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Hello there fellow Overclockers!

 

I am looking into purchasing a new base unit+monitor with some of the 'top-end' stuff (for atleast the first week) money can buy.

 

I have set aside two amounts to buy the bast unit in two main parts.

First being the processor and two SLI graphics cards, the second half being basiaclly, the rest of it, memory, PSU, mobo, maybe 2 raptors, and some other bit that i know ill be wanting.

 

I was thinking roughly

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(EDIT - Oh, nearly forgot, i any recommendations on a 20" TFT moniter that can display a resolution of 1600x1200 nativly? This will probally fall outside of my budget so any advice would be super)

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fell outside of my budget too, didn't want the compromise of speed (6-bit TN lcd) vs colours (8bit w/e it is lcd)... so i got a 22" crt off ebay.co.uk for 150 quid... bargain!

 

does 2048x1536 @ 70Hz, but i can see the flicker even at 75Hz so i run at a moderate 1600x1200 @ 85Hz... no latency issues, top colours...

 

crt is definitely an option you should look into cos a lot of massive monitors that were previously like 500 quid or more are now rockbottom prices... :) like cheaper than cheapo 17" lcd... and that's something worth checkin out if you are on a budget imo

 

edit: you don't *need* 2 graphics cards... one gtx is already pretty much overkill for almost all games...

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Yeah, but im in one of those seasons where i just want the best i can get, i want over kill, over kill is good for me at christmas. The rec about the 22" CRT is good, didn't realise they were that cheaper now, i will have ot look into that as an alternative.

 

Any ideas on mobo/proc/twin card combos?

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I dont know thats what im askign about :P

 

Need ot scale the 2 vid cards and proc to fit in my first half of the budget.

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Just remember that X2s can play games fine but there not the best proccessor for games there more for video editing and things like that. When you play a game on a X2 it only uses 1 core or 50% of the cpu and the other core does not get used. There also not the best for overclocking. I recomend an amd 64 fx cpu if your going to game. But it all depends on how much your going to pay for a cpu. But if your going to get a dual core I recomend a 4400+ (2.2ghz 2048mb L2 cach or 1024mb per core) or a 4800+ (2.4ghz 2048mb L2 cach or 1024mb per core).

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Screw the budget, go to Falcon Northwest.........

 

Chassis--------------------------ICON Exotix Single Color ICON

Power Supply------------------Silverstone 600Watt Modular Power Supply

Operating System-------------Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Motherboard-------------------Asus A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard

CPU------------------------------AMD Athlon64 FX-57 Socket 939

CPU Cooler---------------------Icon Watercooling Kit

Memory-------------------------Corsair TwinX 2048MB 3200XL-PT (4/512mb)

Video Card(s)------------------2 X nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB (BFG)

Raid Option---------------------Raid 0

Hard Drive 1-------------------WD740GD Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 8MB SATA

Hard Drive 2-------------------WD740GD Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 8MB SATA

Hard Drive 3-------------------Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA

Hard Drive 4-------------------Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA

Optical Drive 1----------------Sony DRU800A Dual Layer DVD+-/RW

Optical Drive 2----------------Plextor Premium 52x CDRW

Optical Drive 3----------------Leave empty for add on Temperature monitor and fan control

DVD Software Decoder------Software - PowerDVD XP v5.0 w/DD&DTS

Sound Card--------------------Creative Labs X-FI Elite Pro

Monitor-------------------------NEC 20 LCD 1600x1200 25ms 400:1 C/R

Silencer Fans------------------Silencer 80MM Case fans None

Windowed Side Panel-------Windowed Side Panel

Case Lighting------------------Cold Cathode - Blue

Extras---------------------------Falcon Northwest T-Shirt

 

 

You should be able to squeek by with that

 

Its only $8682.72

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That all looks nice apart from 1 thing!

 

The response time on that LCD is horrible!

 

Your gonna need 16ms or below to get any decent gaming on that thing!!

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You've pretty much got this thing figured out already, which is cool :)

 

For the monitor, nrg beat me to the CRT recommendation. I have a 22" CRT (HP top end), and they're not pricey relative to a 20" LCD. I personally am no longer willing to run anything less than 1600x1200, so I would have to get at least a 20" LCD, and I just can't justify that much money on a monitor, so I went CRT.

 

As far as the motherboard, I'd basically say you have two options. DFI or MSI. If you're an overclocking type of guy, and pretty knowledgable in that ballpark, the DFI SLI UT Ultra-D Super Mega Whatever is your best bet. Great performance and OC board, but could be a little intimidating with all the BIOS options. If you're not so much on the OCing and just want a bit more of a "plug in and go" feel, I'd say get the MSI neo4 SLI board. It doesn't have quite as many BIOS options for overclocking, but it's still a great performer, and easier to set up and play with.

 

For the proc, you're going to get a lot of debating between the X2 and FX series chips. Honestly, you really can't go wrong. Without super cooling, they're going to perform pretty similarly in a game. With OCing there's never a guarantee on what any chip's going to do, but I think it's safe to assume that the FX will OC better than the X2.

 

As far as pricing, I wish I could help, but I don't understand your monetary system :P It sounds like you pretty much know you want a high end SLI motherboard, so between all the choices, there really isn't much price variance, so just figure out what that's gonna cost you and whatever you have left goes to the proc.

 

Have you considered what kind of cooling you're going to use?

 

EDIT

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OK, I'm bored on my lunch break, so I'm comparing what I'd build to that Falcon NW system. Wow....

 

Chassis--------------------------ICON Exotix Single Color ICON

Chassis--------------------------Lian Li PC-75B ($225)

Power Supply------------------Silverstone 600Watt Modular Power Supply

Power Supply------------------600W PC Power and Cooling ($500)

Operating System-------------Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Operating System-------------Microsoft Windows XP Professional OEM ($150)

Motherboard-------------------Asus A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard

Motherboard-------------------DFI nf4 SLI-DR ($180)

CPU------------------------------AMD Athlon64 FX-57 Socket 939

CPU------------------------------AMD Athlon64 FX-57 Socket 939 ($1011)

CPU Cooler---------------------Icon Watercooling Kit

CPU Cooler---------------------GREAT Watercooling Kit ($500)

Memory-------------------------Corsair TwinX 2048MB 3200XL-PT (4/512mb)

Memory-------------------------PDP 4x512 2.5-4-4-8 @ DDR600 ($360)

Video Card(s)------------------2 X nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB (BFG)

Video Card(s)------------------2 X nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB (BFG) ($1040)

Raid Option---------------------Raid 0

Raid Option---------------------Should this be on the list? :P

Hard Drive 1-------------------WD740GD Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 8MB SATA

Hard Drive 1-------------------WD740GD Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 8MB SATA ($170)

Hard Drive 2-------------------WD740GD Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 8MB SATA

Hard Drive 1-------------------WD740GD Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 8MB SATA ($170)

Hard Drive 3-------------------Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA

Hard Drive 3-------------------Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA ($236)

Hard Drive 4-------------------Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA

Don't really need two, but I did for comparison sake ($236)

Optical Drive 1----------------Sony DRU800A Dual Layer DVD+-/RW

Optical Drive 1----------------Any DL Drive ($100)

Optical Drive 2----------------Plextor Premium 52x CDRW

Optical Drive 2----------------Any CD-RW Drive ($50)

Optical Drive 3----------------Leave empty for add on Temperature monitor and fan control

Optical Drive 3----------------Bay left open :P (free)

DVD Software Decoder------Software - PowerDVD XP v5.0 w/DD&DTS

DVD Software Decoder------Software - PowerDVD XP v5.0 w/DD&DTS ($100?)

Sound Card--------------------Creative Labs X-FI Elite Pro

Sound Card--------------------Audigy2 ZS ($220)

Monitor-------------------------NEC 20 LCD 1600x1200 25ms 400:1 C/R

Monitor-------------------------NEC 21" LCD 8ms 1000:1 ($1090)

Silencer Fans------------------Silencer 80MM Case fans None

Silencer Fans------------------Case full of great fans ($50)

Windowed Side Panel-------Windowed Side Panel

Windowed Side Panel-------Should this be on the list? :P

Case Lighting------------------Cold Cathode - Blue

Case Lighting------------------Any FOUR ccfls ($40)

Extras---------------------------Falcon Northwest T-Shirt

Extras---------------------------"I saved craptons of money T-Shirt (free)

 

Total: $6428!!!

 

So you save about $2200, and this one is better in pretty much every way possible! PRE-BUILT SUCKS!!! :P

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^^ I love the 2 extra T-shirts LOL. Nice setup :)

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Ya, I was kinda hoping someone would do a comparison, it was a good bet with this crowd.....

 

I agree, prebuilt suks, but I just got into building my own, and till then I drooled over the Falcon website more than I ever did Playboy!

 

 

BTW, I made a t-shirt for the occasion, check it out at Craptons Shop

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