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  1. I've finally decided on and have ordered all of the parts for my new gaming system. The parts should all arrive next week. Which bios should I flash to immediately? And, is using a CD to flash as equally realiable as a floppy drive? On a side note, I've ordered 2 pairs of Ram. OCZ 4800 (2 x 512) Platinum and a pair of OCZ 2 x 1GB 3200 Platinums. Planning on keeping the one I like more and using the other for a machine at the office. Any ideas which set of Ram would be "better" not necessarily faster benchmark wise for my system? Having read many threads on this issues, I'm still not sure--hence trying both. Many thanks.
  2. Hey Guys, Thanks for the responses and insights. ExRoadie – Hm, those benchmarks are very interesting. It surprised me that the Hitachi ATA II drives compare so well against the Raptors. It seems as if performance improves as the size of the drive increases. I will not be running a RAID array on this machine, and leaning towards purchasing only one hard drive for the OS and Applications. In this case, I may just opt for a much larger Hitachi for the same price as the Raptor. Spdiscus – Yes, you are correct. The OCZ Revision 2 is now using Samsung’s TCC5 instead of it’s TCCD. My other alternatives in this area would be to opt for either the Corsair XMS 3200XL (which is still running TCCD as far as I know) or some PQI Turbos running the Samsung TCCD. It does appear to be the opinion of many that TCCD is more stable while overclocking. Alpha Blondy - Yes, they are PCI Express cards. Oliveryochest – I agree, each system responds uniquely even when all the components are identical. I just wish to avoid the “known” hardware conflicts. Kempez815 – LOL…well, you know any excuse to make a nicer and faster game machine right? With kindest regards, Pickwick Changes: I will most likely go with the UT, assuming it contains the SLI bridge. I read that the initial shipments with the UT based board required purchasing the bridge seperately and had a higher probability of being damaged on transport based in it's packaging. Anyone know if this is still the case?
  3. Hi there, I’ve been reading these boards for several weeks now gathering some research on building a new AMD 64 based system. After deciding on a CPU, I always start with the motherboard. It’s not easy choosing a board, but ultimately the support offered here especially by DFI employees responding to posts tipped the scale in my deciding on a the LanParty NF4 SLI-DR over the Asus A8N-SLI Premium. I just wanted to ensure all the parts I’m compiling appear compatible. Also, any insights, recommendations, or suggestions on anything I haven’t considered would be welcome. The parts are as follows: LanParty NF4 SLI-DR Athlon 64 4000+ (San Diego) OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 1GB (2 X 512MB) PC Power&Cooling Turbo-Cool Express SLI 2 eVGA 6800 GT 256 MB running in SLI mode WD Raptor 74GB Chaintech AV710 VIA Envy 24PT Sound Card NEC ND-3520A As far as I can tell, there doesn’t appear to be any conflicts. Also, has anyone been able to run this set-up in SLI mode in XP64? Many thanks, Pickwick
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