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post #21 of 53
Chozart could lol
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post #22 of 53
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i dont know who that is :|
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post #23 of 53
What games do you play?

It all looks good, except for going sli with this card, later sell it and get a better card 7900GT or a 8800GT which would be better than 7600GT in sli, with that power supply you will be fine.

Also when you can afford it, I would add another gig of the same memory and another sata hardrive for raid 0 your games will load faster.

OCZ makes good PSU's as for the memory go with Corsair,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145566
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post #24 of 53
He's Canadian... and instead of the Corsair I'd go with Crucial Ballistix PC2 6400... I can OC mine to 4-4-4-12 and about 840 Mhz without ever raising the Voltage, If I put at 2.2v these things would run close to 1000 Mhz I bet... I need to OC my CPU a little to make the divider lower though, atm it's about 1:5
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post #25 of 53
If you're OCing get the 9700 or a Tuniq Tower. The 9500 is great and has gotten me really far but I know I'm hitting a wall cuz of it.
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post #26 of 53
If you're thinking about SLI in the future, you really should get the M2N32-SLI Deluxe instead. With it you will be able to run full 32bit on your video cards (16x + 16x). Thats really the only way to go if you're doing SLI.

BTW, in REALITY, running at a 1:1 ratio is better with really tight timings, than loosening your timings and running at a high bandwidth. You may not benchmark as well because synthetic apps like SuperPi test THEORETICAL values, but if you use a stopwatch and time your load times in both situations you will see 1:1 wins out. With my RAM I'm currently running 3-3-3-6-1T on a 1:1 ratio at 2.3v. Stock they run at 2.2v really. May tighten down to 3-3-2-6 if I can get it stable. I have the Corsair XMS2 PC8500C5s.
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First thing I ask: Why AM2? Why not go with a good Core 2 Duo build? Or is there some reason why you must have an AMD?
well one thing about am2 is that it is a lot less expensive than a c2d, and if you are a gamer- then you can throw that extra money towards a nicer gfx card
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post #28 of 53
ok mate, as you can see from my sig, i have pretty much the same rig as what you're buying, but i have a few tips....

Sorry for my currency translations, apart from being an avid trailer park boys fan, i know nothing of canada, so my currency conversions are UK £ to USD $.

First off, the M2N-E is NOT AN SLI BOARD. You'll need the M2N-E SLI for that, or as someone above said, you could pay more for the M2N 32 SLI, it is a lot better, and uses the NF590 SLI chipset, with full 16x2 bandwidth for PCIe cards in SLI mode.

The asus M2N-E has a few little quibbles that you will need to consider, 1st, memory voltages are capped at 1.95 V, which means high performance memory is out, check the qualified vendor list BEFORE you buy your memory, and dont take the advice of all the Intel fanboys here telling you to buy Ballistix and all that that runs at 2.2V, it simply wont work wiiht this board. This is the best i coudl find that will run at the spcified voltages on this motherboard (and appears in the qualified vendor list) i'm sure googling it will find you a canadian supplier.

http://www.memory-configurator.com/p...kit/index.html

As for graphics, i first of all ran a 7600GT with this board, until it died, (i'm not going into it here, too embarrassing, needless to say, i RMA'd it) and when i got the credit note back, i bought the 7900GS from gainward (standard clocks are 450/660 - gainward clocks are 500/700, i overclock it VERY stably with the stock gainward dual slot cooler to 655/827 with NO stablility issues, 19k 3Dmark03 scores). My advice, 7600GT will be fine, and at 1024*768, you will be able to run any game with most if not all settings, but for an extra £25 you coudl get the 7900GS which in my opinion is worthy of 7950GT price tag, its THAT GOOD. Check this news article for some overclocking benchmarks with this card, and even some comparisons to the 7600GT... http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=34406

Overall, you have a good system here, i hear everyone saying that C2Duo is all the rage, but for this price range, mid-high end comparisions dont really matter, you COULD spend £500 ($1000) on a processor which will be beaten next year, or like me you could spend £120 ($240) on a 4200+ that is coolasfuk and overclocks nicely. C2Duo CPUs for this price are fairly similar in specs, thereisnt much between them.

My advice...

If you get the M2N-E mobo, opt for a 7900GS over a 7600GT, (getting the SINGLE slot mobo forces you to get a good gfx card NOW, rather than pointlessly spending money on a new one later, for relatively little increase in performance)

Otherwise, take a look at the M2N-E SLi, which as far as i belive has the voltage cap removed (pls check this yourself though, the ASUS member forums are a good place for this) but definitely stick with ASUS, their motherboards are rock solid, (as their slogan goes) and the software bundles for overclocking are more than adequate in my opinion for even beginners to get the most out of their hardware.

Any questions, give me a shout...

Cheers
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I did love my 4200+. it's a great chip! but I go for price and performance and don't care what manufacture is making it hence my up grade to the current rig.
    
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I did love my 4200+. it's a great chip! but I go for price and performance and don't care what manufacture is making it hence my up grade to the current rig.
unfortunately that's fairly irrelevant here, unless you're just braggin a 8800, cos that alone will take him over his price limit.

My point was, that penny for penny, unless you're going for the TOP model, like you did, then there still isnt much between AMD and intel. However, the E6600 is a very powerful chip, and AMD dont have anything to really compare until AM2+ and probably AM3 in 2008

Link...

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35211
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