How's this one? This is the first computer that I've chosen the parts for, so let me know if there are any compatibility problems or issues. BFG RNF4U nForce 4 Socket 939 Motherboard $129.99 AMD Athlon 64 3200+ / 512KB Cache / 2000 MHz FSB / Socket 939 / Processor $178.99 2x Ultra 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL2.5 Memory (2 x 512MB) $119.99 each Western Digital / Caviar SE / 200GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-100 / EIDE / OEM / Hard Drive $109.99 Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition OEM Version with SP2 $89.99 2x eVGA GeForce 6800 GT / 256MB DDR3 / PCI Express / SLI / Dual DVI / TV Out / Video Card $359.99 each Toshiba / 16x4x16x DVD+RW / 12x4x16xDVD-RW / 5x DVD+R DL / 48x24x48x CD-RW / OEM Black DVD Burner $59.99 Cables Unlimited Anti Static Wrist Strap $5.99 Ultra Glossy Red Dragon ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side Front USB and Firewire Ports and Ultra 500-Watt X-Connect Power Supply $119.99 2x Aerocool Centaurus I Titanium 80mm LED Fan $12.99 each
Hm, there is a typo in the thread name... That's clearly not a low-budget gaming computer, with 2 cards in SLI it's more like high-budget IMO.
The only possible compatibility issue I could think of is the two 6800GTs and the motherboard, based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset it doesn't seem to support SLI, which would be a major problem.
ok then, well, i suggest getting two one gig sticks insted of four 512mb sticks for future upgrading, which you wont need for a while, but its there any hoo. And also, some motherboards clock RAM down do 333mhz when there is 4 sticks in. And erm, i would also suggest getting a 3500 because the 3200 is good, but everything else you have like RAM and two 6800s are amazing, having a 3500 will top it off. Anyway, i certainly wouldnt complain having that, and lowbudget WTF? anyways hope it goes well and enjoy :D
Ok.. Will the two GPUs work with that motherboard? Or do I have to upgrade THAT as well?
Actually, I've decided that one of the GPUs is gonna have to go, and I can upgrade it later when I have more $$. Will I need a different motherboard to support two GPUs?
Wise decision, the next generation is on its way anyways. But to answer your earlier question, no it wouldn't work if that's the same mb I found pics of with only one pci-e 16x port.
EDIT: Yes, the nForce chipsets supporting SLI (two nvidia GPUs) are different, and you can identify them from the SLI text at the end instead of Ultra. Some Ultra boards (e.g. dfi) have double GPU possibilty, but with only ~75% effect of SLI, (without modifications.)
Oh, okay. Can someone recommend me another one? (TigerDirect link please) Or, could you tell me if this one will suit: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1179727&Sku=A455-2112 Or this one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1239467&CatId=1569
That one should be okay.
Great.. Any other recommended changes? I now have this: THD-2000JB P :: Western Digital / Caviar SE / 200GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-100 / EIDE / OEM / Hard Drive M17-7500 :: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition OEM Version with SP2 E145-5116 :: eVGA GeForce 6800 GT / 256MB DDR3 / PCI Express / SLI / Dual DVI / TV Out / Video Card N52-1262 :: Toshiba / 16x4x16x DVD+RW / 12x4x16xDVD-RW / 5x DVD+R DL / 48x24x48x CD-RW / OEM Black DVD Burner C250-1208 :: Cables Unlimited Anti Static Wrist Strap ULT30970-X500 :: Ultra Glossy Red Dragon ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side Front USB and Firewire Ports and Ultra 500-Watt X-Connect Power Supply 2xQ131-4007 :: Aerocool Centaurus I Titanium 80mm LED Fan CP2-A64-3400 C :: AMD Athlon 64 3400+ / 512KB Cache / 1600MHz FSB / Socket 754 / Processor 2x C13-2920 :: Corsair Value Select 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory A455-2112 :: Asus A8N SLI Deluxe nVidia Socket 939 Motherboard / PCI Express / Audio / Dual Gigabit LAN / Serial ATA / Dual RAID / USB 2.0 & Firewire Thanks a lot.
That's a damn fine PC (even though I'd rather an ATI ;))