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With ram prices the way they are, I would get 4gb and vista x64. In a couple years, sli 8800gt will not hold a candle to what is available then, sli is only for people who want absolute maximum performance now. The money you save on downgrading to non-sli mobo and to a smaller psu can be saved to put towards that future graphics purchase down the line. Don't worry too much about "future proofing" the psu, as hopefully chips will remain getting more energy efficient. The key to a good psu is a quality brand, not the number.
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I'll make this much easier for you, don't go SLI and don't make preparations for going SLI later.

SLI means:
1) Much more expensive motherboard
2) Much more expensive power supply

Also, it's a waste of money just looking at the cards themselves. It's better to upgrade your video card every 2 years than to go SLI to future proof your rig. Consider this: Less than 2 years ago, I bought a 7900GT for $270. A second one would have cost me another $270 (obviously). My single 7900GT played all my games for the 1.5-2 years I owned it just fine. So why SLI 2 of them? To future proof my system to last longer. However a single 8800GTS (G92) 512MB would pwn two 7900GT's in SLI. And the 8800GTS (G92) 512MB costs less than $270 now. So take the money you save by going with a single card solution, save it, and upgrade your parts in about 2 years. It's almost always the best choice. Plus you can sell the 2 year old card reducing costs even more! After RMA-ing my 7900GT, selling it, and buying this 9600GT which doubled my 3DMark06 score, I only spent a net total of $30!

So get a solid P35 board, CPU of your choice, a single 8800GT (which will stay relevant for 1.5 years or longer), a 500W PSU, 2x2GB of DDR2, and 64-bit Vista. It will shock you how inexpensive the system is and the performance you'll get. Of course you also need a case, hard drive, CPU cooler and DVD drive.

EDIT: lol AARDVARCUS clicked his submit button a few seconds quicker than me, +rep for agreeing
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post #23 of 63
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Crazyhead:
Yeah the DS3L has been on my shortlist for a while. Everytime I think I have found a board with 2 PCIe16 slots, a recent chipset, is SLI able, and under $160 or so I ralise there is something missing. Or it gets back OCing reviews. Or something random is wrong with it. So yeah, am going with either the

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L $103, or the DFI B.I. P35-T2RL $120.

Am checking now to see if the B.I. is better...

both only have 1 PCIe16 slot, of course
both have 1066
both have good OC reviews
both p35


so, it's still GA-P35-DS3L vs DFI B.I. P35-T2RL
    
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post #24 of 63
here's probably my next built, if you want some suggestion:


OCZ Freeze Extreme Thermal Compound 3 Gram Tube

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail *Limited

OCZ Reaper Hpc Edition PC2-8500 DDR2 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 Dual Channel EPP Memory Kit

Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Blk Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS 1X120MM Rear Fan Front I/O Panel

EVGA E-GEFORCE 9600GT Superclocked 675MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM

Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache 8.9MS NCQ Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty


i could have bought better, like an Antec 900, ocz vandetta 2, 8800gt, but im on a really tight budget.... and i can't stand my sig rig for gaming anymore.
     
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post #25 of 63
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Wow, we are really on the same track.
    
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post #26 of 63
If you do go with the DS3L clubit has a even better deal,I'm not sure if they deliver to Canada, maybe some one knows.
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail...FQEoPQod4wyIGQ
 
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post #27 of 63
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If you do go with the DS3L clubit has a even better deal,I'm not sure if they deliver to Canada, maybe some one knows.
http://www.clubit.com/product_detail...FQEoPQod4wyIGQ
Wow, 53 bucks! yeash, but I saw nothing on their site about out of country delivery. It laughed when I tried to stick my funny looking Canadian Postal Code in it's ZIP box.
    
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post #28 of 63
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With ram prices the way they are, I would get 4gb and vista x64. In a couple years, sli 8800gt will not hold a candle to what is available then, sli is only for people who want absolute maximum performance now. The money you save on downgrading to non-sli mobo and to a smaller psu can be saved to put towards that future graphics purchase down the line. Don't worry too much about "future proofing" the psu, as hopefully chips will remain getting more energy efficient. The key to a good psu is a quality brand, not the number.
os/ram:
Am going x64, and will eventually have 2 sticks of 2G. (might only buy one right now to put off the cost, hmm but then I'll have to pay more shipping...)

mobo:
I would have fought you a little bit on this yesterday, about the SLI, but today I whole-heartedly agree.

pcu:
And as for future proofing the chip, I'm not so worried. I can stick a quad in here one day if I want.

psu:
Yeah I am feeling happy about getting a good PSU. The Corsair 550 $90 or Earthwatts 500W $90. I've already looked at and someone else has suggested out of this forum.
    
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post #29 of 63
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Originally Posted by durch View Post
I'll make this much easier for you, don't go SLI and don't make preparations for going SLI later.

SLI means:
1) Much more expensive motherboard
2) Much more expensive power supply

Also, it's a waste of money just looking at the cards themselves. It's better to upgrade your video card every 2 years than to go SLI to future proof your rig. Consider this: Less than 2 years ago, I bought a 7900GT for $270. A second one would have cost me another $270 (obviously). My single 7900GT played all my games for the 1.5-2 years I owned it just fine. So why SLI 2 of them? To future proof my system to last longer. However a single 8800GTS (G92) 512MB would pwn two 7900GT's in SLI. And the 8800GTS (G92) 512MB costs less than $270 now. So take the money you save by going with a single card solution, save it, and upgrade your parts in about 2 years. It's almost always the best choice. Plus you can sell the 2 year old card reducing costs even more! After RMA-ing my 7900GT, selling it, and buying this 9600GT which doubled my 3DMark06 score, I only spent a net total of $30!

So get a solid P35 board, CPU of your choice, a single 8800GT (which will stay relevant for 1.5 years or longer), a 500W PSU, 2x2GB of DDR2, and 64-bit Vista. It will shock you how inexpensive the system is and the performance you'll get. Of course you also need a case, hard drive, CPU cooler and DVD drive.

EDIT: lol AARDVARCUS clicked his submit button a few seconds quicker than me, +rep for agreeing
I agree all over the place with you on this stuff. I wanted (notice the past tense) an extra x16 slot to future proof. Not an extra vid card right now. I wanted the slot so that I could one day, when 8800gts are cheap as heck, put another card in. But screw it! I say.

Those extra bits you mentioned I will need: already got em, am re-using my old stuff. For now.
    
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post #30 of 63
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Final Decision on Mobo:

GA P35 DS3R $137

I decided against the DFI BI T2RL and the GA P35 D3L. Both of those boards were cheaper, and there was not a lot of difference between all three. But the DS3R had faster RAM capabilities, and rave OCing reviews. I know the other two are known for OCing too. I had a bit of extra money after shaving down a few other things, so it got tossed into this board.

And yes I did actually take the 90seconds it took to rainbow colour that mobo name..


All that's left now is RAM, then I can order on this Monday!
    
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