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    Better to go for a single 8800 GTX rather than 3870's in Crossfire. Much less issues than having to deal with Crossfire, and you can get a GTX for cheap these days. If you don't need all that power though, a single 8800 GT or 8800 GTS 512MB is a much better option.

    signmeuptoo is correct about the 650i and 680i not working with the 45nm quad Yorkfields (it will work with the dual-core 45nm Wolfdales though with a BIOS update). That's why you'd get a 750i or 780i instead, along with PCI-E 2.0.

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    I'm going to echo the sentiment regarding the raptor hard drive. ditch it and get a couple seagate 250gb drives with 16mb cache for less than what you'd pay for a single raptor 150gb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boozefighter View Post
    Component: (Quantity) Model
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    Graphics Card: (1) EVGA GeForce 8800GTX Superclocked 768MB SLI Supported
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130079
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130319

    You can get a 2nd one later for a SLI setup.

    Memory: (2) Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820146565
    Don't know your OS but I'd start with 2x2 GB.

    Hard Drive: (1) Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822136012
    I'd go with a terabyte or a 750 GB drive. Some games now require more than 50 GB of space to install. And most newer 750 GB & 1 TB drives are faster than raptors.

    CD/DVD Burner: (1) SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827151154
    I still use PATA optical drives and they're working fine. Early SATA optical drives had problems with high CPU usage but I believe this is no more true.

    OS: (1) Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2C
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16832116400
    OK, there is the OS. I'd go with a 64-bit OS but for a gamer a 32-bit XP Pro is still a must, I guess. And it seems SP3 is going to bring a big performance boost to XP. Buy two OS if you can. Vista 64-bit and XP 32-bit (yeah easy to tell to other people)

    I am a gamer, but with my current setup i cannot do much other that CS1.6 at 40fps and source crashes my computer. I am looking to build a computer that i can possibly expand to other games, and play those that i have. I don't LAN so the weight of the computer, i know its gonna be heavy, is not much of an issue. I currently have a 500GB 7200rpm Western Digital External drive that i am going to keep that is why there is no second (slave) hard drive and I already have a mouse. I am not sure about the power supply, I don't know if it will be enough power. This is my first build so any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.
    The psu is fine. Think of the 500 GB as a backup drive and get a new larger capacity drive.
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    I'd stay away from the stock 8800 GT's like that one. Too noisy or hot, depending on fan settings. If you value silence at all (and don't want your card to overheat), you've got to add the cost of an aftermarket fan to it, in which case you'd might as well go for the 8800 GTS 512MB instead. More shaders, higher default clock speed, and a much, much better heatsink/fan.

    Quote Originally Posted by mp666 View Post
    OK, there is the OS. I'd go with a 64-bit OS but for a gamer a 32-bit XP Pro is still a must, I guess. And it seems SP3 is going to bring a big performance boost to XP. Buy two OS if you can. Vista 64-bit and XP 32-bit (yeah easy to tell to other people)
    That's what I do. Well, along with various flavors of Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farfromhome View Post
    I'd stay away from the stock 8800 GT's like that one. Too noisy or hot, depending on fan settings. If you value silence at all (and don't want your card to overheat), you've got to add the cost of an aftermarket fan to it, in which case you'd might as well go for the 8800 GTS 512MB instead. More shaders, higher default clock speed, and a much, much better heatsink/fan.
    I disagree with this. The second generation of coolers on the currently shipping stock boards, has a bigger fan and it seems to be quieter as well. In addition, EVGA has a BIOS update they put out for their AKIMBO version of the board that ramps the fan speed up more intelligently. This BIOS update can also be used to flash the stock board without voiding the warranty. This makes the stock boards run cooler under load as well.

    If cost is a consideration, these changes make the GT more attractive as the price continues to drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithkt View Post
    I disagree with this. The second generation of coolers on the currently shipping stock boards, has a bigger fan....
    It's actually not a bigger fan. It's a bigger hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    It's actually not a bigger fan. It's a bigger hole.
    These do not look like the same fan to me:




    According to this the old one is 65mm x 10mm and the new one is 75mm x 10mm.

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    im probably not gonna go down to the 8800 gt new or old. If i SLI, im gonna SLI the GTS (g92). I think i am going to go with the GTS (g92), looks like it is better for the money. Does anyone know a good power supply calulator? for future reference in case i do decide to SLI the GTS (g92). feedback is helping feel free to continue. (original post has been edited to show GTS (g92) instead of the GTX superclocked. if you disagree with this change please say why.) thanks again

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    thanks guys for all the help if i change my mind on anything else ill post the change and see what you think. You guys really do know your s$%# thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithkt View Post
    According to this the old one is 65mm x 10mm and the new one is 75mm x 10mm.
    Ahh... ok. The original reference had a bigger hole that exposed the whole fan. Then they reduced the size of the hole which covered part of the fan. Now it looks like they've gone back to bigger hole with larger fan.

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