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So im starting my build again but had a few questions...

What i want to run is the extreme intel processors...but they are seeming a lil more pricey than i want to spend, so i would like to stay between 200 too 400 on the processor for now, and i see the mobo is gunna be about 150 for the good one. The thing im stuck on is do i want a great dual core for overclocking, or a mid range quadcore or overclocking?

I will be playing mainly games and number crunching with the overclocking. So the mobo i was looking at was the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131232

Should i be worried about the buggyness comments?

I want to be running Sli'd and still want the option to upgrade too the best later when i can afford it.

Any feedback is welcome, thanks
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i see 780i's going for about 160 on ebay, why not just get the evga 780i?
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For the processor I would maybe try a e8500 which can hit 4.0-4.5ghz on a good batch. it has a 9.5x multi compared to e8400's 9x.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115036

For the motherboard I would recommend the EVGA 780i board if you want to run SLI and get some good overclocks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188024
Edited by aod2002 - 5/11/08 at 10:30pm
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I wanna stick to mainly the bigger stores for the DOA policy and returns...ebay has screwed me too many times.

What windows should i look to be running to make the most of the cpus and video? i know not to long ago ppl with vista were not running as fast as xp users but can i run dx10 on xp?
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dx10 cant be done in XP. get vista x64, home premium x64 is the best deal, imho, about $100 for the OEM full OS.
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Originally Posted by steve00ses View Post
I wanna stick to mainly the bigger stores for the DOA policy and returns...ebay has screwed me too many times.

What windows should i look to be running to make the most of the cpus and video? i know not to long ago ppl with vista were not running as fast as xp users but can i run dx10 on xp?
So you don't want to use Newegg? They have good return policies.

For the operating system its really a matter of preference. With a nice setup like I mentioned above vista x64 would be really fast in overall desktop performance, but you will still get lower fps while gaming in Vista compared to XP. Also, XP can't run DX10.

edit: Sorry for the mis-information, a lot of people are claiming that they actually get higher FPS in Vista compared to XP. They say it has better memory utilization and better SLI Scaling
Edited by aod2002 - 5/11/08 at 10:46pm
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You're saying you want to spend $200-400 for the processor and $150 on the motherboard? Reprioritize that budget and you'll be much happier with your purchase.... Get a 780i motherboard and snag either a E8400 (dual core capable of 4.0+GHz) or Q6600 (quad core capable of 3.4-3.6GHz w/ good air cooling)... either should run you around only $200

If you want good gaming performance now go with the E8400... as of now no games really utilize 4 cores and the two cores @ 4.0GHz will beat out 4 cores @ 3.6GHz... the 45nm process (E8400) is also a lot easier to cool than 65nm (Q6600)
post #8 of 25
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i love newegg, those are the stores i will be buying the stuff from.

i will give vista another try as last time i used it was right when it came out, im sure its better now. I project it will take me a few months to do it all...i will be doing water cooling also as my last rig really needed it but i put it off too long.

Will that processor listed, overclocked ofcourse get bottle necked by two of the good 8800s? Cause if its going to be noticable right off the bat i might wanna wait for a few more dollars and get a little better. If its a difference of another 100 bucks to not run into any bottleneck problems its worth it to me.
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You're saying you want to spend $200-400 for the processor and $150 on the motherboard? Reprioritize that budget and you'll be much happier with your purchase.... Get a 780i motherboard and snag either a E8400 (dual core capable of 4.0+GHz) or Q6600 (quad core capable of 3.4-3.6GHz w/ good air cooling)... either should run you around only $200

If you want good gaming performance now go with the E8400... as of now no games really utilize 4 cores and the two cores @ 4.0GHz will beat out 4 cores @ 3.6GHz... the 45nm process (E8400) is also a lot easier to cool than 65nm (Q6600)
I was reading other threads...i didnt see these nicer ones till that post...i was thinking the same thing...cant get the nicest stuff and put it on a halfass board.

the 780i will probably be the won, seems to get great reviews too. Last i read the quad core was kinda not used to its full potential so i would rather run to dualcore and get the better byproduct.
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Will that processor listed, overclocked ofcourse get bottle necked by two of the good 8800s? Cause if its going to be noticable right off the bat i might wanna wait for a few more dollars and get a little better. If its a difference of another 100 bucks to not run into any bottleneck problems its worth it to me.
The E8400/Q6600? Nah, either one of those can handle dual/triple/quad SLI even at stock speeds.

And I second the opinion of getting one of those processors + a 780i.
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