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If I can't afford a 750i ftw what to do?

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I don't want to drop 200 bucks on the 750i ftw and I'd like SLI but not needed. Can I cheap down on a board and still get a e8400 up over 4.2ghz on air stable? (real stable not stable for 30 minutes)
Rest of specs I'm looking to buy

CPU: E8400
CPU Cooler: TRUE (Yes it will fit)
Memory: G.Skill 2x1gb DDR2800 Link
PSU: OCZ Gamestream 700watt Link
GPU: 8880gt 512mb EVGA (Does it have to be EVGA to be good?)
HD: 500gb 32mb cache SATA 7200RPM (what ever is decent on sale hatichi seagate or WD)
Optical: 2 20x DVD+/-RW SATA


If I can cheap out on the MOBO without a performance hit I can build this for under 700 bucks which I would like to do. Running Vista Home Premium
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post #2 of 8
You can save some $ by getting a lower wattage PSU, your rig won't need 700. If you are looking to just get the rig off the ground, drop the unnecessary 2nd dvd burner. For the gpu, my opinion is to stick with evga, bfg, or xfx and you're solid, but other companies in the market have made a reliable name for themselves as well.

I don't know that anyone can guarantee you a 4.2 clock, but look to the owners of the Gigabyte DS3L, nice board at a even nicer price.
    
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You can probably save more by getting a Tuniq Tower instead of the TRUE because its usually volts that limit the wolfdales not heat And get rid of one of the drives, you only need one unless you are a mad burner.

And this psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139003
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If you are happy with a single card, get a P35 mobo. Look into the DS3L, DS3R, DFI DK T2RS. All of those are great OCers.


edit: As far as GFX card brands go, the only differences are (usually) warranty and stock clocks. Since I hope you are manually overclocking your GFX cards anyways and most of use get a new card within a year or 2....
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Plenty of very nice options if you don't need SLI... P35 boards are great at OCing... I just picked up a Blood Iron for $85 and there was a deal awhile back for $52 open box DS3Ls... If you want SLI on the cheap, evga 680i LTs aren't too bad...

You can also cut back on your PSU (700w isn't needed) and cooling (E8400s die at higher voltages regardless of cooling - they also don't produce much heat)

Take note that not that many E8400s are capable of 4.2GHz (that's a pretty high clock) so your limiting factor will be how good of a chip you receive... I would set my expectations lower to avoid disappointment if I were you - 4.2GHz is not guaranteed regardless how good/expensive a board you get
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Gigabyte DS3R if you cant ( I prefer this over the 750i thou anyway.. )
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post #7 of 8
750i FTW is the cheapest SLI mobo available. It is also a very good OCer.

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wait until you can afford it...
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