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post #11 of 24
1500 will get you a nice machine to run your high res gameing from
3500 would = monster skulltrail machine =)~ dual e8400's and the new 2ghz ddr3 Ballistix ram =)

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post #12 of 24
You can't run E8400's on a Skulltrail, it's Socket 771.

I agree that there is no point in spending more than $1500 on a machine. To be honest, though, if you're going to spend more than $1,000.00, I would wait for the release of 45nm Intel Quads and then forego watercooling because 45nm doesn't need it. You'll save money and have a faster system. It looks like the Q9450 price at release will be ~$350, so cheaper than Q6600 + watercooling, in all probability.

So, assuming you wait for Q9450:
CPU: Q9450, $350
Motherboard: ASUS Striker II $350
Memory: 4x1 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 (Currently would be $70 after MIR at Newegg)
GPU's: 3xXFX 9600GT (currently $175 with a $30 MIR at Newegg - Total $435)
PSU: Seasonic 500W ($90)
HDD: Seagate 7200.11 320GB $110
DVD/CD Drives: Two if you're doing encoding, so $60
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro $30

You can save money on the motherboard, but that's right around the $1500 range and should deliver absolutely absurd performance in any application.
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by lowkickqop View Post
I dont play any of the new games but that doesnt mean that i wont in the future.. I already have my monitor and speakers.
If you're not playing any of the newer games than even a $1500 system would be overkill. Spending $3500 would be pretty pointless, as even a $3500 system won't give you cutting edge performance 2 years from now. You're better off with a ~$1000 system and upgrading to a brand new system every 1-2 years. A $1000 system 1 year from now will be on par with a $2000-4000 system bought today.

If your focus is on music and movies, and you already have a monitor, case and speakers that you like, then I'd go with this:

$240 - Q6600 OEM
$270 - DFI LP LT X38
$240 - eVGA 8800GTS (G92) 512MB (after $30 MIR)
$32 - 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix PC2 6400 (after $35 MIR)
$51 - Creative Xtremegamer (after $30 MIR)
$85 - SG 320GB HDD
$32 - DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe
$45 - Tuniq Tower 120
$6 - Artic Silver 5

$1001 total (after $95 in MIR, before S&H)

If you really want a Blu-ray burner instead of regular DVD's, it's going to cost you an additional $330-570. Is it really worth it? Maybe to you it is.
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post #14 of 24
o noooooo i thought the 775's were good with skull bahh

i aggree with durchs choices

but i think you would REALLLY want SLI or CrossFire sice your running 1920x1200 res
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post #15 of 24
I'd go for a single 88GTX, they handle 1920x1200 res better with the added memory and bigger interface.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143080
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post #16 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Schroedinger View Post
You can't run E8400's on a Skulltrail, it's Socket 771.

I agree that there is no point in spending more than $1500 on a machine. To be honest, though, if you're going to spend more than $1,000.00, I would wait for the release of 45nm Intel Quads and then forego watercooling because 45nm doesn't need it. You'll save money and have a faster system. It looks like the Q9450 price at release will be ~$350, so cheaper than Q6600 + watercooling, in all probability.

So, assuming you wait for Q9450:
CPU: Q9450, $350
Motherboard: ASUS Striker II $350
Memory: 4x1 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 (Currently would be $70 after MIR at Newegg)
GPU's: 3xXFX 9600GT (currently $175 with a $30 MIR at Newegg - Total $435)
PSU: Seasonic 500W ($90)
HDD: Seagate 7200.11 320GB $110
DVD/CD Drives: Two if you're doing encoding, so $60
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro $30

You can save money on the motherboard, but that's right around the $1500 range and should deliver absolutely absurd performance in any application.

When is the new q9450 coming out? What power supply do I go with if i go q6600 and i want to oc in the 3.6 and above range? If i get three video cards how do i make them all go into one monitor? I am going watercooling regaurdless for the fact that its silent and is a good investment, what watercooling kut should i go with assuming I want to watercool everything can i get a link and would i need to cool each gpu individually with a sperate waterblock?
post #17 of 24
i dunno how much power the 9600gt's use, but having 3 of them, 4 gigs of ram, and a quadcore, 2 drives, and all the other crap... seems like you might want some more wattage for your PSU
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post #18 of 24
Q9450 has a (supposed, it's been delayed more than once) availability date of 3/21/08, according to a distributor I know. I cannot state that as hard info because it is secondhand, but it was (last) supposed to be out on the fifteenth, so it sounds credible.

My knowledge of watercooling, unfortunately, is an empty set. You could always just set up a Tuniq or TRUE without a fan (whichever one doesn't come with one, I forget)... it's way better than stock and dead silent even just with case fans. Would probably work with a 45nm that was only moderately overclocked. Of course, your GPU is going to need more than just a heatsink.

Check out the watercooling forum, plenty of experts there, I'm not going to give advice where I'm ignorant.
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i dunno how much power the 9600gt's use, but having 3 of them, 4 gigs of ram, and a quadcore, 2 drives, and all the other crap... seems like you might want some more wattage for your PSU
But my understanding is that the 9600GT, with half the stream processors of an 8800GTS, doesn't pull nearly the power of, for instance, a pair of Ultras. Of course, the main point is that a Seasonic or PCP&C 500-600w power supply is going to be every bit as good as a Crazy Al's 750...
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post #20 of 24
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Do you have a price tag on the Q9450, how highly overclockable will it be, for instance i dont mind spending extra cash for a psu if it means i can overclock higher.
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