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    hokierower
    Snake Keeper

  • hokierower
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    Re: Any Computer People Here??

    Originally posted by Kollindyr View Post
    This was about a few months ago, but I was reading some articles and it stated that AMD was about 12 months behind intel
    Maybe in regards to CPU, but you've already made the choice of going intel. I have a Visiontek 4850 which can play everything maxed @ 1680x1050 without any problems, so for now if you went with a Crossfire board and a 4870 you'd be in even better shape.

    When it comes to graphics, Nvidia is starting to lag behind because they can't keep up with AMDs game plan which is to produce good cards at low prices. Nvidia got stuck in the same mindset that Intel had with the bigger better stronger and it bit them in the butt.

    I would just rather go with an architecture that was designed from the ground up (4850/70) vs one that was cut off at the knees in order to stay competitive (9800+).

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  • Stygian
    Snake Maniac

  • Stygian
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    everybody seems to have that case. when i bought mine, everybody was telling me to get it. me: "noooo... to pricey" (and it was when it came out). plus its just got a weird shape to it, lol. im goin for pure simplicity this time. now flashy looks, no spiffy slights, none of it. the only lighting on my pc will be the zalman, if i decide to to go with the 110mm over the 92mm. my current case has too much light...

    12" neon tube in case (blue)
    4 led's in front of case (head light) (looks like a bmw, lol) (blue)
    4 more led's in the front to highlight the etching in the clear door that covers the opticle drives (blue)
    blue back lighted temp sceen on the front
    and then a case fan on the side with 4 diffferent led colors (were suppose to be blue)

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  • Kollindyr
    Snake Lover

  • Kollindyr
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    Originally posted by natieb View Post
    Hey, just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents because this is relative to my interests. My main PC kind of crapped out on me recently, so I decided that with each meager paycheck I'd get a couple of parts at a time, until I'd built a new modestly awesome PC. I'm going with:

    -Antec 900 case
    -Antec 850W PSU (there was a discount on Newegg if you bought both)
    DFI Lanparty 790GX-M2RS mobo (onboard video until I can afford 2 video cards)
    -AMD 9950 Black Edition 2.6GHz quad core (overclockable)
    -Corsair Dominator 2x2GB 1066MHz DDR2 RAM
    -Seagate 640GB SATA II HD
    -Zalmann CPU cooler for sure

    and budget allowing:
    -up to 2 ATI 4850 video cards

    Mostly because the newest Intel and DDR3 gear is waaaay out of my price range.
    The Antec 900 is a great case, it is what I use.

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  • natieb
    RTB Staff / Global Moderator

  • natieb
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    Hey, just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents because this is relative to my interests. My main PC kind of crapped out on me recently, so I decided that with each meager paycheck I'd get a couple of parts at a time, until I'd built a new modestly awesome PC. I'm going with:

    -Antec 900 case
    -Antec 850W PSU (there was a discount on Newegg if you bought both)
    DFI Lanparty 790GX-M2RS mobo (onboard video until I can afford 2 video cards)
    -AMD 9950 Black Edition 2.6GHz quad core (overclockable)
    -Corsair Dominator 2x2GB 1066MHz DDR2 RAM
    -Seagate 640GB SATA II HD
    -Zalmann CPU cooler for sure

    and budget allowing:
    -up to 2 ATI 4850 video cards

    Mostly because the newest Intel and DDR3 gear is waaaay out of my price range.

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  • Kollindyr
    Snake Lover

  • Kollindyr
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    Re: Any Computer People Here??

    Originally posted by Stygian View Post
    on a previous build, i failed on 2 asus boards on the start. i ended up going with an nvidia albatron.

    id have to switch to a crossfire ready board, cause im sure ill get greedy and want to bump everything up to the max. so i will need another vid card to do that. from my understanding... sli and crossfire are not compatible. plus i dont like mixing intel with amd. things just seem to run smoother for longer that way.

    oh, i was a HUGE amd fanboy. i had 2 intels burn out on me in a 2.5 year span. plus i always have used ati cards. but their vid cards started lacking and their dual cores werent anything to get excited about. so i figured id give intel a 2nd chance. specially since everybody seems to be praising them now.
    This was about a few months ago, but I was reading some articles and it stated that AMD was about 12 months behind intel

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  • Stygian
    Snake Maniac

  • Stygian
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    on a previous build, i failed on 2 asus boards on the start. i ended up going with an nvidia albatron.

    id have to switch to a crossfire ready board, cause im sure ill get greedy and want to bump everything up to the max. so i will need another vid card to do that. from my understanding... sli and crossfire are not compatible. plus i dont like mixing intel with amd. things just seem to run smoother for longer that way.

    oh, i was a HUGE amd fanboy. i had 2 intels burn out on me in a 2.5 year span. plus i always have used ati cards. but their vid cards started lacking and their dual cores werent anything to get excited about. so i figured id give intel a 2nd chance. specially since everybody seems to be praising them now.

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  • Kollindyr
    Snake Lover

  • Kollindyr
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    EVGA is a great brand to go with, they are one of my personal favorites indeed.
    I've recently built a computer myself, and man, technology is already replacing itself!

    I hate ATI/AMD with a passion, so I'd obviously say stick with intel and nVidia.
    Your CPU is fine, just Overclock it to 4.00 ghz stable and it'll be great... assuming you have the right cooling

    edit: and SLI is great, dual up 9800's and you should be fine for 2-3 years

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  • hokierower
    Snake Keeper

  • hokierower
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    Any particular reason you don't like Asus? This is my second board with them, the second one is going on 6 years right now, no problems. Why would you need a new mobo and CPU w/ the ati vid card?

    Best bet for a HDD would be a Western Digital 640gb. Awesome drive.

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  • Stygian
    Snake Maniac

  • Stygian
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    yeah joley. the 32-bit version of xp or vista only recognize something like... 3.3gb of memory. you can still put 4gb in there, but it wont recognize all of it

    id have to check... no wait... i cant, lol. sorry, i cant remember all the stats of my dead rig. it had a radeon 9800xt pro 256mb vid card in it, but it fried in a thunder storm. so now im running the 9600 128mb. im jackin the sound card and opticle drives, so that out of the question. i cant use my HDD cause it wont boot or format, so thats out too. ill check on the sticks of memory. i know its running 2 stick of 1gb, but other than that... ill have to pull them out and check. but i do have 2 stick of 1gb pc5300 ddr2 667mhz. not sure on the psu, but its salvagable too... along with the cpu, mobo, and case. just let me know what you would be interested in, and ill keep ya updated on the parts

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  • Stygian
    Snake Maniac

  • Stygian
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    im not a fan of asus at all, so i wont be going that route. and this is going to be my first intel based rig, since amd seems to be dropping the ball a lil. ill check out that vid card since it does seem to have a few pros over the 9800gtx+. but im not promising anything, lol. i LOVE EVGA boards. and now im psyched with the new ESA feature. thing is, if i go with the ATI card... i have to find a new mobo and processor but thanks for throwin out that suggestion there. i got a while to think about this cause it isnt going to be cheap.

    oh, btw... the 9800gtx+ comes with a hdmi adapter too

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  • NotoriousBlackBear
    Snake Keeper

  • NotoriousBlackBear
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    What are the stats of your old pc, pm me the price of parts if you wanna part out.

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  • jhsulliv
    Car Enthusiast, Boa Lover

  • jhsulliv
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    That's something I've always wanted to do. A large majority of my friends are very big gamers and all built their own gaming PCs on a fairly regular basis. I don't game so I don't know any of the brandnames you mentioned, but it sounds like you know what you're doing! To run 4GBs of RAM you need a 64-bit OS right?

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  • hokierower
    Snake Keeper

  • hokierower
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    Looks like a pretty decent setup. I built a new system this summer which was:

    Asus P5Q Deluxe Mobo
    Intel E8400
    Visiontek 4850
    4gb G.skill ddr2800 ram
    CM 590 case

    I would recommend downgrading your CPU slightly to the 8400, replacing the mobo with a P5Q Pro, and jacking the vid card up to a 4870. Newegg.com - VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards This one is pretty good , plus it has an included HDMI port just in case.

    Should be a pretty good rig

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  • Stygian
    Snake Maniac

  • Stygian
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    ooo... can you get me some 360 games for cheap? lmao

    yeah, zalmans are pretty much the set standard for heatsinks now. whenever i glance through a maximumpc mag, which ever heatsink they are testing, they always compair them to the zalman 9500A. thats it, yate loons! thats what i was told about them... cheap and efficent. just gotta find me some. newegg use to have them, but i didnt see them tonight when i checked

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  • shoomlah
    Snake Lover

  • shoomlah
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    Ha, no shunning here- I work as a concept artist for Microsoft Game Studios, so I'm not really one to judge. *sets down Xbox controller*

    Seems like a solid build- I'm not nearly well versed enough in CPU fan specifics to side with either of the zalmans, but I've only heard good things about their fans and they're pretty nicely priced on newegg. And you mean the Yate Loons? They're quiet and cheap. Hard to complain. I have yet to build my own gaming PC, but have been keeping tabs on friends' projects and hope I can do it myself soon. Best of luck on this, keep us updated!

    -C

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