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  • Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

    Alright... it's time for me to put together my new gaming rig. I've started researching the various parts but I wanted to get my fellow TGers input. Here's what I'm looking at...

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe
    New mobo: Any recommendations?
    2 GB RAM
    nVidia 7950GX2 1 GB PCIe x16 Dual GPU Brand recommendations?
    PSU (modular connections): Any recommendations?

    I'm not looking to overclock this system either.
    |TG-12th| asch
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    Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

    I recommend the FSP FX600 power supply. Very beefy. OCZ's 600W GameXStream is the same PSU, just rebranded and available for less money.

    I have the 7950GX2, nice card. eVGA has the best service - they have been known to overnight replacement cards to people who are experiencing problems.

    However, it wouldn't hurt to wait for the G80, nVidia's DX10 card which will be released in November.
    A policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. -F.A. Hayek

    "$250,000 a year won't get me to Central Park West."

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      Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

      I'll recommend the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard. It's very stable and I haven't encountered any problems with it since I got it in August.

      Link to mobo:
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012



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        Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

        Originally posted by xTYBALTx View Post
        I recommend the FSP FX600 power supply. Very beefy. OCZ's 600W GameXStream is the same PSU, just rebranded and available for less money.

        I have the 7950GX2, nice card. eVGA has the best service - they have been known to overnight replacement cards to people who are experiencing problems.

        However, it wouldn't hurt to wait for the G80, nVidia's DX10 card which will be released in November.
        yeah, eVGA would be a good one. In terms of PSU, don't cheap out on it. A good PSU could last you for a long time.
        Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast!

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          Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

          Originally posted by xTYBALTx View Post
          However, it wouldn't hurt to wait for the G80, nVidia's DX10 card which will be released in November.
          From what I've ready, the G80 will support the DX10 API, but won't trully support all of the functionality of DX10. I'll have to see if I can hunt that article down.
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          • #6
            Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

            A second vote for the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard.

            Great stable board and if you change your mind its arguably the best board out there for overclocking :)
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              Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

              Originally posted by asch View Post
              From what I've ready, the G80 will support the DX10 API, but won't trully support all of the functionality of DX10. I'll have to see if I can hunt that article down.
              G80 will support everything, and you probably are better off waiting for it as it really looks like it's going to be a beast... Dailytech Leacked Specs.

              As for a a motherboard, I like the Asus P5B Deluxe since Asus figured out how to unlock any conroe multiplier.

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                Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                Motherboard Recommendation:
                http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131589R

                Power Supply Recommendation:
                http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194004
                Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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                  Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                  The eVGA for the GX2. When they release the G80, use the step-up program to upgrade for little to nothing. They give back full MRSP value for 90 days. You'll have to wait a long time though because it's a popular program.

                  - It's who you game with.

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                    Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                    I just bought a 650 watt bfgtech powersupply. It's insane. More power connectors than I know what to do with.

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                      Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                      Originally posted by =Sarc= View Post
                      The eVGA for the GX2. When they release the G80, use the step-up program to upgrade for little to nothing. They give back full MRSP value for 90 days. You'll have to wait a long time though because it's a popular program.
                      Where do I find out about this program?
                      |TG-12th| asch
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                      • #12
                        Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                        Originally posted by =Sarc= View Post
                        The eVGA for the GX2. When they release the G80, use the step-up program to upgrade for little to nothing. They give back full MRSP value for 90 days. You'll have to wait a long time though because it's a popular program.
                        I used this in the past and it's a sweet program. Just check out www.evga.com.

                        It's looking like the G80 will be out somewhere in November (middlish) so you would be well within your 90 days.

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                          Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                          Originally posted by asch View Post
                          Where do I find out about this program?
                          http://www.evga.com/stepup/default.asp?switch=3
                          Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast!

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                            Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                            Oooh, good call on the step-up.
                            A policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. -F.A. Hayek

                            "$250,000 a year won't get me to Central Park West."

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                              Re: Building new rig: Core 2 Duo + nvidia

                              Guys, with the 7950GX2 or the G80, can you run dual monitors? I know with crossfire or SLI that you can't.

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