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Ok, so i'm selling off my laptop and using the proceeds from the sell to build myself a new desktop. I have a budget of $1000.00. I'm decided on my proc

Ok, i've reconfigured the whole build. I came here pretty set on a Phenom, but my brothers at OCN have talked me down. Take a look and offer any input.


Edited by HatesFury - 6/14/08 at 2:22pm
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9800 GTX with COD4 $270.00

Specifications
GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX
RAMDAC: Dual 400 MHz
Additional Features: RoHS Compliant
HDCP Enabled
HDTV Ready
SLI Ready
DirectX 10
OpenGL 2.1
PCI Express 2.0
Vista Certified
Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1600 (Digital)
Video Memory: 512MB
Memory Type: DDR3
Core Clock: 675 MHz
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Memory Clock: 2200 MHz
Shader Clock: 1688 MHz
Stream Processors: 128
Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0
Interface Speed: x16
Connector(s): Dual DVI (Dual Link)
HDTV/S-Video
HDMI (w/ Adapter)
Multiple Monitors Support: Yes

8800 GT $200.00

Specifications

GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
RAMDAC: Dual 400 MHz
Additional Features: RoHS Compliant
HDCP Enabled
HDTV Ready
OpenGL 2.0
DirectX 10
Vista Certified
Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1600 (Digital)
Video Memory: 512MB
Memory Type: DDR3
Core Clock: 650 MHz
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Memory Clock: 1940 MHz
Interface Type: PCI Express 2.0
Interface Speed: x16
Connector(s): Dual DVI (Dual Link)
HDTV/S-Video
Multiple Monitors Support: Yes

3870 X2 1GB $339.00

Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU Radeon HD 3870 X2
Core clock 850MHz
Stream Processors 640 (320 x 2) Stream Processing Units
Memory
Memory Clock 1800MHz
Memory Size 1GB
Memory Interface 512-bit (256-bit x 2)
Memory Type GDDR3
3D API
DirectX DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0
Ports
HDMI 1 via Adapter
DVI 2
TV-Out HDTV / S-Video Out
General
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
CrossFire Supported Yes
Cooler With Fan
Power Connector 6 pin / 8 pin
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes



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If I were yo I would wait for the 4850 They are rumored to be 20% faster than 9800GTX (I think) and they are selling for around $200
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GPU: HD4850
Motherboard: DFI DK P45 (when its released) or the MSI Platnium P45 on newegg right now for like $190
CPU: AMD Phenom suck i would ge a Intel Q6700 or Q6600 if you want a quad and for dual i would get a E8400 or E8500
Ram: G. Skill are fine and Crucial Ballistixs are also nice
    
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CPU: Is your heart really set on that Phenom? You will most likely get better results with an Intel chip. You may be an AMD fan, I am as well, but sometimes you have to go with performance rather than brand loyalty, how ever, AMD releases some nice low powered chipsets.

GPU: We are on the dawn of a beautiful age of graphics cards coming up soon. This means not only competitively price new cards, but no doubt that those cards you mentioned will see a drop in price. I strongly suggest you hold out for the 48x0 series, these cards have a (speculated) great price: performance: watt .

RAM: DDR2 is cheap, it will probably not go any lower in price and most likely increase as DDR3 gains popularity and practically, as we saw with DDR. Get a nice kit of 2x2GB DDR2 800, or some better OCing ones rated for high frequency (if you get quality DDR2 800, this premium stuff is unnecessary). Stock up on RAM, more the better, the price will go now where but up now, I believe then pricing curve of DDR2 has reached the lowest it will.

OS: Vista or XP, which ever one you like, must be 64-bit for your extra RAM needs.

HDD: Seagate, Western Digital, what ever you are familiar with, get SATAII, 7200 RPM, and high cache. 7200.11 and the AAKS are the good drives for the brands, respectively.

Case: Purely a matter of taste and opinion.

PSU: Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, seasonic, Silverstone, OCZ all offer good quality power supplies. You will want >600W I believe, Probably at least a combined amperage of 50A on the +12v rail.

CPU cooler: The TRUE and the Tuniq Tower seem to be popular options. The CPU cooler market has been highly saturated, check online for reviews.

MOBO: If you are going for AMD, gigabyte or DFI based 790FX chipset will do you well, and if you go for the AMD graphics card well, it will offer crossfire and quadfire, and the newer cards are rumored to scale pretty well. A good thing to remember is that two 4850's in CF will smoke a 4870 and cost only $70 more at release.

If you do go Intel, the P35 is a solid proven chipset, but only offers x16 x4 crossfire. The replacement for that chip, the P45, is more of the same, good solid chip. If you do go for an Nvidia card, you may want a nvidia chipset due to the potential for cross fire.

I think that is all, good luck with you build, remember the longer you wait, the cheaper and better it will be. The annoying rule of computer assembly.
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post #6 of 13
G.Skill DDR2 1000 PQ 2x2Gb kits have been on newegg for about $85 recently. That's really what I would reccomend.

Phenoms REALLY aren't the greatest; Either save your money and overclock a 5000+ black edition (like $75 right now and pretty much the best deal out there,) or get a Q6700/E8400 (the new Q6600s haven't overclocked well)

video card: Either get an 8800GT (the 9800GTX really isn't much better,) or wait and see how good the 4850/4870 cards are.

Motherboard: The DFI lanparty series is great; that's what I would recommend.
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Anyone know what the release date for the 48XX cards will be??
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I'm kind of confused. I've been doing some research, and i can't understand why everyone keeps touting the Q6600 over the 9850. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/682/12/ did SEVERAL benchmarks and the 9850 outdid the Q6600 in every test. Both were at stock, so maybe the Q6600 isn't shining till OC'd hard???? Someone elaborate please.
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dont go amd, they suck so bad its untrue. as everyone else says go with an intel E8000 series...heres my list:

Mobo - gigabyte DS3R
GPU - 8800GTS 512mb
CPU - E8400 3ghz 6mb l2
memory - corsair xms2 pc26400 4gb
case - NZXT apollo
any OCZ or hiper PSU over 500W
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Alright, so you guys are starting to sway me. I'm looking at the E8400 now, i don't really need a Quad as most games can't utilize it, so 6megs of L2 cache is looking sweet. Question, wolfdale or Conroe???
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