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I need to know if these specs look good? I have said it before and I am saying it again, I am not computer savy, but it was time to upgrade to somthing that will handle my on-line sim racing needs. Any feedback would be great. The operating system is Windows XP 64bit - not vista because of too many compatibility problems with the games I run. I was told it might be a little overboard, but that does not bother me in the least.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz FSB 1066, 2x4MB Quad Core CPU

8GB DDR II 667 Memory 240 Pin (Kingston)

ASUS P5N-E SLI nVidia 650i Motherboard

Western Digital 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA II

LG 20X DVD RW + Dual Layer SATA w/ Lightscribe Technology

Following 2 cards will run in SLI mode for optimal gaming experience with maximum FPS

nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI HDTV

nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI HDTV

Realtek ALC883 6-channel 3D Audio

10/100/1000 Gigabit Lan Network Card

6 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 Parallel, 1394a

FREE 2 Sunbeam Cold Cathod Neon Light (blue)

NZXT Alpha Classic Case w/ Side Window

700 Watt OCZ GamerXStream Power Supply nVidia SLI Certified ($25 Mail In Rebate)

What do you guy's think? Look good?

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The computer will only be used for 3 games, Nascar Racing 2003 Season, Arca Sim Racing and RFactor as well as it will only be used for creating the paint schemes via paint.net and school work (MSword) but what is a slave drive and why do you think HD space will be an issue?

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A slave drive is just an additional hard drive, which you can add if you need more hard disk space.

But it sounds like, if you're only using it for 3 games plus a few other utilities, then hard disk space shouldn't be an issue.

When I had my last computer, it came with a 250gb hard drive, and less than a year later I added an external 250gb drive as I was running low. But it sounds like you shouldn't worry about hard drive space with the programs you intend to run.

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Your RAM is HUGE overkill. Windows XP will only recognize 3.12GB of RAM at a time; ergo, having 8GB is just a waste of money.

 

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Hmm...I didn't see that part. You may be right; I'm not sure. :-)

 

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It sure is.

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
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River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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great...so other than that it looks good? I just want somthing that is not going to lag, will run what I want, and is a point-click-open without the 10 sec wait I have now on my 6 year old machine that has started having over-heating issues and has system dumps all the time.

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8800GT's aren't that bad..

you do know that thats the power cable/supply dont you

that's exactly why I'm doubting it's enough.. 2 graphics card and a quad core, well, I would guess that would be right on the edge of 700W, but that's just a guess, which is why it should be checked

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8800GT's aren't that bad..
you do know that thats the power cable/supply dont you

that's exactly why I'm doubting it's enough.. 2 graphics card and a quad core, well, I would guess that would be right on the edge of 700W, but that's just a guess, which is why it should be checked

I agree. Look for 800~850 to be on the safe side. Also, use higher speed ram. 800mhz minimum, but 1066 mhz would be better.

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8800GT's aren't that bad..
you do know that thats the power cable/supply dont you

that's exactly why I'm doubting it's enough.. 2 graphics card and a quad core, well, I would guess that would be right on the edge of 700W, but that's just a guess, which is why it should be checked

8800GT's arnt bad at all. Its just that getting 2 of them will cost about the same as 1 9800, which looks like it would have much more powerful. Its also a lot easier to upgrade a computer if you get 1 really good card than 2 alright cards.

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Fortunately the ATI/nVidia choice is made by your motherboard (they generally don't support both CrossFire and SLI at the same time) unless you aren't bothered with dual-gpu stuff or if you make the choice backwards by selecting the motherboard on which brand of GPU you want..

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You could always get the ATI HD 3870 X2... :D

No. You don't.

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The 8800GT (x2) WILL top one 9800. Unless that's X2. Then you will fail. And on ATi... I dare not even talk about it. Their flagship (not the x2, that's just 2 gpu's with one PCIe connector...) is 4th on the GPU quality list (4: 3870, 3: 8800GT 2: 8800GTX 1: 8800 Ultra).

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nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI HDTV

nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI HDTV

I'm so jealous.

:P

I just got this computer about 3 days ago...

it's alright.

A LOT faster than my old one..

And my graphics card is 5100.

:|

But it's enough for me to play Battlefield 2!

:D

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Sounds like a goood computer.

Bet it's gonna cost a fortune.

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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