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Okay my class is gettin about $5,000 from the government to build a dream computer and we are in need of suggestions and help... I think we have decided on this processor (Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 Presler 1066MHz FSB 2 x 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116246
And we are going to be getting a PhaseChange (VapoChill) from FrozenCpu.com and we need to know what motherboard should we get for it we are planning on getting 2 x 7900GTX Graphics cards to go into SLI so the motherboard needs to be SLI compatible and we are going to be getting PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW SSI - 1000 Watt - SLI Ready Power Supply, we will also be getting 4 x sticks of G.SKILL 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel .... So yeah that is the stuff and we are wondering what you think and what you suggest we get or change...

We are also planning to overclock it to over 5.0 Ghz
post #2 of 40
um you could go for an ati crossfire board
one problem is its an AMD processor >
http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2917005
put that in a thermal take ARMOR or Tai-Chi case with a decent hard drive and ram and your golden
btw SLI SUCKS BY Nvidia -.-
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AMD Athlon 4800+ x2
DFI Lan Party something
Quad 7900GTX
4GB DDR600
5x Raptors 150GB in RAID5
Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty
The usual DVD-RW
Power Supply capable of powering this beast
Custom Built Phase Change
42'' High Definition LCD TV as monitor
THE best home cinema system you can find
The logitech G series as input devices

This is just a quick list.
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post #4 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevo1663
We are also planning to overclock it to over 5.0 Ghz

Not on an SLI motherboard you're not


If you want 5Ghz you will want the ASUS P5WD2-E-Premium, which can't run full SLI, but is Crossfire compatible IIRC.


My personal thought, cut back on Raptors, get 2x 74GB Raptors to run the OS and games in RAID, then get a 500GB Seagate SATA for basic storage.

Use the extra cash to get Windows XP 64bit and load up the board with 8GB of DDR2 800 RAM. Note, the board can only use 8GB of RAM with a 64bit OS.

post #5 of 40
I would definitly suggest the ASUS P5WD2 - Premium, best motherboard for LGA775 socket..... everyone loves it

Patriot DDR2 800 RAM (pauldovi has it) awsome ram from what iv been hearing

Get Crossfire x1900xt also, for dual monitor support if you are getting dual monitors
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I think the Pentium D 965 is going to come out soon... so you may want to go for that. Also I recommend the Asus P5WD2-E Premium board: that i975X chipset is tops when it comes to overclocking. Unfortunately you will not be able to go for SLi with that board, but it fully supports CrossFire, so go for ATi graphics... or don't.
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Here's my list:

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131589

Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116246

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136011

PC Power & Cooling TURBO-COOL 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703002

.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065

ATI 100-435805 Radeon X1900XTX 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814195003

Prometeia Mach II GT Phase-Change http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...need-help.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Orange
I would definitly suggest the ASUS P5WD2 - Premium, best motherboard for LGA775 socket..... everyone loves it

Patriot DDR2 800 RAM (pauldovi has it) awsome ram from what iv been hearing

Get Crossfire x1900xt also, for dual monitor support if you are getting dual monitors
I would imagine the G.Skill is great as well, but I don't think anyone with DDR2-800 has 3-3-3-4 timings... So you could go with the Patriot.

Getting 4GB is going to limit your OC because of the stress on the memory controller. 2GB is more than enough.

Get the P5WD2-E Premium, you will be able to overclock to 6Ghz+ on phase with that. A X1900XTX CrossFire system will be more than enough. Although SLI 7900GTX is better than X1900XTX Crossfire, you will not be able to OC your CPU as high with a SLI setup, degrading performance. A viable alternative is to go to AMD FX60.

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um you could go for an ati crossfire board
one problem is its an AMD processor >
http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2917005
put that in a thermal take ARMOR or Tai-Chi case with a decent hard drive and ram and your golden
btw SLI SUCKS BY Nvidia -.-
Thankyou for your very intellectual contribution to this forum. Your actions cause people to emediately flag you as ignorant, rendering your advise useless.
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post #9 of 40
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We were mainly looking at the FX60 but then we saw the P4 that was dual-core with 2mb L2 Cache per core so 4mb of L2 Cache total and we saw the 1066mhz so we thought it would work ok... Crossfire is running two ATI Video cards at once isn't it?
Ok here is what everything else we were looking at

50" Plasma High Def. TV
Thermaltake Tai-Chi
2x 20" Flat screen monitors
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW SSI - 1000 Watt - SLI Ready
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400
2x 74Gb Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card

1x Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

2x SAMSUNG 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write and LightScribe Black ATA/ATAPI
Vapochill
post #10 of 40
Why the double-thread?

http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...-computer.html

I know you're looking for Intel builds...
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