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post #11 of 22
Like everyone else has been saying, the bottleneck would be horrible! You would actually end up getting better fps running just one card! I would highly recommend you going to a c2d rig.
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post #12 of 22
If you tell us your budget we can help you a little better. Well im guessing your budget is around $1500.

Then here
CPU: E6600 $310 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ubCategory=343
Motherboard eVGA 680i Sli $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188009
GPU: eVGA 8800GTX $600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072
Memory $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227118

I'll let Chozart decide the PSU hes good at that but i recommend the PCP&C 750 Quad: $220 http://www.pcpower.com/products/view....php?show=S75Q

310+250+600+220+220=1600
$100 dollars over budget sorry but there are some mail in rebates
post #13 of 22
Given he plans SLI 8800GTX's, I'd hope the budget is a little more than $1500... more like in the $3000-$4000 range

I'd recommend a bit beefier PSU than the 750W silencer, like the 850W Silverstone..
    
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post #14 of 22
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I'll say the budget is around 1500bux maybe more. I'm trying to avoid getting new memory because my current corsair is only 4 months old. And my other problem with that socket T asus is the position of the lower pcix16 slot. That lower card wont be able to breath at all.

I realize the best solution for now is a intel rig, but I'm hoping if I stuck with socket am2 amd will eventualy come out with something. By then there will be more dx10 games that can make real use of the 8800's

so in terms of cpu. best is a x2 5200+? or a E6700? (cant aford Kentsfield)

btw: psu is getting replaced for sure, I'm look at a 700w-800w tagan psu
lol if you notice my little threads for suggestions here and there means I'm up to something.
post #15 of 22
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I'll say the budget is around 1500bux maybe more.
Ok so you have memory thats good that leaves you with an extra $100 to spend on your PSU let Chozart find a PSU for you but i recommend the parts that i listed above. I have a ? do you want a completely new build or just some parts so that you can switch to Intel???

Looking at your monitor in your specs a single GTX will run every game out now on high no reason to buy two GTX's unless your doing this for bragging rights and benchmarking. Just my 2 cents.
post #16 of 22
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I'm thinking since theres hardly a game that can take advantage of a single 8800gtx, maybe I shoud stick with am2 get a 2x 5200+, then hold onto my ram. Then get a 700w-800w psu get a 8800gtx and new socket am2 motherboard and call it a day.

Then when amd comes out with quad soon, get that and through another gtx in there. Does that sound like a better plan or no?
post #17 of 22
It all depends on you its your money. Sticking with AMD will be cheaper and AMD might be faster years down the line. Switching to Intel will give you a bigger performance boost right now.
post #18 of 22
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I'm thinking since theres hardly a game that can take advantage of a single 8800gtx, maybe I shoud stick with am2 get a 2x 5200+, then hold onto my ram. Then get a 700w-800w psu get a 8800gtx and new socket am2 motherboard and call it a day.

Then when amd comes out with quad soon, get that and through another gtx in there. Does that sound like a better plan or no?
Hold a moment here... you currently have DDR RAM, right?

BOTH AM2 and Core 2 Duo require DDR2 RAM. Thus, AM2 will also force you to replace your RAM! In that case, Core 2 Duo is the obvious choice.

Alternatively, you could go socket 939, but I would not recommend that give n the limited upgrade options.

since RAM prices are pretty high now, you might get good money for your current DDR sticks.


And going AM2 is NOT cheaper than Core 2 Duo...where is that based on?
    
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post #19 of 22
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Hold a moment here... you currently have DDR RAM, right?

BOTH AM2 and Core 2 Duo require DDR2 RAM. Thus, AM2 will also force you to replace your RAM! In that case, Core 2 Duo is the obvious choice.

Alternatively, you could go socket 939, but I would not recommend that give n the limited upgrade options.

since RAM prices are pretty high now, you might get good money for your current DDR sticks.


And going AM2 is NOT cheaper than Core 2 Duo...where is that based on?

shoot I overlooked that that. that throws a monkey wrench into my plan, but at least you saved me from a simple mistake and I would have rep'ed you for that if i could. I was only saying it would be cheaper if I didn't buy new ram. hmm well I gota think about it now, because the ram I like is over 300 bucks.

If I buy new ram I’m leaning towards a core 2 duo for sure. Only thing I don’t like about them is the heat they put off. Other than that I’m fine with them.
post #20 of 22
Core 2 Duo does not get that hot, unless you overclock the crap out of it. It's not surprising that a CPU that's overclocked 50% runs around 60C (An E6600 running at 3.6GHz for example). Plus, if you strike luck with a 'B' version of a good week, temperatures are better.

A suggestion for a rig:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz $309.00
MoBo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI $299.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) $309.99
Video: eVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 $599.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB $79.99
DVD: LITE-ON 18X DVD±R Burner Black IDE $29.99
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm $57.99
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel $49.99
PSU: SILVERSTONE ST85ZF ATX12V/ EPS12V 850W $279.99

Total: $2,016.92

Maybe it's possible to find a case that leaves some space between the bottom of the motherboard and the bottom of the case? The Antec ninehundred has a bottom mounted PSU, and would leave some open space below the back end of the video card (where the PSU ends, unless you have a horridly huge PSU): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021
    
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