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ATI gaming system

By TimeParadoX
Dec 20, 2006
  1. Im currently building a ATI system for my friend because he is too lazy to get one himself :haha:

    Tell me what you think so far, You can suggest stuff but he is on a budget at the moment of $1300

    -Edit- changed the mobo / PSU / added RAM -Edit-

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144026

    Mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813154011

    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103631

    Videocards (x2):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814241009

    DVD drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076

    Hard drive ( The best of the best :haha: ):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136011

    Powersupply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153039

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566

    Total: $1348.48 ( with shipping )

    It's only $48.48 over budget but it's still a good system ;)
     
  2. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 650

  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

  4. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    Dont need an adaptor

    You can stick a 24 pin onto a 20 pin, the security tab just wont match up and be 100% secure LoL. But it does work I have tried it.

    But for the PSU you listed, it is a 20+4 pin connector, meaning that the extra 4 pins can be removed from the standard 20 pin bracket. No need for the 24 to 20 converter.
     
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    There are a few well respected "psus to avoid" lists on the net, and coolmax has been listed as being built of low quality parts and potentially dangerous to your system. Personally, I would avoid them.

    http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1045259
     
  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Ok thanks Don, Got any suggestions?

    It needs to be atleast a 600w PSU because he said he might upgrade to that new ATI Card coming out

    I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153039 does it matter if it's SLI ready for a ATI system? I never actualy built a full CrossFire system befor ;)

    Oh so I can just take it off? I usualy get mobos that have 24pin power so I can just plug in that 700w PSU I tell everyone ;)


    Ok I finished up all the stuff and added the parts together and added price up.


    Total: $1348.48 ( with shipping ) Look at the 1st post and tell me what you think of it ;)
     
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    It's more reassuring that it has been tested with 1+ video cards. I am sure they also intend for them to be Crossfire compatible too.
     
  8. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    Yeah

    On the model that you posted anyways. If the model says it is 20+4 then it comes with the attachable/detachable extra 4 pin bracket. If it says it is 24 pin then it is a stait 24 pin connector then you would need an adaptor for 24 ti 20 pin.

    And if he is looking to upgrade to that new ATI card when it comes out, like the 8800 GTX it may require 2 PCI-E power connectors. Meaning only a SLI PSU will have 2 connectors. You can always use a 4-pin to PCI-E power adaptor for the second plug but I really dont like doing that.

    Id get a SLI PSU anyways, the prices are not that much higher.

    This is my PSU I have run it almost 24/7 for 2 years running 5 hard drives 4 banks of ram AMD X2 and now my 8800GTX. This thing is a real work horse and asks for more, I got mine when it was $198 or so and i think was well worth it. It is 650 watts, but that is continuous power, the max output is 720 i thinnk ? Super Steady voltages under load and 4 +12v rails kicks *** !!!!

    DAMN WELL WORTH $124 smackers Plus it is actually SLI Approved by nVIDIA, not just compatable.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817163108
     
  9. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Awesome, So it doesnt matter if it's SLI psu and not CrossFire psu?

    Also that's a nice PSU JimShady :D
     
  10. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    Nope

    Dont matter.......Crossfire and SLI require the same power standards.....Basically when a psu is Labled SLI/Crossfire certified or approved it basically means it has met the stability and output guide lines set by nVIDIA and ATI. If it is SLI certified or approved it will work with ATI configs and vis versa.
     
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Ok thanks JimShady, Im going to build this computer next week. If I find my camera i'll take a few pictures of it :D
     
  12. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    That looks like a nice gaming build TP :D

    That Corsair RAM you linked to, is it what you are currently using in your system? Is it good?

    The speed is great, 800MHz, but the timings are a bit high, at 5-5-5-15.

    As for me, I am getting a RAM upgrade next week. I considered that Corsair RAM you linked to as a possibility, but my final choice is Corsair DDR-667 RAM with timings of 4-4-4-12. I want the lower timings more than higher speed - but that's just me.

    There shouldn't be much of a performance difference anyway between high speed and low latency.


    Hope your friend likes his new PC :)
     
  13. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Yes that is the RAM I use in all my systems, they are pretty good and have really good speeds :D

    I hope he likes it too, He is going to buy it from me ;)
     
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