New Kids PC

SirShaggy

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So my son (9 yo) wants a new PC. His old one died. It was my old Opteron 152/Gigabyte K8N system. Anyway, I am reusing the case, fans, optical and floppy drive. I Bought a Foxconn C51XEM2AA AM2 motherboard, x2 6000+ CPU and 4GB of Corsair DDR2-800 for $100 from a buddy. I already have a Zalman 9700NT heatsink he can use and a Corsair 550vx PSU I bought and never put to use. I will have to buy a Hard Drive and Video card.
A co-worker has 2 9600GT's he just pulled out of his s775 system to part out and sell. He's building a new 1366/i7 system.........
I know this sounds like overkill for a kid but $80 for the pair is cheaper than buying 1 card. Will the 6000+ be enough for 2 9600GT's in SLI? He has my old 21" ASUS VH222H which runs at 1920 x 1080 res.
This just feels hard to pass up. I could have him up & running for $250.00.........plus an OS which I forgot about 'till now :(

What would you do? Any other ideas?
 

SirShaggy

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Thanks to all of you. I just bought the cards and he threw in a 250GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA hard Drive he never used! He has been using the cards for about 6 months. He bought them on clearance after his 8800GTX died. They are Palit Super 9600GT 1GB dual slot cards with rear cooling vents. Pretty nice looking and it became a great deal really. I have $180 out of my pocket right now and nearly a system with all the parts I had and am reusing. I am happy about that. A copy of Windows 7 and he'll be set, for a while anyway.


Thanks again to you all for the advice!!
SirShaggy
 

dwisen

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i personaly think the cpu will bottleneck the gpu's but he will not know any better and it will still delivar great performance

heck im still running on a athlon 64 3500+ with a geforce 9800 GTX+ i know my cpu is bottlenecking my gpu but im getting great performance none the less
 

SirShaggy

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Just to update: I installed COD4, Oblivion and Far Cry 2 last night. I played a little of all 3 games and with task manager running, never used over 50% CPU power on any of them. I know Crysis and GTA4 will bottleneck this setup but won't buy either of those games anyway. He does however want Need for Speed : Shift, not sure how that will play. All in all, this setup works pretty well together. I also like the total price!

SirShaggy

PS - Thanks again to all.......
 

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