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Having maintained the same systems since 2000 on just upgrades I decided to quit looking to a new place to buy a custom system and just build one. Well that and I got this card as a gift XFX GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB DDR3 DUAL DVI HDCP Extreme.

Sunbeam Transformer Case w/five fans

Thermaltake ToughPower 700w Modular SLI Certified Power Supply

XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor 3.0GHz Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE 400GB Hard Drive - 7200, 8MB, SATA-300, OEM

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme PCIe

O261-7054 :: OCZ SLI-Ready Edition Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)

So far picked out, I am trying to stay around 1400 to 1500 and want it something that I can upgrade easy enough.
 
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Are you planning to use that 8600gts? Its going to be a HUGE bottle neck on that set up.
 

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If you are a gamer, then the 8600GTS is a bad choice unless you want to pick up another one and SLI it. Personally, I would go with an 8800GS, 8800GT, 8800GTS, HD3850, or HD3870. Everything else looks pretty sweet.
 
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1400 to 1500 bucks gives you lots of options. I agree with Neo though... the 8600 is going to bog you down. I guess you could SLI it and gain a bit back. With the budget you are giving I would look at a 9000 series card to go with that SLI board. Let that new E8400 go wild with an up to date gpu.
 
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even if you SLI the 8600 a single 8800gt would out perform them. Also if you dont plan to SLI, or RAID 2 raptors and have 5 other HDD, and power a small 3rd world country theres no point in gettin a 700w psu.
 
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#6
here's acouple of ideas for build you can do with your budget of $1400



 
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Is this in US money?
 

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assuming you have monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse. i think a good build would be something like this



edit: that was suppose to be 64bit. its same price though
 

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Sorry but no vista, Yeah I know I can't as of yet tri SLI XP Pro 64 bit, but no hurry here, as I got a rather large over all budget. I intend on spending around 1400 1500 just to get it up and running I intend on turning it into a running project, leads to my next sorry but thanks but no. Antec 900 and the rest are all to small for my needs, my current case is a 10 bay server case that I adore the room. The sunbeam is only on my list as a maybe because reviews say its a large full tower unlike the antec which reviewers say its a mid tower claiming its a full tower.

Think I will however go with Duel 8800GTS, might go over budget to start but when you got no budget all is good.
 

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Sorry but no vista, Yeah I know I can't as of yet tri SLI XP Pro 64 bit, but no hurry here, as I got a rather large over all budget. I intend on spending around 1400 1500 just to get it up and running I intend on turning it into a running project, leads to my next sorry but thanks but no. Antec 900 and the rest are all to small for my needs, my current case is a 10 bay server case that I adore the room. The sunbeam is only on my list as a maybe because reviews say its a large full tower unlike the antec which reviewers say its a mid tower claiming its a full tower.

Think I will however go with Duel 8800GTS, might go over budget to start but when you got no budget all is good.
Not to be rude but are you one of the people who are "not going to go to vista because its not fully developed." ??
 
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Not to be rude but are you one of the people who are "not going to go to vista because its not fully developed." ??
That line is a load of bull if thats the case. Might as well say the same for XP too. I guess technically, no OS is fully developed so long as they are getting patches. :banghead:
 
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It always amazes me the amount of people who use "duel" and "dual" incorrectly.

Duel means to fight.

Dual means too. :p

I have the Sunbeam Transformer. Very big case. Its no mid tower. Has plenty of room and then some.
 

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That line is a load of bull if thats the case. Might as well say the same for XP too. I guess technically, no OS is fully developed so long as they are getting patches. :banghead:
thats why i asked :)

vista 64bit with sp1 is actually really nice and pretty fast. i like it. i use xp mostly because of the fact i used it longer and have more installed on it. if your starting over get vista 64 :)
 

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My husband uses Vista at work, XP Pro at home, he doesn't like Vista. Since I am dealing with any form of windows so he can use my computer I'm sticking with a version he likes.. Simple Wife logic.
ok. thats a good reason not to use vista.

From what i have been told/heard (may be wrong) xp 64 is iffy. so go with xp 32 then and still get the 4gb of ram.
 
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Last time i tried XPx64 (well over a year ago) it was incompatible with quite a few things. Namely drivers and some games.

Didnt know you were a woman. From your reasoning, i can understand why your not going Vista. Did he use it over a year ago by chance? If so, Id tell him to play around with it again see if he doesnt change his mind.
 

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Last time i tried XPx64 (well over a year ago) it was incompatible with quite a few things. Namely drivers and some games.

Didnt know you were a woman. From your reasoning, i can understand why your not going Vista. Did he use it over a year ago by chance? If so, Id tell him to play around with it again see if he doesnt change his mind.
He uses it right now, not sure if its just a new OS, or the OS in general that ticks him off. My only choices though are stick with an OS he likes, or kick him off my Computer. Since hes paying for my parts, I don't think the later is a great plan. :p
 
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He uses it right now, not sure if its just a new OS, or the OS in general that ticks him off. My only choices though are stick with an OS he likes, or kick him off my Computer. Since hes paying for my parts, I don't think the later is a great plan. :p
Def not.

Lemme re-read some of your posts and provide my insights for a computer build.
 
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Look at this one. Its assuming you already have XPx64.
 

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Looks pretty good, think Ill double up on the GPUs, and pick up vista, just got off the phone with the hubby and he says this is my baby I can do what I want with it. Honestly would rather go with Linux but even with Wine running MMO's can be troublesome. Think Ill up the start up Budget to 2 k USD, also if you guys have ideas, my parts allowance is 1000 every 2 weeks, and this is a running project. So drop me ideas. Right now I play WoW, Ragnarok and L2, but bored and want to Beta Requiem : bloodymare. I also play with Adobe CS2 web premium. Yeah I said play with, I bought it to build guild websites. :p
 

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thats why i asked :)

vista 64bit with sp1 is actually really nice and pretty fast. i like it. i use xp mostly because of the fact i used it longer and have more installed on it. if your starting over get vista 64 :)
I have to agree here. I've been running Vista 64bit for the last 3 weeks. No problems at all, and everything seems faster than XP. Not to mention it's better to look at.
 
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if you want a full tower case get either any Silverstone full tower case or Lian-Li V2000B/ Tagan Black Pearl
 

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or a cooler master stacker.

and i got a legit copy of vista ultimate for sale.

see my fs/ft thread.