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    Posted: 05 Aug 2007 at 1:02pm
Ok, I will be returning from Iraq within the next month (wohoooo). I was looking into this build. It will be made to Age of Conan (it's a new MMO that will be useing DX10). The plan for the build is to drop another 8800GTX, when I get around to it. Let me know what ya think. Thank you.
 
Case: Digital Storm Twister PRO (Black Anodized Aluminum Finish)
Power Supply: 850W Thermaltake (8800 GTX SLI Compatible) (Silent
Toughpower Edition)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.00GHz (1333MHz Front Side Bus) (4MB
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Motherboard: nVidia 680i Core 2 Quad (By: eVGA) (nForce 680i SLI) (A1
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Memory: 2GB DDR2 Corsair at 1066MHz Dominator (Dual Channel)
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Floppy / Media: Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive 1: 320GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
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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)
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800GTX 768MB (By: eVGA) (PCI-Express)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE (Up to 7.1 Channel)
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Cooling: Air Cooled Stage 3 (Silent Artic Cooling (TwisterBoost
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Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
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  Quote Donut Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2007 at 1:16pm
Hmmm. I might go for a 750W power supply, I don't think you need much more than that. Also maybe go down to Air Cooled Stage 2, that might be sufficient and save you a little money. But as for the vid card/processor . . . I'm not quite sure. Age of Conan looks like it'll be a really graphics-intensive game. Are you planning on running it on high? Because if you are, you might consider dual video cards. I'm not sure tho, be sure to wait for more peoples' advice.
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Well the 850W P/S is because I plan on dropping in another 8800GTX. As for the cooling, I rather cough up the extra 30 bucks to keep her cool, then fret of her overheating for some bizarre reason.
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  Quote Donut Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2007 at 1:43pm
Originally posted by Colin

Well the 850W P/S is because I plan on dropping in another 8800GTX. As for the cooling, I rather cough up the extra 30 bucks to keep her cool, then fret of her overheating for some bizarre reason.



Hmm. The machine I'm thinking of right now has dual 8800 ultras and a quad processor . . . maybe I should go with 850W. But their um . . Twister ULTRA computer is a quad and dual 8800 ultras, and while it does use 850W, it also only has Air Cooled Stage 2, so you might consider changing that.

But I think you're right about the 850W power supply
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2007 at 3:19pm
Get the Q6600 and overclock it to 3.2ghz.
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Going with a Q6600 is good if you have a tight budget, but, it will limit your overclock. We can get it up to 3.2GHz, but, we can push the E6850 much higher to over 3.6GHz. I would recommend sticking with the E6850 because it also uses Intel's new 1333MHz Front Side Bus.
 
About our ULTRA configuration that has the 8800ULTRA's and Quad-Core processor, the reason why we dont have the cooling system at Stage 3 and only 2 is because the Stage 3 offers TwisterBoost technology, but, the processor that is selected "QX6800" comes with our TwisterBoost technology already!
 
The 850W power supply is always a good idea, the more power you have the less likely you will need to undo our amazing wiring job and re-routing all of the cables.
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  Quote Larry Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2007 at 4:24pm
850w would be the min that I would use for a system that you plan on keeping and upgrading in the future.  I originally was going to use the 6850 but I rescinded that order and I am going to go for the Quad Core so I am ready for the next generation of games.
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  Quote Colin Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Aug 2007 at 7:56am
Like I said in the start, I plan on playing Age of Conan when it comes out in the end of Oct. It's a game that is designed for DX10. Therefore I'm going to go With Vista premium. I have 2 questions for Alex. 1) Will you guys actually OC for me if I ask, or do I need to that on my own? 2) The rig will come with a 64bit version of Vista, right?   Thank you in advance bro.
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Aug 2007 at 9:05am
You have to order 64-bit through Microsoft (it's going to cost you more money including shipping & handling). Only Windows Vista Ultimate is out of the box 64-bit, all other retail versions is 32-bit. (yep it's stupid)


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Thanks skyR, personally do you think it is worth it? (64bit over 32-bit) I know everyone has mixed feelings of Vista in general. Again, thank you

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Originally posted by Colin

Thanks skyR, personally do you think it is worth it? (64bit over 32-bit) I know everyone has mixed feelings of Vista in general. Again, thank you



I'm still using Windows XP, I will be purchasing 64-bit Windows Vista Premium when I build/order my new PC for Starcraft 2 sometime in 2008.

If all your hardware has 64-bit certified drivers, then I would suggest upgrading. Also if you plan on adding 4gb of ram or upgrading to a core 2 quad to your computer, then yes.

64-bit won't be mainstream this generation so don't worry if you choose not to upgrade. The performance gain is also very minimal from what I notice.


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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Aug 2007 at 2:11am
Sky did a great job answering questions.
 
About the overclocking, yes, we do that for you, just select the TwisterBoost technology option under cooling. If you select Vista Ultimate it will have a 64-bit version. If you want, we can also request Vista Home Premium in 64-bit flavor. But, please note that not a lot of games are written in 64-bit code and support all of the advance features. Your better off with a 32-bit OS for better stability, support, and more compatibility for now.
 
Originally posted by Colin

Like I said in the start, I plan on playing Age of Conan when it comes out in the end of Oct. It's a game that is designed for DX10. Therefore I'm going to go With Vista premium. I have 2 questions for Alex. 1) Will you guys actually OC for me if I ask, or do I need to that on my own? 2) The rig will come with a 64bit version of Vista, right?   Thank you in advance bro.
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  Quote Colin Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Aug 2007 at 7:30am
Thank you Alex.  Looking forward to doing business with ya when I espace hells waiting room. 48 days!
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