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looks like a great list, i think ill go with this one. i think i might become an intel guy! 2 last things: is sil just not popular, and is everything on this list compatible?
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Hi there,

Of course everything on that list is compatible - I made it. :)

SLI is only recommended when you are buying two high-end cards at the same time. Whether or not it's popular, I haven't done the market research on it. Just grab one high-end card now, and upgrade it later for a newer high-end card if you want more.

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this looks like its going to be a fantastic pc! just a couple of last questions before i give the green: are the rebates worth going through, where would i put the extra case fan, and i have heard that ubuntu is a great operating system,will this computer be able to run crysis on high,k and in many peoples opinion, better than windows. can i dual boot so that i can play my windows games on the windows i have and then do everything else on ubuntu?
thanks so much for the help

Edited by hoopsman, 13 May 2008 - 09:43 PM.

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Hi again,

For the extra case fan, you would put it on the inside front of the case - there is another space there for a 120mm case fan. If it were me, I would move the fan that came with the case to the front, and put the Scythe on the back as it's the better fan for the exhausting of hot air.

Rebates aren't guaranteed money, but if you keep emailing the company wondering where it is, I'm sure they'll get it to you. If you get anything back, then bonus! :)

Ubuntu is a good operating system, but it can be a bit of a learning curve if you've never used a Linux distribution before. It's very easy to install - keep an eye out for a "How-To Guide" I'm going to write up shortly on it.

And as for Crysis on High settings, I would recommend upgrading to a NVIDIA 8800GTS 512MB card (G92), here's a link to one. Yes - this will make it a little more expensive, but would be a worthy upgrade for Crysis.

Cheers

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it looks like crysis is a [bleep] game anyway. and when are you going to write the how to guide, and can you post it here or give me a link? im still thinking about this whole linux business.....
being a windows user is lazy and so much easier, but i might consider, i dont know
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i think im going to go with ubuntu as my operating system, i have a friend who can help me out with it because he is a ubuntu guy. i can get a program that might let me run CoD4 on it, but he says nothing is for sure. if not, i can just dual boot windows xp pro. i just need to order the parts.
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Sounds good! Keep us updated. :)

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Hi there,

This build pretty much hits $800 and would be a nice choice. If you had any extra, I would grab an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro to put on that Quad Core processor to keep it running nice and cool, and perhaps allow for a little overclocking if you're interested.

For this budget, you should not be worrying about SLI. Also, I agree with ziggy about the power supply, you do not want to skimp out on this part! Like I have written in my signature, a chain is only as strong as the weakest link it contains - why would you want to risk powering all these nice parts?

Case
Extra Case Fan
Motherboard
Processor
RAM (Memory)
DVD Burner
Video Card
Power Supply

Let me know what you think.

Cheers

Troy


tis a better burner http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151153
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Here is my build

http://shop2.frys.com/product/5434309 - Video Card= 139.99 after rebate
http://shop2.frys.com/product/5162136 - Ram= 29.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151153 –DVDBURN – 24.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119115 -Case -39.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148316 –Hard drive - 69.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153052 – Powersupply 44.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115017 –CPU 214.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835185057 – Extra case fan 8.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128337 – MOBO 89.99
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Hi there,

I wouldn't trust running a 8800GT video card with that 500W Thermaltake Power Supply... :)

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i think i like troys list because he has confirmed that everything is compatible, they all come from the same site, he is a tech apprentice at this site, and i like the parts a lot better and i hate frys. thanks for the input anyway Kais3r, but i like the parts that troy has set up for me
thanks for all the help everybody!
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Hi there,

Just because I'm a Tech Apprentice doesn't mean I'm necessarily any better than somebody who isn't. Kais3r's list was also pretty good, the only issue I had was with the Power Supply, it was a bit on the low side for a gaming system.

No worries anyway, it's your choice. The Samsung DVD Burner that Kais3r pointed out is a great deal, it's cheaper and should serve you well if you wanted to grab it instead.

Cheers

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its just that i already liked your build, so i think i will go with it. im gonna love that quad core.....:)
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Looks like a pretty sweet system! Good choice with the Intel Quad. From what I've heard (and thats all, because I haven't actually used it) the AMD Phenom was a complete flop. Not nearly the performance of the Intel chip. Buy why am I wasting words? You guys probably already know all that... :)
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i think i want to make a good addition to my pc by getting a backlit keyboard, the http://www.newegg.co...N82E16823175104. what do you guys think? bad choice? or good additon?
let me know
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