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post #1 of 5
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Thinking I might post this here to make myself feel good and have others scour at my choices.
This will be my quantum leap from socketA and AGP to a socket939 crossfire setup.....excitment builds

If I was a rationale man I would most likely go for the current popular setup ie: OPTERON or X2 4400+ - DFI SLI - NVIDIA 1x7800GTX or 2x7800GT.
But hey I am not and I wished to have something a little different from the normal to play around with.

As some may know I am off to PRC (Shanghai) on the 12th Jan and with this comes the oportunity to purchase components at a much lower cost as compared to here in Australia.
So it is as follows:

AMD 64 4000+ San Diego I want the x12 multi so I can play around with my current 2x512Mb TCCD
ASUS A8R-MVP crossfire This motherboard utilises the ULi southbridge chipset which performs so much better than ATI's own offering. It is also inexpensive and getting knockout results.
G.SKILL F1-3200BIU2-2GBHX This may be ommitted to fund other components. I can use my current TCCD CORSAIR TWINX1024 3200XL
ATI X1800XT or X850XT crossfire edition Pricing will seperate the two
COOLING Will be purchased in Australia and most likely a custom ASETEK/SILVERPROP hybrid.
CASE Undecided upon but again purchase in Australia for the AU $200.00-250.00 mark.
PSU This also I am unsure of. I do prefer to use the ENERMAX units. I will use 2 units 1 for the watercooling and aux equipment and 1 for the motherboard and GPU or GPU's. Suggestions welcome.

Anyways there you have it depending on availability.Please feel free to comment upon the PSU situation or anything else to that matter.

cheers..and be happy not mad !
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WD 80Gb SATAII XP Puss Pro Logiteck Multimedia Enermax Noisetaker 485W 
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WD 80Gb SATAII XP Puss Pro Logiteck Multimedia Enermax Noisetaker 485W 
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XG Quantum - modified Logitech MX518 
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post #2 of 5
I'd get a dual core personally.. buy cheap and make it perform like you spent thousands.

Wait for the next ATI generation to come out, it should be launching retail as soon as it's asnnounced, end of Jan.

but yes, I'd go ATi. w00t! I like getting overclocker's RAM too.
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I still dont know why anyone buys the x1800xl/xt cards. I mean, theyre good but theyre very expensive and they lost to the 7800gt/gtx. The x850xtpe is better than the 6800gt, but the x1800xl/xt isnt better than the 7800 series. I'd buy a nice 7800GTX but its your money. I havent seen anything on that mobo but from what you said, its good. I personally wouldnt buy a sandiego because they dont go much past 2.7-2.8ghz. I'd pick up a 148 opteron with a nice stepping. It should do 3ghz+. If your TCCD can do high FSB then a 144/146 would be good too.
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128GB OCZ Vertex 4 LG 24X SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Dell 22/24/22 LCDs 
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post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by bigval
I still dont know why anyone buys the x1800xl/xt cards. I mean, theyre good but theyre very expensive and they lost to the 7800gt/gtx. The x850xtpe is better than the 6800gt, but the x1800xl/xt isnt better than the 7800 series. I'd buy a nice 7800GTX but its your money. I havent seen anything on that mobo but from what you said, its good. I personally wouldnt buy a sandiego because they dont go much past 2.7-2.8ghz. I'd pick up a 148 opteron with a nice stepping. It should do 3ghz+. If your TCCD can do high FSB then a 144/146 would be good too.
A fair statement to make but why I choose the X1800Xt or the X850Xt crossfire edition is exactly because of this as I wish to play around with crossfire.
Sure the X1800Xt is an expensive option when compared to a 7800GTX but hopefully I will be able to acquire one (in PRC) at a reasonable price.

As for the 4000+ SD I have been looking at the OPTERON 148 and 150 CPU's and if I can obtain one I may go this avenue, as they now seem to be proving to be quite okay on the majority of the overclocks. (it concerned me I may get a dud)

I just have to see what is available ooh and the cost ooh and I will like have only 2days in which to obtain them.

cheers
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3700+Sandiego KACAE DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-D 2 x eVGA6600GT 256Mb 2x512Mb TCCD 
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WD 80Gb SATAII XP Puss Pro Logiteck Multimedia Enermax Noisetaker 485W 
CaseMouse
XG Quantum - modified Logitech MX518 
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3700+Sandiego KACAE DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-D 2 x eVGA6600GT 256Mb 2x512Mb TCCD 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
WD 80Gb SATAII XP Puss Pro Logiteck Multimedia Enermax Noisetaker 485W 
CaseMouse
XG Quantum - modified Logitech MX518 
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post #5 of 5
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an update

Well after outlaying AU$1600 for a new laptop on my recent trip to Shanghai . I was faced with the prospect that the socket 939 system I was looking to bring to life has somewhat taken a different path.

My current socket A rig (see signature) does just fine for all the normal day to day over the internet stuff . The performance is acceptable in the gamming that I do but the configuration is ageing and difficult to transport to a new onslaught in LAN gamming about to decend upon me.
So I decide that I shall await the widespread introduction in the marketplace of the AMD M2 socket with the possibility of DDR2 RAM support and hopefully a new generation GPU core from ATI. The combination of such should outstrip any of the current top-end configurations.
Add to this maybe a good operating system from Gates & Co. in the way of VISTA.

anyway back on track

I decide to purchase an ASPIRE X-QPAK in the silver..see one here.. With this I plan to continue my upgrade path from socketA to socket 939 in the form of a micro ATX based LAN machine. To go along with this I purchased an ALBATRON KM51 PV micro ATX motherboard..here..and a SAPPHIRE X800 GTO 256Mb GDDR3 graphics/video card.

I already had a new ENERMAX NOISETAKER 485W PSU sitting in it's box. A VANTEC STEALTH 120mm amd a nice blue cold cathode and the like for party tricks. I will utilise the 2x512Mb TCCD modules in RIG1 and replace them with some GEIL blue stuff that will run 1:1 with 2-3-3-5 on that fsb, also taking the SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY ZS2 PCI card with me.

The CPU should be a 64 3000+ Venice (for value sake) and a couple of SATA 120Gb SEAGATE BARRACUDA's version 7 set up in RAID 0.

As you can see from the case picture's cooling is limited to a single rear 120mm fan and the inclusion of side vents to the front of the case.
Not wanting to mount fans in the acrylic windows but still allowing sufficient air in I intend to raise the case height from present by new adjustable feet (brushed steel). Then install 3xSUNON 60mm fans in-front of the motherboard tray drawing air in from underneath.
Also removal of the rear fan gaurd perforations to make way for a 120mm chrome grille.

The end of the next week should see the HDD's acquired and then the final CPU purchase which is still is undecided really until the budget at the time is established and how impatient I am.....LOL.

The choice of CPU heatsink and fan cooling option is also undecided, mainly due to the fact I still need to include 2xDVD drives and a 1.44Mb floppy drive (yes I still do) which cause volume and space limitations. My thoughts are with a THERMALRIGHT XP 90-C and a VANTEC STEALTH 92mm fan as they seem to work well with my SI-97 in the socket A rig.

Amongst the midst of all this I removed (for sale) the water cooling from RIG1 and went back to the THERMALRIGHT SI-97with the VANTEC and the ARTIC COOLING VGA SILENCER rev3. for the 9800pro. Having a play around in the BIOS I decide I shall run it at 2.40GHz as stability appears good and temperatures are in range.

So all in all my little expidition to Shanghai and the time surrounding it proved most rewarding.
I will post some pictures of the case modification when available and the further construction of my micro-ATX madness

cheers...and be happy not mad !
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3700+Sandiego KACAE DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-D 2 x eVGA6600GT 256Mb 2x512Mb TCCD 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
WD 80Gb SATAII XP Puss Pro Logiteck Multimedia Enermax Noisetaker 485W 
CaseMouse
XG Quantum - modified Logitech MX518 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3700+Sandiego KACAE DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-D 2 x eVGA6600GT 256Mb 2x512Mb TCCD 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
WD 80Gb SATAII XP Puss Pro Logiteck Multimedia Enermax Noisetaker 485W 
CaseMouse
XG Quantum - modified Logitech MX518 
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