Originally Posted by boonie2
All That And G-skill Ram ?????? Oh Noooooooooooooo
That G.Skill HZ kit is among the best DDR2 kits on the market, and unbeatable for the price! What else to get? Crazily overpriced Dominators? Those G.Skills have Micron D9 chips and overclock very well.
Originally Posted by greygoose
Any reason to get the ASUS P5N32-E SLI, and not the "Plus" edition?
As for the CPU, only $35 more gets you 2.4 with a better cache. Doesn't seem like the place to cut corners. Also I wanted to get RAM that ran at 1066. $80 a stick seemed okay compared to what else I found.
Is the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB good enough compared to the 8600 that I should just spit out an extra $70 for it?
Thanks heheh got alittle off topic there.
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W Power Supply? - $110 after rebate
Help me out, I have trouble comparing these.
This one is 18a on the 12v's, is that the important spec I should draw from that?
The naming convention of ASUS is very weird in this case. The Asus P5N32-E SLI is actually the better board, based on the high-end nVidia nForce 680i chipset. The Asus P5N32-E SLI PLUS is a nice board also, but based on the mid-range nVidia nForce 650i chipset. The Asus P5N32-E SLI is the better pick.
The E6420 also has 4MB cache, so that's not an issue. Otherwise, it's only the clock speed difference that matters. Up to you, but I'd save money here and upgrade the GPU.
The 8800GTS kills the 8600 series. The 8600GT and 8600GTS are a bit slower and a bit faster than an ATI X1950PRO. The 8800GTS is in a class on it's own, beating any DX9 card on the market, and rivalling all but the highest end SLI set ups with 79xx cards and Crossfire set ups with X19xx cards.
The OCZ GameXStream is a decent PSU. However, it suffers from a ripple on the 12V rails at high loads, and it's a multi-rail design. In total, it delivers 50A across the 12V rails. It's a much better idea to get a quality single 12V rail PSU. Note that the Corsair, given its design, can be regarded as a single rail PSU. Top recommendations with SLI-ed 8800GTS possibly in the future are the Corsair 620W and the Silverstone OP/DA series. THIS is the part to really not cut any corners on. I'd rather cut a few hundred MHz from the stock CPU speed than to have a not so good PSU.
And regarding RAM, why 1066MHz?? And those G.Skills likely can handle that (not guaranteed of course). I would not spend that much on the RAM either. Get the DDR2 800, run them 4:5 and you have plenty headroom.