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Mike Shkolnik Jan 05, 2008, 04:57pm EST Report Abuse
Before I place the order, I thought I'd run my selection by folks here.
Requirements:
At least 8 internal SATA II ports
Stability over OC capability.
DDR2 memory (DDR3 is way too expensive right now). The reviews of DDR3 have been somewhat lackluster compared to the ridiculous price increase.

My selections:
Gigabyte X38-DQ6
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5D (2GB DDR2 1066)

Is this good or am I making a mistake?


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Adam Kolak Jan 05, 2008, 05:06pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
It looks good to me. What other parts you using?

Adam Kolak
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Shadow_Ops_Airman1 Jan 05, 2008, 05:44pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
well if you wanted stability over Overclockability, check prices of competing X38 Motherboards, also Check out the P35 Chipsets.e

AMD Athlon XP-M 2500+ (133x14= 1867MHz) (209x11= 2299MHz)
DFI LP NF2 Ultra-B (Hellfire 3EG Rev2)
Antec SX800, Neo HE 500, 4 Antec 8CM Fans
Thermalright SI-97 1 Antec Tricool 12CM Fan
CL SB XFi Xtreme Music
2x Barracuda HDs (250/400)
2x Samsung Write
Mike Shkolnik Jan 05, 2008, 05:46pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
For now, likely one of my old graphics cards. I have a choice of:

eVGA 7900GT (256MB)
eVGA 6200LE (256MB)
ATI AIW 9600 Pro (256MB I think)
ATI AIW 9000 (not likely - only 64MB)

I'm open to a new card if it will make a significant difference without costing over $200. I have 3 machines - Editing, Media Center, Security. I rotate the motherboard in that order. For graphics, however, I put the most stable card/driver in the Media Center PC, even if that means the editing system has a slower card. For now the ATI 9600 Pro is the most stable. I have had issues with the 7900GT drivers and I have yet to use the 6200LE as I just got it from Frys for free with rebate. It's newer but lower end. I don't know how it compares to the 7900GT and it may have the same driver issues.

Sean Costello Jan 05, 2008, 05:54pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
you might wanna check out the 8800GS when those comeout, around $150 and supposed to give great performance.

Not sure how it compares to your 7900GT, may be better.

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mothow Jan 05, 2008, 06:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
save a few buck and check this.Its a good board and according to OCZ Ryder (OCZ forum Mod) who has this board said it out clocks the X38 DQ6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128080

ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 / i7 4790K / Corsair H80i / 4x4GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 1600 / 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black / 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD / 2x Evga GTX 670 FTW 2GB in SLI / Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty / Corsair HX1000w
Adam Kolak Jan 05, 2008, 07:18pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
It doesn't have enough SATA ports for him though :(

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Mike Shkolnik Jan 06, 2008, 01:42am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
Taking Shadow's advice, I looked into the P35 boards, and Gigabyte has a couple that fit the bill and cost $100 or so less. Question is how much different is performance compared to their DDR2 X38 board? Is there any reason other than performance to go X38 over P35?

GA-P35-DS4-R2.0
GA-P35-DS3P-R2.0

Not really sure what the real-world difference between the 2 P35 boards is since they have identical features.

I decided I am going to get a new graphics card afterall and narrowed it down to these 2:

GIGABYTE GV-RX387512H-B Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-NX88S512H-B GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Which one has more stable drivers and is the 8800GTS really worth $100 more than the HD3870?

Keep in mind I will not be doing any overclocking as stability is more important for me.


Sean Costello Jan 06, 2008, 02:24am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
the GTS 512MB hands down

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Bitmap Jan 06, 2008, 02:31am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
Sean Costello said:
the GTS 512MB hands down

QFE.

If you're wanting to future-proof your system a bit, wait until X48 comes out. Otherwise, if you're willing to spend the money, go for one of the X38's.

But those Gigabytes. Really good for the money. I know: I own one. :D

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Maestro Jan 06, 2008, 06:01am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How's my system selection?
If you don't game, may be better to save the 100 and put it towards more hard drives or something. There is a sizeable difference in performance between the two cards, but only if you game. If it is for media, I personally think you get better quality video acceleration and features from ATi. For instance, nvidia makes you pay for pure video, whereas ATi's AVIVO stuff is free...



 

    
 
 

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