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$1500 budget, Gaming Potential?

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Hi everyone. This isn't a final list, so I'd like your input.

XCLIO Windtunnel Full Tower Case
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2
PNY GeForce 8800GTX 768MB Replaced with eVGA 8800GTX
OCZ GameXStream 600W PS
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Acer 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen
Sony NEC Optiarc 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write SATA 3.0Gb/s
HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels

Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound
COOLER MASTER RR-DCH-S9U1-GP 92mm CPU Cooler Replaced with Big Typhoon
2x Antec 75003 120mm Case Fan

Here's the list on newegg:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...asp?ID=6048746

Some thoughts:
-Not going to be "upgrading" it, necessarily. I'd rather build a new rig when this one goes too far out of date. Then again, I might SLI the GTX, which probably would call for a bigger PS.
-I'm hoping to OC the hell out of the 3600+... would the AC Freezer 64 be a better cooling choice?
-The HT Omega Striker is said to be comparable to some Audigy cards, and the price is also appealing.
-I don't write many DVD's or CD's, but I want to be able to whenever I need to. So I got the cheapest SATA optical that I could find with DVD and CD writing ability.
-The hard drive is "small", yes, but I've got .75Tb of external storage space. The HD basically only has to hold the actual installed game files, etc.
-I get a lot of crap from people for choosing AMD, but the fact is they're cheaper, and when I found out I could OC a 3600+ to over 2.5GHz, well... that sold me. For less than $100 dollars I can have a good cooler, and a CPU with potential to be as good as an Intel chip that costs $200 on its own.

Lastly, and the most important part, I tend to leave my computers on for EXTENSIVE amounts of time. In fact, my laptop is never really *off*. I only hibernate it when it's being moved. Otherwise, it's providing music in my room. So my question is whether or not the hardware will be able to handle being on quite a bit. Thanks.
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post #2 of 21
That would be a nice rig but IMO GTX SLI is just to show off.

Thermaltake Armor
evga 680i
evga 8800GTX
E6400
700w GameXStream
2GB OCZ Platnum DDR2-800
2x 250GB Seagate Perps RAID 0

i built that rig for about 1600 shipped.
post #3 of 21
you're not going to exploit the full potential of the 8800 gtx with the amd, especially with the x2 3600+
i'd suggest a C2D Conroe
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If you go the C2D route wait for the E6750 on 07/22/2007
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nah go for the zalman 9700 or the sythe infinity. the ac is good for the price but isnt an excellent cooler in comparison to the zalman etc...ive tried both.also if you can change the mobo as the ram voltages dont go past 2.1v so ive heard. if you have the cash go with the crosshair...and if not the m2n32 sli dlx
    
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Don't go with the GTX. At 1680x1050 you won't notice any difference at all between the GTX and the GTS, and you can use the money saved to buy an Nforce 590 SLI motherboard, maybe the one from DFI?
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post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input, guys. I forgot to mention the total, including shipping, is just over $1480. So for me to go Intel, I'd almost have to drop the GTX to a GTS. I'd like to avoid that, but at the same time, it was mentioned that running a 3600+ won't really make proper use of the GTX. Even with overclocking, would that still be the case?

Also, I'm looking forward as for as gaming goes. I'm buying this rig so it'll run the nextgen games like Assassin's Creed and whatnot.
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post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by mentholmoose View Post
Don't go with the GTX. At 1680x1050 you won't notice any difference at all between the GTX and the GTS, and you can use the money saved to buy an Nforce 590 SLI motherboard, maybe the one from DFI?
Yes you will.

Anything under that resolution you won't notice any difference though.

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Originally Posted by FIX_ToRNaDo View Post
you're not going to exploit the full potential of the 8800 gtx with the amd, especially with the x2 3600+
i'd suggest a C2D Conroe
Yes you will.

Read this thread http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...ght=bottleneck

@Fkyx, it seems like a fine build to me. I would suggest an eVGA 8800 GTX over the PNY though. I would also suggest this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106080 over your current heatsink.
    
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I would definitely go C2D over an X2 right now. If you want, I can put up a list later, but I'm at work right now. Don't have time for it.
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Originally Posted by Peroxide View Post
Yes you will.

Anything under that resolution you won't notice any difference though.
Care to find some proof? I've never seen a benchmark show them perform noticeably different at 1680x1050. I've always seen them perform within one percent of each other. Also, I did mean the 640MB 8800GTS, not the 320, because, yes, the 320MB would perform noticeably worse than the GTX.
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