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what do you think of this setup


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frow

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motherboard-asus a8n-sli deluxe
memory-2x 512 mb corsair xms pro ddr400 (twinx)
Graphics-ati x800xl 256 mb
sound blaster audigy 2 zs
hard drive-western digital wd740 sata
optical drive-tdk 440n (drive from my current system)
Do I need a floppy drive?
Any suggestions for power supply?

Anyone know if I would save money building this myself or should I buy an alienware or the like.
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A major problem with your setup is or planned setup is the 3d card. You say you are going to use an SLI mobo and an Ati card. SLI is for using two Nvidia based cards and not ATI.

As for the spec in general i would recommend a meaty power supply if you are going for SLI with Nvidia cards and quite a lot of cooling. At least 2 case fans.

If you want a cheaper solution and still stay with ATI you can wait until ATI crossfire mobos are released.
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well you can still use an sli board nvidia might in the future allow ati to run crossfire on an sli board as it is theoreticallt possible to do so.
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Hmmm it may be possible but ATI have a much better way of running two cards. No driver profiles needed and its compatible with every game with a larger performance increase.
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I am not set on the card. How does everything else look. Would you all change anything with a 1500 budget.
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maybe drop the sound card unless you make your own music or are a dj then the onboard sound on new boards is more than suffucient leaving you to spend the money on a better graphics card, which will really mak a difference in game. I would recomend that later you get a sound card as it will take some load of your cpu.
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