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    Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 7:57pm
hi there!
 
I'm looking to purchase a super tricked out gaming system... I've been pricing them all week at different retailers and I must say you guys seem to have the lowest price and best configuration customization.
 
Basically this is what I'm going after:
 
CPU:  Intel Quad Core 3.33mgz (overclocked one)
GPU:  2 x evga 8800 ultra's
Cooling:  Liquid cooling on CPU and GPU
RAID 0: 2 x WD 150 gig raptors
PSU:  Thermaltake 1000 WAT
Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition
 
My only concern here is the quad core... I really want the best of the best but I'm wondering if the quad will actually give me better performance than using a core 2 duo that's overclocked... also, I noticed that you don't have the quad AMD FX-74 on the cpu comparision chart.  I was also thinking about this solution but its actually more money than the Intel one...which I thought was interesting as well.  I'm mainly going to be using my system for gaming and every day general use... so, I'm wondering if the games out there will be actually utilizing the quad core in the near future. 
 
Any insight is appreciated... Based on my customizations the intel box will cost me 5,200 bucks and the AMD box would be 5,400.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:01pm

I suggest you go with a Intel Quad-Core system.

Since your budget is in the high-end area, I suggest you go with the QX6850 because it will be great for overclocking (It has the G0 core), we can push it to 3.6GHz. Games will also take advantage of all four cores over time as well.
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:05pm
quad > duo for your type of budget
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  Quote Amy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:09pm
That was a fast response! :)  And thanks.
 
If I order it online, will you overclock it to 3.6 automatically or is there an option for that in the config list that I'm missing?
 
Last question:  regarding the AMD vs. Intel does the quad AMD stack up to the Intel?  I've always been an AMD person as I'm running a FX62 dual core with Crossfire at the moment. 
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:11pm
Intel Core 2 blows away any AMD processor on the market at the moment.
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  Quote Amy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:18pm
I dunno I've seen AMD systems out perform an Intel... I still would like to see the AMD Quad FX74 on the comparison chart.
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:26pm
http://techreport.com/articles.x/12091/3

nice review. Even the low-end Intel CPUs dominate the high-end AMD's
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  Quote Amy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:31pm
Thanks for the article...very interesting... guess it depends what you're playing... and the resolution etc... some of the games have AMD neck and neck with the intel. 
 
 
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  Quote Amy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:36pm
Here is what I finalized in my cart:
 
Case: Digital Storm Twister EXTREME (Black Anodized Aluminum Finish)
Power Supply: 1000W Thermaltake (8800 GTX SLI Compatible) (Silent Toughpower Edition)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad (TwisterBoost Enhanced) QX6800 Extreme 3.33GHz (1333MHz FSB)
Motherboard: nVidia 680i Core 2 Quad (By: eVGA) (nForce 680i SLI) (A1 Revision)
Memory: 1GB DDR2 Corsair at 667MHz
Floppy / Media: - No Thanks
Hard Drive 1: 300GB Western Digital Raptor Raid 0 Setup (10K RPM) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
Raid Option: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Optical Drive 2: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Network Card: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Modem: - No Thanks
Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (nVidia GeForce 8800ULTRA 768MB (By: eVGA / Asus) (PCI-Express)
TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Motherboard Multi-Channel High Definition Audio (7.1 Channel)
Physics Card: - No Thanks
Cooling: Liquid Chilled CPU & Video Cards (TwisterBoost Overclocked) (Madusa Purple Liquid)
Case Lighting: Blizzard Internal Lighting (Blue Edition) (Cold Cathode Tubes)
Round Cables: Enhanced Interior Air Flow (Optical Drive & Floppy Cables (Blue Edition)
User Manual: Personalized Platinum Digital Storm Binder (Includes Paperwork/Benchmarks/CDs/Manuals)
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-Bit Edition) (For Enthusiasts)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks my keyboard comes with a mouse
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
Support: Lifetime Toll-Free Platinum Care Technical Support
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:39pm
Memory: 1GB DDR2 Corsair at 667MHz

Mistake? =\
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  Quote Amy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Sep 2007 at 8:45pm
No its not... I have 4 gigs from my current system I'm going to put in it.
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  Quote Kenny Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Sep 2007 at 4:32am
What Ram do you have, 1066MHz ? and do you have any sound card ? if your config doesn't have sound card => Mistake.
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  Quote Amy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Sep 2007 at 9:52am
LOL... yes I have my own sound card...
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