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Hey guys,

I am going to buy a computer within the next month, and have been selecting the components that I would like to get. THe only problem is I never know what motherboard to get. I want one that is quite stable and dont want to spend a fortune on it. Below are some of the other things I will be getting.

HD: WD 400GB Serial ATA
CPU: Core2 Duo E6420
VC: Radeon HD2900XT
Ram: Geil DDR-2 800 2G (1G x 2)

What Motherboard would u guys recommend that is stable for the above? Also what PSU wattage would u suggest?

Cheers in advance.
post #2 of 21
You would be better off with an nvidia 8800gts 640MB.

Power supply with single gpu, a good quality 600W+. The corsair HS620W (made by seasonic) is excellent.

I would recommend for a board, the Asus P5B Plus. great overclocker, decent price point.
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post #3 of 21
Asus P5B Deluxe, or if that's too expensive the Asus P5B Plus or the DFI Infinity P965-S. Finally, a good board at a budget price is the Gigabyte DS3

I would get at least a high-quality 500W PSU. The PSU is the part you do NOT want to skimp on. Some suggestions:
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W
SILVERSTONE OP650 ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply - Retail


Finally, I would get this RAM:
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ - Retail. Inexpensive, and overclocks really well.

Robilar: you don't need *that* much . The 520W version is plenty.
    
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I agree but long term, he may upgrade.
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post #5 of 21
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Thanks guys...I read some reviews and found that Radeon 2900 XT is not that far behind geforce high end 8800GTX 768..I therefore assumed that 2900XT > 8800GTS 640

did u recommend the Geforce for stability or performance or both?
post #6 of 21
Drivers (catalyst should be called cataclysm)

SLI is superior (crossfire is not comparable)

power output much higher wattage than nvidia

dx10 issues

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...VudGh1c2lhc3Q=

The hardocp article sums it up nicely



Also, UVD not included (universal video decode)

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3000
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Drivers (catalyst should be called cataclysm) - I never had any problems with the drives. And Catalyst has nothing to do with the drivers themselves; it's just the shell to adjust settings and stuff. I used it without any problems for quite some time. It's funny that I hear people always complaining about ATI drivers, but there seems to be as much or even more trouble with nVidia drivers in the past. How many nVidia users have had to roll back to previous versions since the newer drivers decreased performance?

SLI is superior (crossfire is not comparable) I was on top of the top-30 graphic benchmarks twice. Once with Crossfire X1900's paired with an Opty 170, and the second time with the same cards paired to an E6600. Later, one 7900GTX SLI rig managed to squeeze by me. Crossfire is definately NOT inferior to SLI.

power output much higher wattage than nvidia Not *much* higher, but yes, ATI cards require more power

dx10 issues - huh? With only a couple DX10 demos and one patched game out, this is hard to establish. Probably driver issues anyways. It's a brand new card, so yeah, driver issues are to be expected... that I give you

Also, UVD not included (universal video decode) - Does nVidia have that?
    
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Oooo I've been bolded!

I'm speaking out of turn perhaps chozart but I am basing my info on the numerous reviews (and they are pretty much of the same mind). I won't link any more articles because HardOCP and Anandtech are pretty well known.

As to your prior scores, that was X1900XT (were they not?) vs 7900gtx. We are discussing the new RD600 card here. I agree that the last generation of ati cards was very impressive. This card is a different story.


Nvidia never claimed their cards have UVD support. AMD did in more than one press release. Its one thing to not claim a feature but its different when a card maker states a card "includes" a feature which it flat out doesn't.
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post #9 of 21
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Umm ok...i am confused LOL..

do u guys both agree that the motherboard is good at least ? hehe
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Oooo I've been bolded!

I'm speaking out of turn perhaps chozart but I am basing my info on the numerous reviews (and they are pretty much of the same mind). I won't link any more articles because HardOCP and Anandtech are pretty well known.

As to your prior scores, that was X1900XT (were they not?) vs 7900gtx. We are discussing the new RD600 card here. I agree that the last generation of ati cards was very impressive. This card is a different story.
True that they were X1900CE + X1900XT.

However, for a few of the points, that doesn't matter. Drivers are the same, including catalyst. And Crossfire is still the same technology.

When the 8800's were first released, drivers weren't that good either. They have now vastly improved, as evidenced by the fact that (esp. 8800GTS) benchmarks got quite a jump. However, this wasn't noticed at the time, since the cards themselves destroyed any previous cards anyways.

Now, ATI's drivers are fairly immature, and it shows, since the nVidia cards (with their mature drivers) perform quiet well compared to the ATI cards... There will be improvement with future drivers. How much? I don't know...

Also, Crossfire issues are likely also caused by a lack of a x16, x16 motherboard

Now, having that all said... I love my 8800GTS 640MB

EDIT: LOL, yes... we agree on the ASUS P5B Deluxe or the ASUS P5B Plus. And we agree on the Corsair PSU. How powerful it will be... that's up to you. The 520W version will be fine, but the 620W version allows a little headroom for upgrades (but not much.)
    
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