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New here, but have liked lurking and learning. I am planning on building a new rig in the next couple of months - AMD 64 3700 (San Diego) with Asus A8N-SLi mobo. Already have case and one of the 7800 GT's that I want to do for the SLi setup. Prolly getting the Thermal Take CL-P0114 for cooling. Want to dabble in OC'ing. Prolly won't get to the extreme, but would want to squeeze a little more out of the equipment.

Questions are this:

1. What type of PSU would be minimum/recommended for this setup? Any brands to avoid? Is 500 a minimum?

2. For RAM, what is the happy medium for me with cost and performance? Looking at 2 1 GB sticks at this time to keep 2 in reserve for upgrades. Will that make a huge difference? Looking at a pair of G.Skill over at newegg for $175 for the pair (2.5 CAS). Is there a better way to go for the cost/performance ratio?

This will obviously be a gaming rig. BF2, HL2, F.E.A.R. whatever.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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I'd recommend at least a 500W PSU with 34A on the 12v rail. Something like a Seasonic 500-600W PSU should do the trick nicely. Don't skimp on the PSU for an SLI setup as they're very power hungry.
For Ram, I'd recommend you go with your idea of 2x 1GB modules. Try to stick to major brands eg. OCZ, G Skill etc with decent timings and you won't go far wrong. sticks from this page will do you nicely:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0
Prob recommend pc4000 over pc3200, but that's upto you
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Well you should get a decently high powered PSU for SLI.

I've heard the Sunbeam NUUO 550 watts are supposed to be really good so maybe check them out. Plus they are SLI certified i believe.
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How would you define "mild" overclocking? Nothing too serious? Maybe an extra 100 MHz or something like that? Because if that's what you're looking for, you won't be needing any good RAM. Some nice value RAM should do the trick. We have the same board, and it can't go any higher than 240 HTT with 1T anyway, so value RAM should be fine. I'm looking into getting a DFI board so I can finally do something with my BH5 ...
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Yeah, it might be just a little bit on the CPU (2.2 to 2.4 or a bit more) and some with the vid cards.

For the PSU, would the Ultra X-Finity from Tigerdirect do it, or should I stick more name brand?
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Yeah, it might be just a little bit on the CPU (2.2 to 2.4 or a bit more) and some with the vid cards.

For the PSU, would the Ultra X-Finity from Tigerdirect do it, or should I stick more name brand?
You're going to need a top quality psu to run that rig, even without overclocking. I would stick with a proven performer. Any of the Psus mentioned above are excellent choices, but the Ultra can prove unreliable and is known not to reach it's rated power output under normal conditions. If you're spending this much money, do you want to risk damage to your components by skimping on the power supply?
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