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post #1 of 9
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Yessir, I just got $500 for my old rig and I've been planning out a new one for about a week. Here's what I've got in mind:

$115: 4400+ AMD 2.3 GHz
$86: 2x1GB DDR2 800
$85: Aerocool 500w "ZeroDBA" PSU

$130: 4800+ 2.5 Ghz Brissy

$110: GSKILL 2x1GB DDR2 800 HZ

$100: ThermalTake Purepower 500W Modular, triple 12V rail

$99: evga 590 sli

$290: evga 8800GTS 320

$40: Lite-on sata DVD burner

$30: Cooler Master Ammo 533


I'll throw in some AS Ceramique instead of stock paste, and I might lap the CPU/HSF.

I'm using the stock paste off the AF64.

Looking to be a strong computer, first time I'll own an nvidia card... better linux support (I'll be trying some ubuntu and other distros) and the 8800gts has some strong punch for the price, and it's DX10. I wouldn't mind trying out SLI down the road, either. Knowing me though, I won't have the computer long enough to need it.

I like AMD better than intel, period. Screw C2D. Yes, I'm a fanboy of a company with more ethics than Satan (more than can be said for intel).

I am proud to have AMD stickers on my cases!

Oh, and I already have a 320GB hard drive.

Total: $815 $893

woot?

A cookie to the first person who can correctly analyze the model name of my comp in the topic
post #2 of 9
get a 3600+ Brisbane they're like $60 at the egg and people have it at 3 GHz without WC
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post #3 of 9
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I didn't take your advice. No offense.

I ordered the parts today! I already had the case, dvd drive, mobo, and hard drive.

I just ordered:

4800+ 2.5 GHz Brisbane
Arctic Freezer 64
eVGA 8800GTS 320MB
2 GB GSKILL HZ PC 6400
ThermalTake 500w purepower
and eight 7 ft. Cat 6 cables, free shipping and volume discount

Total: $689

Total cost for the entire sig rig, after all rebates: $893
(Price does not include hard drive, monitor or peripherals; I already owned those)

I plan on getting the proc to 3GHz, the ram to at least 1000MHz if not 1066, and I'm almost positive that the mobo's FSB will reach 266.

Pics to come when parts get in.
post #4 of 9
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Shipment 2/3 just arrived:



ARGH if Visa hadn't screwed up my billing address it would have all been here Tuesday!!

Tomorrow night everything will be put in.
post #5 of 9
Should have gotten the X2 3600+,... And that PSU seems a little weak for that rig.
    
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Several people have said I should have gotten a cheaper proc, but I was willing to throw down the extra $60 to not push the limit so much. I know this is an OC forum, and I've had my fair share of flaming overclocker rigs. However, I don't want to risk not getting the best raw speed I can.

As far as the PSU, It has 3 12V rails running 18/18/16, and it's ThermalTake.

It's a new model, SLI certified, so I'm sure it can handle what I have now, and quite possibly even 8800 SLI.
post #7 of 9
It's the Thermaltake... that's point #1. Although they have improved recently, they're still not the best.

Point #2: The unit delivers only 36A across the 12V rails... see specs on the label. That's not enough for SLI-ed 8800's. Note that SLI certification is just a marketing gimmick. nVidia just looks at the specs, and that's it.

If you check on SLIzone, you'll see that it's only certified for 'other' SLI configurations... Other being: not 8800 series, and not 7950GX2, 7900 GTX or 7800 GTX 512 MB in SLI.

Thus, not certified to run anything heavier than a pair of 7950GT's in SLI.

I would have saved money on the CPU, and gotten the better PSU. You probably would have ended up with more 'raw' power since the TT might hold you back (esp. with 8800's in SLI).
    
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Hmmm. Damnit, I hate being wrong.

Well, my understanding since the beginning of overclocking was that ThermalTake was on par with Antec in terms of quality PSUs. Truly, Enermax seems to be one of the best, but this one was the right price.

I stand by my CPU choice, for the reasons above.

HOWEVER, I will take full blame for not doing enough research on SLI capability. It's unfortunate that SLI-certified doesn't mean what it should.

I don't plan on going SLI with another GTS for some time (until they get to around the $200 point or less), at which point I may get a new PSU or stress test the thermaltake

Thanks for the input, though, I'll keep the thermaltake thing in mind, and be careful about putting much more load on it.
post #9 of 9
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I'm getting crap for results as far as OCing goes.

Stock, I'm getting 8155 at 3dm06. Great score, but I'm having trouble OCing.

Actually due to the BIOS I'm running the CPU 100 MHz below stock (2.4 GHz) and I'm stress testing the comp with orthos to make sure nothing is defective.

vcore: 1.3
vdimm: 2.15
4-4-4-12 @ 800MHz

200x12 = 2400 mhz

I also think Speedfan is completely wrong, it says my cpu temp is 52C, that my sysfan speed is 10000 rpm, and that my 12V rail is at 9.5 V.
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