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steve gache Jan 01, 2007, 01:40pm EST Report Abuse
hey all here is my problem. I want a new mobo/cpu/vidcard setup but i have been out of the loop for a while. I have currently am athlon 2800 xp, bfg 5200 ultra and a asus a7vn mobo. I want to keep all my ram and my harddrives.

I was thinking about going sli ready and getting one vid card and seeing if i like the sped of one and if not get another. I just want it to be fast and not necesssarily blazing. here is what i picked out.


Asus A8N 32-SLI-Deluxe NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.40GHz OEM Processor
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-detai...mp;CatId=0

BFG GeForce 7950 GT / 512MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-detai...u=B52-7858

i already have 2 gigs of ram and all the other stuff.
Is SLI really going to make a huge difference in counterstrike source and EQ2 and similiar games or should i try one card and then get another. ALso should i be looking at waiting and getting an 8800 or similiar with directx 10 support or will nothing really work with that few awhile anyways.

thanks for the help

steve



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CrAsHnBuRnXp Jan 01, 2007, 02:05pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
steve gache said:
hey all here is my problem. I want a new mobo/cpu/vidcard setup but i have been out of the loop for a while. I have currently am athlon 2800 xp, bfg 5200 ultra and a asus a7vn mobo. I want to keep all my ram and my harddrives.

I was thinking about going sli ready and getting one vid card and seeing if i like the sped of one and if not get another. I just want it to be fast and not necesssarily blazing. here is what i picked out.


Asus A8N 32-SLI-Deluxe NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.40GHz OEM Processor
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-detai...mp;CatId=0

BFG GeForce 7950 GT / 512MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-detai...u=B52-7858

i already have 2 gigs of ram and all the other stuff.
Is SLI really going to make a huge difference in counterstrike source and EQ2 and similiar games or should i try one card and then get another. ALso should i be looking at waiting and getting an 8800 or similiar with directx 10 support or will nothing really work with that few awhile anyways.

thanks for the help

steve


As far as SLi making a difference in CS, it will. Here is a list of games optimized for SLi. http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone2_game.html

But, I dont recommend getting SLi unless you are using a screen resolution of 1600x1200 or higher. So unless you have a monitor that will support that res, dont bother with SLi.

Do you plan on overclocking? If so, I would look into a DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D board. Great overclocker.

If you want to get an 8800, Id say go for it. I have an 8800GTS and its awesome. I get over 80FPS in Splinter Cell Double Agent with next gen settings and a screen res of 1280x1024. I can even run FEAR on absolute max settings. As far as nothing really "working" with DX10 cards, that is false. A lot of people are running on 8800 series cards and they are running just fine. Most with a C2D, but if you stick with S939, you gonna have to overclock to try and get rid of some of the bottleneck between the cpu and the video card.

May I also suggest a dual core processor? Get the Opty 165 @1.8GHz and overclock it to 2.7GHZ with no voltage increase. You will however, need to put the RAM divider on 150.

steve gache Jan 01, 2007, 04:16pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
if i go to a core duo then i have to upgrade my ram as well and i want to keep it under 800 us bucks. I will be running the games at 1280 x 1024 so i guess sli will be overkill. How does the 7950 add up though. I am sure it will blow away my 5200 ultra and I am thinking that just be what i need but i get nervous with new stuff. I do not make all that much money anyways.

steve

steve gache Jan 01, 2007, 04:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
what if i teamed this up

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS / 640MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / HDCP Enabled / Video Card

Asus A8N5X-GR NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.40GHz OEM Processor

this keeps within my budget and lets me keep my old ram

steve


Diablos Jan 01, 2007, 05:11pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
Hi Steve. S939 is great by all means, but if you aren't into frequent upgrading I'd suggest you hang onto the system you have for just another month or two, save some dough, and aim at least for the following parts:

Processor:
Intel E6300 - $184
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005

Mobo:
ASUS P5B Socket T (p965) - $127
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131030

RAM:
GeIL Ultra 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820144028

GPU:
BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 - $450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143074

That's a grand total of around $980, and you can keep your drives. This system would not only provide you with good performance now (much better then the 4000+/7950 setup), but also allow a lot of upgrade flexibility in future.

PS: On a sidenote, which power supply do you have? For a more powerful system you might need a new PSU as well.

Adam Kolak Jan 01, 2007, 05:13pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
It well definitely help to squeeze a Core 2 and a 8800 GTS into your budget. You do need one hell of a PSU for a 8800 though.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
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steve gache Jan 01, 2007, 08:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
i have a thermaltake 550 psu. I am not too sure what to do but i might be able to hold off a little and save a few more bucks. but i got some games for christmas and they just can run on this computer and that p**ses me off

Diablos Jan 01, 2007, 09:00pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
If bought within the last couple of years that PSU should be more then adequate for a single GTS (or even a single GTX), so at least you wont need to buy a new PSU. :)

steve gache Jan 06, 2007, 02:47pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: new build need some help
ok i think i am going with core duo set up that you mention. I have a simple question though. Will I have to reinstall windows and all my games and apps. I really do not want to as I have so much on the drives?

Steve



 

    
 
 

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