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Which 9800GTX graphics card should I get?

By mitch04
May 18, 2008
  1. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I had no idea about the shipping costs, so I left out that. Shipping in Australia seems to be territory-based which is something I don't have any idea of. So thanks for the heads-up, I'll keep that in mind when recommending something.
     
  2. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    ok mate This is the final stuff
    DDR2 4G(2x2G)PC8500 1066Mhz Platinum OCZ(2P10664GK) $166.00
    Inno3D GeForce 9800GTX 512M PCI-E 2.0 DDR3 675/2200MHz Dual Dual-Link DVI HDTV Fan HDCP $350.00
    ABIT IP35-PRO Intel P35 Chipset Socket 775 M/board $180.00
    Intel ATX E8400 CORE 2 DUO /3.0GHz/6MB/1333FSB/LGA775 (Supports SLI) $248
    LG DVD20X+- DUAL LAYER DVD Rewriter with Software(GH55NBB) Beige $31
    Thermaltake Soprano DX Steel with Window Black NO Power Supply $166
    Power Supply CoolerMaster Real 650W Extreme SLI Ready $97
    Samsung 250G 7200RPM SATAII $65
    Samsung 250G 7200RPM SATAII $65

    TOTAL: $1368

    Im getting 2 hard drives because they say its faster.
    What You reckon about that I dont know about the CPU Do I need a better one?
     
  3. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 162

    DON'T get 2x250GB HDD's. What you've probably heard is that 2 HDD's in RAID0 is faster than a single HDD. This is because you have a RAID controller which links both HDD's together and they work simultaneously on the same data. So it boosts the transfer speed because your got 2 HDD's working on the one thing. But it halves the mean time on the HDD's so they don't last as long. And if you lose one of those HDD's you lose ALL the data on the 2nd HDD.

    Also the performance is negligible at best. Since you don't seem to know much about PC's your much better getting a single 500GB HDD or a 640GB HDD the ones with the high density platters as they have the best performance. Make sure you get one with either 16 or 32MB cache.

    CPU is good to. in fact its the 2nd fastest dual core CPU you can buy and can easily overclock to 4GHz effectively beating EVERY stock desktop CPU on the planet:grinthumb . Just make sure you buy a good after market cooler like the TRUE (Thermalright Ultra Extreme)
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    That CoolerMaster PSU is not recommended for SLI, since their Extreme Power series is not made to the same quality standards as the Real Power Pro series.
     
  5. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    The PSU I wont be getting an sli for a while so yeah is there any psu u reckon that are cheap for about $100 sli?
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,452   +227

    If you look at the Nvidia site for recommended power supplies for two 9800GTX's in SLI, I doubt you will find one for $100. Click here for Nvidia SLI Zone. With all the money you are putting into your high end components, don't go too cheap on the power supply.
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Nope, you won't find any $100 SLI PSUs, at least not ones that'd support two 9800GTX cards. For that you'd need a good-quality PSU like the Corsair TX 650, which would cost you about $200. So you should go with a good PSU like the Antec Earthwatts EA500 for now, and then upgrade the PSU when you decide to throw in another 9800GTX.
     
  8. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 162

    The Corsair HX620 will be enough to run 2x9800GTX in SLI so long as he doesn't plan on doing any heavy overclocking and volt mods. Also the HX6290 is modular, I don't think the TX650 is modular so the HX620 is also better in that area too.
     
  9. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    ok Im getting the Powersupply Antec ATX EarthWatts 650W for $130. OK mate thanks very much for your help and guess what I sold my old pc for $450 pretty happy with that. ok I Will tell you how it go later. Thanks very much
    But I dont understand Why should I get 2x 250GB Because everyone says its faster because its just hard for 1 If you know what I mean?
     
  10. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 162

    Whoever told you to get 2x250GB HDD's is obviously unexperienced when it comes to PCs. In order to get the most out of RAID0 you need a good Raid controller and they are expensive. Your better of getting a single 500GB HDD and creating multiple partions (multiple partitions will make the OS think you have more than one HDD so when you go to My Computer you will see two or more HDD's even though you have one).

    The reason for having multiple HDD's or partitions is to decrease fragmentation which increases performance. Also the idea of using multiple HDD's or partitions is to write more efficiently to the platters. HDD's consist of multple platters and the larger the platters the better the performance (hence the reason for going for a single larger HDD as they have larger platters) because as you start writing to the outer edges of the platters you start losing performance. With larger platters it takes longer to write to the outer edges so you can maintain performance.

    Sorry for not putting it in a more understandable way. I'm really tired and bout to head off to bed. If you know what I'm talking about than great. If not I will explain better tomorrow or somebody else here will.
     
  11. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    ok Thats IT one more thing sorry will the Powersupply Antec ATX EarthWatts 650W handle SLI or is taht pushing it to much? Please thanks
     
     
  12. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    ok Thats IT one more thing sorry will the Powersupply Antec ATX EarthWatts 650W handle SLI or is taht pushing it to much? Please thanks but I found here
    OCZ StealthXstream 600W SLI Ready Power Supply(9800GX2 Support)
    OCZ StealthXstream 500W SLI Ready Power Supply(9800GX2 Support)
    Which is werid
    thanks
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    The Earthwatts 650W provides a total of 45A on the +12V rails combined, which is enough for two 9800GTX cards.
     
  14. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    k sweet. mm there out of stock DDR2 4G(2x2G)PC8500 1066Mhz Platinum OCZ(2P10664GK) Just sent them an email to see if they can get some more in for $166 any others like that price?
     
  15. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 162

    4x1GB is better and faster than 2x2GB so if you can get you hands on 4x1GB RAM modules that are DDR2 1066MHz that would be great. Especially if they have a latency of 4, but I think they are a little more expensive.

    EDIT: Also are you planning on getting 64bit version of Vista or XP? because if you just go for standard XP or Vista than you will only be able to use 3.2GB of your total 4GB or RAM so buying 4GB will be a waste under a 32bit OS.
     
  16. mitch04

    mitch04 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 198

    ok mate yeah well I already got vista 32bits but I will get 64bits like next week
     
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