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 Post subject: Building the Best Rig for $1000 returning my 630i
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:51 am 
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I am new to the forums so please excuse my noobism.
My current 630i
Vista 64 bit sp1
q9550 (2.83 12mb 1333fsb)
3870x2 (replaced once issues persist)
500 gig hitachi sata hd
2x2g, 2x1g = 6 gig 800mhz dell standard memory
dvd+/-rw 16x
normal bloatware
all stock no oc

(refurbed) price paid with 2y warrenty and taxes+shipping 1458.48

I have had my video card replaced already because any attempt to update the drivers/catalyst from the ati website results in multiple errors. Also only displays 512 mb in windows as dedicated memory. I have worked with the usless Dell support techs for over 7hrs and am beyond flustered. I did read in the forums of others complaining about these issues but i have not seen a solution.




I currently have 5 days remaiing before my RO# for return expires

I am going to build a system but am looking for ideas. I found this below and it is a few months old so i assume the prices have dropped a little.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu ... ,2083.html

CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 190
CPU Cooler Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (& ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket) 42
Motherboard DFI LanParty X38-T2R 175
RAM PNY XLR8 2 x 4GB 60
Graphics Powercolor Radeon 4870 X2 529
Hard Drives Western Digital Caviar black 640GB 32 MB cache 85
Sound Integrated 0
Network Integrated Gigabit Networking 0
Case Antec Three Hundred 55
Power Antec Neo 650W 90
Optical LITE-ON 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04 24
Total Price $1,250


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 Post subject: Re: Building the Best Rig for $1000 returning my 630i
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:53 pm 
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i just recently did a i7 920 build for my friend cost him 1000-1100 (except the monitor of course). In your case I can probably do a breakdown for around the same price.

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 Post subject: Re: Building the Best Rig for $1000 returning my 630i
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:01 pm 
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In regards to your 3870X2, it has 1GB of memory, but you have to remember, with Dual GPU cards, the memory is not combined. You have only 512MB available that it will show in games and windows, because each GPU uses 512MB. The memory on the 2nd GPU is a mirror image of whatever is on the 1st set of memory from GPU 1.

So when it shows 512MB available, that is more or less correct. The same applied to my GTX 295. Yea, it says it has 1.79GB of VRAM, but I only actaully have a usable 896MB towards resolution, because when using SLI (crossfire in your case), it will just mirror the memory to have the same data on each card. The only thing that differs is the GPUs, which render different frames in Alternating or Split Frame rendering.

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