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post #21 of 24
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I hope you found a way to include a free DVD drive, case, and power supply.
Don't forget the taxes, shipping and handling
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post #22 of 24
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I will be buying the PC parts at a local store, so no 'shipping fees' be charged. Now, I have decided to choose either of these motherboards (but if you have better choice, please tell me and btw, I am an ASUS fan)

1) ASUS P5N-D (750i)
2) ASUS P5N-T DELUXE (780i)

However, I've seen issues regarding BIOS, BSOD, lack of space for PCI-e and video problems for P5N-D and P5N-T DLX is not very stable (basically both of them are not very stable, which is abnormal because they products are quite reliable and 'solid', as far as I know).

I hope you can recommend me a motherboard which has SLi, reliable and around 170 USD. I know P5N-T DLX is about 270USD, but that's the maximum that I can afford and I hope to get good, reliable + cheap motherboard. There were a few person recommended me Gigabyte in this forum, but is that brand good / reliable? I've never used any Gigabyte motherboard so I don't know how is it and I am expecting my computer to run without problem at least 5 years.

Thanks for you help.
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Seagate 500GB Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 Samsung SyncMaster 743nx Genius 
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post #23 of 24
For the best prices, fast shipping and no taxes (Unless you live in CA or NJ), you can not go wrong with Newegg. I would bet that Newegg will have better customer support then some local store too.

I know you would like to be future proof and all, but I don't think an SLI board is your answer. The way I look at SLI is, if I put two cards in my computer for double the price, then I want to get double the performance. This is not the case, you only receive a 25-40% increase in performance over a single card. In 2 to 3 years when your video card becomes obsolete adding another identical card will do very little to solve your video card performance issues.

You can do a lot with $1000, but with a little more you can really future proof yourself if such a thing exists. The best items you can put your money in are a solid case and quality power supply. Here is a recommended build:

Case: Antec P182 $149.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling 610W $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP35-DS3L $89.99
CPU: Intel 8400 Wolfdale $189.99
Memory: G.Skill DDR2-1000MHz 2x2GB $84.99
Video Card: eVGA 8800GT $179.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital 400GB $69.99
DVD Drive: Lite-On 16x DVD-Rom $17.99
DVD Burner: Lite-On DVD-Burner $22.99
Floppy Disc Drive: Samsung FDD $7.49
Monitor: Acer 22" WS $219.99

With shipping you will be under $1200, and after rebates it will be even cheaper, probably closer to the $1150 mark. Some places you could reduce that amount with little or no performance decrease would be with an E7200 to replace the E8400, a 9600GT to replace the 8800GT, and a 2x1GB kit to replace the 2x2GB kit. Don't skimp on the case and power supply, that would be my best advice.
Edited by euphoricmix - 6/14/08 at 7:46am
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post #24 of 24
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Thanks for all the suggestions. However, I wish to know whether SLi is needed on a 17" monitor (1280 x 1024)? Will I get much increase in performance with SLi? (roughly how many % or FPS).

Besides, is Gigabyte's motherboard reliable? (I am planning to use that at least for 4-5 years) I have been using ASUS since long time ago and I have more confidence with it (I had 1 ASUS notebook which fell from a table and had cracks appearing on the surface but it still works, so I am pretty satisfied and trust that brand).

@ mortimersnerd :
For your information, the motherboard that you have suggested to me is not PCI-e 2.0.

Right now, I will use the specs that I mentioned at the first post (still haven't choose a motherboard yet). I wanted to get Cooler Master CM-690 casing, is that good? (it is quite cheap and have good airflow. Most importantly, I'm 'limited' with the budget).

Thanks.
Gigabyte mobos are very reliable. I believe that mobo has PCIe 2.0. Either way, it has a x16 slot and is backwards compatible. This is the newest version of that board.
The CM690 is a fine case. There is really no reason to spend more money on a case than that (unless you want something fancy....).

SLI is pointless on a 17in monitor. Its really not needed on a 22in either, unless you want to play games with very high AA. With your budget you should rule out SLI.
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