Potential build in the next month or two...

Outamyhead

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Hi all,

I was just wondering since this is my first Quad, as well as SLI build for myself, does this system setup look okay to you?

Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100221SR Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB (512MB x 2) 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Antec TPQ-850 ATX12V / EPS12V 850W Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0568M - OEM

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF - Retail

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721010KLA330 (0A35155) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S202J - OEM

Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Ultimate for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Although after the review of the 9800GX2, I'm pretty certain I'll ditch the 3870x2, and the Gigabyte board and go for these few changes:-

EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9DHX

2 x EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
 

crhscoog

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what resolution do you play at? lower than 1920x1200 sli/crossfire not recommended.

will you be overclocking? i assume that you are because you have a cpu cooler. ill recommend getting the zerotherm nirvana nv120 or thermalright 120 extreme w/ scythe s-flex fan for overclocking on air.

and if you overclock, you will need nothing higher then 800mhz of ram.

if you go sli/crossfire then get the 750tx unless you sli 9800gx2. if you go single card a corsair 650tx, corsair 620hx should be sufficient and in some cases the corsair 550vx will do as well.

and also avoid ddr3 motherboards. by time ddr3 is worth buying, nehalem will be out and youll need another motherboard for that.
 

Outamyhead

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At the moment I'm using an old 17" Hercules Pro 920 set at 1152x768, I have been looking at HDMI capable monitors, the Samsung 24" in particular (the one on sale for 499 at newegg). I might overclock the CPU a little bit, I don't want to push it too hard as I want it to last a while.
 

enginurd

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I agree with crhscoog. Ditch the Zalman, and Dominators are a way overpriced -- and you don't need them.

Since you're getting a Q6600 and SLI, you'll be better off with the MSI P7N Diamond instead.
 

Mr. Bluntman

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I agree with crhscoog. Ditch the Zalman, and Dominators are a way overpriced -- and you don't need them.

Since you're getting a Q6600 and SLI, you'll be better off with the MSI P7N Diamond instead.

+1. You won't have any issue pushing your Q6600 to a 333MHz FSB (3GHz) at stock voltage. Also, I have owned MSI motherboards for years and have never had a problem with them, so I would recommend an MSI over an ASUS any day of the week. Lately I've heard that ASUS boards are kinda flaky, but YMMV.

I was kind of thinking about a Q6600 OC'd to a cool 3GHz as well. Keep us informed on how your build turns out and don't be afraid to shout for help. :)
 
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