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Hi,
I have been researching how to put together a good gaming pc for a while now, and I finally have a list parts that I think I need. Can anyone comment on anything I have overlooked, incompatabilities, bottlenecks in performance, etc? I am especially concerned about the compatability and how to go about adequately air cooling this rig (will the 2 graphics cards need their own cooling?). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Motherboard:EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
CPU:Core 2 Quad Q9450
Graphics cards: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 512mb X2 in sli
RAM: G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB 7200 RPM X2 in raid 0
PSU:HIPER HPU-5K880 880W ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91
Case: Antec P182 mid tower
CPU cooler: thermalright ultra 120 extreme with a scythe kaze jyuni 120mm fan
OS: vista home premium 64-bit
 

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ok that is a great choice, nice work staying away from home basic and 32 bit (its alright but 64's faster surprisingly) and i recommend you stay with that case and cpu the thermal take is probably one of the best brands and the quad core, oh my god i love mine!!! i have a q6600 it is GREAT I absolutely adore it it is great!!! also the 2 gtx's in sli is a great idea, that will substantially increase performance in resource hungry games ergo crysis i also envy the fact you have a motherboard that supports PCI-E let alone sli, btw im still on agp, and no im not lying about the quad i also envy you getting the higher end quad core. anyway leave it at that i cant see any other improvements well actually just a thought but people get good frames in crysis with one 8800gt 512 so maybe swapping them for 1gb 8800gt, that would make the ultimate system the gt is all owning and try to stay away from all current 9800 right now their performance is not as good as promised and they cost way to much
 

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Thanks for the comments. I am going for the 2 graphics cards so I can play current and upcoming games at as high settings as possible. I have heard good things about the sli setup and so I am excited to give it a try. I haven't looked at the Antec 900 case yet, but I will definitely look for it to compare. The 4 case fans would certainly be a plus. I am glad you mentioned the 9800 series, because I first considered them as well and it was tough to find concrete advantages. Makes me feel better about leaving them out of the equation. any thoughts on the 680i sli boards vs the 780-790i sli boards with this setup? I have recently heard that the 680i boards do not support 45nm quad chips, though they do support 45nm dual core chips.
 

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I am no expert but 8gb of ram seems like overkill to me being as that not much would ever consume that much and i know that windows xp only recognized and used 3.3 gb of ram even when you have 4gb...i am not sure vista does the same but it might not even be capable of using 8
 

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they will you would just get a ucode loading error at the start, i used to get that and i updated the board bios and really no error no nothing (the second thing was i was using ddr1 ram my board supported ddr2 and 1 but at low speeds)
 

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A couple of comments for you to consider:

1) Hiper Power Supply = Junk

I suggest you look for one of these brands:

Seasonic - any model
Corsair - any model
Thermaltake - "Toughpower" series only
Coolermaster - "Real Power Pro" series only
PC Power & Cooling - any model
Silverstone - any model​

2) I would save your money on the 8 gigs of ram. 4 gigs will do anything you want to do.

That is my opinion on what you are doing. Take care of the power supply issue and you will have a very nice build.
 

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I would save your money on the 8 gigs of ram. 4 gigs will do anything you want to do.
well if he's getting 8gb it seems he wants it and it will make his system more future proof
soon games would reccomend 4gb then next 6gb then eventually 8gb then we'd have mobos supporting up to 20gb and ddr4...and 2000mhz chips...2500mhz fsb...and then like 5gb ram chips...and octacore processors...and 4ghz non overclocked processors...and then we'd start getting house fires from exploded cpus...why am i talking about this...

yay my 100th post
 

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I'm a huge fan of the p182...It can house 4 case fans as well, and the cable management is awesome....the rest of the build looks sweet too...

I have to agree that 8gb seems high, but if you're running virtual systems or something, have at it!

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