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    Hi there!

    As my current sys has seen its best days, its time to buy a new one. It should be under 800Euro. Nvidia and Intel are my preferences. I got Hdd and optical drives, so exclude them. What would you buy?

    thx

  • #2
    I would go for a P35 board, Q6600 cpu and 8800 GTS gpu with 2 gb DDR2-800 standard ram (OC ram would require higher voltage).

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    • #3
      Agreed, Kano.

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      • #4
        run the whole system by us before u buy. =)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kano View Post
          I would go for a P35 board, Q6600 cpu and 8800 GTS gpu with 2 gb DDR2-800 standard ram (OC ram would require higher voltage).
          Nice choices, that. I'd be a little leery of the 8800's with the issues people have been reporting with them, but I'd probably still go with them as they'll be the best choice overall once they get those issues totally ironed out (Not to mention that you'll be able to pick up all the ARB extensions to provide the DX10 capabilities once NVidia finishes that support- newer titles (Read: Rage...) will most likely USE them if they're there...).

          However, I'd shy away from an ECS manufactured P35 board as they are a little less fussy about components, etc. and their motherboards can tend to be "twitchy".

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          • #6
            I use a Gigabyte one with G33 and ICH9R without problems, the basic P35 ones from Gigabyte should work well too. ECS usally has no good BIOS to OC.

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            • #7
              P35-DS3P is a great board. I hear the same of the P35-DS3R. Very good boards to OC on. =)

              edit: These are gigabyte btw

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              • #8
                Good choice, the diff between those too are only the number of PCI/PCI-E slots. As Crossfire is only working with Windows [and there is NO SLI support with P35] and you only need one PCI-E slot and can go for GA-P35-DS3R, then you gain one PCI slot. If you don't need more than 2 PCI and you to have it for future PCI-E cards get the GA-P35-DS3P.

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                • #9
                  A Gigabyte X38-DQ6 Linux review will be posted at Phoronix soon.
                  Michael Larabel
                  http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                  • #10
                    Well X38 would be good for 2 GFX cards, but without SLI support only Crossfire (and no Linux support for that), what will you gain with it then?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kano View Post
                      Well X38 would be good for 2 GFX cards, but without SLI support only Crossfire (and no Linux support for that), what will you gain with it then?
                      Nothing much at this point in time. IF AMD gets on the stick and gets some stable and Crossfire capable drivers in the fglrx chain (or, conversely, they actually and honestly get all the 3D specs out to the Open Source community and we beat them to it... >:-) ) then there might be something. But that'd be a big IF that you're spending money on. If you can't find a non-Crossfire answer, sure, buy the thing, but don't spend on it at this point in time with the anticipation that you'll be using it anytime soon- with the problems AMD still seems to have with getting stuff out the door right at the moment, it may be a long while before they get that one down. It might even be a year or so before Crossfire gets stable on the driver sets- IF they even try to give it to us.

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                      • #12
                        If you can wait, I would wait for the nVidia G92 and AMD RV670 and see how they perform. It seems that the RV670 is on par with the R600 performance wise, but it's shrinked to 55nm and so it needs much less power and is cooled better (singleslot from what I've heard). Furthermore, it will cost only around ~ 200€.

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                        • #13
                          Good point, d2kx. The GeForce 8800GT (or whetever it's called) might be a better buy for a fraction of the price.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 1c3d0g View Post
                            Good point, d2kx. The GeForce 8800GT (or whetever it's called) might be a better buy for a fraction of the price.
                            Yeah I agree, there will be two models of the 8800GT, a 256mb version, and a 512mb version, the 256mb one will be around 200$ USD, the 512mb will be around 250$ USD. Good prices, I might pick one up myself. All depends on what I think of Unreal Tournament 3 I guess, I wasn't too hot on Quake Wars but thats just me.

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                            • #15
                              Malikith: I'm in the same boat as you are. It all depends on UT3 ('cause Quake Wars was a disappointment to me) and how well it's going to play on my current rig (Core 2 Duo E6420, 4GB RAM, 8600GT). If the 8800GT is a much better performer I'll have to consider upgrading my graphics card.

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