Need some help picking a motherboard and a few other components on my pc.

By jesse_boi89
Dec 27, 2004
  1. Well, I'm trying to build a PC for myself, I got everything i need cept a few things. Money is no object so I dont care what ur sugestions cost, i want the best stuff for my pc. I want 4 gigs of ram, and I need to know the best type of ram and speed and stuff for 4 gigs of it. And a mother board that can support 4 gigs of ram. And i was wondering if SLI technogy is worth it, i want a mother board so i can upgrade it later with SLI if it is worth it. And I was thinking of using a Asus mother board. Wich would be the best mother board of this brand for the pc im getting if i picked this brand? And yes this is for a HIGH end gaming pc hehe.

    Also i need to know the best liquid cooling system, or the best setup for one. I want liquid cooling in my PC.

    The main things in it are:

    Processor - AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55+ Processor with HyperTransport Technology @ 2.8GHz
    Mother Board -
    Graphics Card - NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra PCI Express 256MB DDR3 with NVIDIA SLI Technology
    System Drive - Serial ATA RAID 0 - 800GB (400GB x 2) Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 7,200 RPM w/16MB Cache
    Storage Drive - Serial ATA RAID 0 - 800GB (400GB x 2) Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 7,200 RPM w/16MB Cache
    Optical Drive 1 - Plextor® PlexWriter Premium 52x32x52x CD-RW Drive
    Optical Drive 2 - NEC® ND-3500 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Recorder
    Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro High Definition 7.1 Surround with Dual Firewire (IEEE® 1394)
    Additional Input / Output Controller - SIIG® USB 2.0 5-Port PCI Controller
    Graphics Card - NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra PCI Express 256MB DDR3 with NVIDIA SLI Technology
    Floppy Drives - Sony 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
    Meter Display - Coolermaster Musketeer LLC-U01 Thermal Sensing Bay
    Flash Media Reader/Writer - AFtech P9 11-in-1 USB2.0 Internal/ External Flash Memory Card Reader / Writer + Firewire Port
    Fire Wire Card - IEEE-1394 Firewire PCI Card w/Cable + Software
    TV Tuner - ViewSonic NextVision 5 High-Resolution TV Tuner w/ Remote Control
    Water Coolant System Card - Xoxide PCI Relay Card

    If there are better parts for than the ones ive said, please tell me. Also if u need more info, just ask and I will post it.

    Thanks to anyone that helps me with this. :D

    Byes for now,


    TMSKILZ TS Rookie

    Hey jesse,

    Well I'll say that I own the same NEC DVD burner as you, Great choice, it's a winner. I suggest when you have your PC up & running, that you visit NEC website & D/L the latest Firmware for the NEC DVD burner. The site gives you step by step instructions on how to apply it. Read carefully & apply each step as shown, if done wrong you'll fry your NEC.

    As far as Mobo's go, stay away from the one I have in my PC. BIOSTAR KNHA PRO. Stay away from this brand (BIOSTAR) I would suggest. I've had issues trying to install Xp on it, have issues after installing XP, still have issues.

    As far as RAM, you need to 1st decide which Mobo brand you going to get, then go to that Mobo's website & search for RAM that's compatible with the Mobo. Since you're going for a HIGH End Gaming PC, I'd suggest RAM with Heat Spreaders. This helps control/reduce the heat generated from RAM in your PC.

    hope this helps.
  3. NeedZen

    NeedZen TS Rookie


    wow... money is no object, huh??? what's that like? is it all i imagine it to be and more?

    seriously, amd fx-55 or one of the new 90nm 64's paired with a dfi or an asus board would be cool. and yeah, sli is worth it, check out december '04 MaximumPC. i've got a gigabyte 6800gt which i love (fast as hell) but you'd probably want to get a 6800ultra or a x800xt-pe. as far as ram goes, just check out some reviews. don't worry about heat-speaders, they're just for show, today's ram doesn't produce much heat.

    good luck

    RDMEASE TS Rookie

    Why not 3.6 GHz?

    If money is no object and your investing in liquid cooling why not consider a P4 Prescott 775?

    What ever CPU you decide on I highly recommend a top end ASUS mobo.

    Good luck on your project!!

    Post some photos when your done and let us see what you got!
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    we seem to have overlooked the hard disks here, what with all the cpu talk. consider a u160 or u320 scsi array. maxtor atlas drives and an adaptec controller will yield your highest performance.
  6. jesse_boi89

    jesse_boi89 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm. Cool ideas.

    Where can i find more info on this stuff?

    u160 or u320 scsi array. maxtor atlas drives and an adaptec controller will yield your highest performance.
  7. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    to see what's hot go to
    check out the atlas series at
    also check out the controllers at

    i often work with scsi drives in servers and high end systems and let's just say those price tags are worth performance.
  8. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Posts: 35


    RAM: i like corsair xms, its BA
    VGA. im not a huge fan of nvidia but i cant say that 2 6800ultras are gonna be slower than my crappy 9600xt :)

    BA system man. and as for liquid cooling i like te zalman reserator
  9. manuelj43

    manuelj43 TS Rookie

    why not make the WD 74 gb s-ata 10,000 rpm as your system drive, i'm sure you really wont need two 800 gb hds.
  10. jesse_boi89

    jesse_boi89 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    74 gigbyte hard drive :eek:

    *loves lots of room*

    I download lots of stuff..and i play lots of games.. I need mah space :d

  11. manuelj43

    manuelj43 TS Rookie

    another thing, i've got the audigy 2 zs platinum (not the pro) myself, i picked it only because i'm not gonna be recording anything which requires extreme recording quality and on the plus side, it makes my pc more compact by having the drive internal.

    and what monitor will you be using?

    I'd def reccomend the Samsung 193p, which i've got.
  12. jesse_boi89

    jesse_boi89 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  13. manuelj43

    manuelj43 TS Rookie

    wait for the new 939 boards with pci express which are on there way.
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