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Thread: New PC Specs. SLI or Crossfire?

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    Default New PC Specs. SLI or Crossfire?

    I'm planning on buying a new PC so this is what i have thus far.

    Case: ($230)
    LIAN LI PC-V1200Bplus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    MoBo: ($270)
    ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    CPU: ($360)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    RAM: ($270)
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail

    DVD-RW: ($40)
    LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATAPI/E-IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe - Retail

    Total so far ($1170)

    Mostly i'm wondering if i should stick with this Crossfire setup, or go with SLI instead. I dont really understand how the PSU certified thing works, will SLI certified psu's work with crossfire and vice versus?

    All i need now is a GPU, PSU and a hard drive or two. I was planning on having it be about $1500 but a little over isnt bad. I could probably cut a few bucks off by making some of that OEM but thats just fine tuning prices at the end. Also i will probably be getting different RAM, that XMS2 stuff is $$$

    Any ideas on the Graphics card and Power Supply? I'm looking to eventually take advantage of crossfire or SLI, but i'll leave that for future upgrades. directX10? maybe not? Any ideas?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: New PC Specs. SLI or Crossfire?

    Do you plan on overclocking?

    You don't need DDR2 800 RAM for any reason. DDR2 667 will do the job, and most of it will overclock to DDR2 800 speeds anyway. Save your money and get something cheaper.

    IMO a $230 case is WAY too expensive. The most I've ever spent on a case was $50, and the least was about $35, and I've never been unhappy with one. Expensive cases are simply not worth the premium.

    SLI is a much better solution simply due to lower power consumption, but there's about one decent SLI board that supports Core 2 Duo.

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