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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
A PSU with 36A on both 12V rails?? - snip -
No, No, 36A total on the 12 rail(s).

The OCZ Powerstream 600 has 2 20A 12V rails which is sufficient.
The 36A number comes from the folks at DFI which is their recommendation.

take it or leave it, just trying to help.
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post #72 of 88
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What I recommend, instead of that OCZ ram is the G.Skill 2x1gb kit. Either the pc4000 or the PC3200, you can pick them up for around 200$
If he isn't going to hardcore OC why are you showing him the G.Skill RAM? That's like the super over-clocking stuff.
post #73 of 88
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Well...

I've gone and pulled the trigger... finally...

Between Newegg and ZipZoomFly, my parts should be arriving at the first of the week. Thanks to all who helped me decide on what parts to get...

I decided to get a cheaper video card for now, to use until the expected NVidia launch that is supposed to come next week, at which point I will return it, and purchase two identical cards for SLi... Not sure what cards I will get yet, but card prices are at least likely to go down some, after the hard launch that is supposedly coming on March 9th.

I went with the P180 case, because I just could not find any other case that I really liked.

ASUS A8N-SLi Premium
Opteron 180 2.4Ghz (cooled with a Thermaltake BT)
OCZ PC3200 DDR400 Gold (2x1GB)
PC P&C 850w PSU
2x WD Raptor 74GB 10,000rpm 1.5 SATA
4x WD Cavalier 250GB 7,200rpm 3.0 SATA II
SB Fatal1ty 7.1 Sound Card
Westinghouse 37" 8ms LCD Panel 1920x1080 Native Resolution

Various trimmings...

I'll post pics once I start building..! This should be fun...

Thanks again to everyone who helped me to decide what to get...
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post #74 of 88
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Originally Posted by SideTraKd
Well...

I've gone and pulled the trigger... finally...

Between Newegg and ZipZoomFly, my parts should be arriving at the first of the week. Thanks to all who helped me decide on what parts to get...

I decided to get a cheaper video card for now, to use until the expected NVidia launch that is supposed to come next week, at which point I will return it, and purchase two identical cards for SLi... Not sure what cards I will get yet, but card prices are at least likely to go down some, after the hard launch that is supposedly coming on March 9th.

I went with the P180 case, because I just could not find any other case that I really liked.

ASUS A8N-SLi Premium
Opteron 180 2.4Ghz (cooled with a Thermaltake BT)
OCZ PC3200 DDR400 Gold (2x1GB)
PC P&C 850w PSU
2x WD Raptor 74GB 10,000rpm 1.5 SATA
4x WD Cavalier 250GB 7,200rpm 3.0 SATA II
SB Fatal1ty 7.1 Sound Card
Westinghouse 37" 8ms LCD Panel 1920x1080 Native Resolution

Various trimmings...

I'll post pics once I start building..! This should be fun...

Thanks again to everyone who helped me to decide what to get...
finally!

nice part selection there, are you running raid? damn you blew your wad on that cpu, how much did you get it for?

for a 37" inch LCD panel that has some really low resolution. is that a TV that you're going to be using as a monitor?
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I got the CPU for roughly $700 retail. I decided to go ahead and get it while I had the money, because of the multiplier, when I do end up overclocking...

The Westinghouse monitor is actually an HDTV monitor with the native resolution of 1920x1080, which is about the highest you can get, at the size. Sceptre makes one too, at the same resolution, but for my usage, I think the Westinghouse is better. It's frickin HUGE, and I'm still not used to it, but Half-Life looks incredible on it... especially run at full res with full AA & AF. I doubt that I would want to run a much higher res for anything, anyway.

It's the most fun that I've ever had building a machine...

I'll post the pics I took after I add in the two 7900GTX cards tomorrow...
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post #76 of 88
yep that's one of those TV/monitors. i'm sorta surprised by how low the resolution is. the Dell 3007WFP 30" is at 2560x1600.



regardless i'm sure your happy with that gigantor monitor you're using i'm still having a hard time trying to imagine PC gaming on anything bigger then a 24.
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post #77 of 88
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The 37" is crisp and clear at 1920x1080...

I doubt that I would try to push for much higher resolution, anyway... but I did consider getting a dell 30". Still, this was cheaper!!!
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post #78 of 88
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Okay, here are the pics I finally have of this build. Unfortunately I don't have the pics uploaded of my two new 7900GTX cards yet, but I will post them soon. The case is VERY crowded with them in it, and now I am considering buying a new case, even though I am very fond of the Antec P-180.


Stacks of stuff waiting for my case to arrive...





It's here... (yay!)



An obvious problem (but not an unforseen one...)



Installed..?

Well... Sort of... lol






This has been a very fun (but very tight) build...




Believe it or not, I don't have many air flow blockage issues, and, until I installed the two 7900GTX cards, there seemed to be plenty of room in my case. Granted, I did have to remove the bottom case fan in order to install my ridiculously over-sized PSU, but the PSU fan pulls plenty of air through that chamber to keep both the PSU (which does not run hot at all) and all of my Caviars cool.

Now, with the installation of the 7900GTX cards, I had some very obvious issues. The cards are huge, and it wasn't easy to install even just one of them, much less two. They fully take up two slots (possibly more) and extend from the back of the case all the way to the hard drive enclosure, with the 6-pin power plugs facing the front of the case, making wiring in a mid-tower case a HUGE issue. Moreover, the fact that ASUS has chosen to locate the Nvidia raid SATA clips right behind the 5th slot on the PCI bus means that those connections are almost completely inaccessible with a second video card installed. I was able, with low profile sata cords, to barely attach cables to the lowest two (drive 0 and 1) connectors, but even then, there is contact with the card's plastic fan shroud, and a bit of pressure on the connectors, which is why I am considering moving over to the DFI Lanparty UT, which wisely places the Nvidia raid connectors well out of the way of the video cards, and has a low enough chipset fan to accomodate them without undue pressure on anything.

At this point, though, I am just glad to have a running computer that I can play around with for a bit, and I'm taking a bit of a rest from construction...
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post #79 of 88
holy cow look at those wires. you made me realize something i was forgetting. i need to measure that S12 PSU to see if i have to remove my bottom fan for it to fit.

did the tv card fit? i didn't think you'd have any room since you had 2 slot VGA cards in SLI and a sound card.
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post #80 of 88
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Originally Posted by one43637
holy cow look at those wires. you made me realize something i was forgetting. i need to measure that S12 PSU to see if i have to remove my bottom fan for it to fit.

did the tv card fit? i didn't think you'd have any room since you had 2 slot VGA cards in SLI and a sound card.
The TV adapter is a USB. I haven't had a whole lot of use for it yet, so I haven't played with it much. One thing that I did pick up in this order that I think that I will definitely never regret getting is the Philips Pronto NG Remote. I have 7 remotes sitting on my desk right now, and that's just for the stuff in my living room! lol

Another priceless addon was the external hard drive enclosure. It's made my life a lot easier transfering all of the large files to my new pc. If you get one of those, make sure it has a fan, though.
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