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Old 03-06-2010, 02:17 AM   #1
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Alright. Ordering these parts soon. I'm sure you guys will have things to say about what I'm choosing. I'd like opinions and alternatives if the part I've chosen sucks (it happens).

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0293547

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium
http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0326238

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (I know Microcenter has it for cheaper, just for show)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB in Raid 1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR3 1800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104119

GPU: XFX HD 5870 XXX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150456
Can I Crossfire a 5870 with a 5770? If not, will two 5770's do a better job than a single 5870?

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139007

Optical Drives: LG Blu-ray Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16827136185\
LG Blu-ray Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136181

OS: Win 7 Home Prem

Monitor: Asus VW246H 24" x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236049

PhysX: EVGA 9800GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130450

I'm between the EVGA 9800 GT and the XFX GTS 250. Those one's only, I want nice looking cards. Will the 9800 GT get the job done well enough? (Price varies relatively small compared to overall project so price doesn't matter). Oh, and I can use nVidia PhysX with a ATI main GPU right?

Total comes out to be around $2400. Working on the watercooling, that's gonna be custom. Thoughts?
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I'm using a GTS250 for graphics, and it flies through everything and anything. Pretty quiet too. I also like the heatsink on it because it puts the air out of the case, not in. I would recommend a different case though, I am not a fan of the HAF. It has a bunch of fans, sure, but the half work against each other, and I've seen better temps in different cases, with less fans, because the other cases have an airflow pattern, rather then a billion fans everywhere.
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And all the fans are interchangeable. It's not the fans are placed in their places and direction permanently. It's got good space and I like the look over the 1200. I'm pretty much going with the HAF

I know it's a good graphics card, my buddy has one on his rig. But will I notice a huge difference between the 9800gt and gts 250 if they're physx cards?
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And all the fans are interchangeable. It's not the fans are placed in their places and direction permanently. It's got good space and I like the look over the 1200. I'm pretty much going with the HAF

I know it's a good graphics card, my buddy has one on his rig. But will I notice a huge difference between the 9800gt and gts 250 if they're physx cards?
Do what you please, it's your money after all. I just personally do not like the HAF, at all.


I think I have plenty of overhead with mine as a physx. You would probably be just fine with the 9800gt, but I would go with the 250 since it's such a small increase in price, and we know how fast things tend to advance with computers :P
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Good point. Do you know if I can crossfire a 5870 with a 5770?
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Good point. Do you know if I can crossfire a 5870 with a 5770?
Nope, you can only crossfire two 5870 together, or two 5770.
Basically they have to be the same card, they can be different manufacturers of the card, but they gotta be the same card.
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Nope, you can only crossfire two 5870 together, or two 5770.
Basically they have to be the same card, they can be different manufacturers of the card, but they gotta be the same card.
No, that's not correct. I'll get the image from amd's site...)
FALSE, I was wrong. WhyFly is correct.

Can't find it, but I remember seeing a chart on AMD's site that said you could crossfire with just about any 2 cards, but it would disable shaders and downclock the fastest card.


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May I ask why you want such a big expensive PSU for? I have a very similar system running on a SeaSonic X750
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May I ask why you want such a big expensive PSU for? I have a very similar system running on a SeaSonic X750
Other than the case, the PSU is perhaps the only part of the computer that can be fairly reliably future-proofed.
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Future-Proofed in the electronic world? lol

Anyway, I was just thinking that his over-kill PSU could be changed. With the possible 55 dollars saved or whatever it comes up to be, could be applied to increasing the 3x(1Gb) sticks of ram.
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