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After a fairly disappointing build of my watercooled spyder pc about a year ago, I have decided to resurect the project. Seeing the newer Phenom II and the insanely reasonable price tag, I want to breathe new life into the system. Here is the hardware:

CPU: Phenom X4 9850 BE
MainBoard: Gigabyte GA-MA790fx-DQ6
Ram: 4gb Corsair ddr2 1066
Video Card: None
Hard Disk: None
Cooling: Custom water

Since I already have two other (one windows, one "Other") systems, I am mostly looking at a bang per buck perspective. Mainly, Video cards: There are 4x pci express x16 ports that are one PCI slot apart. This means I could get 2x dual slot cards or 4x single slotters. (Ex: 2x 4850x2 or 4x 4850 etc.) As far as ram goes, I have not really kept up.

ANY ideas appreciated!
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get one with an sb750 mobo as much as possible.

like this one:
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...1&prod_no=1740

then get a ps of 1000w, then 4 4870X2s or wait for the release of the 4980X2s and get 4 of them, octofire them
   
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get one with an sb750 mobo as much as possible.

like this one:
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...1&prod_no=1740

then get a ps of 1000w, then 4 4870X2s or wait for the release of the 4980X2s and get 4 of them, octofire them
That is a LOT of computing power... haha, I would love to do that for sure...

However, I do want to keep the motherboard I have to save money and for the x4 pci-x. I was also thinking more along the lines of 4 mid-low range cards vs 1 or 2 high end cards.

I guess my main question would be if you need the SB750 to overclock well or are the 45nm chips good as they are? I remember back when I built the rig that the anicipated SB750 would "Solve" all the phenom I x4 overclocking issues. Is this the case, or is it all about the new Phenom II?
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well it's all about the phenom 2 indeed. but the sb750 has acc w/c makes it very overclockable considering the fact that it really draws less power and less heat. i'd say, never leave home without one. the problem with most quad pcie boards is that they are not spaced enough to handle all 4 cards with dual coolers. so i'm thinking, if you were to crossfirex 4 gpus, you'll have to get one with single slot coolers, w/c is really hard to find in the hard end. though i've seen some 4850s with a single slot fan.
   
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dizzy, dont ask for rep in your sig...

Back on topic, the sb750 is ideal for ocing the phenom, (I,II).





Also.. if you get a PII, its called a dragon platform now
Edited by The Master Chief - 2/18/09 at 6:23am
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dizzy, dont ask for rep in your sig...

Back on topic, the sb750 is ideal for ocing the phenom, (I,II).





Also.. if you get a PII, its called a dragon platform now
Yeah, I don't know why that is in my sig... gone. The idea was to replace as little as possible.

@ G

yeah it has to be 4x 4830/50 or 2x 4850x2 or 2x 4870. Something along those lines. Im trying to save money and effort on this just to give the thing new life. Also, I dont know how easily my modded case will accept a different motherboard.

Because I like my motherboard, even though it is SB600, I think it should do just fine. Thanks for the input!
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