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post #1 of 13 Old 04-05-2006, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
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I just ordered a coolermaster centurion and a sapphire radeon x1800xt 512mb... I was pouring over cpu's and mobos for 5 hours today and came to only one conclusion. I want AMD. That's it. I don't expect you guys to answer all my questions here and now, but I do wonder this... what type of mobo should i get? It seems most of the good ones are based on NVIDIA northbridge, which I don;t know much about, but I assume they wouldn;t work too well with an ATI card. If they do, then should I get an SLI board for when I get a second card? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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also, please consider my lack of knowledge of AMD... I assumed I should go with skt 939, but some forums suggest its dying... is 939 still the way to go?
Oh and I forgot.... after spend all that cash on my video card, I'm looking to go as cheap as possible!

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bgbob, i would wait to use that cool 1800 of yours until the new sockets come out. Itleast wait for conroe, which if i am correct is coming out for 478 and 775 so you should be good cuz thats coming out soon. Conroe is supposed to be wicked awesome at gaming. (its intel tho ) however, i truly care about performance, i'm usually amd but right now i'm conroe

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first thing we all want to know is price range! and i wouldnt worry about the 939's dissapearing because theres always something new, ALWAYS. so build for today. you looking to overclock? i assume your using your system for gaming?

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gamer for sure... far cry ADDICT over here... i keep having dreams about the PC version of Res Evil 4 NOT being a ps2 port... lol...
I can prolly spend about 400 bucks on a CPU and mobo, and ill scrap together the other parts...

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overclocking... not yet. I wanna get my system up and running, then once i get more cash for cooling, OH BABY, look out! So i guess the answer is yes... I intend to OC in the future.

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i was thinking... instead of getting a new cpu, maybe ill just get a mobo compatible with my new card, an appropriate heatsink, and overclock my current cpu on it...
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is this a good board for my x1800xt?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131569

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If you have about 400 for a board and chip, i'd suggest basicly what i have atm. I think the 3700 goes for $200 something and a DFI board, maybe the crossfire edition. This is all if you don't mind a single core. For gaming though, the 3700 should work nicely. It also can clock higher than a stock FX-57 in most cases on air.

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i agree with willhoy in a way, it would be good to have a crossfire board instead of an nforce because you have an ati card, a better match, and the crossfire edition of the lan party is a great mobo with plenty of options for overclocking, and the 3700 is a beautiful chip for gaming and you will not be dissapointed at all

heres a link for the crossfire board i could find at newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136165

and for the 3700 :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

hope i was helpful good luck with your new rig it looks really nice
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