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dannyyboii: I did comment on the RAM:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Regarding RAM: Corsair is also good, but the G.Skill rocks, and just is cheaper at the moment. The comparable Corsair kit is the 6400C4 which costs $317 at the moment
G.Skill is known for making (arguably) the best overclocking RAM for a while now. The kit Nasgul suggested is no exception. This is at the moment the best bang for the buck RAM, no questions asked.
    
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Hmm. Is it better than the GeIL that I'm looking at getting? It's a shame that overclockers.co.uk only sell 2gb G.Skill kits. Perhaps I'll get the G.Skill if I have a lot of money
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
cgrado: you can't take two X1900XTX's and put them in Crossfire. You'll need a X1900 Crossfire Edition and a X1900XT(X). Same with the X1950 series; you will still need the Crossfire Edition card.
whoops. not my fault that ATI isn't as cool as nvidia when it comes to dual graphics cards.
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Originally Posted by Nasgul
I don't know what's your point but I wouldn't call your system "complete".........well, I'd add "P.O.S" compared to mine but then again, what is your point?
just saying you didn't put a recommendation on teh hard drives... however i did forget an optical drive.
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I little terminology question...I saw some fo you said IMO and something similiar with 4 letters. What does it stand for?
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In My Opinion
In My Honest Opinion
(i'm pretty sure that's what they mean)
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post #17 of 146
Quote:
Originally Posted by chozart
My suggestion is basically the same as Nasgul's. This will be a good rig:

MoBo: ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 $194.99
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe $319.99
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 $269.00
Video: Leadtek Winfast PX7950 GT $259.99
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic $121.99
HDD: 2X Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB $155.98
DVD: LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE $30.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS EPS12V 610W $159.99
Case: Apevia X-Navigator ATXA9N-BK/500 Black Steel $84.99

Total: $1,591.91
If your budget is $2,000, there is like ~$300 or so for watercooling. Ask in the watercooling section about that.

Comments:

1. Alternative video: SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 $249.99 - I would NOT get any more expensive than either the 7950GT or the X1900XT, since DX10 should take hold in about a year or so.
2. If you are dead set on dual graphics, this ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Intel 975X for $269.99 is the one to get. It will run Crossfire (supported) and SLI (modded drivers).
3. Regarding RAM: Corsair is also good, but the G.Skill rocks, and just is cheaper at the moment. The comparable Corsair kit is the 6400C4 which costs $317 at the moment
That looks like the best rig at the moment per dollar. I would go with comment number one, get the x1900xt because it proforms a bit better than the 7950gt.
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post #18 of 146
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Is there anything convincing you can tell me? SLI seems to be more of the word around instread ot ATI's Crossfire.
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post #19 of 146
Here are some benchmarks:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...2013548,00.asp

You'll see that Crossfire is on par with SLI (forget Quad SLI for now), and at higher resolutions often beats it. It's basically punching back and forth; SLI takes some and Crossfire takes some.

However, ATI has the advantage of the better image quality, and the fact that it'll do AA and HDR combined (a feature nVidia lacks). In my opinion, that makes ATI Crossfire the winner.

Also, the Crossfire (Intel 975X) boards are far better overclockers than the SLI (nVidia nForce 4 or nVidia nForce 5xx) boards. However, you can run SLI on an Intel 975X board with modded drivers.

I don't care what's more the 'word around'; I care what's best. SLI is older, and therefore more popular (they had a year headstart or so, of course causing a lot of 'word around'). However, at the moment Crossfire is more than a serious competitor. If you look into benchmarks, you'll see that SLI often takes the older ones (3DMark01, 3DMark03), that 3DMark05 is often close to a tie, and that Crossfire pulls ahead in 3DMark06.
    
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How necessary is the RAID harddrives? May someone elaborate on this aspect a little? If I am correct RAID 0 is basically mirror image drives, which you ahve two drives but you use it as one and does it just serve as backup?

Raid 1? What?

Chozart for example, his System Specs shows "Hard Drive
4 X 250GB WD RAID0+1"

RAID0+1??

::EDIT:: I just noticed Chozart had a RAID FAQ so I skimmed through it. But it's still pretty confusing to me. What should I use and how necessary is it?
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