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    Building a new system (SLI)

    Right well i was told to post this in the hardware section instead of the .systems forum so here we are =]

    Also ill have to look in to that card, its the only one i found going around the net due the to complete lack of the 6800GTs' :/ But what im after is the SLI on the 6800GTs' 256MB prefably.

    Right well i have currently been building a new system for myself mainly for gaming, i have been racking my brains with a big help from Kez to come up with this mahine. Thanks Kez

    Here is the pc i hame come up with so far. I have included the items name and a link to where im currently going to purchase it from, inluding a price at the end.

    Although it might not be the "Best" gaming machine out there i think it will do me good, and i must also mention i dont want to be going in debt with this thing.

    I would very much appreciate it if you could post your views on this machine.

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    Looks like a nice machine. Just a couple of things
    1) The PSU - that needs to be changed, dont run your system on a PSU that comes with a case. Unless it is a good quality brand (unlikely) Antec and OCZ are the daddies. You really want as close to 500watt as you can afford.
    2) The CPU - have you looked at a getting an xp3000/3200 to save some money, as the majority of xp3000/3200 with overclock easily past xp3500speeds.
    3) The hard drive - i dont know much about hitachi, but samsung are meant to have awesome hard drives.

    Finally - you do realise that your computer will still be severly CPU limited much of the graphics power you spent about £600 on will be redundent. Why dont you get just 1 6800GT (as it will handle everything easily) and then get another at a later date....? Just a thought.

    Hope that helps.
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    Just a note to say that the 256Mb MSI PCI-E GF6800GTO DDR3 Dual DVI (OEM) - *SCAN Exclusive*are not SLi compliant and as such I suggest you find an alternative card such as the XFX 6800GT as this is 100% compliant and working within the guidelines provided by Nvidia.

    Also - double check that the PSU is a 24 pin ATX with enough molexs as the akasa conenctions require 2 molex connections to connect to one card.

    Hope this info helps - If you need any more info gimme a holler as I've got my SLi up and running and can advise on any pitfalls

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildmonkeyUK
    ...an alternative card such as the XFX 6800GT...
    $64,000 question - Might I ask when you're expecting these in stock?

    Many thanks,
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    The Akasa connectors are generally wired incorrectly. Have Scan fixed this?

    Best to be safe and get a PSU with two PCI-E connectors.

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    firstly, would you want to overclock? watercool?

    i would ditch the case/psu and get something like the akasa c62. couple this with a psu that has dual pci-e like the tagan 480.

    if you want to overclock, then the 3500 will be ok, but you'll probably need a better cooler. either way, i would upgrade the cooler to something more efficient and quieter like the xp90/xp120 and spec a decent fan like the luxotop which is speed adjustable and quiet and can be found at www.whispertec.com for about £13. but this can be done later.

    i would go for the 200gb seagate baracuda 7200.7 as this seems to be getting a lot of good reviews lately and is also very quiet. it can be had for around £80.

    i would also suggest buying only one card for the time being and spending the money saved on the better case/psu. it depends what type of games you play, but i would imagine that you will be cpu-limited with 2 6800gts, and a amd 3000 in some cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson
    The Akasa connectors are generally wired incorrectly. Have Scan fixed this?
    Yeap they are fine - It seems that A lot of manufacturers are getting confused by the PCI-E power connection layout and some had a square peg in the middle of the top row instead of a rounded one.

    As for the PCI-E based XFX 6800GT cards - I'll do some investigating and as soon as I have any info for you lot I'll let you know

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    just a question but does the 480w antec trueblue have a connector for a pci-e card ?
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    The XFX 6800GTs are retail boxed and come with molex->pcie power connectors BTW, so you don't need to buy them separately if you're buying the XFX cards.
    I now have 2 spares because I didn't realise they came with the cards.

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