Need some help/advice on my build

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  1. ThreeZOMG

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    well im done trying to make my old computer keep up and im just going to go with a new rig but im stuck between certain items and im looking for some input on my build

    cpu: e8400 or e8500
    is the e8500 worth the extra $$ from the e8400 and does anybody even have the e8500 for sale?

    mobo: asus striker II formula 780i (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131255) my top choice so far but i plan on oc'ing and i've read mixed reviews on its abilities and that the northbridge runs quite hot. i looked at the asus maximus extreme because of the ddr3 but i plan on running sli in the future so that killed it for me. Is there anything thats coming out that i should wait for?

    ram: prob going to start with 2gb, g-games good bang for the buck or break the bank on some dominators, etc.. open for suggestions

    vid cards: either the evga superclocked 8800gt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130319 or a 1gb 8800gt like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121224
    but my question is does the extra memory make that much of a diff in a video card?

    any help is appreciated!
     
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    about the images of that mobo from newegg.....
    [​IMG]
     
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    whoever made that was prob not a firewire fan lol :o
     
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    high-end asus == massive fail -- especially for overclock

    You want an intel chipset. no discussion about that.

    If you must overclock (stupid but hey it's your money) then get an abit.

    if you want a reliable machine, get intel.
     
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    nope, not worth it. unless you are really aiming for high overclocks.

    for total cost, performance, reliability, power efficiency,...
    Intel chipset + single Geforce 9 series > nforce + 8800GT SLI

    the only difference between the 680i and the 780i is the NF200 3-way SLI switch

    those dominators overclock a tad higher than the regular Corsair XMS line.
    cool heatspreader too.
    I'd buy one but I prefer Crucial.

    just make sure they are compatible with the mobo you will buy.

    the diff depends on the app.
    3D apps would surely take advantage of the larger memory, specially in high resolutions.
    512MB is more than enough for mainstream apps.

    things to consider between those two cards,...
    EVGA has lifetime warranty, Asus has 3 years only.
    Asus has a better cooler.
     
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    How much do you plan on over clocking? the E8400 is probably more than enough as it can get 4.0+GHz on air alone...some reports of 4.5-5.0 on air also, though I'm sure it's not too stable.
     
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    i plan on at least going 4.0+ but keeping it on air.. i've seen somebody on the asus forums pull a 4.9 out of the e8400 :eek3: but most people that arent tweaking too much are getting around 3.6.. i've seen a couple 4.5-4.7s out of the e8500s without much tweaking on air but not many to sample since theyre so hard to get a hold of :hs:
     
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    so does ot think i should go x38 and ditch the 780i w/sli?

    would i have to flash the bios on any of those x38 boards to run the e8400/e8500? and if i do, how would i do that if i only have that processor
     
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    780 is a piece of shit. I'll take a P35 over a 780i. Get the x38/48 if you want maximum perf.
     
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    X38 is only slightly more capable than a P35.
    X48, at least the early released ones in the UK, is slightly better than X38 chipset, and will cost a lot more.
    P45 should come out Q2.

    as far as I know,... all of them will boot with the E8000 series.
    the bios update is just to fix some issues.
     
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    for mobo anybody have some suggestions? otherwise i think i'll be going with the maximus extreme (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131235)

    looks like i may go with the 8800gtx instead of the gt... shit ddr3 is expensive :( looks like i'll start with 2gb and add 2/4gb whenever the price drops..
     
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    personally I'd stick with ddr2.
     
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    that asus board makes it on my list of "shittiest boards ever" along with most ECS crap.
     
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    if i'm buying now,.. i'd buy Gigabyte's X38-DQ6.
     

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