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Originally Posted by jukedbykim View Post
well, is it possible to run crossfire on a nvida sli board?
Unless you've gotten the mobo already, just get a Crossfire board instead.
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post #12 of 32
no you need a x48
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no you cant run crossfire on an sli mobo and just stick with the 8800 gts sli there awesome cards and nvida will make a nice comeback by the time your gts are obsolete and you will regret ati
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Just remember when your buying your cooler to purchase a mounting bracket.. CHeck what the cooler includes, because the push pins if not connected correctly will mess your temps up.
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For gaming, I would go for an E8400. You won't really benifit from a quad-core unless you're doing video editing...
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My thoughts:

- For real-world gaming performance and for the highest OC, the E8400/E8500 Core2Duo will be your best bet.

- For multi-tasking/encoding/folding and games that utilize all 4 threads, a quad-core CPU would serve you better. In this case, I would have to recommend the Q9450. Yes it is currently ~50% more expensive that the Q6600 (Intel price drops July 20th!) but it runs much cooler thanks to the smaller process (45nm) which equates to higher overclocks that you will achieve with a Q6600 (especially with the newer G0 stepping items). I would also recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler for whichever CPU you choose, the reigning champ is the TRUE, but Sunbeam's Core Contact Freezer has performed extremely well in recent tests (outperforming the TRUE in some cases). The Core Contact Freezer is 2/3's the price of the TRUE and comes with a fan.

- Keeping in mind that I am a bang-for-your-buck performance fanboy, I would have to recommend an X38/X48 motherboard and an ATI GPU. The 4850 is a amazing buy and the 4870 can keep up with the big boys (GTX280) in some tests for half the price. Of course newer cards with soon be released that will embarrass the current market offerings, but this is true of any computer component (especially GPUs), and is therefore impossible to avoid. With an X38/X48 board, should you decide to go CrossFire down the road, you will get the full benefit of dual X16 PCI-E lanes. If your price range allows it, you could pick up 2X 4850 and a nice X48 board (like this) and have an smoking fast gaming machine.

- As far as RAM goes, you are probably safe with the OCZ Reapers that you listed in your first post. If you're looking to save a few dollars you could also look at G.Skill 4GB kits as they seem to the the most inexpensive kits and they OC nicely.

Good luck and remember... this is just my !
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 7/14/08 at 2:04pm
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post #17 of 32
You don't need an X48 chipset to run CrossFire. You could get an X38 for similar performance with two PCI-e 2.0 slots running at full x16 bandwidth or you can get a P45 board with two PCI-e 2.0 slots running at x8 bandwidth. Of course getting a P45 means worse CrossFire performance, but it's worth the money if you only intend to use one card. If you want the option of CrossFire down the road, I recommend getting an X38 board. They're cheaper than X48 boards and don't perform that much worse. The only official difference between X38 and X48 is the latter has 1600 MHz FSB support. I hear X38 boards don't have a problem so many believe X48s are just higher-binned X38s. It usually shows in overclocking results.
post #18 of 32
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Thank you all for the wealth of information! I have decided to go with the dual core/ati setup. Here are the componets that I have changed.

Case Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021

Mobo ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA X48 INTEL Motherboard 289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131284

CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115036

GPU SAPPHIRE Radeon HD4870 PCI Express 2.0x16 304.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102748

CPU Cooler ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003

Everything else will be kept the same (Power Supply, RAM, HDD, CD).

I am ready when I get the green light from the pros
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post #19 of 32
you could save some money and go with this cpu cooler, it will perform better than the one that you have picked out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003
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I would get the TRUE instead of the zalman
    
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