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post #11 of 21
amd system - around 600 bucks

spend 2400 on beer
laptop
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AMD C-50 Acer hd6250 2x1gb's 
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250gb sata Windows 7 11in brick 
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post #12 of 21
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I'll be going with both Windows XP and Vista. Going to have removeable drives, and definitely want to do raid.
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Those are some good suggestions for you grasshopper.
The Athena Power Back Plane is a good solution for removable drives. Realize this will require 3 5.25 bays. Your OSs will be completely independent of each other.
When you decide on a part of your build, you can edit your first post to include that.
Also, as these people help you, it is considerate to rep them for their efforts.
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2X 74GB Raptor Raid 0/(2)2X WD320 Raid 0 2X Samsung 18XDVDRW XP32/ViPre64/ViBas64 Dell 3007WFP 
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post #14 of 21
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What are the best sound cards these days? Currently have a card by Creative - SoundBlaster Audigy 2 zs gamer (i think).

Is this the best sound card on the market right now?

Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102014
post #15 of 21
Best card has to be the Auzentech Prelude.
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Intel Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz DFI LP DK P35 EVGA 8800GTS 512MB G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 1000 
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WD 640GB Black Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 245BW 
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Logitech G15 Corsair 620HX Antec 1200 Logitech G9 
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WD 640GB Black Samsung DVD-RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Samsung 245BW 
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post #16 of 21
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What's the difference between these motherboards? I'm definitely going SLI with 2 GTX's or something similar.

ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131255

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131247

there is a pretty big price difference between these, wondering which i should go with, going with vista 64bit pretty sure.
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What's the difference between these motherboards? I'm definitely going SLI with 2 GTX's or something similar.

ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131255

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131247

there is a pretty big price difference between these, wondering which i should go with, going with vista 64bit pretty sure.

I cant tell you the direct reason why there different but i can tell you not to go with either. Asus + nvidia chipset = nonstop problems. so if you indeed want to go sli than the evga/xfx 780I boards are your best bet.

Right now the 3870x2 by ati has best performance of any single card and soon there will be drivers for quad crossfire. and the intel chipsets that support crossfire are seemingly more stable at higher speeds.

Im going to make two one using sli and the other using crossfire. I'll edit this post when i finish.

EDIT - added both lists

SLi rig.
Intel+nvidia SLi

Subtotal $2,726.87
Shipping $50.63
Total 2,777.50

Crossfire rig
intel+ATi

Subtotal $2,576.87
Shipping $51.58
Total $2,628.45

I chose the team group 4gb(2x2gb) cause team is known to use d9's
Potenze
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post #18 of 21
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Thanks for the advice and lists, rep+

I might wait for the quad-crossfire thing to sort itself out before i start ordering parts...and i'm wanting this thing built in may, so don't know if that will work out or not
post #19 of 21
Do yourself a favor by buying SATA harddrives and optical drives. Sata chords are much more case friendly and are easier to hide and route. Your case will breathe better too.
gL on your build.
Double check the psu for the pci-e plugs (type and quantity).
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SEA 1TB, 7200 64 Lite-On / Samsung 22x 7 64 Samsung P2770, 27" 
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Saitek Corsair 650TX NXZT Tempest Razor Death Adder 
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post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
One thing that is giving me a headache is all the options for Power Supplies...

Is there any PSUs that are pretty much the best option for a SLI/quad crossfire machine? I was thinking about getting a Modular PSU...but i hear good/bad things about them.

PSUs have gotten way more complicated from back when i built my last comp
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