285 GTX Build..need opinions

tecmo34

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You cannot SLI with your motherboard... Just Crossfire. I recommend you switch out the GTX285 for a HIS ATI 4890 from Newegg ($199... I believe). It has similar performance and gives you the option to Crossfire as well.

It you want to SLI, you'll need to go with the a Nvidia AM3 980i MOBO or move to a Core i7 920 build.

edit: Also, I recommend going with the Western Digital 640 GB Black OEM hard drive for $5 more. It is a better & faster hard drive.
 

Xenl

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Ahhh I see.
 

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Corsair 750TX
Core i7 920
Foxconn Bloodrage GTI
Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb / OCZ Platinum 6gb DDR3 1600
GTX 275

Current total: $1,057.44 | After rebates: $1004.44

The price/performance ratio for the GTX 285 isn't worth it. A GTX 275 will offer similar, if not the same frame rates as the 285. I realize I didn't add a case, but that's a personal choice. You cannot sli with amd.

I don't want anybody coming in here and talking smack about the Bloodrage. Its a budget board with four pci-e 2.0 lanes. Even if the op doesn't use them all, They are spaced apart better than other motherboards, allowing better gpu cooling. Not to mention it's actually a really good overclocker, people have been getting upto 4.0ghz with it.
 

Xenl

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Thanks for the input but I think I am gonna just go with 4890 Xfire since I don't really want i7.
 
RAM:
You have DDR2 listed here. Maybe the motherboard can do both but if you are building a high end system you will find situations where your RAM bandwidth is too low.

I highly recommend using DDR3 1600MHz.

Graphics:
If you go with ATI then you'll be missing PhysX support if that's important too you. ATI claims physics support is coming. We'll see. I imagine SC2 and Diablo3's Havok engine will work with NVidia, ATI and CPUs.

NVidia just released it's 40nm low-end desktop graphics cards so will the high-end ones be available within the next two months?

If I was building a new PC I'd consider holding out and getting an SLI system with two high-end 40nm cards or preferably a single card with higher than GTX 275 performance.
 

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ATI has Havok engine and NVidia has physX; ATI released its 40mn a couple of mounths ago. ( 4770). I am waiting till the end of the year when windows 7 and directx11 comes out untill I build my cpu and SDD's become cheaper
 

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