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Buying new parts, need help.


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Jun 3, 2007
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Well it's that time of the year when I seem to always buy new upgrades for my computer. To get to the point however I'm planing on buying a new motherboard, cpu, and hopefully two graphic cards to run in sli mode. Here are the links to the parts I'm interested in.
And for video card either this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127277 X2
or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130085 X2

Now the problem is that I have no idea if that would be a good combo, I showed it to my friend and he pretty much said all the parts are wrong except for the 8600GT, he directed me in buying an Intel CPU (leaving me with a lot less money for a graphic card) and he also said not to get Sli (which I really want to try out.) So any input would be greatly appreciated, aspecially on which graphic card I should choose, and also if you wish to swamp one of the parts for one that you think will be better please keep in mind that my budget is around $500.
Nov 12, 2006
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System Name COLOSSUS-MK4
Processor E8400 @4.4 GHz - FSB @550 MHZ
Motherboard Asus P5K Premium (Black Pearl)
Cooling Xigmatek HDT-S1283
Memory 2x1GB Geil BlckDrgn 800 @1158 5-5-5-18
Video Card(s) 8800GT 512MB @740/1782/2080
Storage Hitachi T7K250 250GB & 7200.10 Seagate 250GB
Display(s) Gateway FPD1975W 19" Widescreen
Case Antec 1200
Audio Device(s) Xi-FI Xtreme Audio
Power Supply CoolerMaster IGreen 500W
Software XP Home SP3
Benchmark Scores SuperPi: 10.563 Sciencemark: 2563.14
Get an Intel E4300/4400 then overclock it to around 2.8 easily. Then get a decent 775 socket motherboard like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128042.

I don't understand why you wanted a socket 939 mobo for your AMD chip. It's outdated.

Forget the dual 7900GS'/8600GT's. SLI doesn't give you a good enough performance boost consistently in games. Instead get a more powerful 8800GTS if you can stretch to it. This will give you the power to handle any game at the moment with incredible performance at medium resolutions (up to 1600x1200)and it's got the DX10. The 320MB model is cheap and a great bang-for-buck card. Far better value than the SLI you proposed. Check out this link to see the resuluts of the cards.

The E4300 will perform faster than equivalent Athlons. Trust me - I've got a 4600X2 @2.8 and my mate's got his E6300 @ 2.8 and his beats mine hands down. Better architecture, and ruthless efficiency.
Again if you can stretch, then get the E6320. Double the Level 2 chache (4MB) and thus better performance in the end - especially in single threaded applications, where one core can utrilise all 4MB's of the cache for itself unlike AMD chips which can't share their L2 cache because they have separate individual ones (512 or 1MB).
Hope that helped
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