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Building a DFI nF4 SLI-Expert

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Hello All,

INTRODUCTION: This is my first post. I don't have a question but I am open to comments and any ideas you may have for a bigger, faster machine.

Motherboard: I started out with an Asus AN8, built it and then changed motherboards to the ABIT Fatallty AN8 because of all its bells and whistles. I then decided to install the DFI nF4 SLI-DR because of its layout and overclocking ability. All three (3) are excellent boards but with the same problem: Space. If you mount dual Asus N7800GTX TOPS video cards, you cannot use any of the PCI slots. This is a real problem if you have a Sound Blaster X-Fatal1ty Sound Card. I tried to install the X-Fi in the bottom PCI slot on all the motherboards but the bottom Asus 7800 graphics card cooling fan rubs the sound card. I tried to put a piece of plastic between them for separation and it worked, but it put so much pressure on both the sound card and the video card it was hard to keep them in their slots.

The Answer: DFI LANParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert! DFI moved the CPU socket to the upper right corner and turned the memory slots vertical. This allowed the Express PCI video slots to be separated and DFI added one extra PCI slot at the bottom. For all of us who prefer Sound Blaster cards instead of onboard sound, this is a big deal.

Installing the Asus 7800 GTO TOPS video cards still cover up the northbridge nF4 chip and stock fan. There is still no way to add a third party cooling solution to the northbridge chip, no room. However, the spacing between the video cards is great and the bottom PCI slot is fully accusable to the X-Fi sound card.

The Rest of the Equipment:

C3 CT-2450 Premium Full Tower Smoke Black Acrylic Case - What is the use of having it if you can't look at it?

DFI LANParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard

AMD Athlon64 FX-57 CPU
2800MHz (stock)
Socket 939
1.35 - 1.40V (stock)
104W

Corsair TwinX 2048-3500LLPro Memory - This was a hard decision. So many brands and so many choices under each brand: review after review and comparison after comparison. You can find statements like, "Corsair doesn't overclock well" with every brand name being trashed at one time or another is the forums. It all boils down to quality, size, latency speed and frequency. Some say 1GB overclocks better than 2GBs because of the dual channel nature of the AMD FX-57. On the other hand, Battlefield2 and several other new games require 2GBs of memory. Latency is slower on larger sticks of memory. The 3500LLPro is 2GBs so I an game now and in the future: it is stock at 434 MHz at 2-3-2-6 stock latency. Faster frequency memory in 2GBs all have slower latencies than the 3500LLPro.

Two (2) WD Raptor Hard Drives
Raid 0
148 GB
10,000 RPM
8MB Buffer

Two (2) Asus Extreme N-7800GTX Tops Video Cards in SLI

Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Sound Card

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 850 SSI Power Supply

Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Water Cooling

ViewSonic 4ns Gaming LCD
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Well I can suggest better memory than that, go for the G skill:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231021

2x1gb will be better, if youre going to be overclocking, the latencies will end up being loosened anyways...BUT if you arent overclocking and are just making a strictly gaming machine get these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231032

Your PSU = great, gpus = great (get the gtx 512mb cards if you can)

Now about that zalman, ive heard its NOT that great at all..if youre going to water cool, how much are you willing to spend? because I can reccomend a much better kit.
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Athlon 64 3700+ @ 3.0 DFI lan P UT Ultra-D Win XP Pro liquidvideo 17" LCD 
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KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
a wal mart one truepower 2 550W Sunbeam Transformer razer diamondback 
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