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Hi,

A friend has asked me to build him a stonker of a pc, so of course im suggesting to him DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR SKT939

 

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/in...oduct_uid=86395

 

My main question is ....

As it is NVIDIA based is it ok to use a ATI based PCI-e card or should I stick to Nvidia?

 

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/in...duct_uid=105749

 

Any suggestions on pci-e card would be great.

I am all so suggesting an Athlon 64 X2 4400+skt939 2.2GHz 1mb

This system will be running XP Pro.

 

He will be using the pc for photoshop and graphic programmes so he wants to use all 4GB of ram.

CRUCIAL 1GB DDR PC3200 400MHz 184-PIN UNBUFF 128MX64 Memory Modules X4

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/in...oduct_uid=65719

 

I have looked at the OCZ ram but there are bad reviews about it not configuring properly so I've opted for the above, just for ease.

However if you guys know different or can recommed that would be great.

 

Whoops nearly forgot, the psu. What do you think of this baby?

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/in...duct_uid=116339

 

The hard drives will be 2x Maxtor 320GB in stripe raid

 

Thank you very much for your help and guidance on this pc build.

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My main question is ....

As it is NVIDIA based is it ok to use a ATI based PCI-e card or should I stick to Nvidia?

Yes it is absolutely compatible.

 

X1900 is a great video card. What PSU are you going to use? Get one from the recommended list.

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Thanks Tasr

I have found the psu that I am planing on getting in your links.

 

 

Hiper Type R 730W (Special Server Based Modular)

Up to Max Combined [email protected]

Specs: http://www.hipergroup.com/English/pr...hpu-4s730.html

From $ Froogle has no listings as of 10-18-06

 

 

Would I be better off getting 2x 2GB ram matched pairs or 4 x 1GB sticks.?

Crucial 2GB kit (1GBx2) DDR PC3200 CL=3 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR400 2.6V 128Meg x 64

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/92005

 

or

4x

CRUCIAL 1GB DDR PC3200 400MHz 184-PIN UNBUFF 128MX64 Memory Modules

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/in...oduct_uid=65719

Thanks again.:)

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Thanks Tasr

I have found the psu that I am planing on getting in your links.

 

 

Hiper Type R 730W (Special Server Based Modular)

Up to Max Combined [email protected]

Specs: http://www.hipergroup.com/English/pr...hpu-4s730.html

From $ Froogle has no listings as of 10-18-06

 

 

Would I be better off getting 2x 2GB ram matched pairs or 4 x 1GB sticks.?

Crucial 2GB kit (1GBx2) DDR PC3200 CL=3 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR400 2.6V 128Meg x 64

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/92005

 

or

4x

CRUCIAL 1GB DDR PC3200 400MHz 184-PIN UNBUFF 128MX64 Memory Modules

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/in...oduct_uid=65719

Thanks again.:)

 

 

if he wants to use all 4 GB of ram, perhaps you should install the 64bit version of windows xp. the 32bit version will only see 3.25 gb of ram... with ram being so expensive right now, why not just pick up a 2gb kit and see if that is good enough? It should be.

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8800GTX = best video card in the world right now

X1900XT = best bang for the buck right now

 

for psu, I'd look into OCZ, Corsair, or Antec for the psu.

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SO far, I don't even see a need for more than 2GB with Vista Ultimate. I only run about 20% ram usage while sitting in idle at the desktop and have only ever seen more than 45% ONCE when I was watching a video (off of a website) and scanning for viruses at the same time.

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If you want to go dual GPU; stick with nVidia SLI (since this board doesn't support ATI crossfire)

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Have you thought about getting the DFI RDX200 CF-DR, which can be picked up for £35 at Overclockers.co.uk, and pairing it with an ATi graphics card so that it can be upgraded to Crossfire?

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Hey the mo/bo looks good but the sata is only 150. I want to run Sata 2 300mb.

 

What is the difference between SLI and crossfire?

how does an ati card upgrade it to crossfire?

 

Thats.

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Hey the mo/bo looks good but the sata is only 150. I want to run Sata 2 300mb.

 

What is the difference between SLI and crossfire?

how does an ati card upgrade it to crossfire?

 

Thats.

 

Crossfire is ATI's version of nVidia's SLI.

 

Crossfire = 2 ATI videocards

SLI = 2 nVidia cards

 

A motherboard will either be SLI or Crossfire. Sometimes you can use hacked drivers and run SLI on a Crossfire, but assume you cant.

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