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 02/28/2006 02:47 AM
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I know everyone has asked this a thousand times over; but this situation may be slightly different. Heres the scoop. I am building another system to play with until AM2 gets fully developed or at leat till the good overclockers come out.

New system to consist of as of right now: Do not want to put a whole lot into this system; basically want to oc the Opty and use for secondary system to the one in my sig and for my 3 year old son to play games on.

DFI mobo(probably just a nf4-d or an ultra D)
Probably ePower/Tagan PSU
Opty 144; already on the way(got good deal on one couldnt pass it up for $130 shipped)
Just going to use one of my xtra hard drives
Not sure about graphics yet maybe a 6800gs or possibly just a 6600gt or something for now and when 7900 series comes out Ill get one and put my 7800GT in this system?
and then the biggest question;RAM?

I am currently looking at either:

Crucial ballistix 512x2 in either PC3200 or PC4000?$110/$142 respectively
OCZ Platinum R2 PC3200 512x2 $172
G-Skill PC3200 512x2 or the most recommended HZ PC4000 1GBx2 $145/$197 respectively.

I am just not 100% sure if I want to spend another $200 on ram but for the small price difference it would be worth having the xtra giog of ram even though its just a secondary system or I could just spend the $110 and get a gig kit of Crucial ballistix which would still yield a great overclock from this Opty 144 I would imagine. I would love to get the OCZ but for that price I think it may be better to go withthe G-Skill. so that leaves me between the Ballistix or HZ's?

I am now accepting any recommendations on either the ram or the entire system;however keep in mind that this is just a secondary system and I do not want to put as much into this one as my current system. I think I want to stay within $6-800 range on this one which wont be a problem as I have most items minus ram, graphics,mobo, PSU, & case; which I already have picked out. I found a good deal on a TT Xaser wingo for approx. $50 no PSU obviously.

Thank you for any responses and/or recommendations.

INFRNL




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 02/28/2006 03:50 AM
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as ure ocing, i suggest pc4000.. but im not a pro in ocing and memory,, so better wait for a pro to reply..

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 02/28/2006 03:59 AM
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 02/28/2006 04:17 AM
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Originally posted by: CouGaR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...asp?...N82E16820231021




you think this is the better option over going with the Crucial ballistix? Hopefully Ninja will reply on this as well. I know he is running the Ballistix but does also recommend this ram as well. I kind of figured this recommendation as it seems to be the most recommended ram atm.

Also :Yes I will be overclocking and pc4000 ddr500 would probably be a better way to go; however I have seen people running DDR400 getting just as good of results as us guys running ddr500 pc4000 ram. Although I am not sure what effects it has towards total performance and benchies.

INFRNL

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 02/28/2006 04:23 AM
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The Crucial Ballistix are only good if you're getting the 2x 512MB sticks. The 2x 1GB sticks have been having problems and have been discontinued.

Those G.Skills are the best 2GB kits out now for the price. Mine are running at 262MHz 3-4-3-7 right now, and tested fine at 275MHz so far.

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 02/28/2006 11:53 AM
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That G.Skill stuff is really well-priced for a 2GB kit. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend any RAM as highly as Ballistix. I'm still in love with the stuff. /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> Just such a shame that there are problems with the 1GB sticks. If you want 2 x 512 though, Ballistix should be at the top of anyone's list.
 02/28/2006 07:25 PM
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Yeah, I just need to decide on how much ram I really need and how much I really want to spend.

I have run the G-Skill Hz's up to 275 1:1 before I changed to my Ballistix 2x1GB (which has so far been running strong @ 289mhz 1:1 for the past couple of months)

Being that this is basically a secondary system; mainly for my wife to access internet and pay bills and for my 3 year old son to play his games; I really do not think I need 2GB of ram; however if it will help me in overclocking then I would definately go ahead and get the 2GB G-skill kit. but then again Price savings for $110 kit is PC3200 512X2 compared to $197 2GB g-skill PC4000 1GBx2. and if I can overclock this processor to 2.8GHZ then I would be in the 300 plus mhz mark. Ill have to see which ram performs the best and at what speeds. I think they say the g-skill performs the best around 250-265 mhz which is actually only DDR500-530. [content edited] I hate computers sometimes. too many decisions.

What do you guys think about for graphics? should I just get a 6600GT or would the xtra $50 be worth the 6800GS? I have seen the 6600GT's going for approx $100 possibly less.

Edit: What would be a good PSU around the $50 mark possibly slightly higher. I think they have some decent ones in this price range or I may wait for Newegg to get the Tagan 480 22U or whatever the model is ; back in stock.

INFRNL

Is this PSU any good? http://www.newegg.com/Product/...asp?...N82E16817101011

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C2D: E6300, eVGA 680i, Evga 7600GT; Crucial Ballistix PC2-1000 DDR2-800 WD1500ADFD-00NLR0 RAPTOR, WD 4000YR (x2) (1:Storage,1:Backup)
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 02/28/2006 09:25 PM
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no one really knows about that PSU, because it was just released. The ePower Puma II was regarded as the best bang for the buck PSU, and that one you linked is the Puma II's successor, so i would expect it would be great.

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