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Lol @ the e-peen comment. What about future upgradability? Several games already recommend 2gb of ram to play them (which as we know is not to play the max everything). As I intend to keep the comp for several years with minimal upgrades, doesn't it make sense to keep the slots open for potential additions in the future?
My Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 core 2 duo Asus Maximus Formula 2 x 3870's {Sapphire} 2x2gb sticks of OCZ Platinum 
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Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
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Cooler Master Logitech G9x 
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
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Cooler Master Logitech G9x 
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post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by True2paintball View Post
Lol @ the e-peen comment. What about future upgradability? Several games already recommend 2gb of ram to play them (which as we know is not to play the max everything). As I intend to keep the comp for several years with minimal upgrades, doesn't it make sense to keep the slots open for potential additions in the future?
No game on the market NEEDS or will NEED more than 4 gigs of RAM. 1Gig sticks overclock MUCH better for their price. You can easily game on 2gigs with Vista. As you go into higher resolutions, you use less RAM and more vRAM.
post #33 of 36
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Ok so after a bit of research I purchased the components and assembeled them. This is what I ended up with:

CPU: e8400
MB: Asus Maximus Formula
Vid: 2 x 3870's {Sapphire}
Cooling: Tuniq Tower
PSU: Corsair 750tx
Mem: 2x2gb sticks of OCZ Platinum
Monitor: Acer 24" AL2216W
Case: Cooler Master
OS: 32bit XP Pro

I am actually typing this message on it right now. What I am wondering, however, having never built a computer what do I do from here? I am guessing that the Asus drivers are some things that I still need (used the ones from the CD). As far as temp monitoring and such what types of software is recommended? Again I have never really done this so any help/resources on post building would be great.
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e8400 core 2 duo Asus Maximus Formula 2 x 3870's {Sapphire} 2x2gb sticks of OCZ Platinum 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Logitech G9x 
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e8400 core 2 duo Asus Maximus Formula 2 x 3870's {Sapphire} 2x2gb sticks of OCZ Platinum 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Logitech G9x 
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post #34 of 36
http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1198647

Even if your not going to OC it read that post, DL the software.

Try running Prime95 for 24hrs to make sure the system is stable(most likely is at stock levels)

Realtemp is your friend when it comes to monitoring your core temps.

I know there is alot of boring text in that post but it is very good for understanding how to OC and make your system stable.

Have fun!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SAMSUNG F3 1TB Disk Spinner Win 7 x64 24" Samsung 
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post #35 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by RussianGrimmReaper View Post
The 8800GTX is very old, and there are much better video cards out right now. Buy a 9800GX2 from BFG Tech, you'll have a 100 day step-up. The 8800GTX is no longer being produced, in 6 months you won't be able to buy one retail(maybe)

I suggest skipping SLI because it scales horribly. Wait a few months for RV770xt or the GT200.

Core 2 Duos will not be compatible with Socket 1366.
Wow, relax on the budget man, theres nothing wrong with an 8800GTX. Some of us don't see the point in spending 400$ on a video card alone.
post #36 of 36
To the OP: I am disappointed with your choice of RAM, but I hope it works out for you. Everything else I think were great choices.

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Originally Posted by excoracer View Post
Wow, relax on the budget man, theres nothing wrong with an 8800GTX. Some of us don't see the point in spending 400$ on a video card alone.
Why get an 8800GTX when an 8800GTS 512MB outperforms it? And why get an SLI board if you can use one card for the same price as two but get the same performance?
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