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    Default Re: New com ( Without budget this time )

    Quote Originally Posted by Benzoid
    I think ill prob stay with a normal mobo + 1 single GPU . It will prob last me 2-3 years :D

    EDIT : Btw will a 450 watter PSU do ? Ill be changing the ultra over to a GT. Then Ill add some more fans and a silencer thingy
    Unlikely for both.

    AGP should be just about dead within three years, and two years from now you'll be hoping you had PCI-E and SLI on your board. With SLI, you can have just one card, and you can eventually get a 2nd one when you want to upgrade, which saves money in the long run. Besides, there are other advantages to getting a board with PCI-E, and with feasible choices (nevermind LGA775) right around the corner, it makes sense to wait.

    A 480W PSU is the absolute minimum I would get for a socket 939 system with a 6800. I'd consider getting a 560W (again, from Thermaltake) for this system, though a 480W will do if no overclocking is to be done.

    I also wouldn't bother with a soundcard as whatever motherboard you get is going to have great onboard sound.

    The hard drive needn't have a 16MB cache, and the only one you'll find is indeed Maxtor. If you really need that much space, it's not a bad idea, but just get a Seagate SATA drive with an 8MB cache otherwise.

    That cooler should be quite good. I was very impressed with the cooling ability of the Arctic Cooling VGA cooler I got for my 9800 Pro, and that was the first and only cooler they had out. Now there's a whole line of even better coolers for both companies' cards, and it's what I recommend to anyone looking for aftermarket VGA cooling. Just make sre you get Arctic Silver 5, because the thermal paste that comes with it is crap.
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    Default Re: New com ( Without budget this time )

    I only need this com to last me 2 more years ( going army after 2 years so wont need the com much , by the time Im outa army it will be 4 years from now so I might as well buy a new com ). Those PCI-E boards are real expensive too :S Im gonna do some over clocking after about 1 year so ill guess ill buy a 560 PSU from thermaltake. Is 4 fans ( 2 comes with case ) and a vga cooler ( arctic silver 5 ) good enuf ??

    Assuming Im ocing my 6800GT to ultra speeds and alittle above ( 415/1100 ) around there and pumping my processor up to 2.4 gigz clock speed.

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    Default Re: New com ( Without budget this time )

    AGP will be fine then, but those PCI-E boards aren't out, so you can't possibly know how expensive they are. :) Four years from now there's a good chance a technology that can't be easily/cheaply used in your computer will be out and you'll want a new motherboard anyway, so I guess you should just stick with an MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum unless the PCI-E boards come out before you buy everything.

    That cooling will be good enough, without a doubt. You can expect at least 2.6GHz out of a 3500 with a Winchester core. BTW, make sure you're getting this rather than this.

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    Default Re: New com ( Without budget this time )

    Yep getting winchester core :D is there a diff ?

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    Default Re: New com ( Without budget this time )

    Quote Originally Posted by Benzoid
    Yep getting winchester core :D is there a diff ?
    Yes there is a "diff". Winchester cores are built on the new 90nm process.

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    To explain further, that means the core is smaller. But the important part is it gives off less heat, overclocks better, and performs slightly better than Newcastles of the same speed.

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