's for :love:00, he may get slightly more performance for his money.
 

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Yeah, suggested a MSI 750i board already. Honestly, if a Q9450 is not in the budget, I'd stick with a Q6600. The Q9300 with it's low multiplier is not worth the current price premium, especially when a Q6600 will only cost $200-$250, compared to $300+ for the Q9300. The 9800GTX is a good option, but if he can get 2 9600GT's for :love:00, he may get slightly more performance for his money.
The ASUS P7N-D sells for < $140. If he can sqeeze in two $169 worth 9600 GT units he can have better performance. PCI-E 2.0 x8 poses no bottleneck for the 9600 GT.