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    Back to PC!...

    Hey,

    Well after 14 months i'm coming back to PC's!!!....

    I purchased a Macpro, which has 2 whopping Woodcrest Xeons @ 2.66, 2gb Ram and X1900XT 512mb Card. It was fine for games last year, but finding that the latest stuff is starting to see me having to put rates on medium. So i'm going to build a PC again and let the Macpro go and replace it with a Macbook Pro, so i still have the mac environment.

    TBH, i've missed tinkering around and customising my own rig.

    But from what i've read on here, right now isn't the best time to build a new system? I hear there will be a new Intel CPU next year.

    Here's the kind of spec i'm looking at....... recommendations welcome


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    Re: Back to PC!...

    First up you are unlikely to need a 750w power supply so i would say come down to either the Corsair HX620w (or even the HX520w) its modular (a huge benefit in cable management) and will be plenty enough juice for your needs.

    Secondly I would personally go for a different cooler (spend the £20 I just saved you on the PSU ) Thermalright Ultima 90 (with a 120mm fan) or one of the Scythe Ninja/Mine family. Better to have a good cooler and not need all its performance but the option is there for overclocking rather than pushing an ok cooler to it and the CPUs limits.

    Apart from that looks good some people will say buy an Abit IP-35 based board over Asus P5K (better customer support etc.) and it would be remise of me not to point out that you can buy an Antec P182 for less money than the Eclipse, but as I always say case is subjective and you have to get what you can stand to look at all day every day.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    The Freezer 7 is more then ok.
    There is really no need to choose another one.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    First up you are unlikely to need a 750w power supply so i would say come down to either the Corsair HX620w (or even the HX520w) its modular (a huge benefit in cable management) and will be plenty enough juice for your needs.

    Secondly I would personally go for a different cooler (spend the £20 I just saved you on the PSU ) Thermalright Ultima 90 (with a 120mm fan) or one of the Scythe Ninja/Mine family. Better to have a good cooler and not need all its performance but the option is there for overclocking rather than pushing an ok cooler to it and the CPUs limits.

    Apart from that looks good some people will say buy an Abit IP-35 based board over Asus P5K (better customer support etc.) and it would be remise of me not to point out that you can buy an Antec P182 for less money than the Eclipse, but as I always say case is subjective and you have to get what you can stand to look at all day every day.
    Yes you're probably right on the PSU, i just went all the way because it wasn't much more.

    The Antec is a great case, but i really dont like boxes with doors. I'm going to have a multi functional panel in there and i'm not sure it'll fit with a door? if you can recommend another case without a door or with one that can accommodate multi function panels that would be super!!!

    I also looked at the Abit mobo, but i've always used asus mobo's and they've been very reliable. Also Custom PC rate this as their pick of the bunch!

    Thanks both for your comments!

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    I'd bump the hard-drive size, a 400 is another £20 or 500 another £30. Like the cooler advice, better to have it and not need it than not have it and need it.

    Make a 40 gig partition for the OS and repartition the rest however.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Ok updated now...

    Removed the HD as i have the Sammy sitting in my current Mac.

    I'm surprised at the price, seems great value!


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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Some people have managed a solution to getting the 8800GTX working in MacPros if you haven't already set your heart on the PC + MBP option.
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    Re: Back to PC!...

    I have a very similar setup and can confirmn that the Corsair HX520 runs it without any problems. I went for the ABit IP35 Pro and IMO it's a great board. One thing I would definitely change is the DVD, Samsung SH-203 is head and shoulders above the Pioneer.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Some people have managed a solution to getting the 8800GTX working in MacPros if you haven't already set your heart on the PC + MBP option.
    Umm really? I've been looking at getting a MacPro for a while, and I've yet to see anyone manage to get this working. It will boot into windows with the 8800GTX, but you need to physically remove the card for it to work with OSX (even if you have a Apple card in there).

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Umm really? I've been looking at getting a MacPro for a while, and I've yet to see anyone manage to get this working. It will boot into windows with the 8800GTX, but you need to physically remove the card for it to work with OSX (even if you have a Apple card in there).
    There isn't a proper solution to this yet.

    So in the meantime you have to swap the cards around.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Yeah, that's what I thought. I'll hang fire until the next rev and see what the graphics cards options are I think.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Why not replace your X1900XT with a 8800GT ?

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by LegacyOne View Post
    Why not replace your X1900XT with a 8800GT ?
    You cant, there isn't any cards with EFI mac firmware. I have to wait until Apple release a new card.

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by darrensen View Post
    You cant, there isn't any cards with EFI mac firmware. I have to wait until Apple release a new card.
    So... what about a new Xeon board for your processors?

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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by darrensen View Post
    There isn't a proper solution to this yet.

    So in the meantime you have to swap the cards around.
    You obviously haven't heard of NVInject
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    Re: Back to PC!...

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    You obviously haven't heard of NVInject
    And as you have, you would know that Geforce8 cards are not supported by it

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