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I am building a computer for around 500$. Looking for a prossesor a motherboard and some RAM, I already have the harddrives and the burners. I'v been looking at the<br />
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 San Diego 2.6GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor<br />
the DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard<br />
and Crucial Technology Ballistix 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory<br />
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should i go with something else?
 

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I'd get the opteron 165, when they get back in store for $159.99<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103588" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103588</a>
 

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How much do u want to spend ?<br />
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I was thinking of selling my mobo, cpu and ram...<br />
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Edit : My mobo is not SLI tho <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /> but you can mod it to SLI like "sideburns" did, i have a SLI bridge left from my fried SLI-DR <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Well.. That could be a good deal from 3xtr3m3
 

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NOTE: DFI mobo's require top end parts. The psu needs to be of quality and at least 480 watts (preferably 600 for sli / crossfire), and value memory won't serve you well (but the Ballistix will!). A good hsf will also be req'd once you see the DFI bios options.<br />
With speed comes heat: need a well ventilated case.<br />
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Then your set.<img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131032" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131032</a><br />
P5NSLI - 120<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004</a><br />
E6400 - 220<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145539" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145539</a><br />
XMS2 Pc5400 - 144<br />
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$484 <br />
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This is assuming you are keeping the 7900GS and need SLI.<br />
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Otheriwise, the rig you built first is pretty decent
 

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2x512 Ballistix ?<br />
For the same price or cheaper, go with the 2x512 G.Skill DDR550 dual channel that oc's to 275fsb and beyond (mines good at 286 ) for $169.00 at the egg.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic"><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131032" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131032</a><br />
P5NSLI - 120<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004</a><br />
E6400 - 220<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145539" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145539</a><br />
XMS2 Pc5400 - 144<br />
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$484 <br />
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This is assuming you are keeping the 7900GS and need SLI.<br />
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Otheriwise, the rig you built first is pretty decent</div>

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</div>That board won't overclock very well....<br />
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I'd get an E6300, and a P5B Deluxe.<br />
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And again, 3xtr3m3's stuff might be a good option, although I don't know how much he asks for it. 2GB RAM sounds nice to me also!
 

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Yea the core 2 duo's are the best at the minute, but if you want AMD get the AM2 socket, as you can get faster RAM and be future proof.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Yea the core 2 duo's are the best at the minute, but if you want AMD get the AM2 socket, as you can get faster RAM and be future proof.</div>

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</div>Very limited difference in performance bet. 939 vs AM2, but current 939 prices will give better bang for the buck.<br />
Overclocks will let the animal out of the DFI's vs Asus
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">That board won't overclock very well....<br />
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I'd get an E6300, and a P5B Deluxe.<br />
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And again, 3xtr3m3's stuff might be a good option, although I don't know how much he asks for it. 2GB RAM sounds nice to me also!</div>

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</div>IS the P5B SLI compatible?
 

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With modded drivers, and only at x16, x4 mode... probably not the best idea either.<br />
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It's just that there is no really good SLI solution for the Intel platform, unless you get a more expensive 975X based board, which can run SLI with modded drivers at x8, x8
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">And again, 3xtr3m3's stuff might be a good option, although I don't know how much he asks for it. 2GB RAM sounds nice to me also!</div>

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</div>Well, i haven't decided yet but $500 US is reasonable according to forum members opinions.<br />
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<a href="http://www.overclock.net/appraisals/121739-appraisal-opty170-2gb-g-skill-ddr500.html" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/appraisals/...ll-ddr500.html</a><br />
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But like i said before my mobo is not SLI but you can (or I can) SLI mod it and i will provide you a SLI bridge too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic"><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131032" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131032</a><br />
P5NSLI - 120<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004</a><br />
E6400 - 220<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145539" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145539</a><br />
XMS2 Pc5400 - 144<br />
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$484 <br />
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This is assuming you are keeping the 7900GS and need SLI.<br />
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Otheriwise, the rig you built first is pretty decent</div>

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I have the P5NSLI, but I wouldn't reccomend it, I can't even break 4.0GHz so far, and if you do got WC, you have to change the North and South bridge to active cooling or even WC...
 

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I need to also note that this will not be my pc, but i am helping a friend build his. my original thinking was core 2 duo build. he does have some harddrives thast will work for the moment and he has a case and a psu(500 watt?)
 

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I think this is the rig we have per decided on, now for an intel match up.<br>
fx-55<br>
DFI LP UT SLI-DR(cheaper that the normal sli-dr?)<br>
and some cruicial ballistics ddr 400(cause the 500 just sold out.)
 

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I'd get the Dual Core Opteron over the FX-55<br><br>
Also, does he *need* an SLI motherboard?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think this is the rig we have per decided on, now for an intel match up.<br>
fx-55<br>
DFI LP UT SLI-DR(cheaper that the normal sli-dr?)<br>
and some cruicial ballistics ddr 400(cause the 500 just sold out.)</div>
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Sorry about buying that last batch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)"> It was on auto-notify right after i bought it.<br><br>
And I agree With Cozart on this one. The opteron 165 is an overclocking monster (and it has 2 cores <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> )
 

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not the best overclocker, unless you're not afraid of Beta BIOS-es, and even then it's not easy to crack an FSB of 400MHz (not a good pick for an E6300 thus, but ok for my E6600). The main reason I have it is to bridge the gap until the DFI RD600 board comes out.
 
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