TECH Need help on building a gaming rig please

wiredout46

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Nov 24, 2003
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Suppose I will be building this for gaming, and room for overclocking in the future:

e8500 (got this 2 months ago for like 50% off so, this is the only item that I can't really change)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

XIGMATEK cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

EVGA geforce GTX 260 (does anyone know if it would fit in the following case?... and yeah i know radeons are best bang for the buck atm lol)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370

Antec 300 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec 300

Corsair Dominator 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145197

Seagate 1.5TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...148337&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-22-148-337-_-Product

Could use some help on what motherboard to buy, seems like most of the asus aren't SLI friendly? I could be wrong though as it's been like 7 years since I bought a new computer and I'm pretty far behind on what's what lol.

Would a 750W PSU be enough for something like this? What if I overclock, and SLI in the future?

Also guess I'll choose a HD when i set down what to buy for sure since new deals seem to spring up daily for those.
 
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bigboostdsm

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May 19, 2006
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I'm using an Asus P5Q-E with my E8500, it's worked great so far. It will do SLI but only in 8x not 16x. ATI makes a superior card at the moment anyways, so get a 4870 for now then add another later (since the Asus board does do Crossfire in 16x).
 
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wiredout46

wiredout46

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I'm using an Asus P5Q-E with my E8500, it's worked great so far. It will do SLI but only in 8x not 16x. ATI makes a superior card at the moment anyways, so get a 4870 for now then add another later (since the Asus board does do Crossfire in 16x).

I've thought a lot about the getting a 4870/4850 as opposed to getting the GTX 260, and decided with the GTX 260. I don't want to turn this into a ATI vs GeForce thread, though lol.
 

skinjob

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Jan 6, 2001
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You'll have to get a Nvidia chipset motherboard if you want SLI support with a Core2 processor. The intel chipsets only support ATI crossfire.
 
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wiredout46

wiredout46

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You'll have to get a Nvidia chipset motherboard if you want SLI support with a Core2 processor. The intel chipsets only support ATI crossfire.

Are those as reliable as the Intel ones, and can take OC'ing well?

edit:

How's this, NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026

can combo it w/ this PSU OCZ EliteXStream OCZ1000EXS 1000W for $334.98

edit 2: shit, seems like a lot of complaints about the mobo :hs:
 
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wiredout46

wiredout46

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e8500 (got this 2 months ago for like 50% off so, this is the only item that I can't really change)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

XIGMATEK cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

EVGA geforce GTX 260 (does anyone know if it would fit in the following case?... and yeah i know radeons are best bang for the buck atm lol)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370

Antec 300 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec 300

Corsair Dominator 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145197

Seagate 1.5TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...148337&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-22-148-337-_-Product

Asus p5Qc mobo (decided not to go SLI route)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131327

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...139006&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-17-139-006-_-Product

how's this?
 
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Doomsday

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Mar 14, 2000
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e8500 (got this 2 months ago for like 50% off so, this is the only item that I can't really change)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

XIGMATEK cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

EVGA geforce GTX 260 (does anyone know if it would fit in the following case?... and yeah i know radeons are best bang for the buck atm lol)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370

Antec 300 case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec 300

Corsair Dominator 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145197

Seagate 1.5TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...148337&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-22-148-337-_-Product

Asus p5Qc mobo (decided not to go SLI route)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131327

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...139006&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-17-139-006-_-Product

how's this?

the GTX 260 is 10.5" long. it will fit on the Antec 300.
why the Asus P5QC?
 
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wiredout46

wiredout46

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the GTX 260 is 10.5" long. it will fit on the Antec 300.
why the Asus P5QC?
It's very OC friendly, I suppose. Also I figure when the time comes that I want to do a CPU/V-card upgrade, or decide to SLI I will need to bu a new motherboard anyways....
 

Doomsday

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Mar 14, 2000
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It's very OC friendly, I suppose. Also I figure when the time comes that I want to do a CPU/V-card upgrade, or decide to SLI I will need to bu a new motherboard anyways....

the main feature of the P5QC is that you can use either DDR2 or DDR3 ram (not both).
imo, worthless.
if you don't need that feature, you might as well get a different board
I'd recommend the P5Q Pro or the P5Q Deluxe
Gigabyte's P45 boards are also good
 

Doomsday

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Mar 14, 2000
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also note,...

the xigmatek cooler is around 6.25" tall
the Corsair Dominators, along with it's ram cooler, are also taller than normal
then the GTX 260 at 10.5" long, dual slot cooler design

all that will fit the Antec 300,.... though imo, you'd be better off with the bigger Antec 900
 

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