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Seagate and WD are similar in quality. You'll hear horror stories from both brands, and raves from both brands also.

I just gave the Tri-SLI rig as a suggesion what he could get if he didn't insist on DDR3. Obviously, with only a 22" monitor, Tri-SLI doesn't make *any* sense. Why does he limit himself to 22"?

I'd personally get the rig I suggested with SLI-ed 9800GTX's or 8800GTS's (Actually not too much difference between the two), and a nice 24" monitor. Gotta love high resolutions.

There are much better ways to spend money than on DDR3. That's my main point.

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Seagate and WD are similar in quality. You'll hear horror stories from both brands, and raves from both brands also.

I just gave the Tri-SLI rig as a suggesion what he could get if he didn't insist on DDR3. Obviously, with only a 22" monitor, Tri-SLI doesn't make *any* sense. Why does he limit himself to 22"?

I'd personally get the rig I suggested with SLI-ed 9800GTX's or 8800GTS's (Actually not too much difference between the two), and a nice 24" monitor. Gotta love high resolutions.

There are much better ways to spend money than on DDR3. That's my main point.

Veel geluk! (jawel, ik ben Nederlands, maar ik woon in the VS).
Dank u

This is gonna be funny but, he thinks his neck is gonna cramp from moving his head from left to right on a 24"+. I think he sit's very close to his monitor

Anyway, Seagate it is then. I'll see if I can convince him with 8GB DDR2 + 2x9800GTX's for the same money (hurray for disabling the pagefile).
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This is gonna be funny but, he thinks his neck is gonna cramp from moving his head from left to right on a 24"+. I think he sit's very close to his monitor

Anyway, Seagate it is then. I'll see if I can convince him with 8GB DDR2 + 2x9800GTX's for the same money (hurray for disabling the pagefile).
That would be awesome indeed.
    
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That would be awesome indeed.
But...I though the 9800gtx performed little better than an 8800GTS. Maybe for the same price SLI two 8800GTX's - The heat might suck a bit but it should perform better, eh?
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But...I though the 9800gtx performed little better than an 8800GTS. Maybe for the same price SLI two 8800GTX's - The heat might suck a bit but it should perform better, eh?
For a 22" I don't think 8800GTX's are worth the money and like you said, heat might cause problems (he lives in Florida). So I'm gonna go for 2x 8800GTS or 2x 9800GTX if the money permits it.
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For a 22" I don't think 8800GTX's are worth the money and like you said, heat might cause problems (he lives in Florida). So I'm gonna go for 2x 8800GTS or 2x 9800GTX if the money permits it.
Yeh...I agree, the 8800GTS's are where the money is at really. I would spend the extra money from not going the ddr3 route on a bigger monitor. Or just save it for modding supplies.
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Although SLI 8800GTX's pwn there is not much point in getting them anymore....

I am considering a 3rd for tri SLI with a 24" monitor & new PSU. But then again I may as well wait and get a couple of the new Nvidia cards.

Two 9800GTX's get my vote for now...

In fact I would even swp my two 8800's for em lol.
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post #28 of 33
I agree with Chozart. The DDR3 is an utter waste of money. The price-to-performance ratio is horrendous. I really wasn't even thinking about that earlier in this thread, sorry.

Same goes with the 9800GTX. The only difference between it and the 8800GTS G92 is it starts at slightly higher clocks, and subsequently generally overclocks to slightly higher clocks. Otherwise, the cards are basically identical.

For the base (nVidia reference) models, you'll be paying around $75 more per card than the 8800GTS G92's; for this - 8800GTS G92 vs. 9800GTX @ Expreview. Yes, that is less than a 5% improvement, on average . . . for a ~33% price premium.

Now, looking at Chozart's suggestions:

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ok... you DO know that DDR3 is a complete and utter waste of money? right?
  • Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $134.99
  • XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard $249.99
  • 3X (TRI-SLI) EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $899.97
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply $299.99
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 $199.99
  • G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK $138.99
  • 2X Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $139.98
  • Microsoft Digital Media Pro BX1-00005 2-Tone USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard $23.99
  • Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support $229.99
  • Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse $74.99LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S OEM BK $25.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler $49.99
Subtotal: $2,468.85
I'd still make one large change:

Tri-SLI is another utter waste of money. It is proven that Tri-SLI quite often has little to no benefit over standard SLI (2 cards)... and actually performs worse in some situations. Check out the review from TweakTown which demonstrates that.

Switching to 2 x 8800GTS ($225 each) G92 over 3 x 9800GTX ($300 each) will save you around about $450 ... and you'll end up with practically equal performance.

You could use that $450 to get a better monitor and a better CPU and more/better cooling and a better keyboard and larger hard drives. Yes, all of that. Those are just a few suggestions, though.
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Will the 8800GTS run in tri-SLI (for future upgrade purposes, not for now)?
And I'd have to agree on the price/performance ratio on 8800GTS vs 9800GTX, but if it is within budged, I'll get the 2x9800GTX.

Right now I'm on eVGA 780i + G.Skill DDR2 8GB 1066Mhz + eVGA 2x9800GTX + 2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB + Samnsung 22" still within budget. So unless any other components need to change (please inform me) I can even get a soundcard and be under $2500 with that
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Will the 8800GTS run in tri-SLI (for future upgrade purposes, not for now)?
And I'd have to agree on the price/performance ratio on 8800GTS vs 9800GTX, but if it is within budged, I'll get the 2x9800GTX.

Right now I'm on eVGA 780i + G.Skill DDR2 8GB 1066Mhz + eVGA 2x9800GTX + 2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB + Samnsung 22" still within budget. So unless any other components need to change (please inform me) I can even get a soundcard and be under $2500 with that
I can't see anything that needs to be changed. The 8800gts will not tri-sli - only 8800 ultra or gtx. 9800gtx will as well. It was the ddr3 that was killing the old list...Its still not ready yet (remember ddr2 cost/performance back in the day)

EDIT: are you still having tha m$ keyboard?
EDIT2: Is Tri-sli likely to be a possibility in the near future, dunno if that corsair supports tri-sli GTX's.
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