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    Talking Gigabyte motherboard build

    Thanks to Ryan and UB, I've received the Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 (rev 1.0) motherboard. So now we've got to get her put together and start crunchin!

    So I've got a case, HDDs, and DVD burner I can use for this build. I'll probably upgrade these later but they'll be fine for now. This leaves me needing to get a CPU, a CPU cooler, some memory, a power supply, and a video card.

    CPU

    Searching Gigabyte's website, I found the CPU compatibility chart. If I read it properly, the best I can do is a Core™ 2 Quad Q6700.

    Given that, I found this Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Processor HH80562PH0678MK - 2.66GHz, 8MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Kentsfield, Quad-Core, OEM, Socket 775, Processor at Tigerdirect.ca for $279.99. It doesn't come with a cooler so I need to purchase that separately. I haven't decided on one yet, but I need to buy it at Tigerdirect else they will not warranty it.

    Memory

    Gigabyte's approved memory chart is a little beyond me. They offer it in PDF format here. So I've blindly looked at the following two memory sticks and hope that they will work me:

    Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) with 5-5-5-18 timings, for $79.99 (2 sticks of 2GB)

    Or

    Crucial Ballistix 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory with 4-4-4-12 timings, for $72.98 (2 sticks of 2GB)

    I'm pretty sure 4-4-4-12 is faster then 5-5-5-18. But by how much? The Tigerdirect deal also has a rebate that'll drop the price an additional $30 bringing the price down to $49.99. But I don't trust rebates. I have never gotten a single rebate paid back to me....ever.

    Video Card

    I'm looking at a Nvidia 4800 GTX card. I doubt I'll ever use the SLI feature but you never know. I found a BFG Tech BFGE98512GTXOCE GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card on Newegg.ca for $187.49. Looks like a good deal to me.

    Power Supply

    I'm not sure what power rating I should have for this box. Any recommendations? I do want something that's rated at least 80 Plus. But as far as wattage goes??? What's good, and cheap at the same time.

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    Any other suggestions before I break out the old credit card?

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Can't do better then this SeaSonic recert 550. 41 amps of 12v available

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151049

    It is single 12v rail as well (despite listed as 4)


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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Thanks GlasMan. I'll add that to the list.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    I'm gonna put in a plug for the new Gigabyte Odin pro psu's just cause i like mine so much
    And tbh, i'd go for the crucial if those are your choices but i have become fond of the kingston kits lately. not the tightest timings but kingston just seems to work on everything that has been fussy with corsair including a ga-965p-s3 and a xfx n680i-LTsli most recently.

    jmho, Cheers
    Last edited by -=SparX=-; 03-02-2009 at 01:05 AM.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/M...ProductID=2460

    You can get a 1333 or a 1600 FSB chip in that board. Is price the ceiling?
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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Main Rig: EVGA 141-BL-E769-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 CLASSIFIED/WATERCOOLED ED. cooled by the Monster Water Cooling Setup
    HTPC One BIG Case Asus 8 CORE Monster
    ASUS: 5 * BIOSTAR: 1 * CHAINTECH: 1 * EVGA: 3 * GIGABYTE: 5 * SUPER MICRO: 1 *TYAN: 2
    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    That 9800GTX will let you run GPUGrid. The sweet spot (prive vs performance) is the GTX260 and is good for about 10,000 credits a day. Right now that is an inexpensive way to add a lot of credits per day. You might want to reconsider. I've had good luck with the twinx memory which is in most of my quads.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by UncleBob View Post
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/M...ProductID=2460

    You can get a 1333 or a 1600 FSB chip in that board. Is price the ceiling?
    All of those chips are listed as N/A = Not Supported.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    Power Supply

    I'm not sure what power rating I should have for this box. Any recommendations? I do want something that's rated at least 80 Plus. But as far as wattage goes??? What's good, and cheap at the same time.
    In terms of power, my Intel Quad Q6600 draws around 100W idle at stock rising to around 200W max when OC'd to 3.2GHz running SETI on all 4 cores. The system is otherwise quite minimal, 4GB ram, 1 HD, 1 optical drive, low end GF7600GS gfx card. A high end graphics card will affect the current draw significantly. Most of the current is drawn from the 12v rail(s) so you'll need a good 12v supply.

    Some options that look good from your preferred sites:

    PC Power & Cooling:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...723&CatId=1483

    Etasis (I have one of these and they are solid as a rock, although pricey - you get what you pay for):
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817608006

    Silverstone (same as above but the 650W version):
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817163108

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by Big red View Post
    That 9800GTX will let you run GPUGrid. The sweet spot (prive vs performance) is the GTX260 and is good for about 10,000 credits a day. Right now that is an inexpensive way to add a lot of credits per day. You might want to reconsider. I've had good luck with the twinx memory which is in most of my quads.
    Any idea on how many points/day I could expect to get with the 9800GTX?

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by Big red View Post
    That 9800GTX will let you run GPUGrid. The sweet spot (prive vs performance) is the GTX260 and is good for about 10,000 credits a day. Right now that is an inexpensive way to add a lot of credits per day. You might want to reconsider. I've had good luck with the twinx memory which is in most of my quads.
    Picked this up last night. Prices have come down...EVGA 896-P3-1260-TR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3
    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    All of those chips are listed as N/A = Not Supported.
    Sorry, damn I give up on IE8...just sticking to Mozilla, that column was illegible, let's try this again.
    Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz is almost $50 less and a real workhorse.
    Don't know this etailer, but the price! INTEL CORE 2 DUO E6850 3.0GHZ 4MB 32-BIT 1333MHZ FSB Regular Price: $253.79

    More of them may be here: http://www.shopbot.ca/pp-intel-core-...ice-59704.html

    It's about the top CPU that will work, AFAIK.
    Main Rig: EVGA 141-BL-E769-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 CLASSIFIED/WATERCOOLED ED. cooled by the Monster Water Cooling Setup
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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by Spankin Partier View Post
    Any idea on how many points/day I could expect to get with the 9800GTX?
    I checked the Forums over at GPUGrid but couldn't find anything specific on numbers. The 9800 has 128 shaders and 512 mb compared to the 260's 216 shaders and 896 mb. Throw in slower clock rate and my best guestimate would be about a third of what the GTX260 produces. You could allways go over to the GPUGrid forums and ask. I should be adding my 10th GTX260 next week to bring my daily numbers up just a little bit.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by Big red View Post
    I checked the Forums over at GPUGrid but couldn't find anything specific on numbers. The 9800 has 128 shaders and 512 mb compared to the 260's 216 shaders and 896 mb. Throw in slower clock rate and my best guestimate would be about a third of what the GTX260 produces. You could allways go over to the GPUGrid forums and ask.
    Thanks, I'll go over there in a bit and check it out.
    I should be adding my 10th GTX260 next week to bring my daily numbers up just a little bit.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Any idea on how many points/day I could expect to get with the 9800GTX?
    About 5000-5500.

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    Re: Gigabyte motherboard build

    Quote Originally Posted by MJD1964 View Post
    About 5000-5500.
    Thanks!

    Edit:

    I was just looking at one of our other threads with all the stats links when this just hit me....This new build....or should I say, a single GTX 9800 will out preform my farm when it was at its greatest. That was about 13 computers!
    Last edited by Spankin Partier; 03-02-2009 at 11:11 PM.

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