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Im About to build my new pc!!!WAhooo.
HOW ever i'm unsure on the graphics card i know i want a 9800gx2 but dont know which 1 is most stable and reliable i know xfx are pretty sweat but iv had 2 b4 and both have fryed so im not a fan.
and would like some insight what you think i could do better or what might work better and is my psu OTT?


Power supply
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=756765
1250W CoolerMaster Real Power Pro, Triple SLi Ready 6xPCI-E, 8xSATA, 6x +12V rails
£199.69 Inc VAT
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HDD
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=616582
250 Gb Seagate ST3250620NS ES, SATA300
£48.52 Inc VAT x2
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RAM
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=782925
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC
£105.57 Inc VAT

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Mother Board
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=729913
Asus Striker II Formula NF780i 3xSLi 775
£177.38 Inc VAT
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CPU
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=743029
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Yorkfield Core, S775, 2.83 GHz, 1333MHz, 12MB L2 Cache, Retail
£361.07 Inc VAT
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CPU Fans

OCZ Vendetta 2

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Case
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=501972
Antec 900 -- Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer -- £64.50
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Monitor
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=608174
Samsung 245B -- £299.62
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Graphics card
GeForce 9800 Gx2
???
Edited by KIA_PETE - 6/3/08 at 8:11pm
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post #2 of 21
PSU: total overkill, no matter what your upgrade plans are. Plus, Coolermaster isn't the best when it comes to PSUs. The Corsair HX1000 1000W is a much better choice.

HDD: I'd get the 320GB WD AAKS. Make sure you get the single platter version. Will outperform the Seagate, and it's a most excellent drive.

RAM: Still don't know why SCAN only offers Corsair... ugh. For RAM, I'd look elsewhere, since Corsair doesn't cut it for me. A good G.Skill, Crucial, or OCZ kit will be a better pick.

MoBo: Nice, but I don't think Asus is the best pick right now. XFX and eVGA have better boards.

CPU: A total and complete waste of money. The Q6700 will perform nearly the same (and overclock about the same also) for less than half the price.

CPU Fan: good luck finding it. Otherwise, Xigmatek has a nice and reasonable priced alternative.

Case: The Antec 900 is simply too small for your set up (it's a MID-tower... a larger one, but still a mid-tower). If you like the look, go for the Antec 1200, or otherwise a Thermaltake Armor or Coolermaster Stacker.

GPU: here is where you have to make a decision: given your motherboard choice, I assume you're thinking Quad SLI. I'd read up and decide whether you want to go Quad SLI or TRI SLI. I am not sure which scales better right now, but it seems that TRI SLI has the upper hand at this moment. If you do NOT plan to go SLI, then we need to revisit the mobo (an Intel chipset is better!) and PSU (for a single 9800GX2, 750W is MORE than plenty) choice.

Now, given your list, it's about a £1,325 budget (excluding monitor, and assuming £340 for a single 9800GX2).

Here are my suggestions:
Net Total from SCAN £883.95
Carriage £9.43
V.A.T. £156.34
TOTAL £1,049.72

Net Total from Overclockers £79.99
Carriage £5.25
V.A.T. £14.92
TOTAL £100.16

GRAND TOTAL £1,149.88 shipped, incl. VAT.

Alternatively, you could go TRI-SLI and still be close to your budget! Replace the single 9800GX2 with three of these: 512MB EVGA 9800 GTX, PCI-E 2.0, Mem 2200MHz, GDDR3, GPU 675MHz, Stream 128, 2x DL DVI-I/HDTV for £535.73...

The Grand Total will then be £1,346.04.
Edited by Chozart - 6/4/08 at 1:18am
    
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post #3 of 21
in terms of performance you get? out of 10 you get an 9

but in terms of price/performance its probably a 5/10 follow what chozart said its good advice
post #4 of 21
As Chozart said XFX or EVGA boardwould be much better, also I would also get OCZ, Crucial or G.Skill ram aswell.
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If no SLI your best bet is the Abit IP35Pro XE. It's a brand new IP35Pro revision. Basically the identical board.. Just with "official" higher speeds, but the older Pro does it all. Intel's chipsets are MUCH better. Some people like Gigabyte as well. That's up to you. But I will tell you one thing, the most praised P35 is the Abit board.

Now if you plan on SLI, then get the 750i or 780i - stay clear of Asus at all costs. The entire Striker family of boards are complete utter useless trashy horrible disgusting most riddle POS boards you will ever lay your eyes on. And yes this comes from experience.
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Originally Posted by MrSpock2002 View Post
If no SLI your best bet is the Abit IP35Pro XE. It's a brand new IP35Pro revision. Basically the identical board.. Just with "official" higher speeds, but the older Pro does it all. Intel's chipsets are MUCH better. Some people like Gigabyte as well. That's up to you. But I will tell you one thing, the most praised P35 is the Abit board.

Now if you plan on SLI, then get the 750i or 780i - stay clear of Asus at all costs. The entire Striker family of boards are complete utter useless trashy horrible disgusting most riddle POS boards you will ever lay your eyes on. And yes this comes from experience.
Experience or not I'd say the same as you MrSpock2002
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post #7 of 21
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i was also thinking of getting 1 of these

BFG Ageia PhysX Accelerator
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...r%20-%20Retail

any thoughts
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I'd say bigger case, drop the processor (way too much money) and get a Q6700. Mobo and RAM seem to be good pics

Nice rig though, should be fun
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PSU: total overkill, no matter what your upgrade plans are. Plus, Coolermaster isn't the best when it comes to PSUs. The Corsair HX1000 1000W is a much better choice.

The 1000W Psu you suggested is also complete overkill!

@Load the system would be using around 550w-600w

Q9950 @3.88GHz, 1.36v
9800GX2
High end desktop Board
4 sticks of DDR2
2 SATA HDD's
5 120mm fans
2 12" cathodes
2 DVD RW Drives
4 USB devices


Just suggesting, save your money and get a more reasonable 750w psu, will leave you room to upgrade your system


Oh, and get the Q9450 - its a lot cheaper and will OC nearly the same mate =)
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by KIA_PETE View Post
i was also thinking of getting 1 of these

BFG Ageia PhysX Accelerator
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...r%20-%20Retail

any thoughts
My thoughts are a resounding definite no.
Only a very few games can utilise it, and all it will do is make things explode in a slightly prettier way. Totally not worth it for £80.
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