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A challenge

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bluephoenix, 1 Feb 2008.

  1. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    a challenge for all of you who know your hardware.

    what is the cheapest computer you can build that meets the following requirements:

    8800GT GPU
    at least 2.7Ghz C2D or C2Q (must be standard, as the parts must be under warranty)
    Decent case (none of that $50 break on unbox BS)

    a 2-4 port Hardware RAID card is not necessary but is a plus


    keep in mind US pricing (meaning $ and not GBP) shipping is irrelevant.


    I know these threads are normally common and most of you usually reply with this nice little smiley: :search: but this is a simple challenge for those who wish to take it.
     
  2. radodrill

    radodrill Resident EI

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  3. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    very nice

    one question though, since I haven't been keeping up with things very much.

    does the NF700 series support peynryn or not?


    now the big question is, can anyone beat that?

    *que bad limbo music*
     
  4. radodrill

    radodrill Resident EI

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    Yes, they do support the 45nm CPUs. But I read quite often that the intel chipsets are better and the only reason to get a board with an nvidia chipset is for SLI support.
     
  5. SPQQKY

    SPQQKY Evil Modder

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    It does seem odd to me that Intel would only support AMD's Crossfire. To me, it should be the other way around. Intel chipsets should support SLI, not the competitions solution.......but hey, what do I know?
    Can't really do much better than radodrill did, though I'm not crazy about the Gigabyte mobo. The E8400 is about $15 cheaper at newegg, but that's just squeezing a few pennies. Nice to see someone else that shops at ZZF.
     
  6. naokaji

    naokaji whatever

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    intel does want to support sli, but nvidia doesnt allow it so they can sell mainboards as well.
     
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  8. radodrill

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    nVidia does not license out their SLI technology to chipset makers so that they can have a monopoly on SLI boards.

    I've heard a lot of good things about the Gigabyte P35 boards; that said, I'm running a DFI LP 680i.

    Sure some things can be a bit cheaper here or there, but when considering shipping costs it's only worth it if there's a substantial price difference.

    I shop all over the place; Newegg, ZZF, Tigerdirect, PCMall, ClubIT, etc.
     
  9. Squadexodus

    Squadexodus I got my cookie. What about you?

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    cant you get a mobo with onboard raid? That should cut down on costs a wee bit
     
  10. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Yes, for that system a 520W Corsair is plenty.

    Onboard RAID is much slower - if speed is critical then there's no point, otherwise, yes. :)
     
  11. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    the person wanting the system wants to possibly do dual-gpu in the future

    have there been any major issues with the reference boards this time around?

    I'm still looking hard at the striker II, because I'm familiar with the original.



    and any onboard RAID is likely to be SoftRAID that relies on drivers.

    even the cheaper RAID cards on the market are all SoftRAID

    that said, I talked the person wanting the system out of the RAID requirement because the only cards that do true hardware RAID are $100+
     
  12. Squadexodus

    Squadexodus I got my cookie. What about you?

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    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 $44.99
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz $189.99
    ASUS P5N-D $149.99
    XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT $259.99
    G.SKILL 2GB $46.99 Western Digital Caviar 80GB $44.99
    Rosewill RP550-2 550W 66.99
    $756.94
    You did say cheapest right?
     
  13. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Seriously, do NOT go for a Rosewill PSU. They're really bad quality. It'll sooner or later (propably sooner) kill the other components of the computer...

    Even if it's a lot cheaper, it's not worth to risk.
     
  14. Fredrics

    Fredrics Hmm...

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    You will save shorterm going with a cheap psu but longterm, replacing all the components will be what you have to do if you have a cheap psu.
     
  15. radodrill

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    I'm not fond of rosewill power supplies either.

    The power supply is one item where you don't want to skimp.
     
  16. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    updated challenge:

    Peynryn tech if possible
    min of 2.6Ghz
    SLI Motherboard and PSU capable of handling dual 8800GTs in the future
    8800GT
    Minimum of 2 HDDs of at least 160GB+
     
  17. radodrill

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  18. Squadexodus

    Squadexodus I got my cookie. What about you?

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    Well, there goes my cheap computer.
    I drop out of this challenge, because i dont feel like it.
    I let you guys know if my rosewill fries my motheboard
     

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