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Ok, so in the last few weeks this forum has shown me how desperately useless my current system is and I've decided to build a completely new PC over this summer. So here is the basics for it that I have decided on so far. Any suggestions or comments on this stuff?

Motherboard: ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor:Intel Pentium D 820 Smithfield 800MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core EM64T Processor
RAM:pqi POWER Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
Video Card:ATI 100-437601 Radeon X1300PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Total Price for these parts: Around $600
With all the other more minor stuff the whole system should cost $700-800. I can only imagine how much a system like this would cost pre-built. I never realized just how cheap building your own PC can be... I might even have $$$ left over for a 1337 case..

That's all I'm picking for tonight. One question though, what exactly is Crossfire? I know that ATI supports it instead of SLI but I never really understood what exactly it is? Does it have something to do with using two Video Cards to get better performance? Also, can someone explain what RAID is to me?

Edit: One more thing... how can a motherboard be Crossfire compatible when it only has one PCIe X16 slot?
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dont get the x1300.. you will hate life.. trust me i just dumped mine off for 80 bucks and went to x850pro the only good thing about that card is it offers sm3.0 which sm4.0 is around the corner.. id hold off for a dx10 card if you can wait that long.. or go with something a little better .. also check out the faqs section.. you will see some nice faqs on raid and crossfire .. im sure someone thats quicker then i am can post a link for ya.. or ya can just browse the faqs
    
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post #3 of 6
Definately drop that X1300, the one you linked to was horrendously overpriced.
I would go with the 7600GT, it's a fairly new card that has a very good bang to buck ratio. It has great speed and a great price.

Go with a nice XFX 7600GT:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150145

Only 10$ more than your current card and it should beat it by a huge margin.

EDIT: Also I noticed your questions
Crossfire FAQ: http://www.overclock.net/faqs/27282-...crossfire.html
Raid FAQ: http://www.overclock.net/faqs/33504-...ypes-raid.html
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I would also say drop the x1300...either go with the 7600GT like MustangPanda said
Or you could go for this X1600XT which is a little cheaper
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136163
Mobo: DFI nF4 Ultra-Infinity $89

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537
CPU: AMD Athlon 3000+ $111

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211141
Ram: 1gb Adata Vitesta $71.25

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144122
HDD: 80gb Western Digital $49

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119047
Case: Coolmaster Centurion $45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 $40

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827101131
CD/DVD Drive: Sony 16x DVD 48x CD $21

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150145
Video Card: XFX 7600GT $173

Shipping to where I live in Montana is $40.

Total $640

I actually made this list for someone else in another thread. In my opinion that is the best PC you can get for $650. If you have more money then you can upgrade whatever components you want.
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Wouldn't it be a waste to go for a 7600GT as it can't do Crossfire while motherboard could? The X1600XT looks like a good choice though. So I read the FAQ for CrossFire and if I understood correctly I can have one Video Card that supports it and one that doesn't and it would still work. I assume that one of the video cards would be plugged into the PCIe 16 and the other into one of the other PCIe (1, 4). Wouldn't this slow dows the faster card as it would have to go down the speed of the slower card? What I'm trying to get at is, is it worth getting two cards in order for Crossfire to work if I only have one PCIe 16 slot? As for the RAID FAQ, that seems very confusing. If I understood it correctly then the one I want is probably Level 5.

Also, some info I forgot to mention. I'm trying to make a System that can run Oblivion better than it runs on Xbox 360 for a budget of hopefully as low as $900 although I'll go up to $1000 if needed.

Edit: The links in the last post don't seem to work for me....
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