Pick me out a Motherboard and Processor

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  1. jdw

    jdw New Member

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    I need a motherboard and processor to start this build. Has to be SLI capable (will be running 2 XFX 8600GT cards).

    Been planning on going with the Core 2 duo but I'm not set on anything yet.

    Going to be used primarily for development, but some of the programs tend to be resource demanding (CS3, eclipse, etc). Not looking to spend a fortune on it.



    And while you're at it, thoughts on this case?
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16811119142
    (I'm a fan of the top mounted ports)
    550W should be enough to power everything shouldn't it?
     
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  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Unless you already have the two cards, you do not want to do that.

    E8400, Gigabyte or Abit for overclocking, Intel motherboard otherwise.

    Single card for the amount you were going to spend on the two 8600's.

    Appropriate amount of memory. 2gb for XP, 3gb for Vista.

    Case with psu looks good. Good company, probably a solid psu.
    Enough wattage for a single graphics card, but not for two.
    But you don't want to do two anyway, so yeah, go for it.
     
  4. the_canadian

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    The 8600gt in SLI is useless. If you just want them for the monitor outputs I would at least get a 9600gt and a secondary Nvidia pci-e card that can drive a decently high resolution for about $40-50.
     
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    At what point will a single NVidia card out perform two 8600GTs?
     
  6. jdw

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    fuck.... I give up with you guys.

    I didn't ask for anything about video cards. No I will not run 1 8800GT because 1 8800GT does not have 4 DVI outputs... No I won't even run 1 9600GT cause I"ll be damned, it doesn't have 4 DVI outputs either.
    The 8600GT is plenty of video card for what I need it to do - 2 of them give me the only 'real' requirement I have in a video card (oh look, 4 DVI outputs) and until the end of the month I can get BOTH of them for less than what I'd put into a single 8800GT or 9600GT... Chances are I wouldn't even consider SLI, but a SLI compatible board means I won't have issues with room running both cards.
     
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    You need to not use the term SLI if you are using the video cards for just the video outputs. SLI is something different and not what you are doing.

    Depending on availability get the Intel E8400 chip, or the Q6600. If you want to go a little cheaper get the E6750.

    As for motherboards, if you want the ability for easy overclocking, get a Gigabyte or Abit (Gigabyte: GA-EX38-DS4, Abit: IX38 Quad GT). If you don't need the options in those boards and just want stability get an Intel (BOXDX38BT).
     
  9. JaJae

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    How do you expect to run 4 monitors in SLI?
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, why don't we just go ahead and explain that SLI isn't a method for using multiple video cards, it's a method for combining multiple video cards into a single, more powerful video card. If you want them to be separate, all you need is more than one PCI-Express slot, SLI be damned.
     
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    2 x 8600GT in SLI is just a little better than a single 8600GTS.
    any single card above that is better. way better.

    two 128-bit cards in SLI won't make it 256-bit.
    same with memory size,... two 256MB cards in SLI won't make it 512MB.
    as they say,... you can't polish a turd.

    plus the fact that the two cards will consume more power, produce more heat, and more noise.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    What you don't get, is that in THIS thread, you didn't mention any of that shit.

    So anyone who didn't see the other thread won't know what you think you're accomplishing.
     
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    because you won't listen and is fixated on those 8600s.

    on that thread, you want a build that isn't power hungry and hot.
    you also said the pc is not for gaming and must have multi-monitor support.

    now you want SLI? :rofl:
     
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    I said SLI compatible.. which as I stated LAST time I replied to this thread was simply because it (nearly) guarantees me a board that will accept 2 video cards without issues.

    Maybe I will decide to fuck around with SLI down the road... not entirely likely though. I'll deal with that when the time comes.
     
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    I never asked for opinion on video cards now did I? I already told you what I planned to run and asked for opinions on the MB/Processor and case.
     
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    to have SLI, you need to buy a mobo with an nvidia chipset.
    most are buggy with northbridges running hot.
    you don't want that right?

    any Intel chipset board with dual graphics slots will work with those cards.
     
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    Now finally some good information out of you...

    I'd rather have solid vs hot and buggy.



    My biggest concern on the board when it comes to dual cards is getting one that is going to have the room for 2 big cards.

    Now seeing the post about the Intel processors dropping in price in a month it has me considering putting the build off. Hate to pass up the deal on the video cards now, but would also hate to see 8800GT come way down over the next month-month and a half..



    What's the minimum power supply I'd need running dual video cards then? If 550W isn't going to cut it I'll have have to find a different case as well (no sense in buying the pair and another PSU).
     
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    meh

    shouldn't be a board problem. I believe all XFX 8600GTs have a single slot design and none of them use high profile coolers.

    the size of the cards is more of a case's problem.

    1000W will do nicely. :mamoru:

    500W with 24 amps on the 12v rail, minimum.

    the usual complaint on that Cooler Master power supply is that it's loud as fuck.
     
  19. JaJae

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    Slow down there Hillary Clinton, all your backtracking is getting confusing. Don't blame us because you're being a prick refusing to listen to assistance when you don't have the first clue as to what you're talking about.

    You're coming on here asking for help with a motherboard saying it needs to be SLI compatible. You're deadset on those 8600GT's and won't listen to reason flaming everyone who tells you it's a waste. And you don't need an SLI board to run 4 monitors without issues.
     
  20. jdw

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    did you even read the text you quoted? :hsugh:

    No, I'm not dead set on any card. Did you forget to read the whole part about 8600GT's being enough card for what I want to do AND the part in there about being able to get both 8600GTs for less than an 8800GT right now?
     
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    At what point are they considered high profile? I thought the heatsink and fan looked bigger on these before - guess these aren't as big as I was thinking.
    Although it looks like all the boards recommended earlier have plenty of room between the PCIx slots.

    I'll have to do some looking at cases I guess... See if I can find a decent cheap one that isn't so horribly overdone like so many of them on newegg.
     
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    link to card you are planning to buy?
     
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    that 8600gt does have a high profile cooler.
    still,... it won't be a problem.
    a typical motherboard layout with dual PCI-E x16 slots have at least 2 full slots between them. worst scenario, you'll loose one PCI-E x1 (rarely used) or one PCI.
     
  25. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    No but anyone with a clue wouldn't do what you were doing without a good reason, which you didn't mention.
    If you're going to ask for help, don't bitch when someone mentions something as a direct result of shit you're leaving out.
     

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